As a company limited by guarantee, the Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, whom we refer to as the Trustees. The Trustees set strategic direction, approve grant applications, monitor grant activities, ensure that all activities are within the agreed charitable objectives and agree the financial plan.
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- Joycelin Dawes, Trustee
- Paul Dickinson, Trustee
- Joanna Elson, Trustee
- Patrick Hynes, Trustee
- Kathleen Kelly, Trustee
- Rob Lake, Trustee
- Stephen Muers, Trustee
- Hetan Shah, Chair of Trustees
- Aphra Sklair, Trustee
Joycelin studied politics and economics at the London School of Economics and worked as a researcher to MPs and parliamentary groups for many years. Her work has been varied as a self-employed writer, researcher and facilitator of learning; as a teacher in secondary education; and in leading and facilitating workshops, courses and conferences. Joycelin is editor and co-author of The Quest, Exploring A Sense of Soul. She has been active as a volunteer in the third sector for many years: as clerk and chair of trustees of Quaker Social Action (2010-2014) and completing her term as a trustee in 2015; chair of School Governors at a primary school, as an adviser in a Citizens Advice Bureau and Trustee for a number of charities.
Her leisure time is spent with family and grandchildren, watching sport and hill-walking. She is a Quaker in a London Quaker Meeting.
Paul previously founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Communications and EyeNetwork, the largest videoconference service in Europe. He served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications, including Beautiful Corporations.
Joanna started her career as a primary school teacher, and then became a researcher for a number of different MPs. She moved to the British Bankers’ Association in 1997, where she ran their policy department relating to personal and small business customers. Joanna is also a member of the advisory panel of the Commission for Financial Inclusion, the ABCUL/Lloyds Banking Group Grants Committee, H M Treasury’s Home Finance Forum, poverty alleviation charity Turn 2 Us’s Strategic Development Group, the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board Advisory Panel, and the British Bankers’ Association’s Consumer Panel. From 1 January 2015 she will be a trustee of the Friends Provident Foundation. She is also a school governor.
She lives in North London with her husband who is a Headteacher, and their three daughters. In her spare time she reads, cycles and climbs Munros (Scottish mountains over 1000m).
Kathleen has also held front line and second tier advice roles in Citizens Advice and Shelter and a provincial law firm covering money advice, housing and other issues. Kathleen started out her career as a criminal justice academic leading ground breaking research on the interface between medical professionals and the criminal justice system. Kathleen is on the advisory board for the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. She lives in York with her daughter and enjoys mountain biking and riding in the Yorkshire countryside.
He has written extensively on public policy issues and his co-authored publications include ‘Behavioural Economics: seven principles for policymakers’ and ‘A New Political Economy’. His interests include evidence based policymaking, international development, sustainability and measures of progress. Hetan is a visiting senior research fellow at the Policy Institute at Kings College London and also an honorary vice-president of the Geographical Association.
Hetan became Chair of Trustees on 1st January 2016.
Aphra has a Master’s in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College, and lives in South Devon with her partner.