The Henry Smith Charity has 14 Trustees.

Trustees are nominated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Board of Trustees meets quarterly and takes decisions on applications to the Main Grant programmes and other funds.

Our Trustees are as follows:

Jonathan Asquith

Jonathan has more than forty years experience in the financial world, including major roles in banking and asset management at Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank and Schroders. For the last ten years he has specialised in non-executive work and his current responsibilities include being the Senior Independent Director of Standard Life Aberdeen and Deputy Chairman of 3i Group.

In the meantime he has actively supported a range of charities, including spending more than 10 years as national treasurer of MacMillan, as well as acting as a school governor.

Jonathan has been a Trustee since 2019.

Emily Bolton

Emily is a senior director at Social Finance and a member of the board. She founded and oversees the Impact Incubator and leads Social Finance’s thinking on impact at scale. She has worked to establish and support the scaling of impact of numerous initiatives designed to transform how we respond to entrenched social issues ranging from domestic abuse to young people leaving care. These include: leading the set-up of the world’s first Social Impact Bond in Peterborough; the development of Drive a response to perpetrators of domestic abuse.

She formerly worked with REDF a venture philanthropy fund in San Francisco and as a strategy consultant in London. Emily was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Haas School of Business, Berkeley.

Emily has been a Trustee since 2019.

Bella Colgrain

Bella is a partner in a family farm and property enterprise. She is a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent and has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, primarily with Citizens Advice Bureaux.

She currently runs the Money Advice Project for an inner-London Citizens Advice Bureau and for twelve years was a Trustee of the Kent Community Foundation, serving also as Chair.

Bella has been a Trustee since 2014.

Emma Davies

Emma Davies is head of direct investments at Marylebone Partners, an independent wealth management firm. Emma was previously Head of property and infrastructure at The Wellcome Trust, where she also helped to manage the public markets portfolio.

She was formerly CIO of Big Society Capital and ran the European investments team for Perry Capital.  Emma is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Emma has been a Trustee since 2019.

Vivienne Dews (Chairperson)

Vivienne was a Civil Servant for nearly 40 years. She was Executive Director and then Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading until its closure in 2014. Her early career was in the Home Office, much of that working on Immigration issues.

She moved from policy advice to leading large executive operations, and then into finance and other support services – becoming a qualified accountant. She was Chief Executive of the Police Information Technology Organisation, and later Director of Resources and Planning at the Health and Safety Executive.

Vivienne has been a member of Mencap’s Audit Committee. Her other charity roles include Honorary Treasurer of the Charity for Civil Servants, Trustee of Independent Age and Trustee of Young Epilepsy where she also Chairs the Education Governing Body. She has been a School Governor and recently stepped down as Chair of the governing body of a large nursery & infant school.

Vivienne has been a trustee since 2014.

Piers Feilden

Piers was Founder and Managing Director of a cheese manufacturing business based in the South-West.

He is Chair of Homeless Link, the umbrella body for the homelessness sector.

Piers has been a Trustee since 2014.

Emir Feisal

Emir is a Consultant specialising in transformational change. The majority of his career was spent at the Sunday Times as Associate Managing Editor of this leading Sunday Paper. 

He is a Magistrate for the Central London Bench for both the adult and family Courts. He is also a Commissioner for the Judicial Appointment Commission, which selects candidates for judicial office in Courts and tribunals.

Emir sits on a number of Boards to include Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and the Honours Committee. In the recent past he has sat on the Boards of London Metropolitan University and The Royal Parks Agency amongst others.

Emir has been a Trustee since 2014.

Mark Granger

Mark is the Chief Executive of Carter Jonas, property consultants, a position which he has held for 22 years. His professional specialism is the management of agricultural estates across the UK.
Mark is also a Trustee and Director of a number of other charities, as well as being a Trustee of various agricultural Estates.
Mark has been a Trustee since 2019.

Paul Hackwood

Paul is Executive Director of Church Urban Fund. He is also Executive Director of the Near Neighbours programme which promotes integration, and good social relations.

While Vicar of Thornbury in Bradford he established the Thornbury Centre, a Church-based multicultural community centre and social enterprise, and the Peaceworks initiative, working to bring people of different faiths together.

He has been an Independent Member of West Yorkshire Police Authority and a Non-Executive Director of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT.

Paul has been a Trustee since 2014.

James Hordern

James has over 25 years’ experience in investment management, working at Mercury Asset Management, as Head of European, EAFE and Global Specialist Strategies at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and as a main board Director at Dalton Strategic Partners.

He is a Member of the Investment Advisory Panel of the Royal College of Physicians, a Director of the Salters Management Company and a Director of the Corporate Trustee Company of South Kensington Estates.

James has been a Trustee since 2012.

Ben Kernighan

Ben joined Leap Confronting Conflict as Director of External Affairs in September 2015, and was appointed Chief Executive in February 2019.

Before Leap Ben was Chief Executive of National Union of Students and before that was Deputy Chief Executive of National Council for Voluntary Organisations where he was responsible for public policy, advice and support and income generation. Ben started in the voluntary sector as a volunteer at The Terrence Higgins Trust where he went on to manage services, fundraising and communications.

He developed the residential training provided to buddies who befriended people with AIDS. He has been a trustee of the Basic Skills Agency, Business in the Community and Futurebuilders England. He likes to travel, cook and walk.

Ben has been a Trustee since 2019.

Noel Manns

Noel was a co-founder of Europa Capital, a pan European real estate fund manager. Previously he was a shareholding Director at Richard Ellis (now CBRE) and a Director of a Bank of England subsidiary.

He is a former Chairman of The Conservative Party’s National Property Advisory Committee, a former member of the Boards of INREV and The Investment Property Forum and is an advisor to The Diocese of London on property matters. He is a Trustee of several charities and a Governor of Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.

Noel has been a Trustee since 2005.

Anna McNair Scott

Anna is a Hampshire County Councillor, working in Children’s and Adult Services and chairing the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. At present she chairs the Culture and Communities Select Committee and serves on the Policy and Resources Committee.

She is a former Chair of the Advisory Council for an Oxford College, and has been very involved with the field of dyslexia support. Anna was a Trustee of the Dyslexia Educational Trust and chaired a National Appeal. She is also a Trustee of a number of other charities.

Anna has been a Trustee since 2007.

Heider Ridha

Heider is an Operating Partner at TDR Capital, a private equity firm with a portfolio of over €8 billion. TDR has a track record of driving superior returns by high impact strategic and operational improvements.

Before TDR, Heider worked for almost 10 years at Bain & Company and at the World Bank. He advised Corporate CEOs, Investment Executives and Government Leaders on their key strategic issues. His areas of focus included Private Equity, Energy, Consumer Goods and Industrialisation.

Heider is passionate about social impact and believes each person can help to make this world an even better place. He has extensive experience advising organisations in the Impact Investment, Innovation, Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Education spaces.

He sits on the board of the innovation foundation NESTA, the British Venture Capital Association’s Impact Advisory Board, the Social Mobility Foundation, the Society for Experimental Biology and 1 Million Mentors.

During his time at Bain, Heider managed Bain Cares, Bain’s social impact chapter in London, where he co-founded the Business Incubator. Heider has worked in more than 30 countries across 5 continents, speaks 8 languages and holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering.

Heider has been a Trustee since 2019.