Trustees

The Henry Smith Charity has 15 Trustees and our Board is chaired by Diana Barran.

Trustees are nominated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Board of Trustees meets quarterly, as do the two Distribution Committees which take decisions on applications to the Main Grants Programme and other funds.

Our Trustees are as follows:

David Allam

David is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sussex Community Foundation. He has been a school and FE College Governor, a Director of an NHS Trust and Trustee of several local charities.

He is a Deputy Lieutenant and a former High Sheriff for East Sussex, a Liveryman of the Fletchers Company and Patron of The Clocktower Sanctuary for the Young Homeless and the Sussex Community Development Association.

David has been a Trustee since 2014.

Diana Barran (Chairman)

Diana is the Chief Executive of SafeLives, a charity working to combat domestic violence.

She is a Trustee of Comic Relief and was previously a Donor Adviser and Head of Grant Development for New Philanthropy Capital. Diana has also co-authored a guide for donors and philanthropists about the Domestic Violence sector called “Charity Begins at Home”.

Diana has been a Trustee since 2002.

Bridget Biddell

Bridget is a partner of the Hampton Estate Farms. She is a past national subcommittee Chairman of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), and President of the Surrey Branch committee, and a Trustee of Country Land and Business Charitable Trust.

She is a Trustee of The Surrey Community Foundation and a member of the grants panel for The Bishop of Guildford Foundation.

Bridget has been a Trustee since 2011.

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.

Vivienne Dews

Vivienne was Executive Director and then Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading until its closure in 2014. Previous roles included Director of Resources at the Health and Safety Executive, and Chief Executive of the Police Information Technology Organisation.

She is Honorary Treasurer of the Charity for Civil Servants and a trustee at Independent Age and at Young Epilepsy, where she chairs the Education Governing Body. She is also Chair of Governors at a large nursery and 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, and a Trustee of Langley House Trust, a prisoner rehabilitation charity providing hostel accommodation across England.

Piers has been a Trustee since 2014.

Emir Feisal

Emir is a change management consultant with 360 Change Consulting Ltd. Before setting up his own consultancy he was Associate Managing Editor of The Sunday Times. He is a Chartered Accountant as well as a Chartered Director.

He sits on the audit committee of the Royal Parks Agency and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Board. He is also a Magistrate for the Central London Bench.

He sits as a main board member of the selection committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights, and has acted as a trustee for a variety of charities over a period of more than 20 years.

Emir has been a Trustee since 2014.

Miko Giedroyc

Miko was an investment banker for 20 years, his last few years as Director of Deutsche Bank Securities, in charge of European Equity Research.

He was a co-founder of New Philanthropy Capital in 2001, and has held a number of voluntary advisory roles for charities.

Miko has been a Trustee since 2007.

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 Horden

James is a Partner at Stanhope Capital. He has over 25 years’ experience in investment management, working at Mercury Asset Management and as Head of European, EAFE and Global Specialist Strategies at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

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.

Vivian Hunt

Vivian is the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company’s UK and Ireland offices. She previously led the firm’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Products practice in EMEA and continues to provide strategic advice to leading British firms in the private, public and social sectors. In addition to her client responsibilities, Vivian is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity and has co-authored several reports.

She sits on the board of several business groups including the CBI London Council and the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board. She also serves as Chair of the Prince of Wales’ BITC ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme as well as on the board of several UK charities, including Action on Addiction and Teach First’s Business Leaders Council.

Vivian has been a Trustee since 2010.

Merlyn Lowther

Merlyn’s executive career was at the Bank of England, culminating with her appointment as Chief Cashier. After leaving the Bank she was a non-executive director of Schroders plc.

She is a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a Governor of Manchester High School for Girls.

Merlyn has been a Trustee since 1999.

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.

Patrick Maxwell

Patrick is a Partner in Sutton Place Managers LLP, providing private equity investment management services to various entities connected with the Getty family. He also manages the Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire.

He is a former Trustee of the Royal Ballet School, and a Trustee of Fuserna Foundation, Sutton Place Foundation and Africa Foundation; charitable entities associated with the Getty family.

Patrick has been a Trustee since 2010.

Anna McNair Scott

Anna is a Hampshire County Councillor, working in Children’s and Adult Services and chairing the Health Overview and Scrutiny 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. She is a Trustee of a number of charities.

Anna has been a Trustee since 2007.