Our Trustees have overall control and responsibility for QEF. They are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run.
Their skills, knowledge and experience are called upon to shape the progress and development of the organisation and to support the services and functions.
Our current Trustees are:
- Polly Bishop
- Moira Bowie
- Mike Connaughton
- Jason Davies
- John Denning
- Peter Gordon
- Anne Mottram PhD
- Frank Myers MBE FCMI FIC
- Victoria Parnell MA FCA
- Lynn Scotcher SROT
- Maxine Taylor
Rob Douglas is the Board of Trustees chairman for QEF and is a prominent public figure in the local area with considerable experience in public affairs and business.
His commitment to public service saw him serve as High Sherriff of Surrey and as chairman of the South East England Development Agency, as well as serving on the board of the Higher Education Funding Council and as chairman of its audit committee. Additionally he served as chairman of the Learning & Skills Council and he is an ex senior executive at Royal Dutch Shell.
In the private sector he set up and runs a business consultancy dedicated to strategic and executive development and served on the boards of several international companies. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Chair of the UK Space Agency.
James Wates is a main board director for the Wates Group, a top twenty UK construction and development company, with wide ranging management experience. At the Wates Group he is director of corporate development and corporate responsibility, and has led major projects such as the rebranding of the company and the group’s marketing communication. He also introduced public relations to the Wates Group, and managed implementation of media awareness and PR culture, as well as developing and leading the team which developed an information management system. Outside of the Wates Group he is the honorary treasurer for the British Council of Offices, a member of the CBI’s London council, and a board member of the Construction Industry Training Board.
Following a distinguished career in the Royal Navy that saw him command the Fleet Flagship aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and the UK Maritime Force and NATO’s Maritime High Readiness Force, Charles Styles served in the UK Ministry of Defence in various appointments, including as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, and as Director of UK Military Operations and Head of the Defence Crisis Organisation. Following his retirement from military service, he has built his own business in international leadership development and devoting time to charitable work as an advisor and trustee to several charities.
Polly Bishop has significant experience in change management and leadership in the healthcare sector, having worked at a high level in Bupa UK Customer for many years. At Bupa UK she was appointed to develop its digital customer strategy and initiate a change programme as head of digital customer care. Prior to this she was Bupa UK’s head of healthcare development and head of cancer care, delivering change to build the foundation of Bupa UK’s leadership in cancer care and transforming the experience and outcomes of patients. She now works for NHS England leading strategy development, commissioning and overseeing national digital customer services.
With Masters and Post Grad level qualifications in economics and finance, Moira Bowie is an experienced chief financial officer with a proven track record of achievement in a world class global energy company, Vivo Energy. She has taken on the role of strategic leader in international organisations and the lead for shareholder finance and commercial business. Her specialist skills are in business growth, financial management and oversight, cost reductions and risk management, and has worked with multi-million pound budgets across multi-nationally dispersed businesses. She brings extensive corporate governance experience to QEF as well as considerable understanding of board and committee level activity.
Mike Connaughton has been involved with QEF for over twenty years, running major black tie fundraising events in London and raising awareness of our work. In a long career in the information technology sector, notably as Oracle’s Big Data Leader for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, he has responsibility for market analysis, sales strategy, consulting and training, with hands on involvement in key campaigns and major deals. With considerable experience in IT and business development, he brings a modern business outlook to our charity.
Jason Davies is the former head of infrastructure and project finance at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (CMS), a Top 15 UK Law Firm and the largest European Law Firm. He is a specialist project finance and infrastructure lawyer who has acted for the public sector as well as financial institutions on a variety of infrastructure and structured finance transactions. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for one of the largest full service law firms in the world, providing advice and assistance in relation to real estate finance and infrastructure projects. He is also involved with healthcare issues on a local level, as a director for Healthwatch Surrey CIC, a body that seeks to help people get the best out of health and social care. As well as this, he is the company secretary and treasurer for a charitable housing association that specialises in providing long-term tenancies for people with mental illness.
After a background working in the public sector as a surveyor, John Denning developed his skills as a property specialist, progressing to head of property UK for McDonalds Restaurants LTD, then operations director, and subsequently managing director, for Bass Leisure Retail and then CEO of the Voyager Pub Group, leading the conversion of the group’s pubs from managed to leased. After successfully completing this new arrangement, he started his own consultancy business, advising on commercial property and business matters.
The Lady Glanusk, Frances Glanusk, brings considerable experience to QEF from over eighteen years working for BMC, a global software company that provides enterprise management solutions. She managed, motivated and inspired people at all levels and of many nationalities on a regular basis, providing insight, thoughts and opinions that were sought out and respected. As director of regional control in the EMEA countries, and prior to that finance director for eight countries, so was responsible for financial control and compliance, ensuring local and international statutory requirements were met, and working closely with HR and legal teams, controlling budgets and ensuring smooth and streamlined routines were implemented to ensure cost effectiveness and target attainment. Her earlier career included working as a finance manager and also as an engineer, working on the development of the Concorde.
A chairman, director and consultant with substantial strategic, change management and marketing expertise, Peter Gordon brings considerable experience from the healthcare, training and business sectors. Serving as a director of NHS Surrey and chairman of Surrey Community Action and Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership amongst other board and trustee positions, he is committed to delivering results. The key skills he brings to QEF involve identifying strategic opportunities through data analysis, and transforming performance through strong leadership.
Anne Mottram brings over twenty years’ experience in healthcare to QEF, with five years at board level. She is director of strategy for the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and also served as the college’s director of operations. She has a strong record in delivery of complex strategic projects and quality improvement, and the highest levels of risk accreditation and regulatory compliance experience. In addition to working as the governance lead for a £1bn NHS merger, she developed Academic Health Science Strategy, Organisational Strategy, and Commercial Strategy and introduced speciality strategic reviews and established evidence based healthcare services in the areas of trauma and integrated care. Prior to this she served as a Foundation Trust project director and a clinical governance manager for an NHS hospital trust.
Frank Myers is a professional manager and management consultant with extensive experience of research and development, and business performance improvement. He has a substantial background in project management and a high degree of public recognition as a regional ambassador for the Manufacturing Advisory Service for the Department of Trade and Industry. This role follows a career working in areas such as director of a road safety innovations company, and as director of manufacturing for Royal British legion Industries. He has developed many safety improvements for roadworks, winning many awards and had a considerable influence on legislative thinking.
Victoria Parnell is a chartered accountant with more than twenty five years corporate and personal financial experience gained with major accountancy firms, multinational organisations and independent consultancies. Highly experienced in corporation finance, she has run in house accountancy services that built relationships to work effectively with HMRC and initiated and coordinated research and development processes to reduce costs and improve efficiency. An expert on corporate acquisitions and due diligence, she has an impressive history of delivering cost savings and protection from losses.
Lynn Scotcher has a high level background in occupational therapy, having a long and distinguished career in the field and serving as an elected member of the Council of the College of, and British Association of Occupational Therapists, with one term as director of the organisation. Amongst other notable appointments, she is a member of the National Advisory Council on Employment of Disabled People, answerable to the Secretary of State for Employment. In recognition of her work for services for amputees, she was named Therapist of the Year by the Limbless Association. As an expert educator in her field, she is a clinical supervisor of OT students and has organised and tutored courses in hand therapy and rehabilitation in hospitals and colleges in the UK and around the world.
Maxine Taylor brings considerable experience and an accomplished career in the banking and charity sectors supporting business strategy as well as risk and reputation management. As director of corporate affairs at Nationwide Building Society she restructured and transformed the team to deliver commercial leverage in line with the emerging needs of the sector, lobbying the UK and EU governments and covering the full range of corporate communications. Prior to this she was executive director of policy and communications at Cancer Research UK, as a member of the team leading one of the world’s largest independent fundraising organisations. She also was director of marketing and communications at the British Heart Foundation. Her earlier career involved working in the Cabinet Office with the prime minister’s chief scientific adviser, managing UK science policy development and representing the chief scientific adviser to ministers, civil servants, stakeholders and the media.