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:
A chairman, director and consultant with strategic, change management and marketing expertise, Peter Gordon brings considerable experience gained from working within a wide variety of sectors, markets and cultures. Following a successful business career, Peter has for some years focused his efforts within voluntary and community organisations. He is a trustee and/or director of a number of charities and community interest organisations, with activities spanning health & wellbeing, disability, and learning & education.
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.
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.
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.
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.