Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. Charity trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity.
Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.
Shaw Trust's Board of Trustees is chaired by Ken Olisa, and our Board of Trustees has a total of nine members.
- Sir Ken Olisa OBE, Chairman
- John Norman, Trustee
- Mike Hawker, Trustee
- Peter Holmes, Trustee
- Rebecca Sudworth, Trustee
- Christina Patterson, Trustee
- Paul Baldwin, Trustee
- Dr Mike Nussbaum, Trustee
- Jeremy Moore, Trustee
- Paul Mcgee, Trustee
Sir Ken Olisa OBE, Chairman
Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Cambridge University. At IBM he held various posts in systems engineering, sales and marketing, before joining Wang Laboratories in 1981. Following a period as Marketing Director for Europe, Vice President of US Marketing and then of Worldwide Marketing, Ken was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wang Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In this role, he was responsible for the sales, marketing, support, service and administration activities within 11 subsidiaries and 92 distributors.
After leaving Wang in 1992, Ken founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank, which he led to a £100+m IPO on AIM in 2000. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006. In addition to his entrepreneurial/private equity activities, Ken has considerable public company Board-level experience on both sides of the Atlantic. His connection with AIM dates back to the market’s foundation. In 1995, he chaired Voss Net, the first UK ISP (Internet Service Provider) to go public and one of the first companies to list on AIM. He was later Chairman of the Board of the first Israeli company to list its shares on AIM - DMATEK. He has served on the boards of Thompson Reuters, the Institute of Directors, ENRC and Open Text Corporation. He is currently Non-executive Chairman of Outsourcery Plc who successfully floated on AIM in May 2013 and Interswitch, the leading Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company. He additionally serves on the Board of, or advises, several early stage private technology companies.
Ken’s knowledge and experience of large and small enterprises, technology and marketing – and his willingness to speak his mind – makes him a much-demanded public speaker. A believer in the Victorian ethos that successful commerce is the fuel of public service, Ken is a Freeman of the City of London; Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; a director of Thames Reach (a charity working to shelter and resettle the homeless in London for which he received an OBE in 2010); a Vice President of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT; a past member of the Government’s Women’s Enterprise Taskforce and was an inaugural Postal Services Commissioner from 2001 to 2004 and a member of IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority) until 2013. He was named 2009 Sunday Times UK Not for Profit Non Executive Director of the year and one of the Top 50 most influential people in UK IT in 2011.
In 2015, Ken was announced Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London and declared ‘the most influential black man in Britain’, on the Powerlist 2016. He was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Business and Philanthropy.
John Norman, Trustee
John is a senior management generalist with board level experience in both the corporate and voluntary sectors. John was head of business continuity planning with BAA Airports Ltd. He also sits on the boards of London Youth, Poplar HARCA and is a previous board member of East Thames Group.
John chairs the HR Committee of Shaw Trust. He also sits on the board of Forth Sector and Shaw Education Trust and chairs SET’s Nominations and Remunerations Committee.
Mike Hawker, Trustee
Mike is a non-executive director with the South Central Ambulance Service and Salisbury District Hospital. He also serves on the Audit Committee of the British Army. He has been a non-executive on the boards of Findel Plc, the National Offenders Management Service and Chair of Governors at a sixth form college. A Chartered Accountant by training his first general management role was as managing director of a retail start up business; and he was subsequently the Chief Executive of several major home shopping businesses. Mike serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee of Shaw Trust. He also sits on the Board of the Shaw Education Trust and chairs both their Finance and Audit Committees.
Peter Holmes, Trustee
Peter is chairman of TechUK, the UK trade association for IT, and the previous chairman of the Behavioural Insights Team. He has been an independent non-executive director of Scytl, the Insolvency Service Executive Agency Board and Votetub, a dotcom start-up aimed at creating greater political engagement with individuals in the 18-35 age groups.
Peter has worked for Accenture and was managing director of UK Systems for Sema Group Plc (now Atos Origin).
Peter serves as the Chair on the Performance and Investment Committee of Shaw Trust, chairs Prospects Group and also sits on the boards of Ixion and Forth Sector.
Rebecca Sudworth, Trustee
Rebecca joined Shaw Trust in February 2016. Rebecca has been Director of Strategy and Planning at City, University of London since October 2017, prior to which she was Director of Strategy and Communication at Peabody for 4 years.
Before joining Peabody, Rebecca was a Senior Civil Servant in the Department for Work and Pensions, leading the department’s strategic financial planning across a welfare budget of over £200bn and a resource budget of £8bn. Before that, Rebecca led policy on the employment of disabled people, designing and delivering the Work Choice programme and developing Employment and Support Allowance, a new benefit introduced in 2008.
Rebecca’s career in the civil service started in the Treasury, and she has worked in a wide range of areas, often focusing on employment and welfare policy. Rebecca started her career at Oxfam, and loves working in organisations with a strong social purpose.
Rebecca also chairs Ixion Holdings.
Christina Patterson, Trustee
Christina Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and communications consultant. She writes for a wide range of publications, including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mail, about society, politics, culture, books and the arts.
A former Chief Executive of the Poetry Society and columnist for The Independent, she is a regular commentator on radio, TV news and cultural programmes, as well as a regular guest on the Sky News press preview. Christina was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for her campaigning work to raise standards in nursing, which included a week-long report for The Independent, a Radio 4 documentary and a short film for The One Show, BBC. Her book The Art of Not Falling Apart was a New Statesman and Mail on Sunday Book of the Year. It was hailed by The Times as “a beautifully written and uplifting memoir” and by the Mail on Sunday as “a manual on how to survive in the 21st century”.
Paul Baldwin, Trustee
Paul Baldwin was appointed as a trustee of Shaw Trust in February 2016 and is currently pursuing a portfolio career working with a select number of charitable organisations across a range of different sectors.
Paul is also Chair of World Animal Protection, one of the largest animal welfare international NGO's, campaigning to address animal cruelty within the context of human welfare and global sustainability. Additionally he is a Council member and non-executive Treasurer of Fauna & Flora International, one of the oldest conservation organisations focussing on biodiversity preservation across over 40 countries.
Previously he was also a trustee of the Gorilla Organization and of First Rung Ltd, a North London-based charity that provides vocational training and work-experience opportunities to young people.
Prior to the merger between Shaw Trust and the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) Paul served as Chair of the DLF Board.
Paul had nearly 20 years’ experience of the banking industry, working for UBS, Kleinwort Benson, Goldman Sachs, and HSBC. Whilst working at HSBC, he led a team of 65 across 10 different countries developing financial risk management products for large corporate and institutional clients.
Paul has a passion for skiing and is a BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) qualified instructor for both Alpine and Adaptive skiing, as well as a volunteer instructor and Treasurer for a local disabled snowsports club.
Dr Mike Nussbaum, Trustee
Mike joined Shaw Trust in February 2016. Mike also sits on the boards of RNIB, Guide Dogs, Vision UK, the Equality and Diversity Forum and supports numerous other charitable organisations. Mike has also been Vice President of Volunteering England As a young activist he was involved in a wide range of social action programmes and by 18 was chairing national youth organisations, organising charitable fundraising events, and leading youth summer schools.
His first career as a research chemist was cut short by failing eyesight, but Mike soon forged a second career in local government and public policy development. Mike worked with communities in some of the most challenging local authorities in the UK, initiating pioneering work in social inclusion and in urban regeneration and design. Since retirement Mike has taken on various roles in the national voluntary sector but particularly in promoting and developing the role of volunteering.
In 2005 Mike received a national ‘Year of the Volunteer’ Award for services to volunteering, and in 2008 The Open University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of over 40 years of public service.
Jeremy Moore CB, Trustee
Jeremy was until recently a senior civil servant. He worked at the Department for Work and Pensions where he was Director General for Strategy and Policy and at the Department for Education, where he worked on both schools and HE policy and spent 4 years as non- executive director of the Student Loans Company. He also spent 2 years on secondment to HM Treasury and worked for number of years at the Economic and Social Research Council.
Jeremy is deeply interested in human capital issues and the critical importance of lifelong learning. He is also strongly committed to the use of evidence and analysis in policy making.
Paul McGee, Trustee
After gaining a degree in Maths and Philosophy at Leeds University, Paul worked for two years as a lighting technician at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud) and as Stage Director at Unity Theatre.
His teaching career included teaching maths and computing in Inner London and Barnet, and then as an advisory teacher in Hounslow before spending periods as a General Inspector and Chief Inspector of schools in Croydon. In his role as Chief Inspector, Paul led on curriculum development, pupil assessment, teacher appraisal and school evaluation and inspection systems prior to their introduction nationally.
Paul spent 14 years as a Chief Officer in Bexley, finishing as Director of Education and Leisure with particular interest in school standards, andparental and community involvement. He led on school reorganisation including establishing the first academy, a secondary schools private finance initiative and a major outsourcing of leisure facilities.
Following his retirement, Paul worked for a year as an investigator for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and became involved with several charities. He was a Trustee and Director of the Wessex Autistic Society and served as Chair of Governors at Portfield school for five years.
As a trustee of Signature Care and Support in Havant, he was involved in the decision to seek a merger with a larger charity, which led to him becoming a trustee of Choice Support, a national charity for people with learning disabilities based in Southwark. For many years he was Chair of its Finance and Audit Committee, and a Vice Chair. As Chairman, he led the merger of Choice with MCCH.
Paul was a founding Director of Prospects and Vice-Chair of the Board and Senior Independent Director. He was Chair of Governors at the Gloucester Academy, which Prospects sponsored, until it was absorbed into the Prospects Academy Trust. Paul is also chair of two Prospects subsidiaries Homes to Inspire and Optimus Education.