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The Shaw Trust Trustees

Shaw Trust Trustees

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.

Shaw Trust Trustees

Sir Ken Olisa OBE

Shaw Trust Chairman

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 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.

Sir Ken Olisa OBE Shaw Trust Chairman

John Norman

Shaw Trust Deputy Chair

John Norman spent 40 years in airport management in various roles, ranging from duty management, facilities management, contingency planning and aviation security. He also also served on the boards of Gatwick and Stansted airports as HR director. The later roles introduced him to the work of the third sector, particularly related to the long term unemployed. He was the architect of Stansted airport's employment strategy which promoted work at the airport to the unemployed in East London Boroughs. As a consequence of this work he also became involved in housing and served on the board of East Thames Housing Group for 10 years, chairing their East Potential subsidiary. He retired from airport management in 2008 and has since the has served on the board of Poplar HARCA, chairing the Finance and General Purposes Committee. He also joined the board of London Youth and Career Development Group, which latter to merged with Shaw Trust. Other roles undertaken have included time on Essex Learning Skills Council and working with the Children's Trust (Tadworth) on their Hand of Hope Appeal.

John Norman Shaw Trust Trustee

Paul Baldwin

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. 

Paul Baldwin, Shaw Trust Trustee

Steph Cutler

Steph has a commercial background and has travelled internationally while working in the highly competitive fashion industry.  In 2003 she experienced unexpected sight loss which led her to set up an inclusion consultancy with a specialism in disability equality. Steph champions inclusion being ‘business as usual’ and strongly believes valuing and incorporating lived experience is key to achieving this.

An innovative entrepreneur Steph has won acclaim for her approach and commitment to disability equality as a leadership trainer, coach, professional speaker and role model for other disabled people. She is a 2016 Clore Social Leadership fellow. 

Steph made the Shaw Trust’s Power List 100 in 2018 and is sat on the judging panel for the 2019 Power List 100.  She is currently Head of Employment at Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Paul McGee, Shaw Trust Trustee

Chanelle Gray

Chanelle graduated from Roehampton University with a 2:1 in Psychology and Counselling and joined the Civil Service as a court usher. Ten years later and Chanelle climbed the ranks into a leadership position, on a competitive talent programme, and developing her skill and interest on Diversity and Inclusion within both within the Civil Service and outside of it. Most recently, Chanelle has worked heavily on championing social mobility and ethnicity within the workplace, focusing on improving the diversity within the Civil Service's senior leadership to avoid group think and to ensure it is as representative as the society the Civil Service serves.

Outside of work, Chanelle has a strong passion for volunteering in order to help people who didn't have the best start in life. Before she embarked on an adventure into motherhood, Chanelle volunteered as an appropriate adult within Croydon Police Station, helping vulnerable and underage suspects understand what was happening and ensuring they were treated fairly and appropriately.

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Annamarie Hassall

As Director of Practice and Programmes at National Children’s Bureau (NCB), Annamarie leads teams to design and deliver successful programmes, build evidence, influence practice and develop partnerships.  She joined NCB in 2013, bringing experience of leading change and transformation across children’s services and working with ministers, the Department for Education and the Department of Health on a number of policy priorities.  Annamarie led the Together for Children team in England, working with local authorities to deliver children’s centres, as well as Together for Disabled Children, where she worked with local areas to transform short break services for disabled children. Since joining NCB, Annamarie has led activities around early years, social care, C4EO, programme design, and established the 10-year Big Lottery funded LEAP programme.

Annamarie sits on various advisory boards and steering groups and remains a member of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). She holds qualifications in social work, family therapy and early years, along with a public services MBA.

Annamarie was awarded an MBE in 2011 in recognition of her contribution to work with Children and Families.

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Mike Hawker

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.

Mike Hawker, Shaw Trust Trustee

Peter Holmes

Peter spent 30 years working in the technology and management consulting sectors. He initially worked for Hoskyns Group, now Capgemini. From 1977 until 1996 he worked for Sema Group PLC, now Atos, where he became the Managing Director of their UK systems integration business and a Director of their global outsourcing business. In 1996 he joined Andersen Consulting, as a partner in their Public Services unit. In 2001 Andersen Consulting changed its name to Accenture and later that year became a public company via a listing on the New York stock exchange. In 2004 Peter was appointed as the Managing Director of their Europe, Africa & Latin America Public Services Operating unit a business that employed over 5,000 people. Peter retired from Accenture in 2008.

On leaving Accenture Peter was invited to become a board member of techUK, the trade association that represents 900 member companies in the technology, telecommunications and electronic sectors. He continues to serve as a director, in addition to which he chairs the Finance, Performance and Membership Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Peter was the first Chairman of Behavioural Insights Limited a social purpose company that is widely recognised as the world leading exponent of the application of behavioural sciences to public policy. He was also an independent non-executive director of Scytl a provider of secure electronic voting solutions.

Peter serves as the Chair of the Performance and Investment Committee of Shaw Trust, Prospects Group, Forth Sector and sits on the board of Ixion.

Peter Holmes, Shaw Trust Trustee

Jeremy Moore CB

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 Moore CB, Shaw Trust Trustee

Dr Mike Nussbaum

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.
Dr Mike Nussbaum, Shaw Trust Trustee

Marie-Claire O'Brien

Marie-Claire is the award-winning founder and CEO of the New Leaf Initiative Community Interest Company, specialising in prison to employment via a pathway of education, training and holistic support.  Marie-Claire has developed New Leaf and its various social enterprise businesses and in doing so, has constructed a substantial reputation within the criminal justice system as one of the most successful female entrepreneurs with lived experience of the system.

As well as being a board member with Shaw Trust, she also sits on the steering committee for the Prisoner Learning Alliance and the expert panel of lived experience for the Criminal Justice Alliance and a Prisoners Education Trust alumni. Marie-Claire is a first-class honours student from the University of Warwick and is a well-respected keynote speaker for corporate, public and third sector organisations.

New Leaf has supported hundreds of male, female and youth offenders to change their lives, utilising the power of lived experience, education and positive networks to deliver a holistic and person-centred service.

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