President: HM Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Eric Dancer CBE JP
Patrons: Lord Morley; Sir Ian Amory; Lady Arran
Mr Mike Bull, Foundation Chairman
Solicitor and former Chief Executive, Mid Devon District Council (1991-2001), Mike has extensive knowledge and involvement of the public and voluntary sector. He is a former member of the management committee of the Community Council of Devon, an independent member of the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, a Governor of Blundell's School in Tiverton and former Chairman of Villages in Action (bringing arts to rural areas). His hobbies include fell walking, golf and cricket - he plays for Devon Dumplings cricket club and is Honorary Legal Advisor to the Devon Cricket Board.
Mr Steve Hindley, CBE, DL Foundation Vice Chairman
A graduate civil engineer and Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Building, Steve led a management buy-in of the Midas Group in 1998. He is now Chairman of the £200m construction/property services group which is based in the Westcountry but operates through the UK. He is former Chairman of the CBI in the South West and a member of the South West Council. He serves on the board of Camborne, Pool and Redruth Regeneration, Devon and Cornwall Electrical Training Limited and the Construction Industry Research and Innovation Panel. He has run the London Marathon and trekked to Machu Picchu in aid of charity and believes investing back into the community is an important part of Corporate Social Responsibility for companies. He was awarded a CBE in 2006 for services to the Construction Industry.
Mr Arthur Ainslie, Retired Captain RN
After 37 years in the Royal Navy, Arthur's experience includes posts in Beijing, Norfolk USA, Bath and Plymouth, although his family have been based in the Westcountry for over 25 years. Now in semi-retirement, he lives in Plymouth and is involved with the local Drake Foundation and other local charities and events.
Ms Christine Allison
Christine Allison has a long career in international development. Having recently relocated to England's South-West she is applying that experience to challenges closer to home. With work in both the financial and social sectors, Christine has a particular passion to bring the two closer together and to find business solutions that serve the interests of poor and disadvantaged people. Born in Essex, and lived in Botswana, Hungary and the United States prior to moving to Devon (Ashburton). Two daughters. Interests include tennis, riding, interior design, gardening and travel.
Mr Nigel Arnold, former Deputy Chief Constable
From a long standing Devon farming family, Nigel can date his family's roots in the county back to 1532 at Iddesleigh. His family went on to build Nethercott House which is now owned by a charity 'Farm for City Children' and his family once owned North Wyke, South Tawton. The Former acting Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, director of CourtenayAssociates and advisor to the Ministry of Defence, Nigel now lives in East Devon. He has extensive experience of the voluntary and public sector and is a former trustee of Connexions Cornwall and Devon and The Gurney Fund. He is currently a member of the North and East Devon Advisory Committee, a member of a Department of Health Advisory Group, a Governor of Blundell's School and trustee of the Plymouth Drake Foundation. He enjoys walking, sailing and genealogy.
Mr James Cross
With brief a brief spell working in the Housing Department of the South Hams Council and for the Herald Express Newspaper in Torquay James finally decided that the law was for him. After completion of his Solicitors Final Exams James trained as a solicitor in Torbay before moving to Exeter in 1992. For the last 6 years James has been a Joint Managing Partner of a Large Devon Solicitors Practice. James is also Chairman of the Torquay Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive committee of the Torbay Business Forum and a school governor. James is married with 3 children. His hobbies include playing and watching sport, reading and walking.
Mr John Glasby
Originally from Yorkshire, John has lived in Devon for over 25 years and now lives in a tiny hamlet in the heart of rural Devon. Trained as an economist and accountant, he has worked in public services for almost 40 years. He was Treasurer and then Director of Resources for Devon County and has also served as Treasurer to the Devon Probation Service, the Devon Magistrates Service, Devon Community Council, Dartmoor National Park and Devon Fire and Rescue Service. He recently retired as Treasurer of the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority. John is a member of the Community Foundation Management and Governance Committee and chairs the Finance Committee.
Dr Kate Gurney MA MRCGP, General Practitioner
Kate comes from a well-established Devon family. She studied medicine at Newnham College, Cambridge followed by clinical training at the London Hospital. Her GP training was done in Exeter, and followed by a period of GP locum work in Hong Kong, including work with the Vietnamese Boat People. She and her partner have been in practice in East Devon since 1994. In 2008, Kate completed a half marathon on behalf of the Foundation.
Mr Peter Keech, Regional Chairman, Arbuthnot Latham
Peter has over 30 years banking experience initially with Lloyds TSB and Credit Lynonnais, he joined Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc in 1994 and is presently Regional Director for the Bank in the West Country. An extremely active member of the Exeter business community, Peter has played an active role in fundraising for the Lord Taverners. His hobbies include golf and horse racing.
Ms Caroline Marks
After studying Geography at Exeter University, Caroline worked in Market Research, New Product Development and as a Training Manager. Over the last 20 years, whilst working in many different part-time capacities for numerous grassroots projects from Youth Counsellor, Project Leader, part of Management and Fund-raising Committees, she has been a Trustee of a grant making trust with a focus on youth projects in Devon. She has developed her working relationship with Devon Community Foundation from using the services of DCF as a donor to direct flow through funds, to being an active member of grant panels, to more recently serving on the Grants Committee. She has lived on Dartmoor since 1994 and enjoys the walking and outdoor pursuits with her family. Caroline chairs the Grants Committee.
Mr Steve Pearce
Is a retired Police Officer, who lives in Plymouth and is also a Trustee of the Plymouth Drake Foundation.