Chair of Trustees
Richard is co-founder of Marylebone Executive Search, based in the City of London. His career spans the private, public and charity sectors, with senior executive positions in all three.
His career began in the charity sector after university, working for Voluntary Service Overseas in Southern Thailand. On his return, he started in education, teaching politics and history in schools and colleges, later becoming Director of Client Services at Woolwich College and helping the College become an associate college of the University of Greenwich.
He was a pioneer of PSHE in both schools and colleges. He gained his MA (Political Education) from the University of London, Institute of Education. After several years in senior executive management in education, Richard moved into the charity sector, working as Deputy to the CEO and Development Director for the UK/International HIV/AIDS charity ACET International. He subsequently moved in to in executive search.
Richard has extensive company board experience as a Director. He is also a trustee serving on the boards of the Ramphal Institute and the Human Ecology Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the English-Speaking Union and the Institute of Directors.
He is a Freeman of the City of London, and Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators 2020/21 and was a member of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Committee 2013/14.
He has previously been a trustee of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth, Friends of the Commonwealth Foundation, the Campaign for Learning, the Brook Advisory Service, the MedicAlert Foundation, a governor of several schools, and a parliamentary candidate in two general elections.
Kevin Everett is a Business/External Relations Specialist having previously served as a Chief Executive of a City law firm, and as a Director on a number of Boards both commercial and not for profit. He was the Non-Executive Chairman of Catenae Innovation PLC.
He is the Treasurer and Chairman Emeritus of the Sir John Cass Foundation, where he led the restructuring of the Foundation, increasing their assets and grants capacity.
Kevin was engaged to lead the Foundation and help develop a network of key relationships within the City of London and Westminster. He has extensive strategic, operational and financial experience, focusing on connecting charities with the corporate sector.
Also, Kevin has extensive Local Government experience and has during the past 25 years played a leading role in numerous charities, educational institutions, and national and London-wide public bodies.
Lord Patel of Bradford
Lord Patel of Bradford joined the House of Lords in June 2006 and now serves as Shadow Minister for Communities. He has extensive experience working at the highest levels, including government, on national and international developments in a wide range of policy areas impacting on health, social care, crime, community cohesion, extremism, equality and human rights.
He is also University Director of Strategic Partnerships and a Senior Adviser to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London.
He was previously Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and Non-Executive Commissioner for the Healthcare Commission, where he was focused on the need to tackle discrimination and poor practice, particularly affecting people from black and minority ethnic communities.
Commodore Christopher Waite
Commodore Chris Waite has had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, culminating as Commodore in Command of the Air Station at Culdrose, which included being a trustee of a local charity supporting disadvantaged youth and of a medium sized charity, the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Since leaving the Royal Navy in 2004, he has worked in an interim position with North Bristol NHS to establish management and governance regimes for a major strategic change programme.
In 2005, he became Clerk and CEO of the Armourers and Brasiers Company and CEO/Secretary to its charitable arm, the Gauntlet Trust. He retired from this post in June 2014. Commodore Chris Waite is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers and does voluntary work as a General Adviser for Citizens Advice and as a Deanery Area Representative for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust.
Navpreet is a Partner at Boodle Hatfield LLP, a private wealth law firm in London. She specialises in non-contentious work across a broad range of construction, engineering and energy projects.
Her clients include owners, developers, contractors, consultants, private equity investors, and institutional lenders across the globe. Navpreet was short listed as a finalist for Legal Advisor of the Year, Women in Finance Awards in 2018.
She has considerable experience of working with a number of charities and social enterprises including the UK Punjab National Heritage Association (UKPHA) where she worked on the “Empire Faith and War” project, City Sikh Networks where she was an Ambassador promoting awareness of Sikh culture and diversity issues, and more recently she was a Trustee at the Haven+London a mental health charity focusing on the arts community.
She is a member of the Society of Construction Lawyers and a Freeman of the City of London.