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Group Executive Board

Group Executive Board Members

The Group Executive Board (GEB)

The Group Executive Board (GEB) is responsible for the day to day running of Shaw Trust.
Nick Bell, Interim​ Chief Executive Shaw Trust and CEO Prospects
Nick joined Prospects as Chief Executive in October 2014. Prior to this Nick was Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council. Nick brings his extensive leadership experience, to build Shaw Trust’s strong track record of providing innovative services and continuing to partner with the public sector to pioneer effective models of delivery.
Jo Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Education Trust
Jo joined the Trust in 2015 from Ofsted where she worked as the Regional Director for the North West, and National Director for Initial Teacher Education. Prior to that, Jo held several secondary headships; was a National Leader of Education; led a National Support School, and Teaching School. Jo has also worked extensively in education strategy locally and nationally.
Rachael White, Managing Director, Ixion Holdings
Rachael joined Ixion in 2004, initially as Finance Director. Her background in Chartered Accountancy has given her invaluable experience in systems and processes which has assisted her throughout her career. 
Austin Hardie, Operational Managing Director – Charitable and Enterprises Activity and Operational Managing Director of Community Health and Wellbeing
Austin joined Shaw Trust in in 2012 from Remploy and now leads Shaw Trust’s Charitable and Enterprise activities. Austin’s primary background has been spent in Social Enterprise, National Employment Programmes and Local Economic Development. Austin also has responsibility across the Shaw Trust Group for our Health and Wellbeing activity which includes our Community Health and Wellbeing services, the development of our national IPS programme and our Wellbeing Practitioner activity.
Alison Williams, Operational Managing Director – Children and Family Services
Alison has more than 25 years' experience of delivering supportive and innovative services for children and young people to enable them to make successful transitions into adulthood. Alison’s experience gained from providing frontline services has led her to develop person-centred, holistic approaches to service delivery. On secondment, Alison previously served to Gloucestershire County Council as the Interim Director of Children’s Services.
Victoria Blakeman, Operational Managing Director – Justice
Former prison governor Victoria Blakeman, joined Prospects as Director of Offender Management in June 2013. She previously advised the UK Government and UN on counter-terrorism measures in the rehabilitation of offenders. Victoria served as the Head of UK Corrections and Detentions in Afghanistan and was involved in the construction of and restructure of management at Lashkar Gar prison.
Brenda Cabras, Operational Managing Director – Employability
Brenda joined Prospects in 1997 in the early days, and has had a number of operational and corporate roles during that time, becoming a main Board member in 2015. She has extensive experience of managing large employability contracts and providing careers advice for adults and in-work progression.  As Operational Managing Director, Brenda leads the Employability Directorate with contracts across the UK including Work & Health Programme and National Careers Service.
Jacqui Oughton, Operational Managing Director – Learning and Skills
Jacqui joined Ixion Holdings in 2014 where she is currently Chief Operating Officer in addition to Operational Managing Director Learning and Skills for the Shaw Trust Group. She is a highly experienced and strategic leader within the Learning and Skills sector with significant experience in the contribution to and development of policy and growth across apprenticeships, traineeships and wider skills and learning sectors including higher level qualifications. Jacqui is a highly experienced Ofsted nominee having led and managed 21 inspections and led Ixion, as their nominee, to achieve their Overall Outstanding Grade I inspection result in 2017. 
Vanessa Miner, Managing Director, Gabbitas Education
Vanessa has extensive government and commercial experience in education and media industries as an advisor to the Department for Education in the development of the academies programme.  With a substantive career in marketing in the communication industry including  BT and Vodafone she led on commercial partnerships at Endemol Shine, one of the UK's largest media producers, before joining independent educational charity Edge,  as Marketing Director. Vanessa was previously a Shaw Trust trustee and is a trustee of The Galileo Foundation and Director of Edspace, the co-working space for education start-ups.
Andrew Thraves, Managing Director, Optimus Education
Andrew joined Prospects in April 2015. He has supplied services and solutions to the education industry for over 30 years, at commercial organisations demanding significant company growth and high profit expectations. Previously chair of several of the main trade associations representing companies supplying commercial services to education, Andrew is also a Trustee of the largest multi-academy chain in the country.
David Phipps, Chief Finance Officer
David Phipps has been CFO for over four years and is responsible for the financial sustainability of Shaw Trust. He manages the finance and procurement teams, and provides strategic financial advice to the group.
Nick Carey, Chief Strategy Officer
Nick joined Careers Development Group in 2012 as it merged with Shaw Trust. Nick leads the Group in strategy; company secretarial and governance; policy, marketing and communications; compliance, risk, information security and quality; business intelligence; international growth; special and strategic projects.
Mark Earl, Chief Talent Officer
Mark joined Careers Development Group in 2008 leading their Human Resources function. Mark now leads the Group HR, Organisational Development and Resources functions at Shaw Trust.
Richard Clifton, Chief Commercial Officer
Richard is responsible for growth of new business across the Shaw Trust Group and leads the business development, partnerships and research and development teams. He has over 20 year experience of business development within both charitable and commercial sectors.

Alan Crawford, Chief Digital Information Officer
Alan leads the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) function across the Shaw Trust Group and is responsible for creating and implementing a vision for digital, data and technology provision. He joined Shaw Trust in July 2018 from City and Guilds Group and has a wealth of experience in the charity sector, having previously held senior positions at Action for Children, Age UK and Blind Veterans UK.

Andrew Coates, Integration Director
Andrew joined Prospects in 2005 setting up the events business before leading the sales and marketing division. Andrew was appointed Integration Director for Shaw Trust following the merger in December 2017 where he is responsible for bringing the four organisations closer together.
Alona De Havilland, Employee Voice Chair
Alona joined Prospects in 2007 working in the events team before working in the corporate marketing and communications team. Seconded to the Employee Voice representative body, Alona as chair represents the interests of her 3,500 colleagues across Shaw Trust, Ixion Holdings, Prospects and Shaw Education Trust.