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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 Trustee

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

Mike Hawker

Shaw Trust 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.

Mike Hawker, Shaw Trust Trustee

Peter Holmes

Shaw Trust Trustee

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

Paul Baldwin

Shaw Trust 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. 

Paul Baldwin, Shaw Trust Trustee

Dr Mike Nussbaum

Shaw Trust 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.
Dr Mike Nussbaum, Shaw Trust Trustee

Jeremy Moore CB

Shaw Trust 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 Moore CB, Shaw Trust Trustee

Paul McGee

Shaw Trust 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.

Paul McGee, Shaw Trust Trustee