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 eleven members.
- Ken Olisa, Chairman
- Janet Allen, Trustee
- John Norman, Trustee
- Mike Hawker, Trustee
- Peter Holmes, Trustee
- Vanessa Miner, Trustee
- Rebecca Sudworth, Trustee
- Christina Patterson, Trustee
- Paul Baldwin, Trustee
- Dr Mike Nussbaum, Trustee
Ken Olisa, Chairman
Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Cambridge University. At IBM he held various posts in systems engineering, sales and marketing, before joining Wang Laboratories in 1981. Following a period as Marketing Director for Europe, Vice President of US Marketing and then of Worldwide Marketing, Ken was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wang Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In this role, he was responsible for the sales, marketing, support, service and administration activities within 11 subsidiaries and 92 distributors.
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 is a director of Thomson Reuters and has served on the boards of ENRC from 2007 to 2011 and of Open Text Corporation from 1998 to 2008. He recently joined the board of The Institute of Directors as a Non-Executive Director in April 2013 and he is currently Non-executive Chairman of Outsourcery Plc who successfully floated on AIM in May 2013. 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; Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; a Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Chairman 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.
Janet Allen, Trustee
With over 20 years in global banking, Janet worked initially for Bankers Trust in New York and subsequently for Citibank in London. She trained as a commercial banker, leading teams in relationship management and went on to manage teams across Europe and the USA in product development and sales management. Moving into marketing, she was European Marketing Director in the Transaction Banking business and led a global team during the introduction of the euro. Setting up a strategic marketing consultancy, SIA, Janet works with major financial institutions and their suppliers on major market initiatives, assisting with external communications and importantly helping manage change internally.
John Norman, Trustee
John is a senior management generalist with board level experience in both the corporate and voluntary sectors. John was head of business continuity planning with BAA Airports Ltd. He was recently appointed to the Finance and Audit Board of Poplar HARCA.
Mike Hawker, Trustee
Mike is a non-executive director with Findel Plc, and the National Offenders Management Service. He is a member of the Ministry of Justice audit committee 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.
Peter Holmes, Trustee
Peter is a director of Intellect, the UK trade association. He is also the chair of its Operations Board. He is an independent non-executive director of Scytl and is a non-executive member of the Insolvency Service Executive Agency Board. He is also a director of Votetub, a dotcom start-up aimed at creating greater political engagement with individuals in the 18-35 age groups. Peter has worked for Accenture and was managing director of UK Systems for Sema Group Plc (now Atos Origin).
Vanessa has extensive experience in providing specialist advice to active and potential academy sponsors as a consultant to the Department for Education. She also supports the Academies Ambassadors Forum as an advisor. Before taking up these roles, Vanessa was Marketing Director for an independent educational charity, Edge, which she joined having been the Commercial Partnerships Director at TV producer Endemol.
Rebecca Sudworth, Trustee
Rebecca joined Shaw Trust in February 2016. Rebecca has been Director of Strategy and Communications at the Peabody Trust since August 2013. Peabody is one of London’s largest and oldest housing associations, providing homes and services to over 80,000 Londoners. Before joining Peabody, Rebecca was a Senior Civil Servant in the Department for Work and Pensions, leading the department’s strategic financial planning across a welfare budget of over £200bn and a resource budget of £8bn. Before that, Rebecca led policy on the employment of disabled people, designing and delivering the Work Choice programme and developing Employment and Support Allowance, a new benefit introduced in 2008. Rebecca’s career in the civil service started in the Treasury, and she has worked in a wide range of areas, often focusing on employment and welfare policy. Rebecca started her career at Oxfam, and loves working in organisations with a strong social purpose.
Christina Patterson, Trustee
Christina Patterson was appointed as a trustee of Shaw Trust in February 2016. Christina is a freelance journalist, broadcaster, and communications consultant and writes for The Sunday Times and The Guardian about society, politics, culture, books and the arts. A former Chief Executive of the Poetry Society and columnist for The Independent, she is a regular commentator on radio, TV news and cultural programmes, as well as a regular guest on the Sky News press preview. Christina was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for her campaigning work to raise standards in nursing, which included a week-long report for The Independent, a Radio 4 documentary and a short film for The One Show, BBC. She is currently working on a research project for a think tank and writing a book about resilience.
Paul Baldwin, 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 the Finance Committee for World Animal Protection, Trustee of the Gorilla Organization and a Trustee 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 has nearly 20 years’ experience of the banking industry, working for UBS, Kleinwort Benson, Goldman Sachs, and HSBC. Whilst working at HSBC, Paul led a team of 65 across 10 different countries developing financial risk management products for large corporate and institutional clients. Prior to banking, Paul worked as a Management Consultant with The LEK Partnership, and within the Strategy and Planning sector for a large manufacturing business.
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 an Aldershot-based Disabled Snowsports club. Paul has a degree in Engineering from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Mike Nussbaum
Mike joined Shaw Trust in February 2016. Mike is the Chair of Action for Blind People, Vice President of Volunteering England and supports numerous other charitable organisations. 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.