Those elected to serve on the Board of Trustees have a dual role as a Trustee of the charity and a Director of the company. All Trustee Directors are volunteers and are not paid for their services. The Trustees provide Concordia with a wide range of professional expertise in the fields of farming, finance, fundraising and human resources.
The board meets regularly to take decisions on matters of strategic management and governance, monitoring of operations, health and safety, risk management, setting and amendment of investment guidelines, recommending to the AGM the Statutory Auditors for the coming year, approving the Annual Report & Accounts, keeping the Memorandum & Articles of Association under review and appointing and appraising the Chief Executive who is responsible for the day to day management of the Trust.
Day-to-day management of the charity is delegated to the Chief Executive, according to a Scheme of Delegation approved by the Board. The Chief Executive reports to the Board and works with the senior team and staff to deliver the work of the charity.
I have worked in the special educational needs sector for over 35 years and have been a school leader for 25 of those.
I hold over 12 years of experience in managing humanitarian and development programmes in the UK and overseas for charities including Plan International and Save the Children, as well as qualifying as a primary school teacher.
An experienced international business executive. Prior to Concordia, I spent 20 years at Associated British Foods PLC (ABF), as the Group HR Director for 15 years. I was responsible for developing the leadership and culture of the group. Prior to this role I was with the Allied Bakeries division, firstly as HR Director and then as Managing Director.
I have a wealth of experience in both the charity and corporate sector. Having worked for some of the best known charities in the UK.
I have over 20 years of experience managing local and national voluntary sector campaigns, overseeing large multi-partner digital projects.
I became a trustee in June 2018 and sit on the HR and Operations committee. I joined as part of a personal commitment to youth development, community based organisations and international cooperation and collaboration.
I joined the board of trustees in 2022. Also acting as Managing Director of Naylor Flowers Ltd, a farming company which supplies British cut flowers to retailers.
I'm a former Deloitte Partner, now holding a portfolio of non-executive, advisory, angel investor and trustee roles.
I bring significant experience in managing a leading horticultural business to the Board and understanding of the sector.