Governors of the Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust

Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust - Governing Body

Mr Paul Coen

CHAIRMAN - Paul Coen

Paul Coen

Appointed Governor in April 2011 and appointed Chairman in April 2014.

After a career in the UK Public Service, Paul joined Citigroup the US Investment Bank as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the UK Public Sector Group 2010 – 2013.

Previously, Paul had been Chief Executive of the Local Government Association, the national leadership body for local government in England. This followed 16 years in local government being Chief Executive of both Surrey and Essex County Councils between 1995 and 2006. His professional background was in purchasing and contract management in a career which started with British Coal.

He is also a past member of Council at Surrey University and has served as chief executive to two police authorities and been a non executive director of a number of companies.

Paul graduated from Manchester University in 1977 with a BA (Econ) Hons in Government and is an honorary member of the Institute of Public Finance.


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Lord Carter of Barnes CBE

Appointed Governor in April 2005 and appointed Chairman from 2007-2014.

Stephen A. Carter is the Group CEO Designate of Informa plc, and is a member of the Executive Management Committee.

He has held a variety of Senior Executive roles in the Media and Telecommunications Industry including Managing Director of NTL UK & Ireland; Chief Executive of two marketing service businesses - J. Walter Thompson UK Limited and the Brunswick Group LLP; the founding Chief Executive of Ofcom (the UK Communications Regulator) and he was also Minister for Communications, Technology & Broadcasting.

He is a law graduate from Aberdeen University, and also completed the HBS AMP.

Stephen is a Trustee of The Royal Shakespeare Company, a Vice President of UNICEF UK and is a Past Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain. Stephen was awarded a CBE for services to the Communications Industry in 2006, and is a Life Peer.

Professor Michael Clarke

Professor Michael Clarke CBE

Appointed Governor in July 2010.

Born in Yorkshire, he started his academic career at the University of Edinburgh as Director of Studies prior to joining Lothian Regional Council in 1975, later becoming Deputy Director, Policy Planning. Moving South in 1981, he headed the Local Government Management Board and advised a number of parliamentary Select Committees.

He has been a member of the Church of England General Synod since 1990 and chairs the Dioceses since Autumn 2008. Among a range of other interests, he chairs the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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Mrs Karen Jones CBE

Appointed Governor in July 2005.

Chairman, Food and Fuel Ltd; Non-executive Director, HBOS (Halifax Bank of Scotland) and Royal National Theatre Enterprises. Karen also chairs the Remuneration Committee of HBOS and the Rebuilding Childhoods Board of the NSPCC.

Previously: Chief Executive of Spirit Group Ltd, a 2000 strong pub and restaurant group. Karen is a very successful retailer with a strong track record of growing and managing businesses. She founded and developed both Café Rouge and the Pelican Group plc.

Previous Non-Executive Director roles include Gondola Holdings plc and Emap plc.

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Lord Jordan of Bournville

Appointed Governor in 1992.

President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Chairman of the Housing and Communities Agency

Formally General Secretary, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (1995-2001); President, Amalgamated Engineering & Electrical Union (1986-95); Member: TUC General Council and major committees (1986-95), National Economic Development Council (NEDC) (1986-92), Engineering Training Authority (1991-95), English Partnerships 1993-2003; Governor, London School of Economics 1987-2002, Manchester Business School (1987-92) and BBC (1988-98); Member Court of Governors, Henley College.

Charles Pugh

Mr Charles Pugh

Appointed Governor in November 2012.

Curator and Consultancy Manager, National Trust.

Charles Pugh has over twenty years of experience working within the historic environment,. He is closely involved with a wide range of properties including the Ashridge Estate and Stowe House.

Charles graduated from King’s College, University of London with a BA in History. At the National Trust, he has worked as both an operational manager and as a curator in Wales and across the London & South East Region. More recently, he was seconded to help design and roll out the National Trust’s current internal consultancy model as part of its “Going Local” strategy.

Charles attended the University of East Anglia’s Museum Leaders Programme in 2011/12 and is a Trustee of the Booker Woods and Commons Protection Society, a community based local charity.

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Professor Roland Kaye

Appointed Governor in April 2005.

Retired as Emeritus Professor from the University of East Anglia having previously been Dean of the Open University Business School. Roland was the Interim Dean at BPP University College Business School having previously served on their Academic Council.

Former President of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Professor Kaye has also served on the executive of the Association of Business Schools and as adviser to the Chartered Management Institute.

Sir Richard Mottram

Sir Richard Mottram

Appointed Governor in 1998.

Richard is currently chairman of Amey plc and of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of GardaWorld; vice-chairman of the Council of Management of the Ditchley Foundation; and a trustee of the Royal Anniversary Trust. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Government of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He was formerly a civil servant. From 1992-2007 he held a number of top posts as Permanent Secretary of the Office of Public Service and Science (Cabinet Office), the MOD, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and the Department for Work and Pensions, and, finally, with responsibility for security and intelligence in the Cabinet Office.

He is a past President of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management.

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Mr Liam Strong

Appointed Governor in 1995.

Partner & CEO: Cerberus European Advisors, LLP

Chairman Torex Retail Holdings; Chairman Virtual IT; Vice Chairman AerCap B.V; Board Lay Member for the Faculty of Public Health

Previously: President and Chief Executive of Canadian telecommunications company Teleglobe (2003 – 2006); President and Chief Executive of MCI WorldCom International (1997-2001); Chief Executive, Sears (1992-1997); Marketing & Operations Director, British Airways (1988-1991) CEO Reckitt & Colman (North America).

Chris Sullivan

Mr Chris Sullivan

Appointed Governor in July 2010.

Chief Executive, RBS Corporate Banking Division.

Chris Sullivan was appointed Chief Executive of the Corporate Banking Division in August 2009. The business holds market positions of 1st (in the UK) and 5th (globally). Previous roles include Chief Executive of both RBS Insurance and RBS Retail and Deputy Chief Executive of Retail Markets.

Chris is the Group sponsor for Gender Diversity and the Focused Women’s Network which has seen its membership grow from 500 to currently over 5,000 members.

He was appointed Head of Group Training and Development in 1991, reflecting his sustained interest in leadership and management development. In 1993, Chris became National Sales Director for Lombard Business Finance, moving on to become Chief Executive of Lombard Group, a business he joined from school in 1975.

Chris has a proven track record in growing businesses.

FCIBS - Chris Sullivan earned his Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland for his services to Scottish Banking in various roles throughout his career.