Charles Griffiths (President)
Charles Griffiths holds the position of President of the St Monica Trust, a role which he approaches from a background as a Chartered Accountant, leisure and work wear company owner and founding partner of Belmont Care Ltd. Charles views overseeing the expansion and development of the Trust as the most critical element of his position as President. He holds a passionate belief in the work of the Trust and is ever-mindful that its expansion must operate in line with the current work and goals.
Michael Bothamley is a former President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative and was High Sheriff of Bristol for 2014/15. He is also a development lawyer and Head of Real Estate at international law firm DAC Beachcroft. With his varied experience and his knowledge of Greater Bristol, Michael is convinced of the importance of St Monica Trust's leadership role across the West of England and beyond. As a member of the Trust's Council, he believes the most important aspect of being a Trustee is challenging the executive team to keep delivering the Trust's charitable purpose and the founder’s vision in a rapidly changing world.
Sue Cooper was appointed by the St Monica Trust council in June 2018 and specialises in working with charities and social enterprises. She is passionate about the difference charities such as the St Monica Trust can make, both in local communities and in society as a whole. Her business skills come from a career in banking. For the past 20 years she has worked with charities and social enterprises for Triodos Bank UK and as CEO of a similar regulated finance organisation in New Zealand. Returning to the UK she set up a new social investment programme for an endowed charitable foundation. Sue is based in Bristol and works as a consultant and non-executive director.
Susan Darwall Smith DL
Susan Darwall Smith, a Trustee since June 2016, has extensive legal experience including 20 years as a Judge of the Family Court in Bristol. Susan emphasises the importance of striking a balance between maintaining our traditional values and ensuring the progression and forward thinking nature of the Trust. Upon retirement, Susan has committed to several charitable roles within the Bristol area including President of the Grateful Society and Chair of Bristol NSPCC. Susan reaffirms that the opening of The Chocolate Quarter presents an exciting opportunity for the Trust to further integrate with the wider community, in particular with younger generations.
Debbie England has been the Director of HR at the University of West of England since 2009 and joined the St Monica Trust council in January 2018. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she brings to her role as a Trustee a wealth of expertise from HR and management roles in financial services, retail and catering. Debbie is also a trustee of Music Space and on the Common Purpose Advisory Group.
Andrew Garrad CBE
As the co-founder and CEO of international renewable energy consultancy the Garrad Hassan Group, Dr Andrew Garrad applies his extensive business experience to help the Trust maintain the highest standards of governance. Closer to home, Andrew chaired Bristol's year as European Green Capital in 2015, was a member of the Council of the University of Bristol from 2012 to 2016 and received a CBE for services to renewable energy in 2017. Andrew feels passionately that older people should not be socially segregated and is a champion of intergenerational living.
Squadron Leader John Kane retired after 23 years of service in the Royal Air Force and a subsequent 20 years as owner and operator of Listowel Nursing Home. His involvement in care continued as he established Belmont Care Ltd. These roles have provided John with a comprehensive understanding of the requirements for sound governance of the Trust, to which he is able to contribute as chair of the Audit Committee. John believes his priority as a Trustee is to ensure that the Trust achieves the goal of ensuring vulnerable people have the best possible quality of life.
Professor Joe McGeehan
Professor Joe McGeehan comes to his role as a Trustee from a background in communications, where he has been teaching, researching and pioneering developments in the field since 1973. Joe also brings insight from his work as a mentor for start-up companies and is the founder of ‘Invest Bristol and Bath (IBB)’ which is part of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. In 2004, Professor McGeehan was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘Services to the Communications Industry’.
Tim originally qualified as a solicitor and went on to become Chairman or main Board Director of a number of public and private companies in the construction sector. He brings to his role as a Trustee a wealth of experience at senior level in the governance of the University of Bristol, the Dolphin Society, Quartet Community Foundation and Clifton College. He was Master of the Merchant Venturers in 2015/2016 and is currently Vice Chairman of Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, President of the Gloucestershire Society and Chairman of the Governors at Colston’s School.
As a hospital consultant for over 30 years who became Head of Division of Specialised Services in Bristol, Peter Wilde is passionate about seeing services for older people in the South West maintained at the highest standard. Since his retirement, Peter has worked with the Care Quality Commission and Keele University along with numerous charitable causes. On the St Monica Trust Council, Peter sits as the Chairman of the Care Committee. Peter's vision for the Trust is to see it continue its innovative approach to developing and implementing best practise in our rapidly changing society.
Lady Paula Wills
Among her numerous charitable roles, Lady Paula Wills is Vice President of the Quartet Community Foundation, Patron of Arnos Vale Cemetery and Patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust. She is also Patron of the National Eye Research Centre and the Bristol Chair of the Canine Partners Committee, along with her position as Trustee on the St Monica Trust Council.
Richard Wynn Jones
As a solicitor who worked for Burges Salmon until 2006, Richard Wynn Jones has dedicated much of his retired life to voluntary and community positions within Bristol, including Governor of 3 primary schools within the Venturers’ Trust. Richard’s legal mind has proved vital in his role as Trustee in providing support on legal matters faced by the Trust. He values the ability of Trustees to both support and challenge the senior management team as being crucial to the running and future development of a complex charity.
Andrew Yates points to the important role of Trustees in bringing business experience to assist with challenging decisions at the Trust. Andrew’s extensive career in industry and accreditation as a Chartered Accountant leaves him well positioned to fulfil this role. Outside of his professional career and work with the Trust, Andrew is a member of Society of Merchant Venturers and Chairman of the Local Governing Body of Kingfisher School. Regarding the future of the Trust, Andrew is optimistic that the depth of expertise and sound financial basis in the Trust can secure its position at the fore of care for older people in the Bristol area.
Sir David Wills (Patron)
Sir David Wills is the great, great nephew of Henry and Monica Wills, founder of St Monica Trust. Sir David is a farmer and landowner. He is a Past Master of the Merchant Venturers’, Patron of the St Monica Trust, North Somerset Agricultural Society and Bristol Care and Repair. He is Trustee and Chairman of Farmlink Education Ltd and the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare. Sir David is also a Trustee of the Royal Bath and West Society.