We are pleased to introduce our Board of Trustees.
Bill Huxley – Chair of Trustees
Founder of Business against Poverty, relationship is at the centre of who Bill is. He loves to link businesses and other communities to the international projects we work with, currently in Romania, Nepal and Haiti. He has an ambition for all those who engage in the fight against injustice and poverty to prosper financially, emotionally and spiritually.
He is a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and a Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) & Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (MACC), Person-centred working within an integrated framework specialising in trauma therapy. Bill is also a Certified and Accredited Personal Coach and a Member of the Association of Coaching (MAC.) Bill attends the West Wilts Vineyard Church in Trowbridge.
Karen Ramirez – Charity Company Secretary
Karen is a communications professional with a career that has included working at senior level in the banking, travel and tourism, hospitality, sport and security sectors. She speaks Spanish and French and has worked with many regions of the world, including Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and USA. She brings a wealth of multi-national experience and international contacts to her work, enabling business beyond borders, where nothing is lost in translation.
Karen serves on the Senior Management Board of the Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications (CSSC) hub, was a former Chair of AWTE (the Association of Women Travel Executives), has won the AWTE Business Impact Award and is listed on the Women 1st Top 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality, Passenger Transport, Travel & Tourism.
Andrew Fisher – Charity Finance Trustee
Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a big four firm in 1987. His experience since qualifying includes spells with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and in senior accounting roles with commercial organisations large and small.
He ran his own practice for many years before co-founding Alanbrookes Limited Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditor in 2008, which now has offices in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Amongst its many areas of work, Alanbrookes is one of the country’s leading firms in supplying accounting, tax, audit and advisory services to Co-operatives, including many community based renewable energy companies.
The two things that give Andrew most enjoyment in his work are helping clients achieve their business and personal objectives, and defending the powerless against the mighty.
He attends West Wilts Vineyard Church in Trowbridge.
Dr Harvey Maylor – Trustee
Harvey is Director of the International Centre for Programme Management at Cranfield University. He is the author of 5 management books, including the 4thedition of Project Management, Europe’s best-selling text on the subject.
He lives with his wife Kara and are the owners of Project Management Publishing and Consulting Ltd., a consultancy firm that offers high-level development in business project management. Their clients include Transport for London and BAE Systems (in the UK, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Harvey lives in Bathford with Kara and their 4 children. They have lived in Bath since 1999, and are part of the community at their local church, St Swithun’s.
Wayne McMaster – Trustee
Wayne brings creativity to the team and is a talented graphic designer. He created the successful business Studio Hope in the Autumn of 2002 in Bath a graphic design consultancy that create, develop and manage brands. In 2012 Studio Hope merged with another design agency in Bristol which became Zeke Creative.
Wayne is active in his community and local church, especially as part of the worship team on percussion.
Paul van Haver – Trustee
Paul van Haver is vice president at TechSoup, an international NGO who helps build technology capabilities in the social sector, working with more than 1.000.000 NGOs all over the world. At TechSoup Paul is responsible for the creation and execution of TechSoup’s data strategy. He oversees a portfolio of strategic projects and relationships related to global NGO eligibility and NGO information services.
Having worked for large global consulting firms like Cap Gemini and PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Paul will bring 30 years of management consulting experience to the board. Over the last 6 years in his current role as the executive director of TechSoup UK, Paul has become well aware of all required governance processes for charities in the UK.
Paul was fortune enough to go on a trip to Romania to contribute and be hands-on involved in the the work of the charity on the ground. This gave Paul the motivation to get more actively involved in the charity. Paul lives in Trowbridge and as an active member of the local Vineyard church.
Stuart Brown – Trustee
Stuart Brown gained a 1st Class Bachelor Science degree from the University of London in 1977 and is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager. In 1999 Stuart set up his own freelance consulting business, specialising in policy and institutional development in the environment and related sectors in transition economies. From 2012 to 2013 he was the European Union High Level Policy Adviser to the Minister of Environment of Moldova, under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme. Most recently he has been working in Vietnam in connection with developing bilateral trade relations with the European Union. Stuart and his wife Esther visited Romania as a personal initiative in 1990, since when Stuart has worked regularly there, to the point where he is now a fluent Romanian speaker. In parallel with this, Stuart is also a musician and composer, with published works that have been performed in the USA.
Dick Beath – Non-Exec Director
During a progressive career as a British Infantry officer, Dick became a Christian, whilst doing a science degree at RMC Shrivenham. After a further eight years Dick left the Army as an acting Major and acted as a carer for his elderly father for five years until he died. Dick married Cherry who is a trained artist, probation officer and a local councillor and he continued training as an accountant in the Health Service.
Both he and Cherry have been involved in the Church in Foxhill on Combe Down, Bath and saw the whole Church including Holy Trinity becoming renewed. Dick has taught in England and abroad and currently supports the parish of Peasedown St John. Dick acts as a Chaplain at the RUH and does programmes on local radio. He has been involved in helping Charities in the UK and those which operate in Africa