Jane Barrie OBE DL, Chairman
Jane has lived in Somerset for most of her life and is the Chair of Health Education South West. She has had several Non-Executive roles within the NHS during the last 24 years, including Chair of NHS Somerset and Chair of Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority. She is a stockbroker by profession and formerly Regional Director of NatWest Stockbrokers. With a keen interest in education, she is Chairman of Governors of Taunton School, and the former Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council for Somerset. She is a past President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, the global women's organization whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. She is a Patron of St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and President of Care Focus (South West) CIC.
Martin Kitchen OBE, Vice Chairman
Martin is a retired local government Chief Officer and chaired a national committee reviewing service levels in the fire service. He also has experience at board level in Education, the National Health Service and Police. Martin has a particular interest in the structure and governance of public and charitable bodies, mentoring and adult learning.
Paul Hake, Treasurer
Paul is a partner at Albert Goodman LLP, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, where he heads up the Family Business and Charity teams. Both these roles are ideally suited to the Foundation as many of our keenest supporters in the business community come from family businesses. Therefore Paul’s understanding of charity finance and accounts makes him well qualified for his specific role as our Treasurer.
Chris is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and a former Business Services Director of Wessex Water plc. The majority of his career has been spent in the UK but he has worked in North, Central and South America and been the Chief Financial Officer of the global technology company Achillies Group. He is a former Chairman of Somerset College of Art and Technology and board member and trustee of BIBIC the Somerset based brain injury charity. He is currently advising Pixieme.org a community marketplace for independent businesses and is a trustee of a number of local charities.
Richard is Chairman of Tauntfield and Summerfield Developments, property companies based in Taunton who have built up an endowment fund with Somerset Community Foundation.
Richard qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Savills in London before moving back to the West Country in 1987. He has been instrumental in Summerfield’s growth to become one of the major regional developers in the South West. He has excellent contacts at senior level within the business community and is a school governor at King’s College and King’s Hall, Taunton, and was High Sheriff of Somerset in 2014/15.
Jane is a Somerset County Councillor, she has chaired Action for Children's adoption panel, served as a member of the Independent Monitoring board for HMP Guys Marsh amongst other voluntary roles. She has been a Trustee of SCF for 5 years and currently chairs the Grants Panel, she also chairs Eagle House Trust which helps young people known to social services with education and training, a fund now administered by the Foundation. Jane is a qualified Cordon Bleu cook, and lives near Wincanton with her partner, 2 whippets, three horses and Harry the cat.
Sarah is a solicitor and is currently a partner at Ashfords LLP in the Real Estate team. She was brought up in Surrey and worked in London before moving to Somerset in 1991. She has worked in private practice for many years but has also worked at the BBC legal department and at the Government Property Lawyers (part of the Treasury Solicitors Department). She has an interest in voluntary work and community based activities and was a volunteer and on the management team at Brixton Advice Centre for 10 years whilst working in London. Locally she has been a Parish Councillor in Pitminster for many years (including a term as Chair for 6 years) and is also involved in community activities through her parish church.
John has spent most of his professional life in central government, where he served on the executive boards of the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. On leaving the civil service, he was appointed by the House of Commons as its Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. He is currently the Director of Strategy and Implementation and Company Secretary at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge and is a senior member of St Edmund’s College. John sits as a lay member of barristers’ disciplinary panels. He is an elected member of the National Trust Council and chairs its Nominations Committee for appointments to the Trust’s Board of Trustees. He is a volunteer at the National Trust’s Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey.
Lucy Nelson DL
Lucy founded Tommy’s, a national charity funding medical research into the reasons why babies are born too soon and too small, stillbirth, miscarriage, poor foetal growth and prematurity. They raise around £4million each year. She was Tommy's CEO for 10 years, a Director of Mark Birley Associates for 20 years and a Director of the Catholic Building Society. Lucy was also a Governor for 20 years and finally Chairman of Governors for Port Regis school in Dorset. Lucy was High Sheriff of Somerset 2015-16 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant. She is particularly interested in mental health and raised a fund for 4 mental health charities in Somerset during her year as High Sheriff. She has lived in Penselwood, Somerset for 20 years and runs a small stud, breeding horses for eventing and dressage.
Judith is Owner & Director of Orenda Training and Consultancy Ltd, working mainly with organisations that provide social care. She has been both Corporate Director and Chief Executive of two provider organisations and now consults widely with providers and User Led Organisations (organisations that are run by beneficiaries). Judith has an active interest in ensuring charitable funding positively impacts on beneficiaries and is involved in charitable fundraising for an orphanage in Bangladesh. Judith lives in Weston Super Mare with her husband.
Barry has analysed, advised and assisted a vast array of businesses since joining the financial services industry in the mid nineties. These span from multi-billion pound corporations through to entrepreneurial start-ups. In this time, he has worked with businesses at all stages of their development. His career has included working at Director level for HSBC and Citigroup, two of the largest banks in the world, where he worked on the equity-trading floor. In this time he also developed an interest in Socially Responsible Investing as well as working with HSBC’s Index Research team, helping move them to a top 3 ranking.
Having been based between Somerset and London for the last 7 years, Barry has now moved full time to the county and spends time as a consultant working with firms in Bath, Bristol and the wider Somerset area with a special interest in sustainable development..
Karen grew up in Somerset before spending most of her adult life in the South East following a career in the hotel, hospitality and music industries and supporting her husband in the horseracing industry.
Karen became involved, alongside her sister, in planning key fundraising events for large charities such as Mencap and Cancer Research UK. Her contacts in the world of opera enabled her to connect charities with major opera singers, such as Jose Carreras, dAme Kiri Te Kawana, Alfie Boe and Brun Tyfe , to perform at their events.
Upon the death of their father, Karen oversaw a memorial fund with SCF set up by her sister, who lived in Switzerland. Returning to Somerset to live in Dulverton four years ago, Karen became a trustee of Somerset Community Foundation three years ago.
Jan Ross MBE
Jan has worked in Somerset in education, both for children and adults, and in Community Development. She currently works for Engage West Somerset, supporting voluntary groups. As a volunteer, she is involved in many different charities and groups in Somerset. Jan brings to the Foundation a good network of contacts across local authority, community and voluntary sectors.
Tim is a partner and chairman of Clarke Willmott LLP specialising in property development work. He has lived in Somerset for 37 years. His work brings him into contact with Somerset businesses and landowners and he has also carried out legal work for a number of charities during his career.
He is Chair of trustees of the Albemarle charity and a member and former church secretary of Taunton Baptist Church.