Our 14 trustees come from all walks of life. What they have in common is a desire to help us in whichever way they can to bring together Sussex donors with the communities they wish to support. You can read more about them below. The current Chairman is Keith Hollis.
Keith Hollis – Chairman
Keith has lived and worked within the legal world for 45 years. As a young solicitor in London he was involved in the law centre movement, as well as helping to establish a community centre and adventure playground. Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor, he established his own practice in South London, primarily dealing with legal aid work. He was subsequently appointed as a judge and sat in Kent and Sussex for over twenty years, retiring as a Circuit Judge in 2013 to work as a mediator and judicial trainer. For many years, he has run judicial training programmes in different parts of the Commonwealth. His professional interests have chiefly been in human rights and in environmental and housing law. He is married to Mariana, a landscape architect and lecturer, with two grown-up children. He enjoys hill walking and music (both singing and playing the piano and bassoon).
Consuelo joined SG Warburg after graduating with an honours degree in Politics, Economics and International Relations from Southampton University. She spent over forty years as a manager in US and European specialist equity portfolios for major institutions in the UK, the US and intergovernmental organisations. Between 2002 and 2010, she was a non-executive director and chair of the audit and remuneration committees of several listed companies. She served as Treasurer and member of Council of University of Sussex (2002-2012). She was appointed a trustee of Sussex Community Foundation in 2012 and, in 2013, became a trustee of Global Heritage Foundation UK.
Maggie Burgess grew up in Canada and trained as a nurse. She qualified as an open-heart intensive care nurse and spent several years working in Saudi Arabia, organising trips to Nepal in her spare time.She founded Promise Nepal, a charity aimed at helping to provide medicine, education and rehabilitation for those affected by leprosy. Maggie studied at Brunel University London and is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Anthropological Institute. In recognition of her outstanding services to international communities, she has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences from Brunel University in 2009.
Rodney has been a trustee of many charities spanning four decades. Initially, he was Chair of ActionAid and also chaired the Executive of the Industrial Society. Rodney’s interests grew in all forms of people and community development. Having qualified as an accountant with an MBA and running a number of businesses, he took the unusual step of becoming Group Personnel Director of the W H Smith Group. before retiring early to focus his time on the voluntary sector. A ten-year engagement with Community Land Trusts has provided valuable experience. as he now chairs the Heart of Hastings CLT amongst a number of other voluntary roles.
Julia Carrette has worked in the voluntary sector since 1981, following 12 years in the private sector. After working in East London in the 1980s, developing community businesses as a response to high unemployment in an area of severe deprivation, Julia worked for eleven years as a Community Relations Officer in Hampshire. This work involved undertaking complainant aid, BAME community development, multi-agency policy development, training and public education. Since then, Julia has worked for charities managing contracts and projects dealing with ex-offenders, young people at-risk and children, as well as running a number of grants programmes and being a trustee of other charities. Julia was Chief Officer of Voluntary Action Worthing until 2016.
Charles Drayson was born in Chichester and has lived in Sussex for most of his life. Educated at Marlborough College, his career started in copper mining but he moved into the perfume industry in 1970. Working initially for French perfumery company, Robertet et Cie of Grasse, he moved to industry leader Firmenich in 1984 to head their UK perfumery and flavour operations. His career involved extensive travel throughout the world and a stint living in New York from 1999. Charles and his wife Rosie retired back to Sussex in 2005 and he was appointed as a magistrate on the West Sussex bench the following year. His other interests are skiing, golf, engineering and – especially – friends.
Jonica Fox was Chairman of Wealden District Council, after having been a councillor since 1999. She had a successful commercial career in national newspapers and advertising before setting up two family-owned vineyards in East Sussex producing Rose English Sparkling Wine. She has also been very active in the voluntary sector and is a member of National Trust Council.
Nikki Glover grew up in Sussex. She worked in London in the advertising industry for seven years before returning in 1989 to get married. She is a Trustee of the Albert Van den Bergh Charitable Trust. Together with freelance book-keeping for various local businesses, she has also been involved with voluntary and charitable work within Sussex. She has two grown up children and her hobbies include tennis, exercise, gardening and reading.
Brian has spent over 40 years in the hotel industry. Following a Liverpool University education in economics, he pursued a corporate career path with luxury international hotel groups, before developing a hotel management company in 1992 with the brand Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand.
He spent the subsequent 22 years developing this into a global company as specialists in this niche area of the industry. After selling his business in 2014, he has subsequently held several non-executive positions within the hospitality industry.
Originally raised in Kent, Brian and his family have lived in Sussex for over 30 years. He is also a mentor for the Prince’s Trust helping young people to start their own business. Brian is a keen sports person and enthusiastic yachtsman holding membership of Royal Thames Yacht Club. In 2014, he sailed across the Atlantic, raising charitable funds for Hospitality in Action.
Martin is a solicitor and former partner of Pinsent Masons LLP, a Top 10 UK-based international law firm where he specialised in construction and infrastructure law. He retired from the partnership in 2017. He is an elected member of the CBI London Regional Council and a member of the CB1 Construction Council. He has been a governor/trustee of Cumnor House School in Danehill, trustee of the Barts Hospital Research and Development Trust, trustee of the Pinsent Masons Foundation and an ambassador for Arthritis Research UK. He has recently been appointed to the Elections Committee of the Royal Automobile Club. Martin lives in Newick with his wife, Jane. They have two children in their early 20s.
Mark Spofforth OBE
Mark trained in the City as a Chartered Accountant and joined the family accountancy firm in Sussex, which subsequently became Kreston Reeves LLP. He served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2012 and was appointed to the UK Takeover Panel. Mark spent six years making weekly broadcasts on local BBC Radio on financial matters and has lectured widely on accountancy and regulatory topics. He spent two years on the Government’s Better Regulation Strategy Group. He is currently a member of the Charities SORP Committee that sets the accounting standards for Charities, one of his specialisms, and is a Board member of IFAC, the International Federation of Accountants. He was awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to the accountancy profession. Mark has been Master of two City Livery Companies. He is a Governor of Sion School in Worthing, and is a Trustee of the Thalidomide Trust. He served as High Sheriff for West Sussex for 2016-17.
Patrick originally qualified as an accountant in Norfolk. He spent the majority of his career in private practice in accounting firms in London, the last 17 years as a managing partner and tax specialist partner in one of the Big 4 firms. He then took a retirement job as Tax Policy Director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation (where he had previously been President and Member of the Council). He is also a trustee and treasurer of the think tank, the Resolution Foundation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Pamela Stiles has lived in East Brighton for 38 years and is a mother of four grown-up children. She is a graduate of Birmingham and Oxford Universities and has taught in schools in both the UK and New Zealand. She worked in Parliament for seven years before becoming a Councillor, representing Woodingdean for 11 years on Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Councils. Pamela has been on the committees of many local charities and, at present, she is a trustee of Brighton and Hove Music Trust and Chairman of Gorham’s Gift Trust. Pamela has been a Brighton magistrate since 1989.