Trustees

Erica Cadbury

Erica took up the role of Chair of Trustees in October 2017. She became a Trustee in 1980. She and her partner John McConnell worked in Sri Lanka and Thailand in the 80's and the early 90's on peace related projects. In 1998, having studied law as a mature student, Erica started working in Craven Citizens Advice Bureau and on retirement was the CEO of Craven and Harrogate Districts Citizens Advice. She also sits as a lay member of the Employment Tribunal. She is an active member of her Quaker Meeting and Convenor of Trustees of a Quaker property charity. She and John also run a small education charity with projects in South East Asia (Scholarships for Street Kids).

Erica says: “I see my trusteeship as service but also as something which widens my vision and my experience immensely. I feel I have been privileged to meet some extraordinary people through the Trust and am constantly humbled by the vision and energy of the people and organisations we work with.”

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Erica Cadbury

Erica took up the role of Chair of Trustees in October 2017. She became a Trustee in 1980. She and her partner John McConnell worked in Sri Lanka and Thailand in the 80's and the early 90's on peace related projects. In 1998, having studied law as a mature student, Erica started working in Craven Citizens Advice Bureau and on retirement was the CEO of Craven and Harrogate Districts Citizens Advice. She also sits as a lay member of the Employment Tribunal. She is an active member of her Quaker Meeting and Convenor of Trustees of a Quaker property charity. She and John also run a small education charity with projects in South East Asia (Scholarships for Street Kids).

Erica says: “I see my trusteeship as service but also as something which widens my vision and my experience immensely. I feel I have been privileged to meet some extraordinary people through the Trust and am constantly humbled by the vision and energy of the people and organisations we work with.”

Nicola Cadbury

Nicola Cadbury

Nicola was appointed as a Trustee in 1998. She has a background in international development, having worked in fundraising, communications, policy and campaigning.

Nicola says: “I very much enjoy being part of a team using our grants to achieve positive social change. The process of channelling resources into areas of need, taking calculated risks, and drawing out the learning is something that I find very rewarding.”

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Nicola Cadbury

Nicola Cadbury

Nicola was appointed as a Trustee in 1998. She has a background in international development, having worked in fundraising, communications, policy and campaigning.

Nicola says: “I very much enjoy being part of a team using our grants to achieve positive social change. The process of channelling resources into areas of need, taking calculated risks, and drawing out the learning is something that I find very rewarding.”

Omar Khan

Omar Khan joined the Barrow Cadbury Trust board in July 2020. Currently Director at TASO (Transforming Access & Student Outcomes in Higher Education), which he joined in June 2020, he was previously Director at race equality think tank, the Runnymede Trust – a role he had been in since 2014. Prior to this, he was Head of Policy there and led its financial inclusion programme.
He holds several advisory positions, including chair of the Ethnicity Strand Advisory Group to Understanding Society, chair of the advisory group of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, and Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission. In 2012 he was a Clore Social Leadership Fellow.
Omar said: “I have long admired the work of the Barrow Cadbury Trust in supporting necessary social change in Britain, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, immigration and race equality”.

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Omar Khan

Omar Khan joined the Barrow Cadbury Trust board in July 2020. Currently Director at TASO (Transforming Access & Student Outcomes in Higher Education), which he joined in June 2020, he was previously Director at race equality think tank, the Runnymede Trust – a role he had been in since 2014. Prior to this, he was Head of Policy there and led its financial inclusion programme.
He holds several advisory positions, including chair of the Ethnicity Strand Advisory Group to Understanding Society, chair of the advisory group of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, and Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission. In 2012 he was a Clore Social Leadership Fellow.
Omar said: “I have long admired the work of the Barrow Cadbury Trust in supporting necessary social change in Britain, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, immigration and race equality”.

Esther McConnell

Esther became a Trustee in 2016. She currently works at the East European Resource Centre as the Deputy CEO. Previously, she worked at the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) and volunteered with Stop the Traffik. She studied Global Migration at UCL with a focus on community responses to migration and change.

Esther says: "I am glad to be a Trustee and to contribute in this way to the Trust's vision of an increasingly just world. It is fantastic to be a part of the network of groups and charities working for change in both my own speciality, migration, and the other areas the Trust focuses on. There is a great energy here."



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Esther McConnell

Esther became a Trustee in 2016. She currently works at the East European Resource Centre as the Deputy CEO. Previously, she worked at the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) and volunteered with Stop the Traffik. She studied Global Migration at UCL with a focus on community responses to migration and change.

Esther says: "I am glad to be a Trustee and to contribute in this way to the Trust's vision of an increasingly just world. It is fantastic to be a part of the network of groups and charities working for change in both my own speciality, migration, and the other areas the Trust focuses on. There is a great energy here."



Cathy Pharoah

Cathy Pharoah

Cathy is Visiting Professor of Charity Funding and co-director of the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School. She is an expert on voluntary sector funding, specialising in research on philanthropy. She collaborates with the Association of Charitable Foundations on Foundation Giving Trends, the annual briefings on trends in foundation spending. She has carried out research for government and many charitable clients, works with funder, fundraising and donor advisor communities, and was Research Director at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) for 11 years. She is a founder of Voluntary Sector Review, and presents widely on giving and philanthropy.
Cathy says: “I am delighted to be contributing to the work of a family foundation at the leading-edge of voluntary activities on some of the most challenging rights and equality issues of our time.”

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Cathy Pharoah

Cathy Pharoah

Cathy is Visiting Professor of Charity Funding and co-director of the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School. She is an expert on voluntary sector funding, specialising in research on philanthropy. She collaborates with the Association of Charitable Foundations on Foundation Giving Trends, the annual briefings on trends in foundation spending. She has carried out research for government and many charitable clients, works with funder, fundraising and donor advisor communities, and was Research Director at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) for 11 years. She is a founder of Voluntary Sector Review, and presents widely on giving and philanthropy.
Cathy says: “I am delighted to be contributing to the work of a family foundation at the leading-edge of voluntary activities on some of the most challenging rights and equality issues of our time.”

Tamsin Rupprechter

Tamsin was appointed Trustee in 2007 and lives in Austria. She is currently working as head of finance and administration at a property and facility management company.

Tamsin says: “I feel really honoured to be able to be part of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, especially being an Austrian member of the family. What excites me is, on the one hand, having the opportunity to gain more experience and knowledge of the charitable sector in the UK and on the other, actually meeting grassroots groups, seeing what they achieve and being inspired by their work.”

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Tamsin Rupprechter

Tamsin was appointed Trustee in 2007 and lives in Austria. She is currently working as head of finance and administration at a property and facility management company.

Tamsin says: “I feel really honoured to be able to be part of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, especially being an Austrian member of the family. What excites me is, on the one hand, having the opportunity to gain more experience and knowledge of the charitable sector in the UK and on the other, actually meeting grassroots groups, seeing what they achieve and being inspired by their work.”

Harry Serle

Harry became a Trustee in 2009. He is a great-great-grandson of the Trust’s founders, Barrow and Geraldine Cadbury. An experienced teacher, Harry now runs an education technology company.

Harry says: “I feel very privileged to help ensure a little slice of wealth benefits many rather than few. The Cadbury founders believed in the absolute equality of everyone, irrespective of their history, their nationality, their religion and so do I.”

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Harry Serle

Harry became a Trustee in 2009. He is a great-great-grandson of the Trust’s founders, Barrow and Geraldine Cadbury. An experienced teacher, Harry now runs an education technology company.

Harry says: “I feel very privileged to help ensure a little slice of wealth benefits many rather than few. The Cadbury founders believed in the absolute equality of everyone, irrespective of their history, their nationality, their religion and so do I.”

Jack Serle

Jack became a trustee in 2014. He works as a correspondent for the Health Service Journal. Prior to that he was a journalist at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism where he had been working since February 2012.

Jack says: “It is a privilege to be a part of an organisation helping make a change for the better, not just for individuals but structural change to enable us all to build a more just society.”

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Jack Serle

Jack became a trustee in 2014. He works as a correspondent for the Health Service Journal. Prior to that he was a journalist at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism where he had been working since February 2012.

Jack says: “It is a privilege to be a part of an organisation helping make a change for the better, not just for individuals but structural change to enable us all to build a more just society.”

Steven Skakel

Steven has served on the board since 2014 and is one of three current trustees who are not direct descendants of the founders. He is currently the Chair of the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance and a Trustee of Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust having served on a number of boards and committees during the last 20 years.

Steven has spent most of his career working in the IT business holding senior leadership positions in the UK and Europe. He has deep roots in the Birmingham business community having worked in the region for nearly 35 years. Steven says: “I believe that my experience in business leadership, strategy, financial management and good governance, and my passion for Birmingham and the West Midlands, complements Barrow Cadbury Trust’s work in the region.”

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Steven Skakel

Steven has served on the board since 2014 and is one of three current trustees who are not direct descendants of the founders. He is currently the Chair of the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance and a Trustee of Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust having served on a number of boards and committees during the last 20 years.

Steven has spent most of his career working in the IT business holding senior leadership positions in the UK and Europe. He has deep roots in the Birmingham business community having worked in the region for nearly 35 years. Steven says: “I believe that my experience in business leadership, strategy, financial management and good governance, and my passion for Birmingham and the West Midlands, complements Barrow Cadbury Trust’s work in the region.”

Anna Southall OBE

Anna became a Trustee in 1974 and chaired the Barrow Cadbury Trust Board from 1996 to 2006. She worked for 40 years, largely but not exclusively in the cultural sector. After 17 years at Tate Gallery, she moved to Wales, becoming Director of the National Museums & Galleries in 1998. She returned to England as Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council until 2003. In 2004 she joined the joint Board of the Community and New Opportunity Funds which oversaw the merger to form the Big Lottery Fund in 2006; Anna served as Vice Chair of the UK Board from 2006 to 2014. Her current positions include Trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and membership of the Government’s Spoliation Advisory Panel. Together Group no longer exists. She is a non- executive Director of Bristol Together, a Community Interest Company creating full-time jobs for recently released prisoners by building new homes and redeveloping or refurbishing existing properties. She is also a trustee of the Tobacco Factory Arts Trust in Bristol where she lives.

Anna says: “Working with others to overcome the structural barriers to a more just and equal society is what excites me about being a Trustee of Barrow Cadbury Trust.”


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Anna Southall OBE

Anna became a Trustee in 1974 and chaired the Barrow Cadbury Trust Board from 1996 to 2006. She worked for 40 years, largely but not exclusively in the cultural sector. After 17 years at Tate Gallery, she moved to Wales, becoming Director of the National Museums & Galleries in 1998. She returned to England as Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council until 2003. In 2004 she joined the joint Board of the Community and New Opportunity Funds which oversaw the merger to form the Big Lottery Fund in 2006; Anna served as Vice Chair of the UK Board from 2006 to 2014. Her current positions include Trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and membership of the Government’s Spoliation Advisory Panel. Together Group no longer exists. She is a non- executive Director of Bristol Together, a Community Interest Company creating full-time jobs for recently released prisoners by building new homes and redeveloping or refurbishing existing properties. She is also a trustee of the Tobacco Factory Arts Trust in Bristol where she lives.

Anna says: “Working with others to overcome the structural barriers to a more just and equal society is what excites me about being a Trustee of Barrow Cadbury Trust.”