Trustees

Erica Cadbury

Erica Cadbury

Erica 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 has recently retired from the post of 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 Cadbury

Erica 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 has recently retired from the post of 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. She currently manages tax campaigns for ActionAid UK.

Nicola says: “I very much enjoy being part of a team using our grants to achieve positive social change. The process of channeling 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. She currently manages tax campaigns for ActionAid UK.

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

Esther McConnell

Esther became a Trustee in 2016. She studied Global Migration at UCL with a focus on community responses to migration and change. Esther currently works as the Coordinator for the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) as well as in internal communications for Quakers in Britain.

Esther says: "I am glad to volunteer as 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 others of the Trust. There is a great energy here."

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Esther McConnell

Esther became a Trustee in 2016. She studied Global Migration at UCL with a focus on community responses to migration and change. Esther currently works as the Coordinator for the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) as well as in internal communications for Quakers in Britain.

Esther says: "I am glad to volunteer as 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 others of the Trust. There is a great energy here."

Binita Mehta-Parmar

Binita is a director of centre-right think tank Modern Britain, Governor of a local free school in Watford and trustee of Watford Palace Theatre. She is also a community activist and member of the Conservative party. Professionally, Binita works as a consultant in communications, public affairs and public relations.

Binita says: "I am committed to serving as a trustee of BCT and helping to support organisations to achieve social justice and equality in our society. This duty allows me to offer my skills and add a youth and diversity perspective - because of my background and political ideology – to the board. Attending a West Midlands university, and having been involved in community social action whilst there, also provides an empathetic link to the Trust’s work.”

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Binita Mehta-Parmar

Binita is a director of centre-right think tank Modern Britain, Governor of a local free school in Watford and trustee of Watford Palace Theatre. She is also a community activist and member of the Conservative party. Professionally, Binita works as a consultant in communications, public affairs and public relations.

Binita says: "I am committed to serving as a trustee of BCT and helping to support organisations to achieve social justice and equality in our society. This duty allows me to offer my skills and add a youth and diversity perspective - because of my background and political ideology – to the board. Attending a West Midlands university, and having been involved in community social action whilst there, also provides an empathetic link to the Trust’s work.”

Cathy Pharoah

Cathy Pharoah

Cathy Pharoah 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 the funding of the voluntary sector, specialising in research on philanthropy. She produces the annual Family Foundation Giving report, with the Pears Foundation, now into its eighth edition and is collaborating with the Association of Charitable Foundations on a new series of annual Briefings on trends in foundation spending. She has carried out research for government and many charitable clients, works with the donor advisor community, and was Research Director at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) for 11 years. She is a founder and Policy Editor 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 in some of the most challenging rights and equality issues of our time.”

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Cathy Pharoah

Cathy Pharoah

Cathy Pharoah 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 the funding of the voluntary sector, specialising in research on philanthropy. She produces the annual Family Foundation Giving report, with the Pears Foundation, now into its eighth edition and is collaborating with the Association of Charitable Foundations on a new series of annual Briefings on trends in foundation spending. She has carried out research for government and many charitable clients, works with the donor advisor community, and was Research Director at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) for 11 years. She is a founder and Policy Editor 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 in some of the most challenging rights and equality issues of our time.”

Tamsin Rupprechter

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. She is also working on a degree in English and American Studies.

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 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. She is also working on a degree in English and American Studies.

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, and the son of Anna Southall. Harry is a teacher.

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, and the son of Anna Southall. Harry is a teacher.

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 Serle is an award winning journalist at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism – an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to journalism in the public benefit. He has worked at the Bureau 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 Serle is an award winning journalist at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism – an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to journalism in the public benefit. He has worked at the Bureau 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 Skakel is one of three current trustees who are not direct descendants of the founders. 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 30 years. Increasingly, this has involved working with local organisations to encourage more effective collaboration between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Steven says: “I hope my experience in business leadership, strategy, financial management and good governance, and my passion for Birmingham and West Midlands, will complement Barrow Cadbury Trust’s work in the region.”

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Steven Skakel

Steven Skakel is one of three current trustees who are not direct descendants of the founders. 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 30 years. Increasingly, this has involved working with local organisations to encourage more effective collaboration between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Steven says: “I hope my experience in business leadership, strategy, financial management and good governance, and my passion for Birmingham and West Midlands, will complement Barrow Cadbury Trust’s work in the region.”

Anna Southall OBE

Anna became a Trustee in 1974 and chaired the Board from 1996 to 2006. She is currently interim Chair. She worked for 40 years, largely but not exclusively in the cultural sector, initially in paintings conservation. After 17 years at Tate Gallery, she moved to Wales in 1996, initially as Assistant Director of the National Museums & Galleries, becoming the Director in 1998. In 2002 she returned to England as Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council until 2003. Since then, Anna has held a range of non-executive roles with government advisory bodies and voluntary sector organisations. 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 Vice Chair of the Wales Millennium Centre, Trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and membership of the Government’s Spoliation Advisory Panel. She is also the Chair of Arnolfini and trustee of the Tobacco Factory Arts Trust, both in Bristol, where she lives. She was awarded an OBE for public and charitable services in HM Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours List.

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.”

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Anna Southall OBE

Anna became a Trustee in 1974 and chaired the Board from 1996 to 2006. She is currently interim Chair. She worked for 40 years, largely but not exclusively in the cultural sector, initially in paintings conservation. After 17 years at Tate Gallery, she moved to Wales in 1996, initially as Assistant Director of the National Museums & Galleries, becoming the Director in 1998. In 2002 she returned to England as Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council until 2003. Since then, Anna has held a range of non-executive roles with government advisory bodies and voluntary sector organisations. 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 Vice Chair of the Wales Millennium Centre, Trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and membership of the Government’s Spoliation Advisory Panel. She is also the Chair of Arnolfini and trustee of the Tobacco Factory Arts Trust, both in Bristol, where she lives. She was awarded an OBE for public and charitable services in HM Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours List.

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.”