FairLife Trustees

The Trustees of FairLife have a wide experience base covering the finance industry, the community and the financially disadvantaged.  The role of the Trustees is to help ensure that FairLife develops in line with its mission and goals.   They act as an independent oversight on the work of the Executive and their consent is required to approve new FairLife Marks.  All Trustees act in a personal capacity, as is required by the regulations governing registered charities.

James Entwisle, Managing Partner, Hymans Robertson

James is Managing partner and leads the Executive Members Board in developing and executing the firm's strategy and business plans. He takes an holistic view of that role, balancing client needs (current and anticipated), the growth and development of our people, excellence in what we do, and of course good financial discipline. He is guardian partner on some of our larger clients.

An added dimension is James' leadership of our work for charitable causes.  He is an eager advocate of volunteering, fund-raising for good causes and is currently working on the establishment of Hymans Robertson Foundation to provide financial education to the poorest sections of our society.

James is also a frequent visitor to India in his capacity as chairman of a charity providing education, healthcare, orphanages and other support to the poor.

Nigel Stanley, Head, Campaigns and Communication, Trade Union Congress (TUC)

Nigel Stanley has been Head of Campaigns and Communications at the TUC since May 1997, and was the TUC's first Parliamentary Officer from 1994 until his promotion.

From 1992 to 1994 he freelanced in public affairs, research and journalism where his client list included the Shopping Hours Reform Council, the European Commission, the Labour Party and a number of MPs.  He worked at the House of Commons from 1983 to 1992, first for Robin Cook and then for Bryan Gould on research, press relations and campaign management.

Before this he was the Organising Secretary of the Labour Co-ordinating Committee from its launch in 1978.

Amy Washington, Teacher, Ex-Vice President, Education and Welfare, Hertfordshire Students’ Union

Amy graduated from The University of Hertfordshire before joining the Students’ Union as the Vice President in charge of student education and welfare.  She completed a two year term with the Students’ Union and then returned to academia to study for a PGCE.  Amy is now a teacher at Onslow School.

Steve Baker, Conservative Member of Parliamentary for Wycombe

Steve has served as MP for Wycombe since May 2010, previously working for banks and their regulators in electronic financial reporting and other areas. Steve established and chaired an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Economics, Money and Banking before joining the Treasury Select Committee in May 2014.  He has also used his skills in finance and monetary economics charitably to co-found The Cobden Centre, an educational charity promoting social progress through honest money, free trade and peace.

Steve’s early career began in the Royal Air Force. He became a Chartered Engineer through the Royal Aeronautical Society and held a military airworthiness licence.  He went on to read for an MSc in Computer Science at Oxford University before working as a consulting software engineer. 

In his spare time, Steve enjoys skydiving, motorcycling and spending time with his wife and godchildren.

Rebecca Boscott, Consultant, Financial Servcies

Rebecca is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a specialism in financial services.  She co-founded Oxford & Cambridge Investment Management in 2000 and was Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer until 2007 when the business was transferred to Bank Insinger de Beaufort.  She remained with the Dutch bank for two years heading operations for the OCIM business unit.  

Rebecca has had a twenty year career in The City and since leaving Insinger has consulted to a range of regulated start-ups.  She is currently the Finance Director for a small investment firm.  Rebecca is a member of the Institute of Directors, the ICAEW and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Rebecca has done regular charity work for three years and was part of the team that created the FairLife Charity.

Barry Sheerman, Labour Member of Parliamentary for Huddersfield

Barry was formerly Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 and the Education and Skills Committee from 2001-2007. He currently Chairs The Skills Commission, has extensive experience in educational issues and played a key role in education policy and debates.  His interests also include economic affairs, environmental sustainability and transport safety.

Barry is an energetic social and political entrepreneur having initiated over 30 different social enterprises over the past 20 years. He is Chairman of Policy Connect (which runs a number of policy forums and parliamentary groups), the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, Urban Mines (an environmental charity), The John Clare Trust and The Dominic Rogers Trust, all of which he helped to establish. He is also a Visiting Professor of Social Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield.

Leigh Berkley, Director of External Affairs & Development, Arrow Global Group plc, Board director of the Credit Services Association

Leigh served as Chief Executive Officer of Tessera Credit Group LLP until 2015 when selected assets of the business were purchased by Arrow Global Group plc.  He transferred at the same time, taking-up his present postion of Director of External Affairs & Development with Arrow Global.  Leigh is also a Board Director and past President of The Credit Services Association (CSA), the voice of the UK debt collection industry.

Alistair Kellie, Partner, Newgate Communications

Alistair has almost 20 years' experience in corporate positioning and financial communications, advising a wide range of financial, professional and support services organisations both in the UK and internationally. Clients have ranged from start-ups and family businesses to large multinationals to UK government departments.

Alistair has supported the launch of several high profile businesses; advised on rebranding strategies; provided crisis communications consultancy and has led a number of successful media and policy campaigns. He started his career in public affairs before moving into financial and corporate PR. He is a founding partner of Newgate having joined from Citigate Dewe Rogerson in February 2012.

Carol Knight, Chief Operating Officer, Tax Incentivised Saving Association (TISA)

Carol has been in financial services since 1998, having previously worked in variety of industries, including education, local government, Civil Service and the gaming industry.

A qualified and experienced teacher Carol gained her degree at King Alfred’s College in Winchester and taught in Romsey, Hampshire.  She then spent 7 years at Skandia, managing the PEP & ISA new business department, including transfers.

Carol joined TISA in 2004 and has been responsible for the day-to-day running of the Association’s administration centre, technical support, member communications, expanding the events and training programme and technical issues in the cash savings sector. In 2009, she also took on the role of Company Secretary.  Carol joined the TISA Board as Operations Director in July 2011, extending her responsibilities to include finance. This was swiftly followed by taking a position as Executive Director for TISA Exchange.

Robert Gardner, Founder, Redington and RedStart

Robert is Co-Founder and Lead Investment Consultant of Redington Ltd. He cut his teeth at Deutsche Bank before joining Merrill Lynch in 2003, working as Director in their Insurance and Pensions Solutions Group.  He was responsible for implementing and executing ALM derivative solutions across several asset classes.
In 2008, Robert also co-founded www.mallowstreet.com, the online pensions community that brings pension fund decision makers and product providers together.  Robert is passionate about the impact of social media on business believing that education, collaboration and contributions are the best way to tackle pension challenges.
In 2012 Robert founded financial education charity RedSTART to create an education and entrepreneurship programme for young people.  The charity works actively with primary and secondary schools, teaching children using techniques such as gamification.

Past Trustees

Paul Ross, Policy Director, Retail Banking, British Bankers Association (BBA)*

Paul is Policy Director for retail banking at the British Banking Association.  Prior to this he spent 2 years on the Pension Miss-selling review at the PIA and 5 years at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) within the Consumer Division working on issues including Complaint Handling, Disclosure, Treating Customers Fairly and FOS liaison.  Paul has been invited to help with the launch of FairLife in a personal capacity; his involvement does not signifying that FairLife is backed or supported by the BBA.

Paul will be leaving the BBA at the end of June 2014 for a role at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  The new role precludes him from continuing as a Trustee and Paul will be stepping down with our thanks and very best wishes.

 * Paul's involvement did not signify that the FairLife Charity was backed or supported by the BBA. 

Ben Hughes, Chief Executive, Community Development Finance Association (CDFA)

Ben joined the CDFA in 2011 and has played a pivotal role in bringing community finance to the attention of policy makers, investors and thought leaders.   He helped to establish a performance framework for the sector and was a key player in the formation of the Community Investment Coalition, a new national partnership focused on campaigning for fair finance.

Before joining the CDFA, Ben gained over twenty years of experience in the community sector, managing an advice agency and becoming CEO of the social action membership network, Bassac.

Ben has written and presented extensively on access to finance issues.