Independent Trustees

The Board of Trustees includes up to 16 Independent Trustees, who are nominated by the Nominations Committee and approved by the Board.

  • Jack Boyer Chair of the Board of Trustees
    Current post-holder: Mr Jack Boyer

    First appointed: 1 January 2019

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2024

    Biography:

    Mr Jack Boyer is the Senior Independent Director of FTSE-listed TT Electronics and a non-executive director (NED) of Ricardo plc. He is a board member of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials. He was previously Chairman of Ilika plc and Seeing Machines plc and a NED and remuneration committee chair of Laird plc and Mitie plc. He recently chaired the Academies Enterprise Trust, the UK’s largest multi-academy trust, and was Deputy Chairman of the Advanced Materials Leadership Council (BEIS) and a Council Member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and of the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst. He holds degrees from Stanford University (BA), the London School of Economics (MSc) and Insead (MBA).

    In 2015, Jack was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Honours for his services to the fields of Science and Engineering.

    Jack is an ex-officio member of all Board Committees except the Audit and Risk Committee. He is the Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Board and a member of the Honorary Degrees Committee.
  • Mohammed Saddiq Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees
    Current post-holder: Mr Mohammed Saddiq

    First appointed: 1 January 2011

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2022

    Biography:

    Mohammed is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has held senior engineering and management positions in the water and waste industry over the past 20 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Wessex Water Services.

    Mohammed is the Independent Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership. He is a Trustee of the cancer care charity Penny Brohn UK, Vice-Chair of Governors at Colston’s Girls’ School, Non-Executive Director of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and Industrial Phycology.

    Mohammed is also a member of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee, Nominations Committee of the Board and the Pensions Task and Finish Group, and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
  • Andrew Poolman Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
    Current post-holder: Mr Andrew Poolman

    First appointed: 1 January 2013

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2022

    Biography:

    Mr Andrew Poolman graduated in Law from the University of Nottingham, and qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, Mr Andrew Poolman worked for the De Beers Group of companies for 30 years in various finance, audit and treasury roles. He was Managing Director of De Beers’ operations in Switzerland for 10 years and still acts as the Chairman of a De Beers Group Pension Fund.

    Andrew is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Pensions Task and Finish Group, attends the Finance and Infrastructure Committee, and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Madhu Bhabuta Independent trustee
    Current post-holder: Dr Madhu Bhabuta

    First appointed: 1 January 2020

    Current term of office ends: 30 December 2022

    Biography:

    Dr Madhu Bhabuta is the Chief Information Officer for Vertical Aerospace, a pioneering greentech building electric aircraft in Bristol. As a Kenyan-born British Asian, she speaks five languages and has an MEng and PhD from Imperial College and an MBA from London Business School. She has held senior technology transformation roles throughout her career. As Chief Technology Officer for the British Armed forces she is credited with delivering technology for the Army and Navy. She specialises in technology transformation and strategy.

    Madhu is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Gillian Bowen Independent trustee
    Current post-holder: Ms Gillian Bowen JP

    First appointed: 1 January 2021

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2023

    Biography:

    Gillian is an experienced charity sector leader and is currently a charity CEO. Gillian’s academic background includes a BA Theology (Hons); MA Youth and Community Work and an MBA. Gillian is a Justice of the Peace and sits on the Board of a Charitable Trust and an LGBT+ youth charity. In recognition of her work within the third sector, community and youth leadership, Gillian was bestowed the Freedom of the City of London and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate.

    Gillian is also a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee.
  • Jessica Cecil Independent trustee
    Current post-holder: Ms Jessica Cecil

    First appointed: 1 January 2019

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2021

    Biography:

    Jessica Cecil graduated from the University of Bristol. She has until recently been a Director of the BBC, leading on the response to disinformation. Before that, she led the BBC Online project, tasked with focusing and reshaping the BBC’s digital services. She has been Controller of BBC Make it Digital, leading this major initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with digital technology, and Chief of Staff to four BBC Director-Generals. She is an Emmy-nominated programme maker and senior journalist and was Assistant Editor of Newsnight. She is a member of the Academy Adjunct Faculty at Chatham House. She is on the advisory body of the charity IntoUniversity and of Rand Europe and is on the International Council of the Wallace Collection.

    Jessica is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee.
  • Linda Fletcher Independent trustee
    Current post-holder: Ms Linda Fletcher

    First appointed: 1 January 2019

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2021

    Biography:

    Graduate of the University of Bath and the College of Law, Guildford, Linda is a qualified solicitor with a varied 30-year legal career as a commercial real estate and environmental lawyer. She worked as a lawyer and Company Secretary for major firms in London before becoming a founding partner of a new law firm in the City where she now has a part-time role. Linda has significant experience of managing and delivering complex infrastructure and regeneration projects. She sits on the sustainability interest steering group of the Investment Property Forum and the valuation and demand working party of the Green Construction Board and is a member of Women on Boards.

    Linda is also a member of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
  • Nick Joicey Independent trustee
    Current post-holder: Mr Nick Joicey CB

    First appointed: 1 January 2019

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2021

    Biography:

    Graduate of the University of Bristol and Peterhouse Cambridge, Nick Joicey is Finance Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Prior to joining DWP, he was Director General at Defra and held roles at HM Treasury from 1996, including public spending, private secretary and speech-writer to the Chancellor, EU policy and international finance. He was seconded to the UK Delegation to the IMF and World Bank in Washington DC and was Director for International Finance 2008-2011.

    Nick is also a member of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee.
  • Andreas Raffel Independent trustee
    Current post-holder: Dr Andreas Raffel

    First appointed: 1 January 2018

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2023

    Biography:

    A British and German citizen, Dr Raffel has lived in the UK for over 30 years, working in senior positions in corporate finance with Morgan Stanley and Rothschild & Co, and is a Senior Adviser to the latter. He is a Non-Executive Director of Imperial College NHS Trust and chairs its Finance, Investment and Operations Committee. He is also Deputy Chair of Change, Grow, Live, the UK’s largest substance abuse charity, where he chairs the HR Committee. He is a Senior Adviser to three fintech startups in the UK and Germany. He has a PhD and a Masters from Augsburg University.

    Andreas is also a member of the Nominations Committee of the Board and the Pensions Task and Finish Group, and is the Chair of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee.
  • Stephen Robertson Independent trustee
    Current post-holder: Mr Stephen Robertson

    First appointed: 1 January 2021

    Current term of office ends: 31 December 2023

    Biography:

    Stephen joined the Board of Trustees in January 2021. He is Chair of Retail Economics and non-executive director of Timpson Group. Stephen’s career started in consumer businesses – Unilever, Alberto Culver, Mars Inc, Mattel. Stephen served as marketing director at B&Q before leading the acquisition of Screwfix Direct. Subsequently, he worked on the boards of WHSmith and Woolworths and then Director General of British Retail Consortium. Previously, he has been a non-executive board member at: Hargreaves Lansdown plc (Bristol-based, FTSE 100 consumer financial services), Clipper Logistics plc, National Portrait Gallery Company, Fresca Group (fresh produce supplier), Sofology (furniture retailer) and Footasylum plc (fashion retail). Stephen chaired Business West and then West of England LEP and Bristol Energy. He is a former chairman of the Marketing Society, fellow of Royal Society of Arts, and a member Emeritus of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.

    Stephen is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
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