Completed Voluntary roles

I have been enormously privileged to be able to use my skills to benefit causes and organisations I care passionately about.  I learn new things, get a chance to meet fantastic people and make things happen – who could complain about that!

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)

Trustee (Finance & Risk)

£9 million turnover member owned charity, employing 150 highly motivated and skilled employees and a business with 95 years of heritage and quality known around the world:

My Involvement:

  • Co-opted to Board as Trustee for one year term November 2010, subsequently elected in November 2011 and appointed Trustee for Finance. I was re-elected to this position for a further three year term in November 2014, retiring from the Board in November 2017 following completion of the AGM.
  • Responsible for financial stability of the CBSO, chairing regular Finance & Audit/Audit Committee meetings, liaising with external and internal stakeholders which include Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England, the CBSO Pension Scheme, the Members via speaking at the AGM, etc
  • Active involvement in several long-term project teams looking at future sustainability options for both the orchestra and the music scene in the City given the difficult current funding climate
  • Input via Board membership into the CBSO’s strategy and operations
  • Responsible with the Executive team for 7 successive years of beating annual budget despite continual funding round reductions and a deep recession.
British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD)


The British Institute for Learning Difficulties (BILD) is a £1.5m turnover charity focused on advancing research learning into learning difficulties, in particular autism.

Appointed following a public campaign for new trustees and helped the Board develop its governance policies and business planning, leading to the creation of a new structure and business model. 

Sadly I had to resign following my appointment to Birmingham Museum’s Trust to become new Trustee of Finance, Audit & Risk given restraint on time.

Warwickshire Cricket Board

Non-Executive Director

A company limited by guarantee formed in February 2013, responsible for all recreational (i.e non professional) cricket in the county of Warwickshire:

My Involvement:

  • Asked by the Warwickshire Cricket Club chairman to join the board in early 2012 to help strengthen governance and speed the (then unincorporated) board to incorporation with the aim of becoming a high performing Board
  • Incorporation and completion of business plan subsequently achieved ahead of plan and to budget
  • Working towards targets, both cricket and financial to achieve Sport England, ECB and Warwickshire aims for the future sustainability of the sport in the County
  • Particular involvement in the development of a Women & Girls strategy for the Board
  • Resigned in early 2018 having spent 6 years on the Board and feeling that with board best practice in mind I should rotate off at that point.