We are pleased to introduce our Board of Trustees.
Matt Graham – Patron
Matt started his writing career in the BBC soap EastEnders and over 5 years wrote over 40 episodes. Around that time he became a lead writer on the childrens’ drama series, Byker Grove where he created many storylines for a couple of blushing young Geordie kids called Ant and Dec! Matt went on to create original dramas; starting with “The Last Train” – a post-apocalypse ITV series about surviving the end of the world; following this up with Reach for the Moon, which couldn’t have been more different – about young school teachers in love on the Isle of Wight! He then began developing a very weird time travel cop show for a production called Kudos. During that time Matt also worked on two other shows of theirs Spooks and Hustle. In 2005 Kudos was ready to start filming Matt’s “weird little cop show” – Life on Mars. Of course this changed everything for Matt and he formed production company Monastic, with his co-creator Ashley Pharaoh. Together they went on to make the Gene Hunt spin-off show, Ashes to Ashes and the West Country based archaeological adventures series. Bonekickers which is now being re-developed as a TV show for America.
Bill Huxley – Chair of Trustees
Founder of Business against Poverty, relationship is at the centre of who Bill is. He loves to link businesses and other communities to the international projects we work with, currently in Romania, Nepal and Haiti. He has an ambition for all those who engage in the fight against injustice and poverty to prosper financially, emotionally and spiritually.
He is a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and a Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) & Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (MACC), Person-centred working within an integrated framework specialising in trauma therapy. Bill is also a Certified and Accredited Personal Coach and a Member of the Association of Coaching (MAC.) Bill attends the West Wilts Vineyard Church in Trowbridge.
Charity / Company Secretary
Karen is a communications professional with a career that has included working at senior level in the banking, travel and tourism, hospitality, sport and security sectors. She speaks Spanish and French and has worked with many regions of the world, including Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and USA. She brings a wealth of multi-national experience and international contacts to her work, enabling business beyond borders, where nothing is lost in translation.
Karen serves on the Senior Management Board of the Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications (CSSC) hub, was a former Chair of AWTE (the Association of Women Travel Executives), has won the AWTE Business Impact Award and is listed on the Women 1st Top 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality, Passenger Transport, Travel & Tourism.
Colin Scull – Trustee and our Charity Treasurer
Colin is a partner of B20 Ltd which is a family run accountancy practice serving the Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire areas. Colin is a Chartered Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors. Colin is a fellow of the ACCA and of the AAT.
After working with his partner building the Hampshire and Surrey practice Colin is now expanding B20 into Wiltshire where his family come from and enjoys the countryside he drives through to visit the clients as well as walking across the fields or by the Kennet & Avon canal. He has always enjoyed sports cars and may well visit in his new Morgan.
Imogen Woodford – Trustee
Imogen runs the Bath based Social Media Training and Consultancy BusinessSocial-i founded in 2010. Her mission is to inspire, encourage and guide businesses through the maze of social media networks; exploring etiquette and strategy as well as functionality. A keen networker and founder member of Co-working Bath, Imogen values strong and ethical relationships in business and enjoys connecting up like minded individuals and organisations.
Imogen lives in the Larkhall area of Bath with her husband Jason and two teenage children, she is actively involved in St Saviours Church especially as part of the Prayer Ministry team. Imogen has always had a passion for travel and exploration which led to her interest in overseas mission and aid. Keen to ensure her business gives as much as it gains she is delighted to be a part of the Business Against Poverty Family.
Dr Harvey Maylor – Trustee
Harvey is Director of the International Centre for Programme Management at Cranfield University. He is the author of 5 management books, including the 4thedition of Project Management, Europe’s best-selling text on the subject.
He lives with his wife Kara and are the owners of Project Management Publishing and Consulting Ltd., a consultancy firm that offers high-level development in business project management. Their clients include Transport for London and BAE Systems (in the UK, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Harvey lives in Bathford with Kara and their 4 children. They have lived in Bath since 1999, and are part of the community at their local church, St Swithun’s.
Wayne McMaster – Trustee
Wayne brings creativity to the team and is a talented graphic designer. He created the successful business Studio Hope in the Autumn of 2002 in Bath a graphic design consultancy that create, develop and manage brands. In 2012 Studio Hope merged with another design agency in Bristol which became Zeke Creative.
Wayne is active in his community and local church, especially as part of the worship team on percussion.
Niall Robertson – Trustee
Niall is a resourceful and highly motivated senior project and estate manager used to responsibility at director level who rises to the challenge of managing complex and demanding projects. Experience in team building and the organization of a multi-discipline work force.
Niall is particularly motivated to see young people reach their full potential. He believes himself to be a good mentor and encourager. As a Christian he has served both as a Church Elder in a Baptist Church when living in Hereford and more recently as a member of the PCC in Bath.
Stuart Brown – Trustee
Stuart Brown gained a 1st Class Bachelor Science degree from the University of London in 1977 and is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager. He started his working life in research chemistry before joining Thames Water in 1979. In 1988 he joined a major firm of consulting engineers where he helped to develop the company’s water environmental business, along with managing a number of projects and acting as an internal quality assurance auditor. Between 1998 and 1999 he was based in the Czech Republic, working for the Dutch research organisation TNO. In 1999 Stuart set up his own freelance consulting business, specialising in policy and institutional development in the environment and related sectors in transition economies. From 2012 to 2013 he was the European Union High Level Policy Adviser to the Minister of Environment of Moldova, under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme. Most recently he has been working in Vietnam in connection with developing bilateral trade relations with the European Union. Stuart and his wife Esther visited Romania as a personal initiative in 1990, since when Stuart has worked regularly there, to the point where he is now a fluent Romanian speaker.In parallel with this, Stuart is also a musician and composer, with published works that have been performed in the USA.