Our trustees are all senior business people with extensive experience in their own fields. Their role is to lead the charity’s strategy, manage senior staff and be responsible for the charity’s activities and outcomes.
Neil Robertson, Chair of Trustees
Neil is the Chief Executive of the Energy & Utility Skills Group. He is passionate about people development across the energy and utilities industries. He was previously Director of Training at Babcock International; his main focus in this role was to lead the Apprenticeships training function. In his spare time Neil enjoys gardening, rugby, motorcycling and reading. Since 1987 he been involved with RUTS, a retraining project for young offenders, which he has been chairman of since 2000. Using motorcycles as a focus, RUTS aims to equip young people with the confidence and skills required to achieve their highest potential and raise their aspirations.
Martin Evans‚ Secretary
Martin became Treasurer at the formation of Hope for Children in 1994 and apart from a period of three years has continued in that role. Over the years he has ensured a firm financial basis for Hope for Children’s continued growth through careful budgeting and by maintaining our reserves at an appropriate level, whilst ensuring that the maximum possible amount we receive from donors reaches our beneficiaries. Martin is a Chartered Management Accountant. He retired in 2010 after completing his career in the not-for-profit sector as Head of Finance of a large charitable Housing Association. Retirement has enabled him to carry out financial appraisals / internal audits of all our major overseas partners and to visit almost every country we support, often accompanied by our Finance Manager. One of Martin’s great interests is Buddhist meditation, which he teaches in a nearby Buddhist monastery. Amongst other benefits, he believes this has helped him have a more open and accepting attitude to peoples and cultures which are different from our own, which is so important in developing relationships with our partners and beneficiaries. He also enjoys walking, gardening and music.
David became associated with Hope for Children in 2011 when he ran the London Marathon for the charity and was subsequently invited to join the Board of Trustees. David’s professional career spans 25 years as a private equity investor. He is currently CEO of Ashridge Capital and was formerly CEO of Kaupthing Capital Partners. He has held numerous Non-executive Director positions, including Somerfield, Phase Eight and Costcutter. He is currently a NXD of Phoenix Learning & Care, a provider of residential care and education to children with special needs. David is a keen sportsman, including running, triathlons, golf, tennis, skiing and horse riding. His number one priority is his family, including three young girls. David enjoys travelling and has visited many developing countries, fuelling his desire to further our success.
Helen has had a close association with Hope for Children since 2001 and became a trustee in 2010. During this time she has been instrumental in many fundraising events and is now Chair of our Business Development Group. Helen is the Director of Online Commerce for Zonal Retail Data Systems. Hemel Hempstead based, Helen first became aware of Hope for Children when she had a chance meeting with our founder, Bob Parsons, who established the charity in the town. Helen enjoys travel, and is privileged to have visited and been inspired by many of our projects. An enthusiastic runner and skier, and occasional sailor, she also loves to walk in the Chiltern countryside with her partner, Julian, and her small dog, Coco.
Georgina Irvine Robertson
Georgina has been involved with Hope for Children since 2008 when she volunteered to help projects in India. She was asked to be a trustee when she returned and has been a part of the Hope for Children family ever since. Since then she has worked with education projects in Uganda, Ghana and Sri Lanka. Georgina aims to encourage schools to get involved with our projects and to continue working with their education projects abroad. Georgina is an early years coordinator in a primary school and in her spare time loves exploring every corner of the globe.
Be has spent over 18 years working in the pacey world of digital, working with bringing talent into the industry and building winning teams. In 2009, she set up Futureheads Recruitment where she took up a leadership role, managing the brand and industry engagement. She also makes sure staff are looked after and everyone gets an Easter egg and a Christmas card. Her dad was a teacher in India and always told her “knowledge is power”. She is keen to make sure her good kismet can be put to good use with a special interest in educating children.