The Charity's People

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 ratify new FairLife Marks.

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.

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.

Amy Washington, 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 is completing a two year term with the Students’ Union before returning to academia to study for a PGCE.  Amy intends to pursue a career in education.

Steve Baker, Conservative Member of Parliament for Wycombe

Steve has been an MP for 4 years and has a good knowledge of finance having established an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Economics, Money and Banking.  He has also used his finance skills charitably co-founding The Cobden Centre; an educational charity promoting a free society, with a sustainable economy in which everyone has the opportunity to participate.  Steve serves on Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee and the Transport Committee.  He is also Chairman of the Aerospace APPG.

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 joining a specialist software firm.  

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

Rebecca Boscott, Consultant, Financial Services

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 Hanover Investors Management.  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 FairLife.

Barry Sheerman, Labour Member of Parliament 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.

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.

Members

FairLife was created by finance professionals seeking to use their skills charitably.  As the idea formed it became apparent the charity could be cash generative and a decision was taken that the Foundation should be gifted to the nation.  To date eight charities have been invited to track FairLife’s launch with a view to becoming owners; one charity has been accepted.

Current Charity Members

The National Union of Students (NUS) Through its affiliates the NUS represents around seven million students

Executive Committee & Management Team

The Executive and management team are responsible for the day to day operation of the charity.

Dr Paul E Boscott BA MA Dphil(oxon) ASIP MRSC 

Dr Boscott spent eight years at Oxford University and twenty years in the City. He headed European Active Equities for Barclays Global Investors and ran an independent investment management company for a decade. He gained an in-depth knowledge of financial products and specialized in the effects of risk, fees and costs on fund performance. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Investment Professionals.

Stuart Phillips BA Hons (Finance)

Stuart has worked in finance for fifteen years at companies including SBC Warburg, First Quadrant, Insinger de Beaufort, BNP Paribas and an independent investment management company. He has a degree in finance from Bournemouth University

Rebecca Boscott BA (Hons) ACA MIoD

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 Hanover Investors Management.  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 FairLife.

Keith Jordan BA (Oxon) MA (Oxon) 

Keith spent his career in the finance industry. He headed UK Active Equities for Barclays Global Investors before launching his own investment management business in partnership with Man Group.  He came away from the City to complete a Masters in Economic History, for which he gained a distinction, and to set up a manufacturing business (The Cordoba Tile Company).

Lucie Chaumeton

Lucie spent her career in the finance industry.  She worked initially for BARRA International before being head hunted to build and manage institutional pension and hedge fund portfolios for Barclays Global Investors.  She stayed with BGI for ten years and helping to create the largest money manager in the World.  Lucie left the City to futher her career as an author and is currently writing a novel set against the backdrop of international financial services.