Non-Executive Directors

Roger Hill, Chair

Roger Hill

Roger became Chair on 3 February 2014. He has been a Board member since 2008 and so understands the Trust very well. Until 1999 he had been both the Chairman and Managing Director of the UK subsidiary of Intergraph Corporation, a large American computer company.

Subsequently he has been a Board Director of a number of IT services companies, both in the UK and Ireland.  Since 2002 he has been serving as a Governor of Newbury College. 



Robert Burns, Non-Executive Director

Robert Burns

Robert Burns' career has been largely focused on financial disciplines and financial management roles.  Having trained as an accountant, he spent 19 years in a complex multinational ultimately in various senior Finance, and Sales Management roles.  He worked for Cisco Systems setting up an Internal Audit and Fraud Investigation function supporting over 60 countries and also implemented e-Procurement Technologies within Europe.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI). 

He joined the Board on 1 August 2008. Robert is Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee; the Patient Safety and Quality Committee; the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Liam Coleman, Non-Executive Director

Liam Coleman

Liam Coleman is currently Deputy Group Treasurer of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.  Prior to that Liam was Group Director - Treasury at Nationwide Building Society.  Prior to joining Nationwide, Liam worked in banking roles at Mitsubishi Bank, Hambros Bank and National Westminster Bank. 

Liam holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Warwick Business School; he is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.  Liam is Chair of the Workforce Strategy Committee and is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee. 


Angela Gillibrand, Non-Executive Director

Angela Gillibrand

Angela has been a member of the Board since 1 July 2004. Between 1984 and 1999 Angela was the Finance Director at the University of Cranfield's Shrivenham Campus, and helped set up one of the first PFIs - the academic contract between the University and the Ministry of Defence.  More recently Angela was the Head of Finance, Planning and Company Secretary at U.K. Nirex Ltd, the U.K.'s radioactive waste management company.

Since 2003 Angela has combined a career as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, Government and a Housing Association with work for a family company.  Angela holds a degree in Physiology and Psychology from Somerville College, Oxford and a MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.  Angela Chairs the Audit Committee, Academy Strategic Board and is a member of the Charitable Funds Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Jemima Milton, Non-Executive Director

Jemima MiltonJemima has been involved in Local Government for the last 14 years, first as a Councillor in Swindon holding a number of cabinet positions and then as a Councillor in Wiltshire where she took a key interest in Health and Social Care. Jemima was an active partner in the family farm with her late husband and during this time ran a catering company and then a Bed and Breakfast business.  Jemima is a member of member of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee, the Governance Committee, the Remuneration Committee, the Mental Health Act/Mental Capacity Act Committee and she is Chair of the Workforce Strategy Committee. 




Steve Nowell, Non-Executive Director

Steve NowellSteve started his career as a lawyer working in private practice and in a number of industries before moving into management.

He has spent the last 10 years as a divisional director of Nationwide Building Society leading a wide range of risk and control functions, and was part of the organisation's senior leadership team looking at the organisation's wider strategy and performance.  

Steve became a Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2014 and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and Governance Committee.




Julie Soutter, Non-Executive Director

Julie SoutterJulie is currently Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Energy Systems Catapult, a technology and innovation centre, which transforms ideas into new products and services in the energy systems sector.

With management experience in a variety of roles in the professional, private and public sectors, Julie has been a Non-Executive Directorsince 1 January 2015.

Recent roles include Director of Finance and Operations for the Chartered Institute of Housing and Head of Operations at Innovate UK, an organisation which supports innovative businesses. Julie has also held senior positions in the NHS and has experience in organisational change, project management, and service improvement.

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