The Henry Smith Charity (Registered Charity No. 230102) has 18 Trustees, more than 30 volunteer Visitors, and 20 staff (who also administer two smaller trusts).

The Charity is chaired by Diana Barran.  Trustees are nominated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Board of Trustees meets quarterly, as do the two Distribution Committees which take decisions on applications to the Main Grants Programme and other funds.

Our network of Visitors covers the whole of the UK and, together with the staff in the Grants Team, visit the charities applying for our Main Grants Programme.

The Director is Nick Acland.   


The Trustees of The Henry Smith Charity are as follows:

DAVID ALLAM - David was a solicitor in the private and public sector. He has been a school and FE college governor, a director of an NHS Trust and has been involved in several local charities as an officer and Trustee. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sussex Community Foundation.

He has recently served as High Sheriff of East Sussex and remains one of its Deputy Lieutenants. He is a Liveryman of the Fletchers Company and Patron of The Clocktower Sanctuary for the Young Homeless and the Sussex Community Development Association

DIANA BARRAN - Diana is the founder and Chief Executive of SafeLives, a charity working to combat domestic violence. Since the organisation started in 2005, it has supported a transformation in the way domestic abuse is addressed in the UK.

Diana was previously a Donor Adviser and Head of Grant Development for New Philanthropy Capital and co-authored a guide for donors and philanthropists about the Domestic Violence sector called “Charity Begins at Home”.

After graduating from King’s College, Cambridge in 1980, Diana went into the City as an investment banker. She founded one of the first European Hedge Funds in 1993.

Diana is also a Trustee of Comic Relief.

BRIDGET BIDDELL - Bridget Biddell MRICS lives in Surrey and is a partner of the Hampton Estate Farms, her family’s traditional agricultural estate. She is a past national subcommittee chairman of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), and President of the Surrey Branch committee, and a Trustee of Country Land and Business Charitable Trust.

She is a Trustee of The Surrey Community Foundation and a member of the grants panel for The Bishop of Guildford Foundation.

VIVIENNE DEWS - Vivienne was a Civil Servant for nearly 40 years. She was an Executive Director at the Office of Fair Trading, and its Chief Executive in the run up to its closure in March 2014. Her early career was in the Home Office, much of that working on immigration issues. She moved from policy advice to leading large executive operations, and then into finance and other support services - becoming a qualified accountant. She was Chief Executive of the Police Information Technology Organisation, and later Director of Resources and Planning at the Health and Safety Executive.

Vivienne's other roles include Honorary Treasurer of the Charity for Civil Servants and Trustee Board member of Young Epilepsy. She is also Chair of Governors of a very large nursery and infant school, and Vice Chair of a Federation of Catholic primary schools.

BELLA COLGRAIN - Bella graduated in Politics and Philosophy from Bristol University and spent her early career in current affairs and non-fiction publishing. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, primarily with Citizens Advice Bureaux, and was the Kent Visitor for the Henry Smith Charity for fifteen years. She currently runs the Money Advice Project for an inner-London Citizens Advice Bureau and is the Chairman of Trustees of the Kent Community Foundation.

PIERS FEILDEN - Piers is the Founder and former Managing Director of a cheese manufacturing business based in the South-West. He has extensive voluntary sector interests, being formerly Chair of a housing association and currently Chair of Homeless Link. He is also a Trustee of Langley House Trust, a prisoner rehabilitation charity providing hostel accommodation across England. Before becoming a Trustee of the Henry Smith Charity he was a volunteer Visitor.

EMIR FEISAL - Emir is Finance Director at SweetTree Home Care services. Before that he was Associate Managing Editor of the Sunday Times.

Emir presently sits on the audit committee of the Royal Parks Agency and is Chair of FRC and a Governor at London Metropolitan University. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Board. As a Magistrate, he frequently sits on appeals at the Crown Court, particularly at the Old Bailey.

Emir sits as a main board member of the selection committee for the Queen’s awards for Voluntary services and, being a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights, is actively involved in fund raising. His past roles have included being a non-executive Director of St. Georges Mental health Trust, and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

MIKO GIEDROYC - Miko was an investment banker for twenty years (1980 to 2001), his last few years a Director of Deutsche Bank Securities where he was in charge of European Equity Research. He was also individually top-ranked as an equity strategist, and known for his work on equity valuation. Miko was a co-founder of New Philanthropy Capital in 2001, leaving in 2003 to become a full-time musician.

He has a degree in Maths from New College Oxford (1980), and a partially completed MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College (1985). He has published articles on music as well as finance.

PAUL HACKWOOD - Paul is Executive Chair of Church Urban Fund, the Church of England charity a role he took up after being Archdeacon of Loughborough in the Diocese of Leicester. He is also Executive Director of the Near Neighbours programme which promotes integration, and good social relations.

He has extensive experience of social justice and poverty issues having worked previously as Social Responsibility Adviser to the Bishop of St Albans and as Vicar of Thornbury in Bradford. During his time in Thornbury he established the Thornbury Centre, a Church-based multicultural community centre and social enterprise, and the Peaceworks initiative, working to bring people of different faiths together at the same time as completing an MBA.

As an Independent Member of West Yorkshire Police Authority he took a lead on Community Relations and Human Resource Management and was until recently a Non-Executive Director of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT.

JAMES HORDERN - James has over 20 years of experience in investment management. He was formerly a main board Director at Dalton Strategic Partners. James began his career at Mercury Asset Management before moving to head up the European, EAFE and Global Specialist Strategies at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

James is a Member of the Investment Advisory Panel of the Royal College of Physicians, a Director of the Salters’ Management Company and a Director of the Corporate Trustee Company of South Kensington Estates.

He graduated from Durham University in 1990 with a B.A. in Modern Languages and is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals. He is also an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK.

VIVIAN HUNT - Vivian is the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company in the UK and Ireland. As well as leading the office, she serves major pharmaceutical companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development. She previously led McKinsey's Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Vivian also provides strategic advice to leading British firms in the private, public and social sectors.

Vivian is one of McKinsey & Company's leaders on its flagship research Women Matter and Diversity Matters, linking the role of women and diversity in the workplace to positive shareholder returns. Most recently, she has been a spokesperson for McKinsey's latest study, The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women's Equality can add $12 trillion to Global Growth.

She serves as Chair of the Prince of Wales' BITC 'Seeing is Believing' programme and the Black British Powerlist as well as on the board of several UK charities including Action on Addiction. Vivian is also a reader for the Queen's Anniversary Prize.

She holds a cum laude in Sociology and Government and an MBA from Harvard University.

MERLYN LOWTHER - Merlyn’s executive career was at the Bank of England, where she worked in a variety of policy and operational roles, culminating with her appointment as Chief Cashier in 1999. After leaving the Bank she became a non-executive director of Schroders plc and, later, of The Co-operative Banking Group. She is currently a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a Governor of Manchester High School for Girls.

Merlyn has a degree in Maths from Manchester University, an MBA from the London Business School and an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama.

NOEL MANNS - Noel Manns is a co-founder of Europa Capital, a pan European real estate fund manager, joining in 1998. He is a member of its Executive Committee and has specialised in the acquisition and management of investments in Northern Europe, Southern Europe and Europe outside the European Union. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is an alumnus of Pembroke College, Cambridge and the London Business School.

Prior to joining Europa, Noel was a shareholding Director at Richard Ellis (now CBRE) and was a Director of a Bank of England subsidiary from 1993 to 2000. His voluntary roles include being a former Chairman of The Conservative Party’s National Property Advisory Committee; a member of the Board of INREV and The Investment Property Forum; as an advisor to The Diocese of London on property matters and as a Trustee of several charities.

PATRICK MAXWELL - Patrick Maxwell is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified Chartered Accountant. After leaving Coopers & Lybrand in 1991, Patrick followed a career in private equity investment management, initially working with the UK-based investment bank, Hambros, and then with Duke Street Capital. Patrick also spent four years living and working in South Africa establishing an investment banking business for Hambros in that region.

In April 2004, Patrick moved from Duke Street to form Sutton Place Managers LLP in partnership with Mark Getty. The partnership provides private equity investment management services to various entities connected with the Getty family. In addition, Patrick has responsibility, on behalf of the Getty family, for managing the Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire.

Patrick was a Trustee of the Royal Ballet School from 2000 to 2011. He is a Trustee of Fuserna Foundation, Sutton Place Foundation and Africa Foundation (all charitable entities associated with the Getty family). He is a Director of the Tennis and Rackets Association Ltd and Chairman of the Rackets World Championship Committee.

GRACIA McGRATH - Gracia is Chief Executive of Chance UK, an innovative early intervention mentoring programme for primary school children with behavioural difficulties. Chance UK has been running since 1995 and has ensured that outcomes for children are at the forefront of the organisation’s work. Chance UK has grown under Gracia’s leadership and runs a pioneering franchise scheme that sees the Chance UK programme run in partnership with other organisations across the UK.

For her work as Chief Executive of Chance UK Gracia was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2009. Gracia was also named by the Evening Standard as one of the Power 1000; London’s Most Influential People of 2013.

ANNA McNAIR SCOTT - Anna has been a Hampshire County Councillor since 2001 working on Children's and Adult Services and chairing the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. She chaired the Advisory Council for an Oxford College from 1996 - 2003, and has been very involved with the field of dyslexia support.


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