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Paul Heal (Chair)

Paul is Chair of the ACT Finance and Investments Committee as well as being a non-executive of Andrews & Partners.

Paul has spent most of his working career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the international accounting firm, the last 20 years or so as a Partner, based mainly in Bristol but for a time in New York. Paul is no stranger to ACT as he has provided audit and accountancy services to Andrews & Partners.

Paul has a number of directorships/trustee roles in the charity world, is Treasurer of the Friends of Somerset Churches and Treasurer of the PCC in his local village of East Pennard, where his wife is Church Warden and organist. He also sits on the parish council. Paul also Chairs or is a member of a number of Audit Committees and Remuneration Committees in the commercial world and in the not for profit sector.

Now retired, Paul and his wife live on a smallholding and breed pedigree Jacob’s sheep and a motley collection of rare breeds of chickens. He also participates and helps organise long distance car rallies including a classic car rally from Peking to Paris. Paul became a trustee for ACT in 2010. Paul has two grown up children who has followed in his footsteps and are both Chartered Accountants.

Chris Chapman

Chris is Managing Director for Andrews Estate Agency. Chris joined Andrews in 1981 as a Mortgage Consultant, having previously been a Life Inspector. Chris has enjoyed an established career in the field of Financial Services, working at Natwest, Leeds Permanent Building Society, National Mutual Life and then Andrews.

Chris was promoted to the board in 1998 where he was responsible for the growth and development of Andrews Mortgage Services before moving over to the estate agency.

Chris married in 1981 and has 2 children. He was born in Middlesbrough, but has lived in the South East for 38 years.

Chris is a former school governor, and became of Trustee for ACT in 2011.

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David Westgate

David has been involved with a range of property services in private and social sectors for 26 years. David gained an honours degree in a property related subject and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

David joined Andrews in 1997, and was also a trustee of CIT before it merged with ACT in 2016.  David took over as Chief Executive of Andrews Property Group in 2016.

His work in the charitable sector has involved projects for children on deprived estates and latterly in the UK prison service. David has a busy life outside of Andrews being a trustee for ACT as well as being involved with a number of community based groups.

Home life for David is equally as busy with 3 children and a very accommodating partner.

Nick Wright (Treasurer)

Nick is Finance Director for Andrews Property Group. Nick graduated with an Economics degree from Warwick University, then subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Nick joined Andrews as Finance Director in 1987. He is also Company Secretary, Chairman of Andrews’ Pension Fund, Trustee and Treasurer of ACT and Christian Book Promotion Trust who is the other shareholding trusts of Andrews and Partners Ltd as well as trustee and Company Secretary of the Estate Agency Foundation (EAF).

Helen Battrick

Helen joined ACT as a Trustee in 2006. As part of ACT’s engaged relationship with its grantee organisations, Helen joined the board of trustees for Restored in December 2012.
Helen has a degree in history and politics and a post graduate diploma in law. Since completing her studies Helen trained to become a solicitor and went on to set up her own firm of solicitors with a colleague in 1997.

Helen’s specialist area is family law and she is an advanced member of the Law Society Family Law Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is a member of the Charity Families Needs Fathers.

Helen’s hobbies include antique collecting, opera, and interests in many sports.

Liz Hughes

Liz has extensive experience of international humanitarian response and development work. Having worked for organisations such as Oxfam, Save the Children and the British Red Cross, Liz has developed skills in management and team leadership over the last 16 years.

Prior to this, Liz gained a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology and a Masters in Social Work, before beginning her career in the UK working in community development and social work for six years.

In 2010 Liz started her own business as a consultant in international development and humanitarian work. ACT welcomed Liz to its board of Trustee’s in 2010.

Alastair Page

As an experienced Engineer and business man with an Engineering Maths degree and an MBA from London Business School, Alastair has extensive experience in creating, building, buying and selling small businesses. Alastair was owner & Managing Director of a successful and innovative technology business (AIM) supplying complex vehicle tracking and mapping systems internationally.

Alastair sold AIM to a Canadian multi-national in 2005 and is now co-owner and Finance Director of a Serviced Office company in Wiltshire. He also works as a freelance consultant advising and supporting a number of small companies and charities in growth and change management as a management consultant, trustee and/or non-executive chair.

Alastair joined ACT as a trustee in 2010

Ruth Knagg

After seven years in large scale direct marketing for consumer magazine “Which?”, Ruth brushed off long-forgotten maths basics to teach in rural Zimbabwe. Back in England, the marketing skills were deployed into fundraising which she has stuck with for 20 years since. For the majority of that time Ruth has been raising money for projects with disabled and mentally ill people in the developing world, but she also spent 4 years as Development Director of Bath Festivals. Now Ruth is freelance, often working from her garden shed in her home town of Frome. She is an active local volunteer with various groups, the latest hot issue being with Save Open Spaces to set up a community share scheme to buy a piece of well-loved meadowland, against a looming sale deadline.

 

Ali Kelly

Ali Kelly is the great niece of our founder, Cecil Jackson Cole, and is taking over as a trustee from her father, Tony Jackson, to continue to provide a family link.  Ali is very proud to be able to do this.

She has worked for the last twenty years in the charity and not for profit organisations in the childcare and education sector.  At present she works for a small company promoting and delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) workshops to primary schools.

Ali is married with three grown up children.

Ami Davis

After completing a Business Studies degree Ami started her career in Human Resources and Learning and Development at Rolls-Royce. For the last 10 years she has worked for Sky television starting in Human Resources and then moving into Operations Management and in the last three years Transformation and Training. She completed her MA in Human Resources at UWE during this time and recently spent some time studying Neuro Linguistic Programming and Executive coaching & mentoring.

Having volunteered for the Caring at Christmas homeless charity she was drawn to doing and learning more and was delighted to become a Trustee of ACT in 2014.

Staff

Siân Edwards (Director)

After a couple of years in public relations – including working for the British Council (fine arts) and running the press office for SportAid (the predecessor to Sport Relief), Siân retrained in social policy and practice at the LSE.

She then spent the next twenty years working in the voluntary sector – almost all of it in long term international development. Through field and field support roles with ActionAid, Action on Disability and Development and BasicNeeds, plus seven years of freelance work, she has supported work throughout south Asia, more than a dozen countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific rim, this included periods living in Bangladesh and Uganda.

Siân joined ACT in December 2006, as her first appointment working for a funding organisation. She is also Chair of the Rebecca Hussey Trust for Africans and a trustee of Carers Worldwide.

She is married with two children and lives in London.

Sally Davis (Administrator)

Sally joined ACT in June 2014. Sally has previously worked across commercial, public and voluntary sectors around having a family also. Sally’s last full time position was with Elim Housing in Bristol where she was PA to the Director of Operations. She has also worked in 3 schools (including a learning centre) and most recently has worked and volunteered for the Red Cross and St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol. In the commercial world, as well as developing her PA and administrative skills, she worked as an IT Trainer.

Annual Reports
ACT Sister Trusts

Christian Book Promotion Trust is the other charitable shareholder that own Andrews. They give small grants to anyone so that they can place Christian books in their communities, where anyone can read them – including in hospitals, community centres, schools, prisons, etc.  Their website address is www.speakingvolumes.org.uk

In 2016 the Christian Initiative Trust board of trustees decided to gift its assets to Andrews Charitable Trust.  ACT will continue to provide small grants to community based projects and people who are explicit about their Christian motivations for charitable works within their communities.  We are calling this programme, Christian Community Grants. Until 2016 Andrews Property Group was owned by 3 charitable trusts: Andrews Charitable Trust; Christian Initiative Trust and Christian Book Promotion Trust.

Christian Initiative Trust is now closed.