Paul Heal (Chair)

Paul is Chair of the ACT Finance and Investments Committee as well as being a Non-Executive Director of Andrews Property Group.

Paul has spent most of his working career with PwC, 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 the business.

Paul has a number of Directorships/Trustee roles in the charity world. He 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.

David Westgate

David is the Chief Executive of Andrews Property Group with 30 years of property experience.

With an honours degree in a property related subject and subsequent qualification as a Chartered Surveyor, David joined Andrews in 1997 and became Chief Executive of the 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, as a Trustee for ACT and 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 graduated with an Economics degree from Warwick University, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Nick has been Finance Director for Andrews Property Group since 1987, and is also Company Secretary and Chairman of Andrews’ Pension Fund.

As well as being a Trustee and Treasurer for ACT, Nick is Trustee for the Christian Book Promotion Trust, and 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 20 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 and in 2013 joined MapAction, a humanitarian mapping charity as Chief Executive.  

Liz has been a Trustee for ACT since 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 took 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 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 including Executive coaching & mentoring. Recently Ami has changed role and is now Head of Volunteering and Participation Operations at the National Trust.

Ami became a Trustee for ACT in 2014.

Alexandra McDonald

Alexandra is Commercial Director with publisher SPCK, managing home and export sales, marketing, publicity, e-books, direct to consumer activity, distribution, logistics and many other things. If she had spare time, she would like to spend it reading, doing yoga and playing golf but usually ends up chauffeuring her two children and two step-children around to their various activities.

Alexandra became a a trustee for ACT in January 2018.


Siân Edwards (Executive 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 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.

Hannah Lumby (Executive Assistant)

With an honors degree from the University of Nottingham and ten years in HR, Hannah joined Andrews Property Group as an HR Advisor in 2013.

During a sabbatical from this role, she volunteered for the National Deaf Children’s Society and set up Bristol Deaf Children’s Society which she continues to Co-Chair.

Hannah has volunteered as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ to support the welface of unaccompanied children held in police custody, taught English to primary school children in France and Romania, and is interested in initiatives which build closer communities.

Hannah lives near Bristol with her partner and two young children.