Paul Heal 

Paul is the former Chair of ACT. He 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

Nick graduated with an Economics degree from Warwick University, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Nick was Finance Director for Andrews Property Group for thirty years until his retirement in 2019.

As well as being a Trustee and Treasurer for ACT, Nick is on the Management Committee for Speaking Volumes.

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 OBE

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 (Chair)

After completing a Business Studies degree, Ami started her career in Human Resources and Learning and Development at Rolls-Royce. For 10 years she worked for Sky Television starting in Human Resources and then moving into Operations Management and then Transformation and Training. She completed her MA in Human Resources during this time including Executive coaching & mentoring. Ami is now Head of Volunteering and Participation Operations at the National Trust.

Ami became a Trustee for ACT in 2014 and chairperson in 2021.

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.


Carl Tomlin

Carl is Sales Director for First Sentier Investors and has worked in Financial Services, mainly focused on Investment and Pension funds, for over 15 years. He holds a First Class honours degree in Law & Marketing from the University of the West of England as well as the CFA’s Investment Management and CISI’s Investment Operations Certificates.

Outside of work, Carl has two young sons and is a youth football coach. He has a keen interest in woodworking, property renovation and classic cars. Carl joined ACT as a Trustee in 2020.

Nathan Moore

Nathan has over 15 years experience within the Financial Services & Property industry and currently works at Andrews as a Mortgage & Protection Advisor. He has been actively involved with the [Establish] programme from the start and trained as a mentor for young care leavers before becoming Andrews first [Establish] Ambassador in 2018.

During his previous 10 years at Lloyds Banking Group, his roles ranged from Financial Advisor advising clients on investments and pensions to managing a portfolio of High Net Worth Private Banking clients. He has gained several industry leading qualifications and continues to study and attain additional qualifications to keep abreast of an ever changing financial world.

Being closely involved with ACT’s charity partners is something that is close to Nathans heart and lead him to join ACT as a Trustee in 2020.


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.

She is married with two children and lives in London.

Paula Renouf (Part-time Consultant)

Paula has a background in Marketing and Communications and was director of CBPT running the Speaking Volumes scheme for 16 years before joining ACT when CBPT merged.  She now helps Siân to manage the Christian grants aspect of ACT’s work.

Paula is a keen mountain walker and leader and a voluntary youth leader in the Scout movement. She is also a trustee of the Whittlesford Lawn Trust that manages her village’s recreation and sports ground.