Our Trustees

Huw Davies

Huw has recently retired from the Wates Group where he was CFO for 11 years. He was previously Head of Corporate Finance at Taylor Woodrow and has held key positions with KPMG, Ernst and Young and the Government of Oman. He is currently an independent director of Wessex Water Services Ltd and J. Murphy Ltd. He has had much involvement with the charity Business in the Community and was previously HRH The Prince of Wales Ambassador for Responsible Business in the South-East. Huw joined the Board of Trustees of I CAN in September 2010. Huw is chair of the board.

Charles Newman

Charles studied History at Cambridge University before deciding on a career in the law. On qualifying as a solicitor in 1992, he chose to specialise in employment law, working first at Slaughter and May before joining DAC Beachcroft as a Partner In 2000. After 13 years at DAC Beachcroft Charles decided to become a freelance consultant based at home. He continues to practice as an employment lawyer and regularly conducts workplace investigations. He lives in South London with his wife and two children, and his hobbies include open water swimming, tennis and Chelsea Football Club. Charles is the chair of the remuneration committee. 

Riccardo Basile

Riccardo is a Principal at Permira, a global private equity fund investing in growing market-leading companies in the consumer, tech, healthcare, financial and industrial sector. Prior to joining Permira, Riccardo was a director at AlixPartners, where he delivered a number of operational turnaround programmes mostly in retail, consumer goods and industrial sectors. Before that, he worked for PwC where he focused on delivering supply chain transformation programmes. Riccardo had previously held line management roles in industry. He holds a MBA and an MEng from Bologna University, in Italy.

Riccardo is chair of the Social Enterprise Committee.

Stuart Shepley

Stuart is an insurance executive and a qualified actuary. A former partner of KPMG, he was also chief actuary at both Zurich Insurance and Hiscox Insurance. Now based in the UK, Stuart maintains a number of insurance and consulting interests.

He takes an active interest in the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries affairs and has been a Management Board member, an elected Council Member, as well as Chair of the General Insurance Board. He is a member of two Worshipful Companies and contributes to their charitable and social activities. Stuart is married with two grown up children, living in Surrey where he enjoys playing golf and participating in other outdoor pursuits.

Stuart is the treasurer and chair of the Finance & audit Committee.

Ms Jean Gross CBE

Jean served as National Communication Champion for two years until the end of December 2011, and for her outstanding work was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Prior to her appointment as Communication Champion, Jean was Founder Director of the Every Child a Chance Trust, which developed the Every Child a Reader and Every Child Counts programmes. Before that she was Senior Director within the government’s Primary National Strategy, responsible for its work on overcoming barriers to achievement. A former teacher, lecturer, educational psychologist and Head of Children’s Services in a large urban local authority, Jean is a national expert on inclusion issues.

Her work has focused on improving outcomes for children with significant difficulties in language, literacy and mathematics, promoting practitioners skills in inclusive teaching, and developing children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills through the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) whole-curriculum approach. She has been a visiting fellow at two universities and is currently an associate fellow at the University of Warwick.

Prof Victoria Joffe

Victoria Joffe is Academic Director, International at City, University of London and Professor in the Enhancement of Child and Adolescent Language and Learning in the Division of Language and Communication Science in the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London. 

Victoria’s area of clinical and research expertise include specific language impairment, child speech disorder, the interface between education and speech and language therapy, collaborative practice and the training of teaching staff, the relationship between language, metalinguistic awareness and literacy, language and communication intervention in secondary school students and evidence-based practice for children and young people with special educational needs.

Victoria works with various health trusts, education authorities and third sector organisations devising and evaluating research into models of service delivery across the lifespan. She provides training and consultancy to teaching and therapy staff working with children and young people in schools, colleges and young offender institutions, as well as to parents and service users.      

Victoria is current chair at the programme development board

Mr Adrian Hosford

Adrian is a marketing professional, a campaigner for better interpersonal communication and a sustainability (CSR) expert.

The roots of his passion for communication were formed in his early career, working in advertising. From 1985 he lead BT’s brand and customer communication, ensuring BT enjoyed both commercial and popular success with campaigns such as the Maureen Lipman “Beattie” and Bob Hoskins “It’s good to talk”.

Adrian’s vision – “the power of communication to help create a better world” – inspired BT’s brand positioning and was at the heart of BT's success as a CSR world leader (number 1 Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index 2001-09).

Adrian is currently chair of a social enterprise called Moodscope, which helps people who suffer from depression and chair of the advisory panel for CSR at Nottingham Business School. He is also a non-executive director of Social & Local the first marketing and communications Agency to be a community interest company investing half its profits in helping young struggling creatives become social entrepreneurs. Previously he was a Chair and Non Executive Director of several NHS organisations in Kent

Dr Judy Clegg

Dr Judy Clegg is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, UK. She trained as a Speech and language therapist at the University of Manchester and completed a PhD in developmental language disorders at the University of Nottingham.

Judy is the Director of Professional Learning overseeing the clinical degree programmes in speech and language therapy. Her research interests focus on the developmental trajectories and outcomes of children with language and communication needs, the impact of social disadvantage on children’s language and communication development, the complex co-morbidity between children’s social disadvantage, their developing language and communication and their behaviour and mental health, and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to facilitate children and young peoples' language and communication abilities. Judy is also co-editor of the journal, Child Language Teaching and Therapy. Further information can be found at www.sheffield.ac.uk/hcs/staff/clegg

Judy is Chair of Governors at Dawn House School in the East Midlands.

Mrs Susan Gregory

Sue has decades of experience in the primary phase and was a headteacher for almost 12 years. Following secondment to a local authority Sue was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) in 2000. While at Ofsted, Sue led teams of HMI, developing inspection frameworks, policy, guidance and training materials across early years, schools and children’s centres. Sue held a number of leadership posts at Ofsted, including director responsibility for inspections, schools and early years. During her years as a director, she liaised with the Department for Education, national agencies, ministers and members of the House of Lords.

Sue retired from full-time work as an Ofsted Director and HMI at the end of December 2013 and is now working part-time as an independent education consultant. 

Janice Bibby 

Janice is an ex-head Teacher and is currently Acting Chair of Governors for Meath School in Surrey.


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