Inspire Suffolk is overseen by a team of local professionals who bring a specialised skill to the Trust board. Having this range of expertise from the Trustees ensures the charity is supported by people who have the knowledge to guide us in the right direction and place the local community at the heart of its agenda.
Meet The Trustees
Professor Dave Muller has been Principle of Suffolk New College since August 1999. During his time with Inspire Suffolk, the Charity and Suffolk New College have built up a strong relationship working to develop our education remit. The partnership has helped programmes such as the Coach Education and Team Programmes prove to be a real success and help the future of so many young people.
Nigel Smith has been a Trustee since 2004. As former director of International accountancy firm KPMG, Nigel's role on the board is to offer guidance and advice on matters relating to business and finance, ensuring Inspire Suffolk operate in an effective and efficient way.
Sally Hogg's expertise lies in the field of health and wellbeing. Sally is Head of Improvement and Partnership of Suffolk PCT and assists Inspire Suffolk in strategic planning relating to health whether its issues relating to weight, fitness, mental health or general wellbeing. With Sally's guidance we have developed successful Health Programmes such as Activ8it plus, the Disability Programme – Ability Counts and our Mental Health Support Programme.
Mahbub Alam Shamim is a local business man who represents Suffolk's BME communities on Inspire Suffolk's board. Inspire Suffolk takes great pride in their work to offer opportunities to people no matter their age, gender, ability or background and Shami as a key member of the Bangladeshi community, helps us as a charity to promote community cohesion. Football tournaments such as the 'One Community Cup' have worked really well in the past to bring members of the community from different ethnic backgrounds together.
Neil Prentice is the Managing Director of White Space Design in Ipswich. One of the newest members to Inspire Suffolk's board, Neil not only offers support and advice in terms of marketing and branding but also works closely with members of Inspire Suffolk's team to develop and sustain a strong brand identity. Neil also lead on the charities rebrand in 2010 and again in 2013.
Geoff Barton is the Head Teacher at King Edward VI Upper School in Bury St. Edmunds. His role on the Inspire Suffolk's board assists us in building relationships with Suffolk's education sector particularly in the West Suffolk area. Specialising in secondary education, Geoff offers advice to the board about how Inspire Suffolk can use their resources to help young people improve their academic skills and is a member of the country's Education Working Party.
Liz has lived in Suffolk most of her life. She worked in the legal profession for many years and in 2002 became an Ipswich Borough Councillor representing Holywells Ward. In 2005 she became Leader of the Council and became the first female in the history of Ipswich to hold that post and also to form a coalition between the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrat Party which lasted for 6 1/2 years. Liz has always worked in the charitable world and has a particular interest in children and young people. She also takes an interest in the plight of the homeless and is a trustee of the Ipswich Umbrella Trust.
Nick Burrows is currently Chairman of a number of national companies including the Fit Co and Brand Spirit. As a former director of various European fitness, leisure and hospitality companies he supports Inspire Suffolk from a commercial, branding and business development perspective. Nick has also been a past MD of Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing – part of the UK's largest trading charity and as such has considerable understanding of how best to combine charitable objectives with prudent business planning.
Max Harnden is a partner in the firm of Gotelee Solicitors based in Ipswich. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has become a specialist in corporate and commercial law having spent the first 12 years of that time based in London as in house counsel to a large corporate organisation before stepping into private practice. Having practiced in Ipswich for several years, he has worked up valuable business relationships in the locality and understands the dynamics required for commercial success. Max can therefore help Inspire Suffolk to promote the value of its objectives and realise the success it deserves.
Danielle studied Sociology at the University of Essex and moved to Suffolk to commence a career in Marketing in 2001.
Danielle spent three years with a website development agency and five years as marketing manager for a regional firm of solicitors before joining Ipswich Building Society in a Business Development role. She now works with Red Rose Chain, raising the profile of Red Rose Theatre amongst professional firms within the region and building relationships with local businesses.
Ian Twinley is Chairman of the John Grose Group and Regional Vice-President of Group 1 Automotive. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1979 as an Engineering Trainee. From 1983 to 1989 he held a number of appointments in Ford of Britain Marketing Sales functions. In 1989, Mr. Twinley assumed the position of Dealer Financial Assistance Manager in Ford of Europe with responsibility for several Ford Dealerships owned by Ford of Europe in many different countries. In 1992, after a short period as the Ford General Field Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland , he re-joined Ford of Europe to establish the European Fleet, Rental, Leasing Remarketing Office creating an industry leading capability for Ford to transact business on a multi-national basis. Mr Twinley was appointed Brand Manager for all Ford of Europe mid-size cars including Ford Focus, the world's number one selling car. Then in 2002, he was granted a leave of absence from the Ford Motor Company to join the John Grose Group succeeding Mr. Grose as Chairman of the Group. It is a fourth generation privately owned company and was established in 1888 by Mr. Joseph Grose. It has won the coveted Ford Chairman's award for outstanding customer satisfaction thirteen times. Mr Twinley is the majority shareholder with the Grose family still part owners. Mr Twinley likes to host a number of charitable events through the summer at his parkland home in Essex, major Events are; Beating Retreat Army Benevolent fundraising public event, Essex Dog Day.
- Chairman Ipswich Borough Council Community Sports Network – 2005-2011 (CSN's ended).
- Chairman Team Ipswich Sports Foundation – registered charity.
- Member of the Suffolk Employers Armed Reserve Forces Committee 2007-2012
- (visited Afghanistan in 2008).
- Chairman RESG - East Anglia Reserve Forces & Cadets Association.
- Member of the PARC (additional needs school in Braintree) fundraising committee.
- Trustee of Inspire Suffolk – registered charity