Our trustees

Inspire Suffolk is governed by a mix of local professioanals and community leaders who bring their valuable experience to the charity's board. All trustees are committed to ensuring that Inspire Suffolk continues to be a leading player in the quest to raise aspiration levels, improve the education and health and increase sports participation of the young people in our county.

Meet The Trustees



    Prof. Dave MullerProf. Dave Muller Chairman


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.


Max Harnden 

Company Secretary

Max Harnden is a partner and head of corporate law at Gotelee Solicitors based in Ipswich. He is a specialist in commercial law having spent the first 12 years of his career in London as in house counsel to a large corporate organisation before stepping into private practice. During his time in Suffolk's county town, Max has gained a valuable understanding of the business community. 


    Nigel SmithNigel Smith

Nigel Smith has been a Trustee since 2004. As former director of International accountancy firm KPMG, Nigel's role on the board provides guidance and advice on matters relating to business and finance, helping to ensure that Inspire Suffolk operates in an effective and efficient way.










    Sally HoggSally Hogg

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

Mahbub Alam Shamim is a local business man who represents Suffolk's BME communities on Inspire Suffolk's board. The charity provides opportunities to people no matter their age, gender, ability or background. 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

Neil Prentice is the Managing Director of White Space Design in Ipswich. 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 charity's rebrand in 2010 and again in 2013.

Geoff Barton
Geoff Barton is the Head Teacher at King Edward VI Upper School in Bury St. Edmunds. His role on the Inspire Suffolk's board and as Chair of the Education and Health committee, assists us in building relationships with Suffolk's education sector.  A specialist of secondary education, Geoff is a member of the government's Education Working Party.
Liz Harsant
Elizabeth Harsant
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. Liz has always worked in the charitable world and has a particular interest in children and young people. 

    Nick Burrows
Nick Burrows Vice Chairman


Nick Burrows is currently Chairman of a number of national companies including the Fit Co and Brand Spirit. A former director of various European fitness, leisure and hospitality companies Nick  also led  Nuffield Health and Fitness and brings the perspective of combining charitable objectives with prudent business operation.  










Ian Twinley    Ian Twinley 
Ian Twinley is Chairman of the John Grose Group and Regional Vice-President of Group 1 Automotive. In 2002, he joined the John Grose Group, subsequently succeeding Mr. Grose as Chairman and majority shareholder. Ian is involved with a number of local charities, Chairing the East Anglia Reserve Forces & Cadets Association. He brings entrepreneurial expertise to the Inspire suffolk board.


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