Beat has an elected board of Trustees who are the Directors of the Company. The Trustees are nominated and elected by the voting membership and reflect a range of skills, including governance skills, legal and financial expertise and media skills. They are responsible for the overall direction, policies and management of Beat. The majority of our trustees have personal experience of eating disorders as parents, family members or sufferers themselves.
Chris has been a Trustee since December 2009 and took on the role of Chairman in March 2011. Chris is Emeritus Chairman of the International Strategy Consultancy OC&C, which he founded in 1987. In addition he Chairs iPulse Ltd and United World Schools. Prior to OC&C, Chris trained in US consultancies and pursued a number of general management roles internationally. He holds Double Honours Degrees in Engineering and Economics as well as an MBA from INSEAD. Chris has two daughters and lives in central London.
Valerie has been a trustee since 2012. She has over ten years’ experience in the charity sector and is currently a Trustee of Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Alcohol Research UK. After working in the City she moved into early stage venture capital and currently manages a spin-out fund in the Norwich Research Park. She has a first class degree from Cambridge and a masters degree in charity finance and management from Cass Business School, and is a Chartered Secretary.
Anne-Marie is a partner at ARC Pensions Law and specialises in advising companies and Trustees on all aspects of pensions law. She is also a member of the Risk & Audit Committee of the Pensions Management Institute and chairs the Education Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.
Hubert Lacey is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of London and Professor Emeritus, St George’s, University Of London. He is also the Medical Lead of the Eating Disorders Services at the Capio Nightingale Hospital and the Director of Newbridge Healthcare Systems in Birmingham.
He is Chairman of the European Council on Eating Disorders and has over 140 publications in learned journals on anorexia, bulimia, obesity and psychosomatic illness.
Nicola joined The Queen’s Trust as a Director in January 2012. Her role is to design, implement and oversee the spend-down programme and the overall work of the Trust. Prior to this, Nicola worked as a strategy and governance consultant to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation and for The Prince’s Trust, as its Company Secretary. A qualified Chartered Secretary, Nicola has an MSc in Corporate Governance and Ethics and a degree in the History of Art.
Richard has been supporting Beat since 2007 and received the Beat ‘Outstanding volunteer service’ award in 2014. He served on the Fundraising Committee between 2014 – 2016 and is currently a member of the Development Board. Richard has first-hand experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder and is determined to help Beat support everyone affected by eating disorders. Richard previously volunteered as a business advisor for the charity ‘Young Enterprise’ for ten years and served as a Trustee on the Young Enterprise London board between 2009 -2011.
Richard has worked for over 20 years in the Financial Services industry specialising in Business Continuity and Crisis Management.
Melanie runs SmithHebert a boutique strategy consulting firm specialising in consumer goods, marketing and retail. Prior to this Melanie was a partner at McKinsey & Company in London. Melanie has law (honours) and commerce degrees from the University of Auckland and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Melanie is an active member of the Maori community in London and is on the board of Manaia and Whakaako.
Neil is Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Association. Neil is a passionate educator and advises DfE, HMRC, and a range of examination awarding bodies on educational policy implementation. Neil represented the independent sector on the General Teaching Council for England and is a Board Member for The Independent Schools Council, as well as UK director and trustee of the international charity and social movement “We”. As well as advising school leaders across the country, Neil taught in both the state and private sectors, is an experienced independent headteacher and state sector governor, and regularly comments on educational matters in the media.