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Trustees

Ralph Bernard

 

Ralph Bernard CBE - Chair

Ralph Bernard, an award winning documentary producer, has spent his working life in media and arts organisations. 

He was the creator of Classic FM, Britain’s largest commercial radio station, which he ran for 20 years as Chief Executive and Chairman. Classic FM was one of the portfolio stations in the largest radio business, GWR Group – a quoted FTSE 250 company - which Ralph ran for 25 years as Chief Executive. After several years as Chief Executive of GCap Media, which included London’s Capital FM, Ralph left to form Quidem Productions – a company specialising in documentary production, theatre and latterly films. 
He is a former Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall and is currently a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The British Lung Foundation and Chairman of the Central School of Ballet. In addition, he is Chairman of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), a partnership between the major broadcasters, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and academics who teach broadcast and multimedia journalism.
He was appointed a Fellow of The Radio Academy in 1998, he won the Sony Gold Award in 2000 for his contribution to the radio industry and was awarded the CBE for his services to broadcasting in 2002.

 

Dirk Anthony - Dep Chair

Dirk Anthony is a senior media and management consultant and executive coach. He works with media and non-media companies to build alignment between strategy and implementation in the UK, European, Australian, UAE and African markets. Dirk also advises organisations and executives on how to understand, communicate with and influence their stakeholders.  He worked extensively as a coach to creative and senior executive talent.

As Director at SBS Australia, Dirk led a team of 200 to transform the provision of News, Information, and Audience engagement across radio, TV, online, mobile & social platforms, in over 60 languages. He was Group Content Director of GCap Media; responsible for broadcast and digital content across the UK’s largest commercial radio group.  Prior to this Dirk led the content integration of Capital Radio Group Plc and GWR Group, contributing towards a £200 million GBP turnover, with 2,000 staff.

Dirk is an accredited Henley Business School coach, having been awarded their Professional Certificate, and is in the process of completing their MSc programme in Coaching and Behavioural Change.

Nick Finch

 

Nick Finch

Nick became a Trustee of PSBT in March 2016. Nick has spent all his working life at the International Auction House Christie’s, which he joined after leaving school in 1982. Having started in the post room he is now Global Director for Auctioneers and EMERI Bid Departments.

Nick first got to hear about PSBT through a colleague who was chairman of the charity at the time. Our former chairman invited him to a Fixers event at the House of Commons where for the first time he saw the powerful impact that young people - given a voice - could have, not only to those in room, but society as a whole. Soon after this event Nick was invited to join the Fixers Development Board and then the Trustee Board. 

Nick brings to the board a passionate desire to see the sustainability and continued success of the charity. He is committed to the board achieving its objectives and brings with him robust corporate and private connections he has cemented over the years.

Nick enjoys all sports and socialising with friends. His role within Christie’s has enabled him to travel widely and experience many countries and cultures.

 

William Ostrom

 

William Ostrom FRSA

William joined as a Trustee in June 2017.
He has extensive experience of fostering organisational and societal change gained in a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications and occupational safety. A particular focus has been the impact of emerging technology and the impact on businesses and society. He is a founding pioneer in the advent of mobile and smart phones and advises technology start-ups on business and communications planning.
As a participant of the Information Technologists Company, he aims to widen participation for the benefits of technology for young people. He also engages in mentoring programmes for young people, in particular drawing on his expertise in marketing and public relations.
William is keen to deepen and broaden the reach and stature of Fixers and achieve greater recognition for what being a Fixer means for communities and society.
William is an enthusiastic amateur musician on the guitar and computer, and loves walking and cycling.

Robin Elias

 

Robin Elias

Robin has worked in television news for more than 35 years, and was programme editor during some of the defining moments of the last quarter century. He ran programmes during events that included the death of the Princess of Wales, the first Gulf War, and the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.
He started his career as a local newspaper reporter in Surrey. He worked for the Press Association in Fleet Street, and was a sub-editor on the London Evening News when it folded in 1980. From there he joined ITN. He worked as a scriptwriter and then as programme editor for eight years before becoming Deputy Editor in 2000, and Managing Editor in 2003.
In this role he has responsibility for more than 100  journ working for ITV News. In 2007 he was appointed as launch editor for Setanta Sports News. 
He has a particular interest in Diversity issues, and has been a member of the Cultural Diversity Network , as well as a judge for the Royal Television Society and for Bafta.
Robin is married with two children. He runs, plays squash, and is a keen cyclist.

Clare Cox

 

Clare Cox

Clare joined the Fixers Board in July 2017.
Clare has spent her career in External Affairs, supporting charities and businesses on the full breadth of strategic communications, policy, marketing and digital activity.  Her initial career was in consultancy, advising public and private companies. During this time she provided pro bono support to a number of charities. For the last 10 years she has sat on the senior management teams of several national charities and social enterprises in an External Affairs capacity, ensuring that the voices of these organisations and the people they support, are heard and understood by a wide variety of stakeholders, policy makers and funders.  Most recently this has included the National Autistic Society, the British Lung Foundation and The Social Investment Business.    
During her career Clare has had a particular interest in improving public and political understanding of issues that have historically not had a high profile, including autism and the harmful effect of air pollution on health. While at the British Lung Foundation she led the award-winning team that successfully campaigned to ban smoking in cars when children are present. Clare is passionate about supporting individuals to be their own advocates, initially championing this 15 years ago at a charity that supported young people at risk of exclusion.

Jules Burns

 

Jules Burns              

Jules retired from his position as Senior Director at All3Media in 2015 having stepped down from the COO role at the end of 2011. The business, acquired by a Discovery and Liberty Global JV, was founded in 2003 by Jules and two other partners with private equity backing. It quickly became the UK’s largest independent production group with growing international businesses in the USA, Germany, Holland and New Zealand.
Following a period working as a professional musician, Jules started his television career in 1976 as a production manager for Granada Television in Manchester. Over the following 27 years he held a number of positions at Granada rising through business affairs roles to be the Joint MD of Granada Television, then the Joint MD of Granada Content (the combined production and distribution operations of Granada, LWT, Yorkshire TV and United News and Media) and finally MD Group Operations of Granada plc.
Jules has also held non-Executive roles with The Royal Exchange Theatre (Manchester), the Commonwealth Games 2002 and Liverpool fc from 1999 to 2007.i
In 2009 Jules was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society. He is currently a trustee of Burgh House and a non-Executive Director of the Hofesh Shecter Company. Jules is married with two children and three grandchildren and lives in London. 

 

Nathan Adams

Nathan joined the PSBT as a Trustee in July 2015.  Having worked in both the retail and the financial services sectors, Nathan brings a wealth of international, commercial, customer-centric and change management experience to the team. He is currently an HR Director at Aviva Plc, which has around 31 million customers and 30,000 employees, across 17 countries. Prior to Aviva, Nathan spent 6 years at Barclays Plc, undertaking roles in Barclaycard, Retail and Business banking and Global functions.

Nathan’s passion is making a difference to organisations and individuals, helping them to grow and achieve their ambitions. Joining PSBT has inspired Nathan to help the charity grow its corporate network and enable the charity to build a sustainable future.

A passionate sports fan, Nathan enjoys skiing, mountain biking and football, as well as travelling and exploring different countries and cultures.

 

Steve Cross

Steve joined the PSBT as Treasurer in 2010.  Until 2016 he was the Finance Director of Denplan, a role he held since October 1998.  Denplan administers payment plans for dentists and vets and their clients.  As part of Simplyhealth it also provides dental insurance benefits plans to companies.
Steve played a significant role in the growth and development of Denplan’s products and services over 15 years.  Before that he worked in practice as a chartered accountant and then moved to manufacturing before joining Denplan in 1994.

Richard Duncalf OBE JP

 

Richard Duncalf OBE JP

Richard joined as a Trustee in May 2017. After several corporate positions in special projects with FTSE 100 Companies Gallaher and GUS, he started a successful Group of Luxury Retailing Companies with his Partner Oscar in 1993, who have worked amongst others with the likes of Dame Vivienne Westwood, Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto.

Alongside a successful entrepreneurial business career he has advised the Deputy Prime Minister in the last Coalition Government and been Party Treasurer of a National Political Party. He sits as Presiding Magistrate, is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders and a Freeman of the City of London. He was awarded an OBE for Public and Political Service in 2015.

Rys Farthing

 

Rys Farthing

Rys has over 15 years of experience working in youth policy and in children and young people's services, in both the UK and Australia. She has worked in academic roles analysing programmes and policy, alongside politicians to implement change, and in managing 'front line' service deliver organisations. 
She holds a PhD in youth policy from Oxford University, and has authored books and academic articles about young people's policy in the UK.

Sarah Reynolds

 

Sarah Reynolds

Sarah Reynolds is the owner and founder of LifeForward Ltd, an International Coaching and Talent Consultancy. Sarah’s key clients include Deloitte AG, where Sarah provides talent consulting across a broad talent agenda and Deloitte Singapore, providing leadership coaching for partners and directors. Sarah also provides leadership coaching to partners and directors in professional service firms, business owners and key business stakeholders in UK, Belgium, and Singapore. 
Sarah started her career at Deloitte where she qualified as a UK chartered accountant and a chartered tax advisor, providing international tax consulting and compliance services to a diverse client portfolio both in UK and Singapore. Sarah also worked for 2 years in the Tax Policy Group within Deloitte, developing tax solutions and advising on the impact of new legislation. After 10 years as a client services professional, Sarah moved to Global Talent and Learning to lead tax technical development for Global Tax & Legal at Deloitte. Sarah played a key role in the development of talent and learning strategies for Deloitte Global Tax & Legal, aligned to global and regional business priorities. During her 20 year international career with Deloitte, Sarah worked in the UK, Singapore, Belgium and South Africa. 
Sarah is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, a licensed practitioner for Insights Discovery® personal profiling tool, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and Chartered Institute of Tax. 
 

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