Our Trustees

From 1 July 2017, the Royal National Children’s Foundation and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation will operate as one charity. This will be governed by a Board of 12 Trustees, which will be Chaired by Kevin Parry.

Kevin Parry – Chairman
kevin_parryKevin Parry has been Chairman of the RNCF since August 2016. He has been a trustee of the charity since the mid-1990s; for nearly all of that time, he was Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Finance & Investment Committee. 
Kevin is a non-executive director of Standard Life plc, Nationwide Building Society, Daily Mail & General Trust plc and Intermediate Capital Group PLC, where he is Chairman. Formerly he was a managing partner at KPMG, the chief financial officer of Schroders plc and served on the board of Knight Frank.  He is on the Court of the Chartered Accountants’ livery company.

Tim Bunting – Deputy Chairman
Tim joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2007. He was previously a partner of Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years. At Goldman, Tim held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006).

Tim is also a Governor of Wellington College and the Wellington Academy; a Trustee of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity; and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Andrew Corbett
An Art History graduate, Andrew Corbett taught history in Prep Schools for 13 years prior to becoming a Headmaster, first of King’s College School, Cambridge, and then of Holmewood House School, Tunbridge Wells. He retired in 2010. Andrew is now a governor of two Independent Schools, St Michael’s, Jersey and Bede’s.

Douglas de Brûle
Douglas de Brûle is a graduate of Lancaster University in Politics and Economics and Chartered Accountant, with a career mainly in the City of London as a corporate banker and finance director. During this time he worked for Cooper’s & Lybrand , EMI, Midland Bank and Eagle Star. He became a Trustee of the Joint Educational Trust in 1995 and on its merger became a Trustee of RNCF. He is now Chairman of the Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee.

Patrick Derham
Patrick Derham has been Head Master of Westminster School since September 2014, after 13 years as Head Master of Rugby School.  After studying History at Cambridge he taught at Cheam and Radley before becoming Head Master of Solihull School in September 1996.

Ric Lewis
Ric is Chief Executive and Chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, a London-based real estate investment management company with €8.0+Billion in AuM, specialising in investment strategies in all property types across the UK and continental Europe for select institutional and private investors.

Clive Marshall
Clive Marshall is Chief Executive of PA Group, parent company of the Press Association, the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. Formerly Chief Executive of Australian Associated Press (AAP), Clive has held roles at several news and media companies around the world, including Canada’s CNW Group, Reed Elsevier Plc and Trinity Newspapers Limited.

Eraj Shirvani
Eraj is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division, based in London. He is the global bank’s Global Head of Solutions, Head of Fixed Income for EMEA, and Global Head of the Emerging Markets. An RNCF Trustee since 2015, Eraj is a member of the RNCF’s Finance & Risk Management Committee

Helen Starkie LLB (Hons)
Helen was head of the Private Client Department and member of the board of management of a Top 100 Law Firm for many years before setting up her own award-winning practice, specialising in work for older and/or vulnerable clients and their families, in 2010. Today, Helen is a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Advisory Council and represents the Law Society on the Senior Judges Court Users’ Committee at the Court of Protection. She acts as Chair for Dental Complaints Council hearings and was a governor of Warminster School before becoming a Trustee of the RNCF.

Patrick Smulders
Patrick is Managing Partner of Freshstream Capital.  He was previously Managing Director of TowerBrook. Prior to the formation of TowerBrook, Patrick was a Senior Managing Director at Soros Private Equity. Previously, he was a founding Partner and Managing Director at Doughty Hanson. 

Robert Swannell
Robert was appointed a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer in October 2010 and became Chairman in January 2011. Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Citi Europe and Chairman of Citi’s European Investment Bank.

William de Winton
After working at Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director, William joined Lansdowne Partners in 2004. He has run a fund focusing on financial equities since that time. Currently he sits on the firm’s management committee.