As a founding partner of the Berkeley Partnership, David Evans brings his very extensive business experience to the House. He has worked with management teams in a range of major businesses, tackling their most complex and critical challenges. He has helped to shape and lead the redevelopment by Marks & Spencer of their Foods business; the creation of the National Lottery Charities Board (forerunner of the Big Lottery Fund), at the time the largest grant-making body in the world; the comprehensive transformation of Liffe, one of the City of London’s principal financial exchanges, from open-outcry to screen-based trading; and the creation by BP of their trading division, a very significant contributor to this multi-national’s global profitability.
In addition he has worked with a very large number of smaller organisations, across all sectors, helping them to shape and deliver major programmes of change. Before his retirement he spent 17 years building Berkeley into one of the highest quality and most successful management consultancy businesses in the UK.
Warren Colquitt is the Finance Director of Cg Restaurants and Matt Roberts Personal Training. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1988/9 and thereafter spent several years in the consultancy practice advising clients in various sectors including retail, insurance and manufacturing on aspects of strategy, financial management and business planning/turnaround. He also advised for several years on the East London panel of the Princes Trust
Subsequently he has spent the majority of his career as finance director of businesses in the concrete, distribution and hospitality industries.
Nigel has over 40years experience in retail financial services and payments and is Owner/Director of an established interim management company specialising in delivering transformational change. His career began in building societies; thereafter he undertook various senior roles in banking culminating in running the company behind the UK Cash Machine Network (LINK)
He has served as director of Care Plus Ltd, Woolwich Pension Fund Trust, Funds Transfer Ltd and was Deputy Chairman of LINK for 4 years helping lead the creation of the UK national ATM network. Nigel is also an active ambassador for the Pennies Foundation having been one of the original team that created “Pennies – the electronic charity box” a pioneering, multi-award winning Fintech charity that is raising £millions every year for good causes.
Equity Partner from Gardiner and Theobald.
Kevin has worked on commercial office development, retail and residential projects since 1988 for various business park developments, city centre major projects and urban regeneration campuses for multi-national corporates and private clients both in the UK and Europe. He is a past Board Member of the British Council of Offices and a board director of the charity, The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust.
Charity and Housing Sector Consultant
Whilst at Westminster City Council, as Director of Housing, Frances led on all aspects of housing needs and supply and community regeneration, whilst at the GLA (Greater London Authority) as Head of Social Inclusion and Health, she led on the development and implementation of Mayoral strategies to tackle poverty, worklessness and health inequalities, and to promote refugee integration.
From 2008 till 2010, Frances was Chief Executive of a small, effective and well regarded charity Off the Streets and into Work.
Since then she has been a freelance housing and social policy consultants. Her roles include supporting the Mayor’s Housing Investment Taskforce and drafting their final report on how to use publicly owned land to create more social housing, as well as undertaking specific consultancy projects for Central and Cecil Housing Trust and the House of St Barnabas. More recently Frances has led on the development and implementation of a pan London gang exit programme, Safe and Secure and has just completed an interim appointment as Areas Director in the government’s Troubled Families Unit.
Esther has over 15 years experience working in the not for profit, social enterprise and technology sectors, primarily with a focus on external affairs, campaigning, policy, research and public affairs. She runs the The Social Change Agency, a BCorp consultancy dedicated to creating social change through movement building, networks and crowdfunding. A Londoner through and through, she is passionate about social justice, housing and homelessness and community development. She is a 2011 Clore Fellow, a 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of St George’s, Windsor Castle. She is also a trustee of the MS Society.
‘I am honoured to be able to serve The House of St Barnabas as a trustee. I have been a founding member since 2011 and have witnesses the hard work and social impact the team and the members have undertaken to not only tackle homelessness but redefine the boundary of what is possible when you mix business, art, heritage and charity together to make change’.
With more than 25 years’ experience in the third sector, Rachel is recognised for transforming brands, events and service delivery. At Cancer Research UK she developed the successful Race for Life series, taking it to the £60m. She then moved on to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as Director of Fundraising, helping them to change how they worked with business.
Currently the first CEO of Lawrence Dallaglio’s charity, Dallaglio RugbyWorks, Rachel has built on Lawrence’s passion to create a national programme for teenagers who have been permanently excluded from mainstream education. Working in over 40 Alternative Provision schools, RugbyWorks helps young people move into sustained education and employment, using a unique mix of rugby coaching, in-class teaching and employment skills training.
Simon Close has over 25 years of management consultancy experience helping organisations to define business growth and operational strategies, to shape and deliver large-scale business transformation programmes, and by performing operational and programme reviews and turnarounds. On occasion, he has under taken interim director roles for his clients.
He joined The Berkeley Partnership from Andersen Consulting in 1997 and became a partner in 2000. During his time at Berkeley, Simon has worked with senior executives from across a range of different industries in the private, public and third sector including: Amey, Barclays, the Bank of England, BP, the Financial Conduct Authority, HSBC, LIFFE, Lloyd’s of London, the NHS and Xerox.
Simon is also a qualified business coach and works with business leaders and leadership teams to support them in improving their performance.
‘My links to the House date back to the late 1990’s when my company regularly hosted corporate events there. I have stayed in touch ever since through colleagues, friends and family who have volunteered at the House. As a founding member of the Club, I very proud to now have been asked to become a trustee. I hope my consulting and coaching skills will help us to continue the success as we shape and deliver an exciting future for the physical building, the Club and, most importantly, the Employment Academy.’