Trustees and

The Trustees need to bring various skills and experience to the Charity. Alan Higgs’ late widow and son were Trustees and now his daughter and two of his grandchildren are Trustees. It is not a family charity and all trustees are selected against pre-set criteria that ensures a mix of relevant experience and skill.

Marilyn Knatchbull-Hugessen (Chair)

The founder’s daughter. After an early career in advertising has contributed to academic research, taught classes for the NCT and worked as a Parentline counsellor. Served as a Magistrate, specialising in the Family Court, for twenty-six years.

Emily Barlow

After an MSc in Social Policy worked for the Princes Trust, Scotland as Social Policy Manager.

Rowley Higgs

After working as a commercial lawyer is now a partner in an insurance company specialising in commercial transactions in the City of London.

Mark Franklin

A Coventrian, partner in a local firm of accountants has been keenly interested in local sport at all levels.

Steve Cooke​

A Coventrian, Part Time Healthcare IT Project Consultant. Strong interests in Education, Science and the Arts. Long serving school governor and chair of governors of a Coventry primary school, Volunteer Host for Coventry City of Culture 2021.

Alex Barrett

Worked and started married life in Coventry, now living in Warwickshire, works for a major public service organisation as a senior communications specialist.

Emma Bates

A locally motivated, highly experienced Coventry based voluntary sector programme manager.

Dr Geoff Willcocks

Clerk to the Trustees

Lesley Beadle

Finance Manager

The Trustees are grateful to the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust for its help in developing this website.

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