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Academic and other qualifications and awards

1. BA, Liverpool University. PGCE Liverpool University


b) Honorary Doctorates from 3 universities

  • Brunel University (2005)

  • Richmond University, (2007)

  • City University. (2008)


c) Other Awards

  • Freedom of the City of London (January 2002)

  • Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (2011)


d) Honorary Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

  • Fellow of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

  • Founding Ambassador: Teach First. (2008)  

  • Award from Cristo Rey (Jesuit) Schools Network USA

  • Ambassador:  Ripon College Cuddesdon


Main previous appointments.

  • Officer Women's Royal Army Corps

  • Principal, large secondary school In London (Convent of Jesus and Mary    High School and Language College, 1985-1999 )

  • Chief Executive, HSBC Global Education Trust. 1999-2008

Main Current Appointments

1. President UK, SOS Children's Villages (2008-)


2.  Vice President:  Marine Society and Sea Cadets


3. Vice President: International Friendship League (2012-)


4. Vice Chairman, Richmond International University, Richmond,  


5. Board member:  Grant making Trusts and Foundations and on several       Advisory Boards.

  • Dulverton Trust

  • Airey Neave Foundation


7. Advisory Board Member

  • Finito Education

  • Send a Cow Africa


8. Board Member:  Trusts

  • UK Cadet Bursary Fund Decision Making Committee(2015- )

  • UK Tri Service Cadet Health Check Group  (2015 -

  • Oxford Literary Festival  (2006-)

  • John Paul 2 Foundation for Sport (2016 -)

  • Spitfire Heritage Trust

9. School Governorships

  • City of London School (Boys)

  • Royal Alexandra and Albert State Boarding School, Reigate.


Very recently resigned

  • Vitol Foundation

  • International Centre for Circulatory Health - St Mary’s

  • Thornton College Bucks


Some Former Trustee/committee Appointments

  • Chairman: DFE/MOD.  London Challenge Cadet Partnership Pilot project, Steering Group. (2007 - 11)

  • Chairman: Advisory Committee on education to HRH Prince Seeiso, High Commissioner Lesotho (2008 -2011)

  • Chairman: Four Pillars (of Financial Good Governance UK/Africa)

       (2009- 14)

  • Chairman: English Speaking Union.  (2011- 14 )

Chairman of the trading company of ESU - Dartmouth House Ltd

Deputy Chairman ESU (2008-11)    

  • Board member National College of School Leadership

  • Board member Shakespeare's Globe (2008-15)

DAVID SPENCER EVANS - Chairman Trustee

B.A., Cert. Ed. FRSA

Short-Service Commission: R.A.F. (1968 to 1973)

MoD  Defence  Intelligence Staff

Secondary School Teacher / Tertiary Lecturer (1976) – 1995)

Director of D.T.I. and  European Commission research project - Brite-Euram III  (1995 -2000)

“Retired”  (Ocean Sailing & Flying)

2010 – 2013 Chairman of  the Spitfire Society

2013 to Present: Chairman of the Spitfire Heritage Trust. 

JEREMY MEESON - Projects Director 

BSc Hons in Electronic Engineering

MBA London Business School

5 years Management consultancy and project management for delivery of defence projects including ships, nuclear submarines and fast jets.

Railway infrastructure and manufacturing project consultancy

Head of configuration management and drawing office for BAE Systems (Marine)

Programme Director at Psion for Mobile electronic devices

Project manager for the delivery of Sky products including Sky HD, Routers and software products

Electronic product development engineer experienced in guided weapons design and commercial product manufacture and test.

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JOHN HURST - Trustee

Principal Planning Officer - Foreign and Commonwealth Office Seconded to Lesotho Government    

Established  Prince Mohato Award with Cdr.Loftus E. Peyton  Jones. ( Duke of Edinburgh Award Lesotho )

Established  - Save the Children Fund in Lesotho Vice Chairman

Established - Samaritans South Africa .

Chair - Lesotho Flying Doctor Service .

Founding member  - Sehlabatebe National Park - Lesotho .

Founder - Samaritans Kenya

Established  early Computer Training Colleges Kenya .


How and why we do what we do.

Lesotho is one of the heroes of WWII.

Find out how and why we payed tribute.

If you'd like to learn more about and or get involved in our projects.

Ian Hewitt - Co Founder - Director of Strategic Planning

Ian is the guardian of the Spitfire Heritage brand, as such he fields all visual, creative and PR activity.

HSBC West Lancashire Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2003

M.D. and Creative Director - Theme Park Design Companies (Rtd)

Vice Chairman Spitfire Heritage Trust

Author of the “Ghost of Cameron Crowe”

CEO of Spitfire Heritage Distillers

Agitant, Rain Maker, Musician 

A builder of brands and teller of stories  

A believer in the inherent good in people.

Blind to hurdles and a champion of causes!


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