DAME MARY RICHARDSON DBE - Patron and Trustee
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.
Airey Neave Foundation
7. Advisory Board Member
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
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)
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.
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 .
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!