Our Trustees

   Deputy Patrons
Sir Chris Bonington CVO, CBE 

Sir Chris Bonington CVO, CBE, DL

One of Britain's best-known mountaineers, Sir Chris Bonington has led and been on 19 Himalayan expeditions, including four to Everest and has made many first ascents in The Alps and greater ranges of the world. He has published 14 books and has presented/appeared in many relevant television programmes.  He is also a Non Exec Chairman of Berghaus. Sir Chris has been a Trustee of The Trust since 1997 and appointed Deputy Patron in 2009.

 The Lord Kirkham CVO

The Lord Kirkham CVO

Lord Graham Kirkham founded DFS, the furniture manufacturing and retail business in 1969; selling it to a private equity company in 2010. He now runs a private family investment company Black Diamond and has interests in retail parks, properties and farming. He was honoured with a Knighthood in 1995, followed by a Peerage in 1999. He also received the CVO in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2001. Lord Kirkham became a Trustee in 1995.

Ian Ashman 

Ian Ashman

Ian Ashman has been Principal of Hackney Community College since 2007. Under his leadership, the college has received national recognition for its involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is currently working with large and small technology companies, creating new apprenticeship schemes to help bridge the skills gap of London’s Tech City. Ian was appointed a Trustee of The Trust in 2013.

 Leo Houdling

Leo Houlding

Leo is the modern face of British Adventure and one of the world's top climbers. He’s a veteran of a score of epic ascents, including Everest. Leo pushes the limits of exploratory adventure by taking the ultimate in extreme sports to the most extreme environments. Leo has become an ambassador for the younger generation of climbers and has been called one of Britain's top ten adventurers by The Telegraph. He became a Trustee in 2017.

 Dr Nicholas Gair

Dr Nicholas Gair MBE

Nick is the author of the textbook Outdoor Education: Theory and Practice and has published many papers and articles in the educational press. He was previously Chief Executive of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and a Visiting Professor to the School of Sport and Education at Leeds Beckett University. Nick is a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the College of Teachers. Appointed a Trustee in 2013, Nick is also Chairman of The Trust's Risk Management Committee.


Paul Voller

Paul works with clients on a wide variety of corporate, commercial, constitutional and charity regulatory issues. He has traditionally practised in the fields of private companies, charities and commercial banking, however in recent years his work has become more focused on corporate and commercial work in the charity and not for profit sectors.  A former Trustee of CCHF, Paul joined The Trust's Trustees in 2018 when CCHF ceased to exist in its current form and successfully merged into Outward Bound.

 Philippa Kramer

Philippa Kramer

Philippa is HR Director at Johnson Matthey and has worked in HR for 18 years. She first became a supporter of The Trust when working as the Northern European Regional HR Director for AkzoNobel and established a close partnership with the charity, to deliver leadership programmes and initiatives for their employees. Appointed a Trustee in December 2013.

 Fasha Mahoor

Fasha Mahjoor

Founder and CEO of Phenomenex, global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of analytical scientific solutions, and Neoteryx, provider of microsampling services and devices for the collection and analysis of biological fluids. Voted as one of the top 100 most influential people in the analytical science industry, Fasha oversees these global organizations, both with unique and vibrant cultures, and each dedicated to the advancement of the sciences and defined by an enormous passion and investment in supporting worthy philanthropic causes.

 Dame Louise Makin

Dame Louise Makin

Louise joined BTG as Chief Executive Officer in October 2004 and has led the transformation of BTG from an IP commercialisation business into an international specialist healthcare company. Louise has an MBA, and holds an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. She's also a non-executive director of Intertek Group plc and Woodford Patient Capital Trust and is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College Cambridge. Appointed a Trustee of The Trust in 2011.

 Colin Maund

Colin Maund

Colin was a graduate from the London School of Economics. Chairman of Achilles Group, he set up the company in the UK in 1993 and was responsible for its international growth into 26 countries. He's founded several businesses in his career and is currently CEO of Hellios Information.  In 2009 he was awarded UK Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for IT Services. Colin has supported The Trust for many years, initally as a Patron Company Member and corporate client, utilising Outward Bound training programmes to develop his new employees, and since 2012 as a Trustee.

 A Cartright

Andrew Cartwright

Andrew is a retired banker, and was Chairman of CCHF All About Kids from 2011. After graduating in History from Cambridge in 1969, he worked in London, Singapore, Amsterdam and the United States advising large companies on financial strategy. He is now a trustee of several charities mainly focused on disadvantaged children. Appointed a Trustee in 2018.

 Charles Philipps

Charles Philipps

Charles Philipps trained as a chartered accountant and then moved into investment banking.  He was instrumental in the formation of Amlin plc of which he has been Chief Executive since 1999 and which was sold to Mitsui Sumitomo of Japan in 2016.  He has served on the Council of Lloyd’s and was President of the Insurance Institute of London.  He is also a non-executive director of Great Portland Estates plc.  He was appointed a Trustee of The Trust in December 2010.

Caroline Sellar

Caroline Sellar

Caroline graduated from UAL in 1999 with a degree in Product Development for the Fashion Industry and enjoyed a varied career working with top designers in London and Paris culminating in opening and running her own fashion shop in London, Covent Garden.  After 6 years a new path was calling and after graduating from The College of Law she joined her family commercial property business where she now runs the Family Office.  During her time at Sellar Property, she was introduced to The Trust and was a key player in the success of the fundraising event, Descent of The Shard in 2012.  A lifelong interest in the environment, health and nutrition, Caroline is now a Wellness Consultant, enjoying ongoing studies in the field of sustainability, the environment, health and nutrition.  Appointed a Trustee in 2013.

 Guy Williams

Guy Williams

Guy was appointed Managing Director Northern Europe for global business AkzoNobel in 2011. In 2013, he was given responsibility for the Global Sales Excellence function to enable AkzoNobel to strategically develop and drive a clear sales and category management strategy. Prior to joining AkzoNobel Guy held a number of roles across major retailers. Appointed a Trustee in 2014.


Terence Mordaunt

Terence started his career as a deck apprentice in the Merchant Navy, before moving into distribution and becoming distribution manager for Alcan UK.  In the late 80's he started his own company, First Corporate Consultants and in 1991, with his partner David Ord, purchased the Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks.  Terence is a qualified Master Mariner and a Chartered Shipbroker. Chairman of The Bristol Port Company and Pendennis Shipyard Limited. Appointed a Trustee in 2015.


Christine Walker

Christine is Head of Development at The Robertson Trust, where she’s worked for the past 15 years.  As a teenager, she attended several Outward Bound courses, which had such a profound effect on her, that after completing her degree and postgraduate Certificate in Education, went on become an Outward Bound instructor. She worked at The Trust for four years, before moving on to work with young people with disabilities. Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Highlands and Islands Committee and recently Chair of the Outward Bound Council in Scotland. Christine was appointed a Trustee in 2015.

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Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan started his career as a Chartered Accountant with PWC before transferring to the Financial Services sector in 1995.  After working in various roles in London, New York and Tokyo he became Chief Executive Officer of Nomura International plc in 2014, where he is responsible for the business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He is also Governor of Walthamstow Hall School.