Our Trustees and Patrons

Our Trustees and Patrons

HRH Princess Beatrice

In March 2019 HRH Princess Beatrice joined our board of Trustees. Her Royal Highness is also Patron of a number of organisations and focuses the majority of her charitable work around children’s welfare and education, bringing a wealth of experience in these areas to Outward Bound.


Julia Abel

Julia is an experienced economic and social development professional with over 25 years in leadership roles within the voluntary sector and academia. Her experience includes CEO of an Economic Development Agency, working as an Academic for the Scottish Poverty Information Unit. Passionate about addressing inequalities through local sustainable action she believes that wherever you start from you should get a fair chance to enjoy a happy, healthy life free from poverty or disadvantage.

Ian Ashman

Ian Ashman has substantial experience of the delivery of high-quality education and of meeting employers’ skills needs, having been a Principal and senior manager in two successful London colleges for over 20 years and a past President of the Association of Colleges. Now retired from full time employment, he works as an executive coach and skills adviser. Ian was appointed a Trustee of The Trust in 2013.

Youlande Harrowell

Youlande is an experienced senior leader having led several successful Sixth Forms across London, the Midlands and the South Coast in areas of high deprivation. She is Co-Director of Mindful Equity UK CiC in which she consults on matters surrounding racial and gender equity within education from primary through to higher education. Youlande was appointed a Trustee of The Trust in 2021.

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.

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.

Philippa Kramer

Philippa is HR Director at Johnson Matthey and has worked in HR for over 20 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.

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. He has been a Trustee since 2017.

Fasha Mahjoor

Fasha was the 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. Phenomenex was sold to Danaher Corporation in 2017 and Neoteryx to Trajan Group in Dec 2021. 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. In 2022 Fasha made a considerable investment in Hone Health (NY) and is a member of the Board. He became a Trustee in 2015.

Nick Sanderson

Nick is Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Great Portland Estates plc, having joined the Board in 2011. He started his career as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and then moved into Real Estate Investment Banking, working across Europe and Asia with UBS, Lehman Brothers, Nomura and Deloitte. He has been a Trustee since September 2021.

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 made a deed of gift to The Trust and ceased to exist in its current form.

Christine Walker

As a teenager, Christine attended several Outward Bound courses, which had such a profound effect on her, that after completing her degree and postgraduate Certificate in Education, she went on to become an Outward Bound instructor. She worked at The Trust for four years, before moving on to work with young people with disabilities. In 2000, Christine joined The Robertson Trust as Head of Social Impact where she worked until September 2019. Christine was appointed a Trustee in 2015 and is Chair of the Outward Bound Council in Scotland.

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.