The Julian House Board of Trustees ensure good governance, set the strategic direction of the organisation and hold the directors accountable for the effective management of its projects and services.
The organisation benefits hugely from the advice and guidance that is provided by its Trustees, all of whom are unpaid volunteers. Their expertise cover finance, housing, health, social care and recruitment, amongst other things.
Julian House is always looking to enhance the board’s breath of experience and welcomes offers of support from potential new members.
Ed Rowberry FCA, MBA, MCIOH, FRSA
Ed is founding Chief Executive of the newly emerging Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC (BBRC) which seeks to provide civic led, commercially focused and innovative investment solutions that catalyse regional change. So far, BBRC is formally supported by Bath Spa University, Bristol City Council, Business West, John Pontin Trust, University of West of England, The Society of Merchant Venturers, University of West of England and Voscur.
Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London, Ed is also a non-executive Director of Social Enterprise Bristol Together. Ed is active in his local church and enjoys spending time with his wife Caroline eating good food and then walking it off in the countryside.
Libby joined the Board in April 2008, and was Chair from October 2009 until August 2015. She has lived in the Bath area for 20 years, and worked for Wessex Water as Engineering and Operations Director, and subsequently became MD of an engineering company.
She is currently working as an interim manager, advising and assisting companies with change management and general management issues regarding improvements in performance. She is also a Non Exec Director of Bath Institute of Rheumatic Diseases and is an independent member on the Standards Panel for Mendip District Council. Libby enjoys scuba diving and trying to take passable underwater photographs.
Ben runs an independent business consultancy offering support in project management and organisational improvement. The business reflects Ben’s professional experience; originally Project Management (engineering & capital projects), more latterly operational improvement. The business specialises in the service sector, helping organisations deliver improved service at reduced cost. This is achieved by redesigning their processes from the perspective of the customer and the removal of “waste”. Ben joined the Board of Trustees in October 2008 and is currently the Chair of the Client Service Group. Ben has lived in Bath for a number of years and enjoys walking, mountain biking and racing off-road motorcycles.
Matt is a partner and head of Criminal and Mental Health department of Mowbray Woodwards, a firm of solicitors in Bath. He is a specialist criminal lawyer and as such has extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, engagement with vulnerable persons who are homeless, substance misusers or with mental health needs. He joined the board in 2009 and is on the client services group. Matt joined the Board of Trustees in August 2011. He is a keen sportsman, and enjoys playing, coaching and organising football, canoeing, running and long distance walking/mountaineering
Michael joined the Board in April 2013. He has worked in Marketing all his working life and amongst other positions was Marketing Director of Cow and Gate, the baby food company, in the 1980s, and has worked as a marketing consultant, before moving to the NHS where he was Marketing, Contracts and Business Development Director of the Mount Vernon and Watford General NHS Trust in north-west London. He left the NHS in 1995 to rescue a specialist publishing business that was in financial trouble, turned it round, bought it from the American owners, and ran this company until his retirement in 2012. He has also worked in the voluntary sector in the 1980s and 90s as a non-Executive Director of a Bath-based charity, The Sulis Trust, which helped people coming out of the mental health system find employment.
Andrew has enjoyed a varied business career, having been CEO of organisations in Plc, Private Equity and Public Sector environments. Latterly. He led the Royal Mint for HM Treasury, becoming the world’s leading export mint and provider of medals & commemorative coins for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He now holds a number of Non-Executive positions, and is chairman of the local tennis club & fund raising for the village church. Andrew joined the Board in October 2014.
Lee is Client Insights Director of Cohesion, a recruitment services business in Solihull. Lee works with social care, housing and not for profit organisations, advising them on effective recruitment strategies and processes. Lee joined the Board of Trustees in February 2015. He has lived in Bath for a number of years and enjoys playing squash, buying and selling vinyl records and being a busy dad to his two children.
Jo has recently joined Bristol Community Health as Finance & Commercial Director having spent the last 3 years as Finance Director at United Communities, a partnership of two housing associations in Bristol. Prior to that, she spent 6 years working in PwC’s public sector audit and consultancy team in Bristol. Jo sat as a Lay Member on the Audit Committee of Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group for two years until March 2015 and is currently a member of the Audit Committee at Yarlington Housing Group. Through her roles in health and housing she has seen the positive impact that joined up housing and community care services can have on people’s lives, and brings this experience to the Board. Jo joined the Board of Trustees in August 2015. Jo lives in Bristol with her husband Nick. They enjoy watching and playing sport of all kinds and trekking in the mountains – most recently the Alps and the Himalayas.
Kirsty works as a Commissioning Manager for South Gloucestershire Council and has specialist knowledge of social care provision for vulnerable people, including those with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical and sensory impairments. Kirsty has worked in the public sector for many years but prior to this her background was in social housing and she worked for 7 years for Knightstone Housing Association in St Pauls in Bristol. Kirsty lives in Bristol and enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescue dog. Kirsty joined the Board in August 2015. Her other interests include walking in the countryside, watching motor sports, travelling and visiting her 7 nieces and nephews.
An extensively experienced Mental Health Social Work Practitioner, Margaret previously held various management roles within National Health Service for (previously Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Partnership Trust) South Essex Partnership Mental Health NHS Trust in Bedfordshire and relocated to Wiltshire in 2013 where she currently works for Wiltshire Council. Her area of focus has largely been as an Approved Mental Health Professional, Emergency Duty Services and Adult Social Care Services which involves mainly working in the community. She brings to the board immensely valuable management level experience concerning interacting with Social Care professionals and Health Multi-disciplinary Primary Care Teams and other public services. Margaret values diversity and firmly believes that creating equal opportunities benefits organisations as well as individuals. Margaret joined the Board of Trustees in August 2015. Margaret enjoys reading and is an accomplished event planner.