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Board Of Trustees

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.

Trustee Profiles

Joy Saunders- Chair

After having worked for numerous years in the corporate sector on finance and transformational change projects, Joy Saunders moved into the not-for-profit world where she was the Chief  Executive Officer of Integrity Action (2011-2016), a UK based INGO that built integrity and resilience in some of the world’s most challenging settings. For her transformative role at Integrity Action she was awarded the Institute of Director, Director of the Year in the South East (2013) by demonstrating increased impact and operational effectiveness within the third sector. She has written  and presented in various fora including at the World Bank, OECD and various governmental meetings on the importance of citizen feedback, building capacity and closing the feedback loop as well as metrics and measuring impact in the international development field and sat as the civil society representative for the OECD Anti-Corruption Task Team. She is passionate about seeing  individuals achieve their potential, helping organisations be effective and achieving impact at scale through development projects. Joy chairs our Audit and Finance Group. Joy was elected as Chair of the Julian House Board of Trustees in September 2018.

Emma Cooke – Vice Chair

Emma is the Head of Citizenship at the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. She is responsible for overseeing a team who work on both leading and supporting Herbert Smith Freehills in delivering its Citizenship strategy, working across the firm’s community investment, sustainability, business and human rights programmes. Emma grew up in Bath. She is a keen cyclist looking for her next challenge. Emma joined the board in 2018.

Kirsty Eastham

Kirsty Eastham

Kirsty was elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees in February 2019. She 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.

Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham

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

Barry Hughes

Barry Hughes

Barry is Chief Executive of Selwood Housing, a housing association in Wiltshire. He joined the main board in 2012, but first became involved with Julian House through Julian House Trading.

Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford

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 is on the board of the University of West of England Business School, and is also a mentor and investor for a number of start up businesses. Andrew joined the Board in October 2014.

Ahran Symonds-Baig

Ahran joined the board in late 2018. Ahran is a finance professional having trained at KPMG.