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.

Emma Cooke - 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.
David Jobbins - Vice Chair
David has worked in a variety of roles across London and the West Country in the NHS for nearly 30 years. This has included time as a commissioner of mental health, substance misuse and older peoples’ services, as a Strategy Director in a south London Primary Care Trust and leading London wide mental health programmes. Currently he is leading a team managing a range of NHS contracts on behalf of the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups. He has a wide experience of leading partnership work across the NHS and local authorities in a number of areas as well as serving on the boards of three charities working with people experiencing homelessness and mental illness. This has included chairing a small mental health charity in East London for over 10 years. Outside of work he is a keen supporter of Bath Rugby, and enjoys attending rock concerts and the theatre and  reading – especially detective fiction!
Jules House
Jules is the managing director of Futureproof Digital Media ltd, a digital publishing company (launched in 2012 with just £3,000) that owns and operates voucher code and airport parking comparison websites. His sites help people to save money on their online shopping and airport parking whist raising money for charity at no extra cost to the consumer. As every time consumers use one of his websites, he donates 20% of his net monthly profits to good causes via the sites month user poll and to date he has raised over £62,000 for many good causes. Jules has extensive experience in publishing/media and has worked for companies including Future Publishing, Attinger Jack Interactive and Intent Media over a 15-year period. Prior to working in media/publishing industry he has over 10 years’ experience on retail and wholesale in the textile industry. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, travelling, spending time at Westonbirt Arboretum and visiting National Trust properties.
Kirsty Eastham
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.
Ahran Symonds-Baig
After studying for his degree at Leeds University, Ahran joined KPMG where he starting his career as a finance professional. Ahran has over a decade of experience in finance roles and is currently Head of Accounting at MAPRE ASISTENCIA. Ahran joined the board in late 2018 where he has been a valuable member of the Audit and Finance Group Committee as well as leading the Board’s work on Diversity. Outside of work, Ahran enjoys playing golf and enjoying the outdoors and countryside around Bath with his family.
Julia Hilton
Julia is Head of HR at Rotork, a global Engineering business. She has extensive background in Human Resources as well as Organizational and Change Management. Julia lives in Bath and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Clive Pugh
Clive is a lawyer and partner in the firm Burges Salmon and lives in Bath. He has a background in relation to trusts and trusteeship through his work. Until recently he was a Director of the Brandon Trust, a learning disability charity and held that position for 6 years. In his spare time he enjoys watching rugby, cooking and walking in the hills around Bath. Clive’s wife is Norwegian and they enjoy visiting Norway to see family.
Garry Peagam
Garry is semi-retired having had more than 30 years’ experience at senior board level, particularly within the renewable energy and ICT sectors. He has been a Trustee and subsequently an Ambassador of Dorothy House Hospice for over 12 years. He lives in Freshford and keeps busy with a mixture of non- executive roles, walking, cycling and travelling off the beaten track with his wife. They have three sons.
Paul Mackenzie-Cummins
Paul is the Managing Director of Clearly – a public relations, content marketing and creative agency based in Bath that he founded in 2014. Between 2006-2014, Paul held senior interim management and consultancy roles with a number scientific and professional services organisations based both in the UK and Central Europe. This followed a period of over 10 years in the advertising and publishing industries. Paul’s first love is writing, and he continues to pen articles and provide commentary to the business and industry media on a range of issues, including the importance of ‘purpose’ in branding, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Originally from near Liverpool and from an Irish family, Paul is a passionate Red, an avid runner and reader, and lover of the outdoors. He lives with his wife and their cockapoo, Rupert.
Fee Nunn
Fee has a background in housing and is Group head of health, safety and facilities at Selwood Housing Group, where she is also operational lead for safeguarding and business continuity. She is a member of IOSH and the Chartered Manager’s Institute, is passionate about people, wellbeing and helping people to reach their best potential. Fee lives in Glastonbury with her husband, and enjoys travel, reading and running.
Tim Mitchell
Tim’s activities in the alternative residential sectors span over 20 years. Involved in driving new development and investment pipelines and leadership projects, he is passionate in ensuring the best possible living experience is created for residents, by delivering high quality, great value and innovative homes. He has been personally involved in c.30,500 student & BTR bed spaces in four countries since 2000 and is a regular contributor to industry and conference events in the UK and mainland Europe.
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