The board of trustees consists of three individuals who each share the vision and objectives of the Mintridge Foundation, and who are committed to utilising their individual talents and skills to their roles as evidenced below:
Lucinda Berry (BA Politics and Economics, University of Reading, GDL and BVC BPP Law School) is a lawyer for the NHS (currently on maternity leave). Through her work she has witnessed the pressures that inactivity and poor lifestyle choices can have on our health service. She is acutely aware of the need to educate the young on the importance of sport and a healthy lifestyle and sees the power of sport as wide ranging as it can reach out to all. Sport has been an integral part of Mrs Berry’s life; she swam and played Lacrosse at country level and has taken part in a number of sporting challenges over the years raising funds for medical and youth causes.
Mrs Berry’s decision to become a trustee is based in her belief that the Mintridge mentoring programme is a unique concept that will really make a difference to the lives of young people who would otherwise be unable to access such amazing opportunities.
Rupert Conant has been a trustee of Bulwick Estates since 1987 and estate manager- looking after 4000 acres of in-hand arable and tenanted grassland, a number of residential properties and commercial enterprises – since 1993. A former photojournalist, Rupert also continues to work as a photographer.
Supporting his three children through all their sporting, musical and creative activities at school became a significant and important part of his life and whilst they are now (officially) adults, Rupert’s enthusiasm for their athletic and artistic projects continues unabated.
It was through a mutual friend that Rupert met Alex Paske, in 2016, and the later suggestion that he might like to consider becoming a trustee of the Mintridge Foundation was accepted with the enthusiasm and commitment he looks forward to bringing to the role.
Nicholas Bowman FRICS FAAV is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Nick is a farmer’s son from Lincolnshire who has practised nearly all his professional life in Northamptonshire since qualifying in 1979. As a partner based at Berrys’ Kettering office, in addition to advising private clients across a range of services, Nick also advises on identifying development opportunities then putting in place whatever arrangements are best for that particular opportunity.
An avid follower of many sports, Nick is regarded by friends and colleagues as an ‘encyclopaedia of sport’ and is. His desire to use his professional expertise as a member of the Mintridge Foundation board of trustees stems from his passion for sport from a young child and particularly seeing what professional athletes do ‘behind the scenes’. Intending to retire in the next few years Nick wishes to have something that he can look forward to spending his time supporting.
The Role of the Trustees
The role of the trustees will be to help the proposed CIO, the Mintridge Foundation, to deliver its purposes most effectively for the public benefit. They will look after:
- General Governance and Compliance, including particular focus and overview on safeguarding.
- Review and oversight of programmes implemented by the Managing Director and Mintridge staff.
- Review, advice and oversight of the Foundation’s development including oversight of fundraising good practice (in accordance with Institute of Fundraising principles).
- Advise on the annual recipient(s) of the Anna Horrell award (presented to an individual, or group of individuals, that has demonstrated a proactive nature and infectious enthusiasm throughout their programme and has shown great potential in their chosen sport).