Our Trustees

Prof. Dave Muller – Chair

 Dave Muller Professor Dave Muller is the former Principal of Suffolk New College, a post he held from 1999 before stepping down in August 2015 after 40 years in the Further Education sector.

His professional area of expertise lies within health psychology and he is Editor in Chief of Disability and Rehabilitation, an international multi-disciplinary journal. He is also Chair of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, Director of DJM Academic Ltd and Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk.

As Chair, Dave has helped the board transform the charity into the strong, stand-alone organisation it is today, encouraging greater partnership working and engaging with the business community.

Nigel Smith – Vice Chair

Nigel Smith has been a Trustee of the charity since 2004. As the former director of International accountancy firm KPMG, Nigel’s role on the board provides guidance and advice on all matters relating to business and finance.

In addition, as Chairman of the Finance and Employment committee, Nigel’s considerable expertise helps ensure that Inspire Suffolk operates in an effective and efficient way, in line with relevant Charities Commission and Companies House regulations.

Max Harnden – Company Secretary

 Inspire Suffolk (14) Max Harnden is a partner and Head of Corporate Law at Gotelee Solicitors based in Ipswich. He is a specialist in commercial law having spent the first 12 years of his career in London as an in-house counsel to a large corporate organisation before stepping into private practice.

During his time in Suffolk’s county town, Max has gained a valuable understanding of the business community and in particular how business can work hand in hand with the charity sector.

Amanda Ankin

As Operations Director, Amanda has been a key member of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce senior management team since 2010. As part of her demanding role she manages many of the Chamber’s project teams; including their Business Improvement District, ‘Lowestoft Vision’, the Suffolk Business Women initiative and the Invest in Suffolk Ambassador scheme.

Amanda is CIPD qualified and responsible for the overall HR function of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and works with its key stakeholders including; businesses, Suffolk County Council, New Anglia LEP, the wider community and media outlets to ensure that the ‘Chamber’ remains at the heart of the county it serves.

Lisa Collen

 Inspire Suffolk Portraits (2) Lisa has held senior HR & Training positions within public, not for profit and private sector industries looking after staff in the UK, US, Europe, and the Middle East.  Lisa was a voluntary member of the Finance & Employment Committee for ITFC Charitable Trust and Inspire Suffolk and is delighted to be a Trustee and part of the on-going development of Inspire Suffolk.

Steve Flory

Steve Flory is a local businessman born in Suffolk, a county close to his heart. His career has taken many twists and turns to when he finds himself today. Starting his working life at the major UK Insurance company, Willis Faber and Dumas (now Willis Towers Watson), for the last 20 years he has developed his own business ventures. Steve was a founder of ‘Ansaback’, a leading UK call centre, and is currently Managing Director of the Hudson Group.

Working to help support aspiration and opportunity for all, Steve is a ‘Fellow’ of Suffolk New College, an active member of the Ipswich East Rotary Club and an Eastern Enterprise Hub ‘Superstar’ helping people fulfill their dreams of owning their own business. Until September 2017 he was Chair of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Julian Herbert

Inspire Suffolk Portraits (5) Julian Herbert is currently the Finance Director of Notcutts Group Ltd, having worked for the previous 11 years in local NHS organisations including the last 3.5 years as Chief Executive of the East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Julian brings a combination of business acumen and experience of working with public sector organisations to make a positive difference for local residents.

He is a keen sportsman and passionate about the ability of sport and exercise to improve the health and well-being of everyone.

Terry Hunt

In September 2017, Terry stepped down as Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times after 21 years in the post. At the time he was the longest-serving regional daily newspaper editor in the country. Terry started his career with the publishers of the paper in 1979 and during his time with them forged a career that was strong on community, campaigning, raising education standards and levels of aspiration among the people of Suffolk.

Terry is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk, in 2015 took on the role of President of the Suffolk Agricultural Association, organisers of the Suffolk Show and in 2017 became the Chair of the Ipswich Vision board. He brings vast experience and knowledge of Suffolk to the Inspire Board and possibly the best contacts book in the county.

Craig McCartney

Inspire Suffolk Portraits (8) Craig has 25 years experience in leadership roles in Suffolk Schools. He was seconded to the “Raising the Bar” Project in 2013/14, working with the skills team to promote employability with young people.

Craig currently works at Copleston High School in a Senior Pastoral position working to maximise student outcomes, links with employers and promoting student welfare. He is particularly interested in developing Community projects in Suffolk that develop opportunities for all and improve mental health and wellbeing for young people.

Mahbub Alam Shamim

Inspire Suffolk (1) Mahbub Alam Shamim is a local businessman who represents Suffolk’s BME communities on Inspire Suffolk’s board. The charity provides opportunities to people no matter their age, gender, ability or background. Football tournaments such as the ‘One Community Cup’ have worked really well in the past to bring members of the community from different ethnic backgrounds together.