Our Trustees


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 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.


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.


Liz Brownsell is a charity law specialist at Birketts LLP, having begun her career as a corporate lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP. She holds a first class undergraduate degree and an Oxford Masters degree in Law (the Oxford BCL).

Liz decided to join the Inspire board because she feels it is crucially important for young people from underprivileged backgrounds to be given every opportunity to receive education, training and support. She has long held the view that education and training are critically important tools in solving a myriad of issues within society and is delighted to be involved as a trustee of a charity working hard to tackle some of these issues for young people in Suffolk.

Liz is a keen photographer with a particular interest in wildlife photography, she enjoys swimming, crochet and is also a Trustee of relatively new charity operating in Africa, Futurestars (West and Central Africa).


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.


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.


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.


Christine Walters retired from Suffolk New College in 2016 having worked in the further education sector for 28 years, both in teaching and management roles, and also had been part-time Ofsted inspector for 2 years.

Shortly after retiring Christine began volunteering at Inspire Suffolk, supporting management with the development of new education programmes to meet the needs of young adults not in education, employment or training. Christine is also part of our Programmes and Outcomes board committee at Inspire Suffolk focusing on quality of learning.

She is passionate about education, particularly supporting alternative provision so that all young people can have opportunities to succeed and be included in society. Christine is also a trustee for Radwaeld trust.