Our Trustees

TERRY HUNT - CHAIR

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.

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.

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.

LIZ BROWNSELL

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

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.

MAHBUB ALAM SHAMIM

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

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.

Cara Miller

Cara is a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience and a Gold Medal winner for the ACCA Examinations, achieving the highest exam results in the world for the professional stage exams. Cara is a partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson and specialises in working with clients in the Not for Profit sector for which she has a clear passion. Cara’s client base extends across East Anglia, where she has a strong reputation for providing excellent hands on service to local businesses and charities. She was crowned the East Anglian Daily Times – Young Business Person of the year in 2013. Outside of work Cara enjoys spending time with her husband and her children in the Suffolk countryside.

Harriet Johnson

After completing her degree in International Business Management at the Royal Agricultural University Harriet joined Muntons on a full-time basis as a Graduate Management Trainee in 2017. Now currently residing in the position of Trainee Grain Buyer for the site at Stowmarket.

Harriet joined the Inspire board at the beginning of 2019 bringing experience in procurement, the delivery of diversity and inclusion initiatives and probably most notably the understanding of what young people face when entering the job market and the challenges they may come across throughout the recruitment process.

She is keen to help and support young people find the right opportunities for them in what can be a very challenging environment.

KATE HUGHES

Kate is a highly skilled marketing professional with over 25 years’ experience of product development, project management, market analysis and digital marketing.

She is passionate about helping her community by utilising the business skills she has developed to help other organisations and continuing to learn and grow personally; something she has already experienced as Chair of Survivors in Transition and Chair of Ipswich High School PTA. Her interest in the third sector and its role in society has led her to undertake by distance learning a part-time MA in Philanthropic Studies at the University of Kent.

Her enthusiastic, motivational and cooperative style has allowed her to inspire teams and colleagues to deliver excellent results whilst maintaining an environment based on honesty, openness, trust and professional integrity.

Roger Fern

After attending Northgate School, Ipswich, and teacher training at Westminster College, Oxford, Roger Fern entered the profession in 1965. He ended his full-time career in 2003 as a senior education adviser/inspector with Suffolk County Council. He had previously been a secondary teacher at Kesgrave High School and a primary headteacher at Witnesham, Sprites Junior, St Helen’s Primary and Sidegate Primary Schools. After full-time paid employment, he has been a school and college governor, currently chair at Suffolk New College, chair at Orwell Multi Academy Trust and chair at Raedwald Academy Trust.

Roger Fern was an Ipswich Borough Councillor between 2002 and 2019. He was Mayor of Ipswich twice (2004-5 and 2016-7). Roger’s wife, Pat, was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. As well as challenges, this has presented opportunities. In 2017, Roger became chair of Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance.

Alan Whittaker

Alan was born in Hull and raised in East Yorkshire. After studying for a Degree in Genetics & Biochemistry at Nottingham University he went on to work in the Health Service as a Scientist. He then retrained and started his teaching career as a Science Teacher in Doncaster. Alan moved to Suffolk in 1997 and has held a number of senior leadership roles in the area and has supported other schools and partnerships. He is member of a number of trusts and has worked as a School Improvement Partner for the Local Authority.

He was Headteacher at Stoke High in Ipswich and led the local partnership of schools and colleges as it developed plans for a new 16-19 centre. The £72m project was delivered on time and under budget and Alan was appointed the first Principal at Suffolk One, a Sixth Form Academy, in 2009. Both Stoke High School and Suffolk One were graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

He lives in Suffolk and is married with three children. He enjoys sport and beekeeping.