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).


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.


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.


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 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.


On leaving school when he was 16, Dennis entered into a local YTS Retail scheme and over the next 7 years moved between various customer services focused roles with National brands such as Olympus Sports, Yum!, Brands Inc, Volkswagen and some of East Anglia’s biggest brands names like QD.

When Dennis moved into the recruitment world he found the fast pace addictive and after successful positions with independent recruitment agencies he moved up the ranks and proved himself to be the best at what he did, he settled into a long-term role with a local Ipswich recruitment agency in 2001.  He started with a blank canvas and took the operation from 1 client and 5 temporary staff to servicing over 20 clients and placing 400 workers daily, a pace that in 2013 positioned them on the Fast Track 50 list of companies in the UK.


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.