Our Trustees

Inspire Suffolk is governed by a mix of local professionals and community leaders who bring their valuable experience to the charity’s board. All trustees are committed to ensuring that Inspire Suffolk continues to be a leading player in the quest to raise aspiration levels, improve the education and health and increase sports participation of the young people in our community.


Dave Muller Prof. Dave Muller – Chair

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.

 Inspire Suffolk (5) Nick Burrows – Vice Chair

Nick is the Chief Executive of the garden centre business, Notcutts Group Ltd.

Previous to this he undertook dual roles as executive chairman of First Sports Group and Thames Club where he led the transformation and brand repositioning of these two companies.

A former director of various European fitness, leisure and hospitality companies Nick also led Nuffield Health and Fitness. He brings the perspective of combining charitable objectives with prudent business operation to the Inspire Board.

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Max Harnden – Company Secretary

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.

Inspire Suffolk Portraits (2) Lisa Collen

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.

Since February 2013 to date, Lisa has been the Director (People) for the not for profit Flagship Group, which has over 21,000 homes across East Anglia, providing homes for people in need.  Lisa is passionate about working with companies who make a positive difference to their communities and is delighted to continue supporting the work of Inspire Suffolk.

Inspire Suffolk Portraits (5) 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.

Inspire Suffolk Portraits (8) Craig McCartney

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.

  Neil Prentice

Neil Prentice is the Managing Director of White Space, one of East Anglia’s leading marketing communications agencies. He not only offers support and advice in terms of marketing and branding but also works closely with members of Inspire Suffolk’s team to develop and sustain a strong brand identity. Neil also lead on the charity’s rebrand in 2010 and again in 2013.

Neil holds the IDM’s Postgraduate Diploma in Direct & Digital Marketing, one of the industry’s most prestigious qualifications.


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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.

 Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith

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.