Our Trustees


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 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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

Derek Bowden

Mr Bowden, who most recently held the post of Chief Executive at Essex County Cricket Club, brings his extensive management, strategic and marketing experience gained throughout his career in the sports industry, higher education and with the renowned international advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi.

Derek Bowden said, “I’m delighted to have been asked to join the Trustee Board of Inspire Suffolk. As we work our way through the pandemic, never has the work undertaken by the charity been more important. I’m looking forward to supporting the Board and Executive team in achieving their ambitions in both the short and the long term”.