How we are governed

Stratford Town Trust is run by a small team of dedicated staff governed by eleven Trustees, all of whom must be members. They are:

  • Five trustees elected by the membership
  • Three trustees nominated by Stratford Town Council
  • Three trustees co-opted by the board to provide additional skills

Trustees usually serve a four-year term from appointment, with the opportunity to stand for a further term. Governance of the charity is achieved through the following meeting structure:

  • Board (11 trustees)
    6 meetings per year plus 1 off site strategy day
  • Finance Investment and Property Committee (5 trustees)
    6 meetings per year
  • Grants and Communications Committee (7 trustees)
    5 meetings per year
  • Audit and Governance Committee (3 trustees plus 2 non execs)
    4 meetings per year

Any recruitment opportunities for new Trustees will be advertised.

 

Our current Trustees

Quentin Willson, Chairman

Quentin Willson, Chairman

Quentin is an elected Trustee. He is a motoring journalist, transport campaigner and media specialist. He is a Partner in Fair Fuel UK and led a successful lobbying campaign saving UK drivers £100b in fuel duties. Quentin has presented Top Gear, Fifth Gear, The Car's The Star and The Classic Car Show; writes for many magazines and newspapers; and is a regular campaigning voice on TV and radio. He and his family have lived in Stratford for 20 years.

Tony Jackson, Deputy Chairman

Tony Jackson, Deputy Chairman

Tony Jackson is a nominated Trustee. Being elected to the Town Council in 2015 provided the opportunity to put himself forward to serve as a Trustee with the Town Trust. His interest in the Trust first came about during the £1m Community Challenge in 2013. He has lived in the area for over 35 years, working at NFU Mutual. Tony met his wife there and they have two adult children. He is Club Secretary of Stratford Athlectics Club and a competitive runner and qualified official.

Tim Bailey

Tim Bailey

Tim Bailey was elected Trustee in 2018. Tim has lived in Stratford for 50 years, working as a Police Officer for 30 years and currently as Assistant Head of Sixth Form at King Edward VI School. He is married with two sons and is involved in several community groups including Friends of Rowley Fields. Previously Tim has chaired his local Scout Group, was a Governor at Stratford upon Avon School for 7 years and attends St James Church, Alveston. He joined the Trust to help serve the local community and ensure the Trust's assets are used to their best effect.

Gill Cleeve

Gill Cleeve

Gill is a nominated Trustee, her term having commenced on 1 June 2020. Gill moved to Stratford in 2008 and was elected to the Town Council in 2019. She is passionate about the town and supporting its residents and is heavily involved in several local community organisations. She helped to set up and volunteers with the Avon Valley Community First Responders; is a leader with Stratford Girlguiding and is a volunteer chaperone for several local youth organisations. She runs her own business and a business networking group.

Elizabeth Coles

Elizabeth Coles

Liz is a nominated Trustee, her term having commenced on 1 June 2020. Liz was born in Wales and spent most of her life in North London with a brief spell working in The Netherlands. She moved to Stratford with her family in 2015 and was elected to the Town Council in 2019. Liz has degrees in Information Science and Information Systems and post graduate qualifications in School Business Management. She originally started as a researcher and library manager in the petrochemical industry. After having her children she changed direction and moved into database design and programming. She is now the business manager for a primary school in Warwickshire. Liz has been a school governor for over 10 years for a secondary school as well as a trustee of the academy and member for the multi academy trust. She has always felt strongly about the need to provide opportunities for the next generation.

Lindsay MacDonald

Lindsay MacDonald

Elected in May 2018, Lindsay is seeking to sustain the traditional values of the town and to minimise the adverse impacts of new development. Degrees: B.Sc., B.Eng., Ph.D. in science and engineering; Professor of Digital Media for 20 years at four UK universities, with focus on cultural heritage. Has experience as a Parish Councillor and Governor of junior/secondary schools and university. Lindsay has lived in Shottery with his wife since 2016. He is a member of the PCC at Holy Trinity Church and also a committee member of Stratford Society.

Matthew Macdonald

Matthew Macdonald

Matthew is a co-opted trustee with a particular interest in how the Trust's portfolio can be managed to directly benefit the residents of the town, as well as by using its income to make grants. He is a solicitor with over 12 years' experience in commercial real estate investment and development. Matthew has lived in Stratford with his family for more than five years and has two young children who attend a local primary school.

Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker is a co-opted Trustee. He is currently a Pro-Chancellor of Coventry University having served as Chair of the Board of Governors from 2015-18. He is also a Non-Executive Director of TRL Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of YASA Ltd and a Non-Executive Director and Senior Advisor to FEV Group GmbH. Stephen during his career has held a number of senior executive positions in large international companies. He was born and has spent most of his life in South Warwickshire and his family are deeply rooted in the area. He has lived in Stratford upon Avon for the past 21 years.

Clive Snowdon

Clive Snowdon

Clive was co-opted to the Board in January 2015 and has recently been appointed for a further four year term. His background as a chartered accountant fitted the Trust's requirements and with his wealth of experience now chairs the Finance Investment & Property Committee. His family has lived in the Stratford area since 1992 and he and his wife moved to Old Town in 2012. He is a patron of the RSC.

Josie Stevens

Josie Stevens

Josie is a brand marketing and communications specialist and returned to Stratford in 2014 having lived here happily in the early 1990s. After a career in arts, entertainment and sports marketing both in the UK and overseas, she is passionate about putting down roots and giving back to this beautiful town and the community. Currently Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Birmingham 2022 Comonwealth Games, Josie previously ran Sport England’s multi-award winning This Girl Can campaign aimed at getting more women and girls more physically active. Josie is passionate about the arts and is also a Trustee of internationally acclaimed dance-circus company, Motionhouse, based in Royal Leamington Spa.

David Taylor

David Taylor

David was elected as Trustee in 2018. He has a great affection for Stratford-upon-Avon and wishes to see the town, its people and organisations prosper into the future. He wishes to offer his skills as a registered Architect in helping to ensure the Trust's resources are used to full effect to support worthy causes. He has worked and lived in Stratford for over 30 years and has family living in the town. His interests include the built environment and historic buildings, playing golf, and he is a member of the Rotary Club.