The Trustees

The Trustees are Mark Heywood (Chairman of Trustees), Mark Hurrell, Duncan Munro, Andrew Tabor (Warden – ex officio Trustee), Julie Kent (Assistant Warden – ex officio Trustee), Bill Armiger, Michael Jones and Robert Wharton. Marcus Steel is Honorary Treasurer and Margaret Fuller is Secretary to the Trustees.

Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood is a Gloucestershire farmer and was born in the county. He trained as a Chartered Surveyor and practiced in the U K and overseas. Aswell as managing the family farm, in the latter part of his professional career, he consulted for a number of the international economic development agencies such as the World Bank, USAID and the European Commission undertaking land reform projects in multiple countries emerging from the former communist bloc. In Gloucestershire he has been much involved in county charities including the Gloucestershire Community Foundation and the Barnwood Trust. He was High Sheriff for Gloucestershire in 2011/2012.

Bill Armiger

Bill Armiger

After moving from London in 1971, Bill taught in a number of county and city schools and was appointed Deputy Headmaster of the Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester, in 1978 – becoming Headmaster in 1990. He took Voluntary Early Retirement in 1995 and has since been active in a wide spectrum of personal interests: as an educational consultant, advising and representing parents encountering problems with their children’s educational provision; helping guide a specialist referral centre specialising in the treatment, management and education of disaffected, challenging and convicted young people in care of the local authority; and as Practice Manager of a large and successful GP practice. Since 1998 Bill has been closely involved with the Three Choirs Festival in various roles, including as a former Director and Trustee of both the Three Choirs Festival Society and the Three Choirs Festival Association. He was formerly Secretary/Chief Executive and remains a committee member of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. From 1971 until comparatively recently he combined his professional teaching career with that of senior lay-clerk and chorister tutor with the choir of Gloucester Cathedral, as well as that of semi-professional soloist in a wide range of concert and recital work, together with furthering his interest in composition and publication of sacred and secular choral music. He currently sings with the St. Cecilia Singers of Gloucester and the Standish Consort – an Oxford University Alumni Choir. For six years he was Secretary of The Friends of Gloucester Cathedral as well as being Founder, Trustee and Secretary of the Sanders Society – a charity formed in 2008 to continue the musical influence of Dr. John Sanders (late Organist and Master of the Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral) and administering the John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers, which regularly draws entries from a wide international field.

Professor Chris Gaskell CBE

Professor Chris Gaskell CBE

A veterinary surgeon and graduate of the University of Bristol, Professor Chris Gaskell worked as an academic clinician (companion animals), and latterly in an administrative role, at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Bristol, Liverpool and the Royal Agricultural College, then University (RAU), in Cirencester. He retired in 2016 after nine years as Vice-Chancellor of The RAU. He is currently a member of the Boards of the University of Winchester and Reaseheath College in Cheshire, and of the Welsh bTB Eradication Programme Advisory Group. He has previously served as Chairman of Defra’s Chief Scientific Advisor’s Science Advisory Council and a member of the Government Chief Scientist’s Food Research Partnership. He is an Associate Member of the Royal Agricultural Societies of England. He was previously a member of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Board of UCEA (the University and College’s Employers Association) and Vice-Chair of GuildHE, the representative body for specialist universities. He is an adviser to Applied Inspiration, a company providing advice on student recruitment, widening participation, and careers. Chris lives with his wife Rosalind in the North Cotswolds, and they have family and grandchildren locally and in Yorkshire.

Chris joined the Company in 2008 and Court in 2016; he was appointed Warden in 2020.

Mark Hurrell

Mark Hurrell DL

Now retired from full time work in the media, Mark joined the BBC in 1978 and, apart from a short time in commercial radio in the early 1980s, has worked for the Corporation continuously in a wide variety of roles; these included presentation and production in both TV and radio before he turned his hand to management and leadership. Appointed as Editor of BBC Radio Stoke in 1998, he returned in 2002 to run Radio Gloucestershire where he was actively involved in many of the station’s major stories, including extensive coverage of the 2007 floods and conducting the final interview with Laurie Lee. Mark remains particularly keen that local media should reflect local rather than national life. In 2013 he worked in London for a year managing a BBC-wide initiative, ‘World War One at Home’, which focussed on the home front. He fulfilled a similar role in 2016, this time with local radio coverage of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, and continues to work part time for the BBC on various long term projects. He and his family have lived in the county for 27 years and become involved in the local community in a variety of ways; he is a season ticket holder at Kingsholm and sings with local choirs. A founder member of the Honourable Company where he serves on the Arts & Heritage Group, Mark is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire, a Patron of the Friends of the Wilson in Cheltenham, a Governor at King’s School Gloucester and in 2017 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant.

Julie Kent

Julie Kent MBE

Julie Kent was born in Gloucester and attended the High School for Girls, Denmark Road. After Studying Jazz and Light Music at Leeds College of Music she was a Professional musician until she settled in Cheltenham and started teaching at Dean Close School. She was a day Housemistress and has been in Boarding for the last 18 years living and caring for sixty teenage girls in term time.

After losing her first child in 1995 she started a Charity called the Emily Kent Charitable Trust and for the last five years has been the Vice Chair of the Pied Piper Appeal. Her charity work raising money for Breast Cancer and many others has led her to be named in the Top 50 Greatest Women in Gloucestershire, in the Top 100 Women in West gaining the Most outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West and was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list in June 2021. Julie sits on the Court as the Communications Champion and Junior Warden.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Michael has a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of: -the Aeronautical Society, the British Institute of Management, the Institute of Directors, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Institution of Production Engineers. An Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coach and Coach Harness Makers. A Life Patron of the Cheltenham Festivals.
Michael has had extensive experience in the aerospace and automotive sectors, with both mechanical and electronics-based companies. He has held Board appointments in both the private and public sectors, as a NED he Chaired the Audit Committee on behalf of the NAO (National Audit Office) for a MoD Trading Fund. Served on the Board of the University of Bath IMRC (Innovative Manufacturing Research Council).

Michael’s focus is business process re-engineering at corporate and operational levels, in both large and small business. He was one of the leaders of the UK’s Lean Aerospace Initiative. He has lived and worked in the USA. Michael has operated at VP and Managing Director Level in GE, Smiths Group, ML Holdings, BTR and BOC. While with GE he was responsible for creating a new state of the art Aviation facility in China.
Upon retirement he started his own consultancy business and has carried out client assignments for IBM and a number of SME’s.

Michael is married to Elizabeth and has two children Emma and Phillippa with three grandchildren Millie, Benjamin and Joshua, Michael and Elizabeth enjoy travel, skiing and tennis.

Duncan Munro

Duncan Munro

While Duncan Munro has only recently joined the HCG, the Company first ‘met’ him when, as an experienced Cranfield mentor, he helped deliver the training session for our volunteer charity mentors in October 2019. Duncan has had a fascinating and varied career spanning industrial, charitable, and consultancy management positions. After 24 years in the steel industry in the Sheffield area, Duncan moved to Scotland and took over as Director of the Robertson Trust, Scotland’s biggest grant making charity, a post he held for 5 years before moving to Cheltenham. Duncan is also an ordained priest and has carried out work for Gloucester Diocese and the University of Gloucestershire. He is also a Parish Councillor in Charlton Kings.

Andrew Tabor

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Andrew Tabor JP

The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire for 2017-18, Andrew Tabor is currently farm manager and a partner in a predominantly arable farm in the North Cotswolds. Commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars, an armoured reconnaissance regiment, in 1982 he served in a variety of posts at regimental level and on the staff at both the Ministry of Defence and the Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood, before leaving the Army in 2001. He is a serving magistrate and since 2009 has run a Mock Trial Competition for Primary Schools which teaches children about the criminal justice system and develops their confidence in public speaking. He is also active in both The Royal British Legion and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, within the county. Andrew chairs the Community Support Group.

Robert Wharton

Robert Wharton

Robert qualified as a solicitor in 1976. From 1988 – 2000 he was proprietor of Ringrose Wharton & Co, a law firm in Bristol which he sold to another Bristol law firm. He then worked with two other Bristol law firms culminating as Head of Financial Services regulatory team and overseeing a property fund. From 2015 to 2020 he was a Partner in Keystone Law, a top 100 London law firm, advising clients at board level on acquisitions, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Since 2020 he has been acting for corporate financial services clients of Ringrose Wharton Solicitors. From 1989-2016 he was Founder, Director and Shareholder of ADR Group, the first and largest provider of mediation and mediation training services in the UK. He was in the Territorial Army from 1974 – 2012 carrying out many roles. Currently Robert is Chairman in Gloucestershire of Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association and a current Board member of WRFCA; a Trustee of the Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire’s Fund; a member of the HCG Armed Forces Group; a member of the regulation and governance committee of AFM; Vice Chair of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry Association and a Member of the Association of Compliance Consultants. Past roles include Employer’s Representative for WRFCA, past regional organiser for the Association of Lloyds of London Members, a Trustee of the Gauntlet Trust of the Armourers and Braziers (a livery company); non-executive director of ADR Group and a Council member of the Royal Bath & West Society. His interests are shooting, skiiing and most outdoor activities.

Marcus Steel

Marcus Steel – Honorary Treasurer

Marcus Steel has been married to Liz for fifty-three years and has three children and an embarrassing number of grandchildren. He spent all his working life in industry, where he qualified as an accountant and as a Company Secretary (a company law qualification). Most recently he worked for 37 years for Spirax Sarco Engineering plc based in Cheltenham. He started in Finance as an accountant, then moved to general management with responsibility for manufacturing and later also the group’s operations in North and South America and India. Finally the last 10 years were as Chief Executive, from which he retired in 2008. Prior to that he worked for New Zealand Shipping Company, The Mercers Company (a livery company in the City which owns a significant property portfolio) and St Piran Mining (a tin mining company which owned dredgers in the Far East and South Crofty mine in Cornwall). His current business interests are restricted to being a non-executive director on the Board of Forbes Marshall, a privately owned industrial group in India. Interests include birdwatching and water sports, particularly sailing and canoeing (mostly sea canoeing and marathon paddling – in a partially successful attempt to keep fit!), and music, having been born and bred in Hereford on a Three Choirs Festival diet.

The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire

Margaret Fuller – Honorary Secretary

Margaret spent the majority of her career with the Watts Group in Lydney, retiring as PA to the Chairman and Company Secretary in 2014. She took on the role of Secretary to the HCG Trustees in 2017. She has always been very interested in history, is a member of several local history groups and has been a member of The Richard III Society for more years than she likes to count. Margaret spends some of her spare time building her and her late husband’s extensive family trees. She has a large garden and a couple of hens to look after and enjoys attending music (mostly classical) concerts and theatre. She collects First Day Covers and likes to read, knit and occasionally sew. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of St George and has been Secretary of its Gloucestershire Branch for many years. She relinquished work-related memberships when she retired except for that of The Incorporated Phonographic Society, the oldest shorthand society in the world.