Chair and Trustees
Charles Barratt DL, Chair
Charles is a former High Sheriff of Norfolk, a stockbroker in Norwich and a farmer in Norfolk. He has been involved with numerous Norfolk charities and charitable trusts. He is a keen golfer and countryman, and his great pleasure is walking and talking to his dogs, who never answer back!
Jackie Higham, Vice Chair
Jackie’s marketing career encompassed Marks and Spencer, KPMG and The Chartered Institute of Personnel as Commercial Director. Now her time is spent giving back to the community and she sits on various regional and international charitable boards as well as trying to raise two teenage daughters. She loves going to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, trekking and trying to ski down red runs.
Frank has 40 years of business experience – specialising in start-ups and early growth. He has a variety of other charitable interests and is especially interested in local effort for local benefit.
Iain is a partner at M+A Partners, chartered accountants, having trained and qualified at KPMG earlier in his career. He is a Trustee and chair of the Foundation’s Management and Finance Committee. Iain has been a trustee or director of several local charities and not-for-profit organisations. He has also served as a member of the East of England Regional Committee of the National Trust and as a governor of both Easton College and Gresham’s School, where he chaired their Finance and Enterprise Committees. Married with two children, Iain’s other interests include sailing, skiing and gardening.
Bolton Agnew is Norfolk born and trained as a solicitor. After working in the oil and coal industry with Shell Canada for several years Bolton turned his attention to starting and running his own businesses which centred around vehicle rental and leasing, and motor insurance. Now semi-retired Bolton is engaged in farming and has a number of company directorships.
Martin is a partner in the international law firm, Pinsent Masons, specialising in corporate governance, company secretarial issues and board room advice. He is the editor and lead author of The Director’s Handbook, the Institute of Directors’ guide to a director’s duties, responsibilities and liabilities, now in its third edition.
Tim Seeley has had a successful long term career at Barclays. He currently holds the position of Head of Team for East Anglian Corporate Banking and is the National Head of Agribusiness. He has over 25 years’ experience within the voluntary sector and has raised in excess of £250,000 which has benefited many organisations and helped build awareness for their causes. Tim is married and has two daughters.
Jo spent 35 years involved in the family regional waste business and is a member of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management. He now sits on several boards in various commercial roles and interests. Born and bred a Thetford man, Jo has lived in the County he loves his whole life. Jo has for many years been both member and chair of Round Table and 41 Club , is a Governor at Thetford Grammar School and Trustee of the Zoological Society of East Anglia. A keen supporter of the “Canaries”, Jo also enjoys boating and being by the Sea.
Virginia (known as Ginnie) is a solicitor and partner at Mills & Reeve LLP specialising in private client work. She moved to Norfolk 8 years ago when she married, having worked in the City of London for 10 years. She is also on the management committee of Norfolk Can Inspire and is the Honorary Solicitor to Friends of Norwich Museums as well as being an active member of her church in North Elmham. She likes to spend her free time with family and friends.
Caroline has over 30 years working in the public sector in London, Suffolk and Norfolk. She has been involved in numerous county wide partnerships and currently works for Norfolk County Council. She has had numerous voluntary roles within the local community over the years, such as churchwarden, school governor, Pets as Therapy.
Mary has been in the public relations business for most of her working life and over the last 20 years she has run her own business. Mary is a trustee on several charitable boards and was made a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral in November and will serve as a member of Chapter. A keen supporter of Norwich City Football Club, Mary also enjoys gardening and walking her dog.
Peter spent 40 years in journalism and was editor of the Eastern Daily Press for 16 years. Following retirement he joined the board of the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, where he served six years as chairman and deputy chairman, retiring in October 2016 at the end of his maximum term. He is now a member of the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group governing body with special responsibility for GP services. He is an avid Norwich City fan and a keen (but distinctly average) golfer. He is a member of the Standards Committee of Norwich City Council and chairman of the Remuneration Panel of South Norfolk Council.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in marketing, working with a wide range of different national and local businesses. Michael is passionate about Norfolk; and supporting causes and communities in the County. He is also a farmer, a member of the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance and on the advisory board of the Norwich Business School. He loves walking, travelling and being out in the Norfolk countryside.
Nicholas has lived most of his adult life in Norfolk, having helped to run his family farm near Downham Market with his late father. He is married to wife Julia and has three children. Alongside the family farm, Nicholas’s Agricultural Contracting business has been running for 26 years. His main interests include the environment and climate change; Nicholas has been a part of the Game Conservancy Norfolk Committee for nearly 10 years. He was appointed the High Sheriff of Norfolk for 2015-2016, and is currently a Trustee of St. Margaret’s Minster Kings Lynn.