Chair and Trustees

 
 

Henry Cator OBE, DL, Chair

Henry Cator OBE, DL, Chair

Henry has lived in Norfolk all his life.  A qualified chartered surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has worked as a land agent for over 30 years.  His family manage a mixed farm around his home on the Norfolk Broads. Henry is a Deputy Lieutenant for the county and is the High Steward of Great Yarmouth, having taken up office in October 2013. He was previously High Sheriff of Norfolk for 2012-13.  He has been Chairman of a number of organisations.  He is the independent Chairman of WRE (Water Resources East) and is currently Chairman of Trustees for Norwich Cathedral Trust having successfully led the campaign to raise £12.3M for the building of the new Refectory and Hostry buildings at Norwich Cathedral.  Henry was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours list for his services to the community in Norfolk and is a Lay Canon at Norwich Cathedral.

Jo Pearson, Vice Chair

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.

Jo Pearson, Vice Chair
Martin Webster, Secretary

Martin Webster, Secretary

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

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.

Tim Seeley
Virginia Edgecombe

Virginia Edgecombe

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 Money

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.

Caroline Money
Peter Franzen

Peter Franzen

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 Gurney

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.

Michael Gurney
Nicholas Pratt

Nicholas Pratt

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.

Lady Kay Fisher

Kay Fisher has been involved in local government for 30 years, both in St Edmundsbury, Suffolk and Breckland in Norfolk.  She has also held positions as a Non Exec Director of the Mid Anglia Community Trust in Suffolk, trustee of Rethink (a national mental health charity), regional Chairman and former trustee of EACH, and currently a Mental Health Act manager for the Suffolk & Norfolk NHS Foundation Trust.  She is also a Governor of the Thetford Academy, a patron of the Thetford Grammar School, the Priory School (SENDAT) in Bury St Edmunds and the YMCA Norfolk.  She is also involved in the family farming business and various charitable projects in Thetford.

Lady Kay Fisher
Stephen Allen

Stephen Allen

Stephen is Norfolk born and qualified as an Accountant in 1976. He did his training in Norwich with Lovewell Blake, before moving to London and joining what was then Coopers & Lybrand. He subsequently left the accountancy professional and worked in stock broking and banking before moving back to Norfolk. Since 1998 Stephen has been the Finance Partner/Consultant for Brown & Co, the property and business consultants. Stephen loves Norfolk and all that it has to offer; he is never happier than when he is sailing and fishing its waters or just travelling around the County. Stephen is married to Fuff and they have three grown up sons.

Michelle Raper

Michelle spent the first 16 years of her career at Barclays bank before joining Rostrons Chartered Accountants in 2002 and qualifying as an accountant in 2005. As joint owner of Rostrons Michelle is passionate about helping people succeed whatever that may look like for them. Equally, passionate about Norfolk, Michelle considers herself incredibly lucky to make her life here and a responsibility for trying to give something back in to our community.  As a result, Rostrons has been a member of the Norfolk 100 through the Norfolk Community Foundation since 2012 and Michelle together with her co-owner has founded an organisation called We Can to help women in the region achieve their career aspirations.

Michelle Raper