Our Trustees

Committed to the Cause

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Ruth Kennedy

Chair of the Board

Ruth is a highly proficient senior executive with over 4 years’ experience operating on multiple boards within a complex, regulated and customer driven environment. Commercially competent with a proven track record of enhancing operational performance and leading transformational change that has delivered excellent and sustainable results. Her inspiring leadership style combined with her ability to adapt to all situations has enabled her to motivate and lead her teams to deliver outstanding business performance whilst maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

Nigel Fishwick

Vice Chair of the Board

Nigel has many years’ experience in marketing services, both in UK and internationally, working alongside numerous household names ranging from Anadin to Zanussi.

 

He was Managing Director of FCA Impact, which was named Agency of the Year; has contributed to two winning IPA Effectiveness papers; and was awarded the coveted Gold Award for Marketing Effectiveness.

 

As former Head of Operations at Education Development Trust, he has also provided operational guidance to many private schools, free schools and academies, as well as being a multiple school governor. He retired recently as Chair of National Family Mediation, the largest provider of family mediation in England and Wales, and has additional volunteer experience with Reach and Crisis.

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Gareth Hughes

Trustee

Gareth is a qualified Chartered Accountant. After training in the U.K he moving to Poland in early 1990s, spending a number of years with Ernst and Young where he worked on a variety of projects as well as being appointed as a Licensed Polish Auditor.  He subsequently moving into Investment Banking and possesses over 20 years Investment Banking experience across a range of roles and locations.  Since 2017 Gareth has been involved in a number of property development projects. He is thrilled to be able to serve as a trustee of Green Corridor.

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Ashley de Safrin

Trustee

Ashley has extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industries both in the UK and internationally.
He has mentored and advised small business owners as a Management Consultant over many years before retiring in 2012 and has an MBA from Cranfield. Ashley also obtained a BA in Hotel and Catering Management from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
Ashley is a former Trustee of a large National charity, Action on Hearing Loss (Formerly RNID) and has  volunteered at the Cranfield Trust which gives free advice to small charities. He chairs the Governors at Ramsbury Primary School in Wiltshire, one of the top rural primary schools in the country. At home, Ashley grows his own vegetables so has great empathy with the activities of Green Corridor in education, horticulture and catering.

 
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Ray Elgy

Trustee

After training and working as an aircraft engineer in British Airways, Ray joined the Civil Aviation Authority in 1989. There he was appointed as Head of the Propulsion Department in 2001, Head of the Aerodrome Standards Department in 2005, and Head of Licensing & Training Standards Division in 2009, responsible for a team of over 180 staff covering a number of technical disciplines. Ray left the CAA in 2014 to form his own international company.

 He is a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

 

Ray is passionate about education, training and career development, with 18 years of experience of school and further education governance. He is currently Chair of Trustees at a Multi-Academy Trust as well as a Trustee of Green Corridor.

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Arnie Wickens

Trustee

Arnie joined Green Corridor as a Trustee in 2012, bringing extensive senior level management experience in the voluntary sector having been Assistant Director of UK volunteering charity CSV (Community Service Volunteers). Among other responsibilities there he set up and led its unique volunteer management Consultancy division from 1999 to 2012. He is on the editorial board of an online international volunteerism journal; is Chair of governors at a secondary school and college for young people with additional needs in south London; and an Advisor with his local Citizen’s Advice. Arnie holds a Social Policy Masters in Civil Society, NGO’s and the Voluntary Sector from the University of Kent.

 
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Amanda Owen

Trustee

Amanda joined the Board of Trustees in September 2021.   She is currently Heathrow’s Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director, having spent the last 25 years in risk management and global safety roles across retail, banking, healthcare, and aviation industries. 

Amanda grew up in Ealing and now lives in Surrey.  She has experienced first-hand the significant difference that support and education can make to young people with special educational needs and their families. 

Amanda was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Years Honours for her services to Transport, particularly during Covid.  She is a Chartered Safety Practitioner, has a degree in Economics, a Masters in Security and Information Technology, and an LLM in Employment Law. 

Governance

The Board of Trustees has adopted the Charity Commissions principles of good practice in the governance of Green Corridor and aims to work in the spirit of these principles for the good of the charity and it beneficiaries.  The Board’s key responsibilities are to:

  • set the long term strategy;

  • ensure financial sustainability and sound management practices and policies are in place;

  • protect Green Corridor’s reputation;

  • evaluate regularly the Chief Executive Officer’s management of operations; and

  • be open and accountable to both external and internal stakeholders.

In all our decision making, Board members are guided by Green Corridor’s charitable objectives that have been developed to serve its beneficiaries and our local communities