Trustees

 

We're governed by a group of independent trustees who bring a wealth of different backgrounds, experience and disciplines to the board

David Brownlow - Chairman

Born in 1963, David graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a degree in Economics in 1986 and began his career with Thames Valley Police

In 1989 he moved into recruitment and in 1996 he co-founded his own recruitment consultancy, Huntswood. In 1999 the business expanded its services and now trades as a business process outsourcer, specialising in the provision of resource-based solutions to address governance, risk management and compliance requirements primarily in the UK financial services sector.

 
In autumn 2005 David was named the national ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Ernst & Young / Sunday Times / Coutts Awards. In November 2007, David was named ‘Best Chief Executive’ at the Industry Awards' Ceremony which recognises outstanding service to compliance and regulation. The ‘Best Chief Executive Award’, sponsored by Deloitte, is presented each year to a Chief Executive who has ‘excelled in leading their business in a manner that is compliant, profitable and enlightened’.
 
Having run Huntswood since 1996 David stood down as its CEO in November 2011 and became Deputy Chairman. He made 2012 a gap year and, with a friend, visited 31 countries; travelling 140,000 miles in the year. Today his other business interests include running his own investment and trading group, Havisham. In 2013 this acquired the majority of Astbury Marsden, a London based recruitment consultancy with offices in Singapore. Additionally, he is an investor in JSCsport - a sports media relations and sponsorship company. He is also mentor to two brothers setting up their own business.
 
Outside his professional life David works with and supports charities. He is working with HRH The Prince of Wales, providing Him support in a number of areas. As well as being a Trustee of PFBC, His Royal Highness has made David a Trustee at Dumfries House in Scotland. As well as working on the Trust, David is overseeing the development of 600 new homes next to the Dumfries House Estate at Knockroon and thanks to David's personal donation the Trust is restoring the estate's four and a half acre walled garden.
 
David is a Patron of both The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract and of the NSPCC 'FULL STOP' Campaign. He is also a keen supporter of The National Osteoporosis Society. He also has his own charity- 'The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation'.
 

Christopher Boyle QC

Christopher Boyle is a barrister, specialising in Town and Country Planning, Environmental, Compulsory Purchase and Infrastructure Law at Landmark Chambers, London. Since 2006, he's been Secretary of the Planning and Environment Bar Association and he was a founder committee member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.

In 2007 Christopher was elected to the Council of the National Trust (NT) and was appointed to the NT Land Use and Access Panel in 2009. He subsequently served on the NT Stonehenge Advisory Group. From 2007-2011, Christopher sat as an Associate Director of the University of Cumbria. Christopher was educated at Sedbergh and at Merton College, Oxford.

He's married with three children and lives in Cumbria, where he organically farms a 400 acre upland estate. He's a member of the Georgian Group and the Garden History Society.

 

Peter Dart

Peter Dart is a marketer, working for Sir Martin Sorrell in WPP. He worked closely with the Foundation management team to develop the new brand identity for the Prince's Foundation for building community.

Previous to WPP Peter was an entrepreneur, founding a marketing consultancy called Added Value, in 1988, that he sold to WPP in 2001. Before that he was a marketing director for Unilever in Europe and Asia.

He read Physics in Hertford College, Oxford, where he was also the Organ Scholar. He owns one of England's award-winning vineyards - Stanlake Park - where he lives with his wife Annette and their three teenage children. 

Jim Mackinnon CBE

Jim MacKinnon has had a distinguished career in planning and placemaking. He retired as Director of the Built Environment and Chief Planner for Scotland in 2012. In addition to serving as a Trustee, he was oversees the built environment activities of the North Highland Initiative on behalf of its patron The Duke of Rothesay.

Jim was appointed Chief Planner and Head of Planning and Building Standards Group in Scotland in November 2000. In January 2008 he became Director for the Built Environment with responsibility for architecture and place making, building standards and planning. 

He led the most significant reforms of the planning system in Scotland in over 50 years which including new legislation, a second National Planning Framework, culture change in planning and the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative which has attracted international interest from urban planners. He has spoken widely across Scotland, the UK and Europe (Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands and Portugal) as well as lecturing in China and the USA.

He was a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and in November 2008 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Jim graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Geography in 1974 followed by a Diploma in Town Planning with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde in 1977.

He was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Years Honours list.

Dominic Richards - Executive Director

Entrepreneur in China (Education) and the UK (Property), Dominic was raised in Australia & England graduating from King's College, Cambridge and the Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture. Dominic has enjoyed much success rescuing and finding new uses for wonderful buildings in the UK . His Yaxley Group now comprises a successful country house venue at his home in Suffolk, leisure property including its current project, a 68 bedroom eco farm conference centre, and consulting and online education in China.