James is a Chartered Accountant. He qualified in 1979, became a Partner with Hughes Allen in Ipswich in 1981. James set up is own practice in 1997 specialising in the Haulage sector, before merging with and becoming a Partner in Scrutton Bland in 1999. James remained as a Partner with Scrutton Bland until 2013 when he took early retirement. He now spends his time acting as a consultant to a number of hauliers in the Ipswich area. James is also a trustee and treasurer for Colchester based charity Autism Anglia.
Charles is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has spent his career in construction and development. For most of his working life he has been based in the Colchester area; he was a manager with R G Carter Builder until buying with a colleague into the long established Hutton Builders. They greatly expanded the business into the Hutton Group before selling their interest in 2004. A trustee since 2003, Charles led the project to develop the community house.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant having qualified many years ago with KPMG. After several years in the service sector, he worked for M&G as a project manager. He has spent the majority of his recent career in senior finance roles within the financial services sector, including 10 years as Company Secretary. Andrew became a trustee in May 2015.
Laura has spent most of her career so far working in the charity sector, mainly in volunteer management, both with young and older people. She currently works at Volunteering Matters as a Volunteer Manager, supporting young people in a full-time volunteering programme. She moved to Colchester nearly three years ago and wanted to get involved with the local community. She has had experience of many different volunteering roles and as an Emmaus trustee, she is interested in supporting the charity with volunteer management and pastoral support.
Jamie is a successful entrepreneur with a proven track record in building global digital businesses from Suffolk. In 1999 Jamie launched one of the UK’s first digital marketing agencies taking it from a back room to national recognition before its acquisition in 2007. Between 2010 and 2018, Jamie created, built and grew a SAAS Analytics platform to become the World’s Leading ‘Pay as you Go’ Social Analytics platform based in Suffolk. His latest venture, Escaping Gravity is a global SEO consultancy for challenger brands: www.escaping-gravity.com/seo-consultancy
Victoria is a Programmes/Projects Manager currently working in information security within the insurance sector. After starting her career with one of the Magic Circle law firms working internationally, she moved into tech and salesforce consultancy. She then worked as a consultant for many years implementing large data projects across a range of platforms for clients in retail, hospitality, non-profit, transport and infrastructure services sectors to name a few.
Noel’s current role is within Business Transformation for a Housing Association. He has successfully delivered business and cultural change across multiple sectors ranging from the NHS, to non-profits through to FMCG’s predominately to improve the customer experience. Noel attended school and the Sixth Form College in Colchester and wanted to be involved within the local community, where he could share his passion for creating a safe place for people to live and lead independent lives.
Francis qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Baker Tilly, London and subsequently worked for KPMG. He was then appointed as Financial Controller, Royal London Insurance for 10 years. Francis was instrumental in establishing Innovative Market Leading Pensions Company (PAFS) becoming the Finance Director & Company Secretary. Following its demutualisation, Francis joined Just Retirement PLC taking an active role in initially establishing Financing from Private Equity Funding and subsequently enabling the listing of the Group on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE 250 segment. After 10 years Francis took early retirement in 2015 and became a trustee in December 2016. He is also Treasurer for St Mary’s Church Ardleigh.