TOM HOWARD - CHAIR
Tom is an architect. He studied both in the UK and around the world, and has worked both in the UK and abroad. He founded, and has co-run a practice locally to Stroud for the last 12 years. He is also co-director of a firm specialising in self- and custom-built housing, which has a national remit. He was a school governor for 7 years at a local independent school, and is a husband and father of 4 boys.
KAREN MORGAN OBE DL
Karen has pursued a portfolio career over the past 40 years and has experience of the chemical industry, education, water & the environment, international development, scientific research and development, financial services and social services. She is presently Vice Chair of Council of the University of Gloucestershire, Chair of Trustees of The Converging World, and has a number of other charitable and community interests in Bristol and Gloucestershire.
Elizabeth is a barrister and arbitrator, and also has lengthy experience in the residential property sector. She has been a trustee of The Door since 2011 and has a specific interest in the regulatory side of the charity. She was a governor for 21 years at a local independent school.
Sue is a 50 year-old mum of 3. She first worked in retail banking before moving into corporate finance, focussing on syndicated finance for power and gas companies. After a 15-year sabbatical raising children, she took on the management of Stroud District Foodbank. She recently left the Foodbank to be the financial administrator for a local IT support company.
Tom is an academic and journalist with extensive experience in higher education, both educationally and pastorally. He holds posts at the universities of Gloucestershire, Brighton and Southampton Solent. He is a writer, editor and broadcaster, and has experience in devising and delivering communication strategies for charities and other organisations. Tom has been part of the England touch rugby squad and now coaches children’s rugby.
GRAHAM AYRE - TREASURER
Graham qualified as a chartered accountant and has spent over 35 years working as both an external and internal auditor for major international organisations in the UK and overseas. Outside of his day job Graham is a governor at two local schools and is a trustee of Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust. His interests include gardening and following sport.