MAG's Board of Trustees

MAG’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation. Find out more about our Trustees in the profiles below.

Operational decision-making is delegated by the Board to the Chief Executive and Management Team, who coordinate and direct MAG’s work worldwide.

The Board holds formal scheduled meetings at least four times a year, as well as a number of other ad hoc meetings. The Audit and Finance sub-committee meets six times a year and other sub-committee meetings are held as required. An Annual Meeting of the Trustees is also held.

In recruiting new Board members, MAG seeks a range of expertise and knowledge that will assist and support the organisation in its development. All new appointments follow a formal recruitment process, including meetings with the Executive Team and the Chairman and/or other Board members prior to interview and appointment by the full Board.

A formal induction programme for new Trustees has been prepared and all new Trustees receive various documents detailing the legal obligations of Trustees, alongside the Articles of Association, key policy documents, the Annual Report and Accounts, and details of the organisational structure of MAG. Trustees also undertake overseas visits to operational programmes as part of their induction to MAG.

All Trustees give their time freely and receive no remuneration or financial benefit. They are required to declare all relevant interests and MAG maintains a register of interests as an internal record of Trustee interests.

 MAG Trustees' Annual Report and Financial Statements




Colin Rowe, MAG Trustee

Colin Rowe (Acting Chair)

Solicitor and Notary Public

Colin practised as a solicitor in Manchester for more than 30 years. He has been a partner in national and international legal practices, and specialised in development and regeneration projects. He is also a former National Chairman of the Young Solicitors’ Group.

Colin is also a qualifed as a Notary Public, the oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales.  He now practises solely as a Notary, dealing with the legal requirements of overseas countries for businesses, other professions and individuals carrying on business outside of the United Kingdom.

Colin has been a trustee of MAG since 2008 and before becoming Acting Chair has been Vice Chair, chaired the Board’s Governance, Nominations and Review Committee and the MAG America Joint Boards’ Working Group. As a Manchester based trustee, Colin has been able to play an active role in supporting the Management Team at MAG HQ.


Chris Bates, MAG Trustee

Colonel Christopher Peter Roger Bates

Retired Army Officer and Charity Director

Christopher Bates served for 36 years in the Royal Engineers, in a wide variety of appointments, including Commanding Officer of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Project Manager for Engineer Equipment in the Procurement Executive, and Regimental Colonel of the Corps of Royal Engineers.

His last appointment before retiring from the Army was as the Colonel in Military Operations responsible for the implementation of the arms control treaties to which UK is a signatory. On retirement from the Army in 1999, he joined the Dulverton Trust, a grant-making charity, and became the Director in 2003. In this role, he visited a large number of charities throughout the UK, as well as some in east Africa, to assess their applications for grants.

He retired from the Dulverton Trust in 2010 and is currently a Trustee of four charities: CleanUp UK, Tunbridge Wells & District Citizens Advice Bureau, Army Central Fund and Fellow of the Institution of Royal Engineers.

Paul Bell, MAG Trustee

Dr Paul Bell, CMIIA, CFE, ACFS
 (Deputy Board Security Focal Point)
Management Consultant

Prior to setting up his own independent financial crime, corporate investigations and risk management consultancy, Paul worked as a Director, and then as Partner, for two large professional services firms.

He is the former National Head of Business Integrity and Investigation Services for a top accountancy practice and has worked with clients as diverse as a United Nations agency, a large international charity and several UK crown agencies, as well as numerous public and private sector clients across the UK and internationally.

He is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS), a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Chartered Internal Auditor. He also holds an MA in International Relations and a PhD in Terrorism and Security Studies.

Anthony Collier (Treasurer)
Partner, FRP Advisory LLP

Anthony is a chartered accountant with in excess of 14 years’ experience working in a Big Four international accountancy firm. He has worked with a range of clients from SMEs to listed PLCs, specialising in organisations that are experiencing significant financial or operational change.

He has more than 10 years' experience advising a range of clients on cross-border transactions and regulatory and corporate governance matters.

Dominic Kendall-Ward

Dominic is a qualified solicitor and is a counsel at global law firm Linklaters LLP.

He has more than 10 years' experience advising a range of clients on cross-border transactions and regulatory and corporate governance matters.

Dominic is a member of the Board’s Governance, Nominations and Review Committee.

Knox Chitiyo, MAG Trustee

Dr Tapera Knox Chitiyo
Africa Fellow, Chatham House
President [and former Chair] Britain Zimbabwe Society
Former Head of the Africa Programme, Royal United Services Institute [RUSI]

Knox's areas of expertise include African and global defence and security, politics, development, and the contemporary African diaspora. Prior to coming to the UK, Knox was co-founder and Director of the Center for Defence Studies in Zimbabwe.

He was a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Zimbabwe and has also given guest lectures at the LSE and elsewhere. He co-founded the Dialogue and Reconciliation initiative in Zimbabwe. Knox has taught at regional Staff Colleges in southern, eastern and west Africa and also at the SADC Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre. He has also worked with SADC and the African Union on a variety of security and development issues.

In 2012, Knox was Zimbabwe's Honorary Consul and Zimbabwe Olympic Committee UK representative. Knox won the 2010 SKY/BEN TV Award for Contribution to Diplomacy, and was also a nominee in the 2011 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards [ZAA].

Ms Kathy Peach, MAG Trustee

 Peach (Board Security Focal Point)
Head of Innovation and Foresight, Bond

In 2011, Kathy was named "one of the top 40 most influential international development leaders under 40" by sector website Devex.

She has held senior management roles in both the domestic and international non-profit sector, including Director of Communications & External Affairs at Healthwatch England, Head of Campaigns & Social Change at the disability charity Scope, and Head of External Affairs at international volunteering charity VSO.

She led the successful UK campaign for the creation of a dedicated United Nations agency for women, UN Women, and masterminded a cross-sector campaign that helped persuade the Treasury to put an additional £3bn into social care funding. She is currently Head of Innovation & Foresight at Bond, the network for international development organisations.

Diane Reid

Diane Reid, MinstF(Cert)
 (Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance, Nominations and Review Committee)
Former Head of Outreach & Corporate Responsibility, BBC

Diane is the former Head of BBC Outreach, the department responsible for a range of activities that bring the BBC closer to its audiences, including staff volunteering, community engagement and corporate responsibility reporting.

She was previously Group Manager for BBC North, which is based at MediaCityUK in Salford and is the result of one of the BBC’s most ambitious projects – to create a new centre of excellence outside London for production, technology development, training and digital media.

Diane first joined the BBC in 1981, and produced and directed a wide range of programmes and series, until leaving to work for Comic Relief in 2002.

In 2004, she became Chief Executive of the Community Media Association, the sector body for Community Radio and Television. Diane has also worked in the BBC Director-General's Office, where she was responsible for the BBC's Charity Appeals, which raise more than £100m each year.

Diane is a professionally-qualified fundraiser and has been a member of the Institute of Fundraising's Policy Advisory Group.

Matthew Sherrington, MAG Trustee

Matthew Sherrington
Charity Sector Consultant

Matthew has more than 20 years’ experience of charity marketing and leadership, and is a consultant in organisational strategy, fundraising and communications.

He spent 14 years at Oxfam, working on the South Africa programme in the early 1990s before 10 years in fundraising, which saw him involved in the Make Trade Fair campaign.

He went on to be Fundraising Director at Greenpeace USA for four years, and most recently was joint Managing Director of a charity-focused marketing agency.

Matthew bridges fundraising, communications, brand, campaigning and organisation development, and is a regular conference speaker and blogger. He has particular expertise in the international development sector and in supporter marketing. He lives in Oxford.

John Shinnick, MAG Trustee

John Michael Shinnick

Partner, Shinnick LLP

John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and, after working for a number of years in east Africa, joined Grant Thornton UK LLP.

He left the partnership in 2013 after 21 years as a partner, working predominantly with entrepreneurial entities in an assurance and advisory capacity.

He now operates a business consultancy, providing change management, coaching and non-executive director support.

Neil Turton, MAG Trustee

Neil Andrew Turton 
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Operatives UK

Co-operatives UK works to promote, develop and unite the thousands of member-owned businesses, worth £34.1 billion to the economy. Neil is responsible for leading its operations and business development. 

Neil is an experienced senior director in the food industry, and previously ran his own consultancy advising retailers and suppliers. Prior to this Neil worked for nearly 25 years at Nisa Retail in various roles, culminating in seven years as Chief Executive Officer. Nisa is a £1.5 billion buying and marketing organisation for independent food retailers, based in north Lincolnshire but operating nationally and internationally. Neil led significant growth and strategic development during his time at Nisa, winning numerous awards. He also created and developed Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally Charity which continues to thrive. 

He is a Director of the Association Of Convenience stores, the "voice of local shops", providing Government lobbying, advice and networking for 33,500 UK retailers. Neil holds an MBA, with distinction in strategy and has been fundraised for MAG for a number of years through various activities. He joined MAG's Board in 2013.


Audit & Finance Committee

The AFC takes delegated responsibility on behalf of the Board for ensuring MAG maintains an effective financial management and reporting structure across the organisation. The committee examines and reviews control methods, including risk management, and supports the Board in fulfilling its legal duty.

Paul Bell (Trustee)
Anthony Collier (Treasurer)
John Shinnick (Trustee)
Neil Turton (Trustee)

The Governance, Nominations and Review Committee

The GNRC exists to keep the Board’s governance arrangements under review and to make appropriate recommendations to the Board to ensure that MAG’s arrangements are consistent with best practice corporate governance standards. It also assists the Chair in keeping the composition of the Board under review and to lead the appointments process for nominations to the Board.

Chris Bates (Trustee)
Diane Reid (Trustee)
Dominic Kendall Ward (Trustee)

Co-opted Member of the GNRC, Carmen Drinkwater

Carmen became HR Director for Sodexo’s HR Shared Service Centre, known as PeopleCentre, in July 2013 and leads a newly created HR Shared Services team of 50.

The day job, however, is not purely to make sure all the “HR Services and HR policy things” are in place for a services business with 37,000 employees, Carmen also works with her senior colleagues to drive employee engagement in a business that wins and retains business if the values of the people it employs mirror the company values.

Since taking up the role she has been focused on establishing the HR Shared Services operational service for Sodexo UK and Ireland and on building knowledge and capability within her own HR service delivery team.

Carmen has held various HR Director or HR Business Partner roles in public and private sector organisations spanning more than 20 years and over the past 15 years has majored in HR Shared Services with Royal Bank of Scotland, SPX Corporation and AstraZeneca.

Carmen promotes a positive thinking approach to excellence and held the position of Steering Group Member of the North West Shared Service Forum for five years.

Health, Safety and Security Committee (HSSC)

MAG operates across a complex range of international territories, with significant risks associated with the health, safety and security of staff. The Board has appointed a Health, Safety and Security Committee (HSSC) to communicate, promote and champion health, safety and security in MAG HQ and overseas. The HSSC meets quarterly and reports to the Board on progress of initiatives and the lessons learnt from incidents that have occurred.

Kathy Peach (Trustee)
Paul Bell (Trustee)

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