Nicholas Fisher - Chairman of Trustees

Nicholas has worked in the City for over 25 years as a lawyer specialising in banking and finance, restructuring, turnaround and insolvency.  He advises  banks, other financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of finance matters.  Nicholas lives in Kent and is a keen supporter of charities and projects that support underprivileged young people and give them opportunities to succeed.  He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Turners, one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, which takes a leading role in the renaissance of the craft of turning through the provision of lathes, tools and long-term training.  He is also committed to supporting Kent's many historic churches.

Barbara Long

Barbara  was a newspaper, radio and television journalist for over 30 years. She specialised in politics and current affairs and held a number of senior positions.  In 1999 she became Director of Parliamentary Broadcasting for the House of Commons and House of Lords, a Speaker's Appointment.  Barbara expanded an advisory and  regulatory role to promote new policies and develop new technologies to  connect Parliament with the public.  Among these was a ground-breaking ‘webcast’ service launched in 2002 which made  broadcast coverage of all public proceedings available on the internet for the first time.   Barbara lives in Kent  and supports a number of charities.


Ruth Murphy

Ruth's career began in the voluntary sector in 1982, where she worked for Scope for nine years. In 1991 she joined the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) as executive director of charity services, managing CAF's investment, banking and administration services for charities. In 1999 Murphy moved into the City, joining Newton Investment Management and in 2011 she joined Brewin Dolphin. Ruth is a committee member of the Charity Investors' Group.



Bob North

Bob is a Chartered Surveyor and an Agricultural Valuer and was formerly a partner in the 35-office Kent firm of Cobbs, acquired by General Accident in 1986. After a spell as Sales Director for GA Property Services, Bob joined GCG Consulting as a principal. He specialised in applied technology including website functionality, and the introduction of IT systems and applications. He is now a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association. Bob lives in Kent and is a keen supporter of local Kent charities.



Rosalind Riley

Rosalind has lived in Kent for most of her adult life.  After working in arts administration (including Kent Opera) she went to drama school and has worked continually in theatre for over 20 years, firstly as a performer and later as a producer with her own company, Fresh Glory Productions.  Her charitable interests include hard-to-fund projects such as domestic violence charities and work preventing re-offending, as well as trying to alleviate the problems of the family and young people in difficult circumstances.  She works closely with Kent Community Foundation as part of her work with the Kent Fund of the Brook Trust, and has a particular interest in encouraging philanthropy and philanthropic partnerships in the county.


James Thorne

James was a lawyer who practised in London for over 30 years at Farrer & Co, retiring as a consultant in 2015.  He was a Governor of the University for the Creative Arts which has campuses in Kent providing further and higher education to many local students, retiring after 6 years in the role in 2015.  He now has roles with UCL Hospitals Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research, and in the last few years has carried out pro bono  governance reviews for a mass membership charity and one involved in autism research.   He is also a Governor of a preparatory school in Kent.