Leadership & Trustees

Alongside out leadership team, we’re very fortunate to have such passionate, experienced and respected trustees. Together we’re committed to growing giving with our clients and partners.

Leadership Team Trustees

Leadership Team

Linda Minnis | Charities Trust

Linda Minnis

CEO

Linda has been with Charities Trust as CEO since 2010 during which time donations handled have seen a three-fold increase.


Prior to joining Charities Trust, Linda held senior roles in the retail and financial services sectors specialising in Human Resource Management, Corporate, Public and Government Affairs including Regeneration Strategies, Community Investment, Social Auditing, Cause Related Marketing and Business Ethics.

Peter Hayes | Charities Trust

Peter Hayes

Head of Finance

Peter has been with Charities Trust as Head of Finance since 2017 overseeing improvements in the charity’s finance systems, processes and structure to enhance service delivery and regulatory compliance.


Prior to joining Charities Trust, Peter held senior finance roles in the charity sector with a focus on system and process improvement. Peter began his finance career and qualified as an accountant in the private sector, working in technology and food manufacturing. He has also held a number of operational management roles in housing and social care.

Alison Carey

Chief Governance Officer & Company Secretary

Alison has been with Charities Trust as Company Secretary since 2019, moving to the role of Chief Governance Officer in 2021.  Alison’s areas of focus are governance, compliance, data protection and risk management.


Prior to joining Charities Trust, Alison worked in the Social Housing Sector for over 25 years, the last 16 of which was in the role of Company Secretary

Trustees

Sir Michael Bibby | Charities Trust

Sir Michael Bibby Bt. DL

Chairman

Sir Michael became Chairman of Bibby Line Group in June 2020. Prior to this he was a Non-Executive Director for two years after being Managing Director of Bibby Line Group for the previous 18 years. 

He is also the Chairman of Bibby Marine Limited, Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside and past President of the Chamber of Shipping. Sir Michael is a qualified chartered accountant, graduate of Oxford University and also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Liverpool.


Sir Michael was appointed Chairman of Charities Trust in 2019.

Ian Povey | Charities Trust

Ian Povey

Trustee & Board member

Ian Povey is accountable for the run, change and continuous availability of the payments technology for the NatWest Banking Group, as a systemically critical participant in the industry. Ian is focused on transformation and modernisation of the technology estate, collaborating with the business to continuously improve each customer journey. Ian also serves on the global & UK Boards of Swift.

Ian was previously CIO of Payments for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. A career dedicated globally to payments, Ian has worked for PayPal, and organisations spanning different participant sectors from Government, Retail, Telecoms and public transportation


Ian has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2021.

Catherine Rustomji | Charities Trust

Catherine Rustomji

Trustee & Board member

Catherine is a partner and head of charities at Shakespeare Martineau. She is a specialist charities solicitor who advises charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charity trustees and individuals wishing to establish charities. Her particular focus is on constitutional and governance matters including different legal structures and the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.


Catherine has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2022.

Patrick Fietje | Charities Trust

Patrick Fietje

Trustee & Board member

Patrick is the CEO of Tavira Financial Ltd, a global financial services firm with clients spanning financial institutions, asset managers, hedge funds, government institutions, corporates, family offices and high net worth individuals. Patrick holds a BSc in International Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an MBA from IESE Business School.


Patrick has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2020.

Lee Blackburn | Charities Trust

Lee Blackburn

Trustee & Board member

Lee is the Group Chief Information Officer at Argent Energy, a European waste-based biodiesel producer focused on helping decarbonise transport worldwide. Lee’s previous roles include CIO at Payzone UK and Head of Sales & Marketing System Development at Bentley Motors. Lee holds a BSc in Applied Business & Computing from Staffordshire University.


Lee has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2020.

Mark Blakeman | Charities Trust

Mark Blakeman

Trustee & Board member

Mark is Director of Information Systems and Infrastructure at NHS England, based in Warrington.

Mark’s previous roles include Director of Informatics at both Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Mark has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2015.

Les Thomas | Charities Trust

Les Thomas

Trustee & Board member

Les is the former MD of point-of-sale materials manufacturer B&P Group and former Commercial Director at Cestrian. With over 28 years in the sector, he is a retail specialist and has worked with many of the UK’s leading retail companies.

He has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of POS production, design, collation, storage and distribution, and advises clients on how best to achieve greater returns from their promotional budgets. 


Les has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2015

Trustees

Sir Michael Bibby | Charities Trust

Sir Michael Bibby Bt. DL

Chairman

Sir Michael became Chairman of Bibby Line Group in June 2020. Prior to this he was a Non-Executive Director for two years after being Managing Director of Bibby Line Group for the previous 18 years. 

He is also the Chairman of Bibby Marine Limited, Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside and past President of the Chamber of Shipping. Sir Michael is a qualified chartered accountant, graduate of Oxford University and also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Liverpool.


Sir Michael was appointed Chairman of Charities Trust in 2019.

Ian Povey | Charities Trust

Ian Povey

Trustee & Board member

Ian Povey is accountable for the run, change and continuous availability of the payments technology for the NatWest Banking Group, as a systemically critical participant in the industry. Ian is focused on transformation and modernisation of the technology estate, collaborating with the business to continuously improve each customer journey. Ian also serves on the global & UK Boards of Swift.

Ian was previously CIO of Payments for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. A career dedicated globally to payments, Ian has worked for PayPal, and organisations spanning different participant sectors from Government, Retail, Telecoms and public transportation


Ian has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2021.

Catherine Rustomji | Charities Trust

Catherine Rustomji

Trustee & Board member

Catherine is a partner and head of charities at Shakespeare Martineau. She is a specialist charities solicitor who advises charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charity trustees and individuals wishing to establish charities. Her particular focus is on constitutional and governance matters including different legal structures and the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.


Catherine has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2022.

Patrick Fietje | Charities Trust

Patrick Fietje

Trustee & Board member

Patrick is the CEO of Tavira Financial Ltd, a global financial services firm with clients spanning financial institutions, asset managers, hedge funds, government institutions, corporates, family offices and high net worth individuals. Patrick holds a BSc in International Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an MBA from IESE Business School.


Patrick has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2020.

Lee Blackburn | Charities Trust

Lee Blackburn

Trustee & Board member

Lee is the Group Chief Information Officer at Argent Energy, a European waste-based biodiesel producer focused on helping decarbonise transport worldwide. Lee’s previous roles include CIO at Payzone UK and Head of Sales & Marketing System Development at Bentley Motors. Lee holds a BSc in Applied Business & Computing from Staffordshire University.


Lee has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2020.

Mark Blakeman | Charities Trust

Mark Blakeman

Trustee & Board member

Mark is Director of Information Systems and Infrastructure at NHS England, based in Warrington.

Mark’s previous roles include Director of Informatics at both Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Mark has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2015.

Les Thomas | Charities Trust

Les Thomas

Trustee & Board member

Les is the former MD of point-of-sale materials manufacturer B&P Group and former Commercial Director at Cestrian. With over 28 years in the sector, he is a retail specialist and has worked with many of the UK’s leading retail companies.

He has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of POS production, design, collation, storage and distribution, and advises clients on how best to achieve greater returns from their promotional budgets. 


Les has served on the Board and as a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK since 2015

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