Stuart is a narrowboat owner and has just turned 66. He is married with two dependants: both furry and of the barking kind.
By mid September 2023 he will have retired as the CEO of a small charity, so if selected as a trustee he will have a little more time on his hands to serve IWA.
His career began in housing and homelessness for a decade and a half, until he got the travel bug. In 1991 he found himself volunteering as a fundraiser for a hospice project in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland (now called Eswatini) in southern Africa. Two years later he got the chance to work in South Africa, which has been the focus of several development sector jobs since. Possibly his favourite job ever was seven years at Comic Relief (2008-15) managing a portfolio of grants to organisations working on poor housing conditions, in 14 different African countries.
He has become very familiar with how boards work in the charity sector, as many of the organisations he has worked with have been of a similar size to IWA. In particular he has a strong understanding of good governance; he has a good grasp of the respective remits of a staff team and a Board of Trustees; and he is very familiar with budgeting, management accounts, strategy development etc. As a recent charity CEO he was responsible for programme delivery, financial control, HR, fundraising, communications and all day to day functions of the charity. He would like to think this comprehensive set of responsibilities could be of value to the Board.