Kevin is currently the Chairman and Treasurer of the Board of the Sir John Cass Foundation, where he has led the restructuring, increasing their assets and grants capacity. In his early career, Kevin became a voluntary youth leader in Tower Hamlets, which led to the building of a mental health resource centre.
Kevin was engaged by Milestone Group Plc to lead the Foundation and help develop a network of key relationships within the City of London and Westminster. He currently sits on the Board of Milestone Plc as a Non-Executive Director. He has extensive strategic, operational and financial experience, focusing on connecting charities with the corporate sector. Kevin will be taking the lead on the further development of the Milestone Foundation.
Lord Patel of Bradford joined the House of Lords in June 2006 and now serves as Shadow Minister for Communities. He has extensive experience working at the highest levels, including government, on national and international developments in a wide range of policy areas impacting on health, social care, crime, community cohesion, extremism, equality and human rights.
He is also University Director of Strategic Partnerships and a Senior Adviser to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London. He was previously Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and Non-Executive Commissioner for the Healthcare Commission, where he was focused on the need to tackle discrimination and poor practice, particularly affecting people from black and minority ethnic communities.
Commodore Chris Waite has had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, culminating as Commodore in Command of the Air Station at Culdrose, which included being a trustee of a local charity supporting disadvantaged youth and of a medium sized charity, the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Since leaving the Royal Navy in 2004, he has worked in an interim position with North Bristol NHS to establish management and governance regimes for a major strategic change programme. In 2005, he became Clerk and CEO of the Armourers and Brasiers Company and CEO/Secretary to its charitable arm, the Gauntlet Trust. He retired from this post in June 2014. Commodore Chris Waite is also Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.
Wilf Pickles is a security industry professional with extensive experience in public law enforcement and the private security sector. Prior to moving to the private sector, he was a successful manager within the UK's largest policing organisation.
With over 30 years' experience in matters pertaining to law enforcement, crime prevention, community safety, corruption and risk management in a diverse, dynamic and challenging environment, he is well placed to make a considerable contribution to the Foundation and its work.
Aside from his work with Milestone, Wilf's extensive operational experience enables his company, BGP Global Services, to deliver a wide range of bespoke services to a diverse range of corporate and government clients worldwide.
Paul is Milestone Group Plc's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Ambassador and is also a Milestone Foundation Trustee. His focus is on introducing and promoting the Company's community and sports based initiatives to key stakeholders ensuring they achieve maximum reach and effectiveness.
Paul has represented England internationally, starting his career at Charlton Athletic Football Club. Following his playing successes, Paul sat on numerous boards; including the Diversity and Inclusion Board for LOCOG, the Board of Trustees for the Professional Footballers Association and the UEFA Football Committee. His commitment to youth football and anti-racism was recognised by the award of a CBE in 2012.
Richard Evans started work in education after university, teaching politics and history in schools and colleges, and was a parliamentary candidate in two general elections. After a number of years in senior management in education, Richard moved into the charity sector, working as Development Director for the international HIV/AIDS charity, ACET International. He is now Director of Marylebone Executive Search, an executive focusing on the charity and not for profit business sectors. He is also a trustee serving on the boards of the Campaign for Learning, the Council for Education in the Commonwealth and the Ramphal Institute.
Richard is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the English Speaking Union and the Institute of Directors. He is a Freeman of the City of Educators and has previously been a Trustee of the Brook Advisory Service, MedicAlert Foundation and a Governor of several schools.