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Who we are

We are a team of seven people with backgrounds ranging from large public and private organisations, through small business ownership to work in the charity sector. What we have in common is a desire to see Nottinghamshire prosper and offer opportunities to those from disadvantaged circumstances to help create and share in that prosperity.

The Board of Trustees

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Graham Masters

Chairman

Originally from Kent, Graham came to Nottingham in 1976.

He is a qualified accountant with a 35 year career in the printing industry, spending eight years in equipment and consumable sales, before running his own companies in print itself and then in print finishing.

Graham retired in 2010 and has enjoyed being able to return to charity trustee work after spending eighteen years as Treasurer, then Chair for Groundwork in Derbyshire until he stood down in 2008.

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Patrick Adie

Company Secretary Trustee

Originally from Lincoln, Patrick first came to Nottingham to study law, achieving a first-class post-graduate degree in Law (LLB) having previously achieved a first-class degree and masters in Physics (MPhys) from the University of Leeds. Whilst studying law, he received an award for the highest marks on the Legal Practice Course (at Nottingham Law School), awarded by the Law Society.

He trained with Freeth Cartwright LLP (now Freeths LLP), one of the UK’s leading law firms, and qualified as a solicitor in their Commercial Property department in March 2011. He was also awarded “Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyer of the Year” in 2013 by the Law Society.

Patrick is frequently involved with his firm’s corporate social responsibility activities, as well as further volunteering outside work. He also regularly plays touch rugby in Nottingham’s local league.

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Jenny Whitemore

Treasurer and Trustee

Jenny has lived and worked in Nottinghamshire all her life. She has experience in sales and finance in the private sector, followed by twelve years in the public sector supporting voluntary and community organisations. Jenny managed the New Opportunities Fund grant-making process on behalf of the Big Lottery and facilitated Nottinghamshire County Council’s grant-giving to the charitable sector across the county.

Since leaving local government in 2012, Jenny worked for a charity helping older people to maintain independent living. She now works for the Bookkeeping Service with Community Accounting Plus, providing support to the not-for-profit sector across Nottinghamshire.

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Naj Aziz

Trustee lead for Business Links

Naj grew up in Nottingham.
After attending university in London he returned to his family’s property business in Nottingham. He worked in the construction industry before starting his own company in property development.
Naj built and sold several restaurants before deciding to run a restaurant alongside his property development activity. This eventually led to selling the construction side to focus solely on restaurants. He built and established the highly successful MemSaab Restaurant on Maid Marian Way. When MemSaab was sold in 2012, Naj semi-retired, but continues to mentor restaurateurs and work part time in property development and construction related fields.*

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Derek Huett

Trustee lead for marketing

Originally from Edinburgh, Derek came to Nottingham in 1988.
He had a 25 year career in a number of roles in the Mars organisation, including Regional Manager for Scotland and the North-East of England, before moving to a Head Office position in HR in the East Midlands, then Sales Resources Manager.
Since leaving Mars, Derek has been self-employed delivering Sales and Management training to major Blue-chip companies across Europe, including France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia.*

The Management Team

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Benoit Ivernel

Founder Director

Originally from France, Benoit spent 6 years in England during the 1980s, then came back to live in Nottingham in 2009.
As well as running his own businesses in tourism and relocation, Benoit has extensive experience in the Charity sector including starting up local not-for-profit organisations.
He has also worked as a waiter and French teacher for adults.

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Christine Fraser

Partnerships Manager

Christine had a nomadic upbringing in the RAF, but her family roots are Midlands-based, and her travels finally brought her to Nottingham two years ago.
Her career started with high value software sales to large organisations across multiple sectors. Subsequently, as Relationship Manager for TXU (later merged with E.On), she managed the supply of gas and electricity to domestic customers through partnerships with companies like Barclaycard and Tesco Clubcard.
A desire to ‘make a difference’ motivated a move into the non-profit sector, resulting in contracts with various charities and social enterprises, managing business development, corporate fundraising, marketing and event management projects