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Appointment of New Oversight Trust Board Members

The Oversight Trust Board is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Non-Executive Directors to join the Board from the end of March. They are:


David Lindsell who brings a breadth and depth of expertise in governance and financial management of a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. He is a chartered accountant and has been a non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of four listed companies. He was a Partner at Ernst & Young where he served as the lead Audit Partner for a number of FTSE 100 companies and was a member of the firm’s governing body for 15 years. He has served as a trustee of the British Museum and of Cancer Research UK, Deputy Chair of Governors at the University of the Arts London and Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. He is currently a trustee of Camden Music Trust.


Vicki Thornton is Chief Financial Officer at Age UK. Vicki brings expertise in transformation and change management; strategic financial planning; and risk management. Her professional experience also includes spells at the Royal Mencap Society; Scope; ActionAid International; and the Chartered Insurance Institute; as well as interim and freelance roles in social enterprise and social housing sectors. She is a chartered accountant and has a particular interest in good stewardship of funds in charities and enabling the flow of data to support outcome and impact reporting.


Rob Bell is based in Harrogate where he has been joint CEO of the Bettys & Taylors Group since 2020, with lead responsibility for Organisational Development, People and Culture. Before that he was Director of The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts in London, CEO of London Emergencies Trust at the time of the Grenfell fire and London terror attacks, and has held Senior Leadership Team positions at grant making trusts - the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust. Earlier in his career he was an academic researching social justice and youth issues, and then a Whitehall civil servant working on youth, equalities and citizenship policy areas. Legally trained in Scots Law, he has been a trustee and strategic adviser to a number of charities, and a school governor.


Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair, welcomed the appointments adding:

“We very much welcome the addition of new members to the Board who will add to the breadth of experience and perspectives that can be brought to bear for the on-going oversight of the Dormant Assets Scheme in England”.

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