Trustees and Members of Council

The board of Alexandra Rose Charity is made up of a committee of dedicated trustees, without whom our positive work would not be possible. Below you’ll find a short biography of each of our members.

  • The Lady Grade

    The Lady Grade

    Life Vice President

    Lady Grade is one of Alexandra Rose Charity’s longest serving supporters, having joined the charity as a Member of Council in 1964. The wife of the late Lew Grade, Baron Grade of Elstree, Lady Grade served as Chairman of Alexandra Rose Charity from 1985, before being formally appointed Vice President of the charity, almost fifteen years later, in 1999. An active and deeply valued member of the organisation, she is also a Vice President of the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.  She is now our Life Vice President.

  • The Rt. Hon. Lord St. John of Bletso

    The Rt. Hon. Lord St. John of Bletso

    Life Vice President

    The Rt Hon Lord St John of Bletso has been a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords since 1978. He qualified as an attorney in South Africa. He currently serves as a director of several London Stock Exchange listed companies. He has been non-executive Chairman of OCRA Worldwide since 1993 and is responsible for group strategy.  He is Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary South Africa Group, an Executive Committee Member of the All Party Africa Group and a Council Member of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee. He served as Chairman of the charity, Citizens Online from 2001 to 2008.  He is also an extra Lord-in-Waiting to HM The Queen.

    His special interests are foreign affairs, particularly Africa, clean technology, wildlife conservation and sport. He plays a proactive role in the charitable sector, as a trustee of 7 charities mostly focussed on Africa.  His hobbies include tennis, golf, skiing, running and bridge.

  • Mr Mike Morris

    Mr Mike Morris

    Chairman

    Chairman, Mike Morris served as HR Director for London’s award-winning Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House prior to joining Alexandra Rose Charity in 2007. A trained journalist and ex-member of the Senior Management Team at ITN, Mike is also a trustee of the Arts Educational Schools London in his spare time. At Alexandra Rose Charity, Mike is leading the organisation’s evolution into an exciting new chapter in its history.

  • Mr Aaron Mills

    Mr Aaron Mills

    Vice Chairman

    Civil servant Aaron ascended to the Board of Trustees of Alexandra Rose Charity in 2013, having previously been a member of the junior committee. A political science major of Queens College, Australia, Aaron moved to London in 2007, where he began a career in investor relations and financial PR. Since 2009, he has held a variety of posts in the civil service, most recently in the newly established Public Health England, where he works on pan-London public health policy. His interests include the arts, equine pursuits and the Commonwealth.

  • Alison Chan

    Alison Chan

    Trustee

    Alison has more than 15 years’ experience as an international finance lawyer. She has advised on a wide range of corporate governance and commercial issues.  At the height of the European sovereign-debt crisis, she worked on Greece’s historic debt restructuring. Her pro-bono work centres on microfinance in the Middle East, North Africa and the UK and social-welfare projects in east London. Alison is trained in improving efficiency and processes and reducing operational waste. She led a project that helped to significantly increase profitability and save unproductive time in her law firm. Alison's interest in food and a healthy lifestyle have stayed with her from her childhood in Sydney and attracted her to the Alexandra Rose Charity.
     

  • Mr March Hancock

    Mr March Hancock

    Trustee

    Originally joining as a Trustee in 2007, March has re-joined after a 3 year gap at a time of new and exciting changes to the charity's mission to help less privileged young mothers with practical and financial support in improving their diet of fresh and nourishing food.

    After 25 years in the Wine and Brewing Industries, followed by senior management posts in the International Travel and Hotel sectors, he set up his own Food Procurement Company in the 1990's.  Still active today, the company provides the Hospitality, Education and Public Sectors with food procurement expertise in what is a very volatile prices market.

  • Mr Alan Kirby

    Mr Alan Kirby

    Trustee

    An experienced accountant, Alan had over 30 year experience working with blue chip company’s before opening his thriving accountancy practice in the historic market town of Farnham in 2004. Alan’s practice has a diverse client data base from contractors to retailers, through to The Arts including performing arts, working closely with The Royal Academy Of Music, Collective Artistes Theatre Group and The Guildford Shakespeare Company of which he is a sponsor. Alan is also a trustee of Collective Artistes Theatre Company. In his spare time he is a keen runner and triathlete and has an interest in classic cars.

  • Mr Adrian Pascu-Tulbure

    Mr Adrian Pascu-Tulbure

    Trustee

    Romanian born Adrian moved to England in 1991, joining the civil Service straight from university, where he spent a proportion of his time stationed in the Foreign Office, among other appointments. For several years from 2005, he played a key role in the day-to-day operation of British-Romanian Connections, a charitable organisation responsible for setting up British staffed summer schools in Romania. A passionate classic car enthusiast, who also enjoys reading and music, Adrian has been involved with Alexandra Rose Charity since 2011.

  • Anna Sanders

    Anna Sanders

    Trustee

    Anna has over 15 years experience working in the public sector at both regional and national level. She is currently a senior civil servant at the Cabinet Office having worked in various departments, including Defra where she worked on food policy from 2009 to 2012. Anna's interest in food started as an undergraduate and lead her over time to also study for an MSc in Food Policy at City University. She has previously been a board member of a food related social enterprise.

  • Ambrita Shahani

    Ambrita Shahani

    Trustee

    Ambrita moved to London from Mumbai in 2003 to pursue her education at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. Coming from a family with a deep rooted devotion to education, it was natural for her to want to contribute to the development of young designers. She has taught and mentored students at Central Saint Martin’s and the Royal College of Art.  For the past 12 years, Ambrita has worked at various fashion houses in Paris and London.  Ambrita is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, a charity that is committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges. She is a trustee of Dress for Success Greater London and Providence Link United Services. 

  • Mr Dominic Tayler

    Mr Dominic Tayler

    Trustee

    Dominic Tayler is a skilled Asset Manager with over twenty years experience in handling portfolios for charitable organisations, pension funds and private clients. Currently an Executive Director of Quilter Cheviot Asset Management, one of the UK’s largest independently owned investment firms, Dominic also serves as a Governor of Downside School in Somerset and Trustee of the Patrick and Helena Frost Foundation. Together with his wife Sophia, Dominic has been involved with Alexandra Rose Charity for over 25 years.

  • Mrs Stephanie Wood

    Mrs Stephanie Wood

    Trustee

    After 20 years working in film production, Stephanie decided to take a break and enjoy time with her two children. In 2007 she founded School Food Matters, a charity campaigning for fresh sustainable food in schools and promoting food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms.  She’s been a member of the London Food Board since 2010 and in 2012 was invited to join the School Food Plan's Expert Panel, tasked by the Department for Education to create an action plan to support head teachers to improve food in their schools.