Trustee profiles

Neil Macmillan


Neil has been a MacIntyre Trustee since late 2007. He has taken up the position as Chair of MacIntyre from the 1 May 2024 whilst continuing as Chair of MacIntyre Academies Trust in the interim.

Neil’s expertise is in governance and risk management in financial services. He has held a number of executive positions in both the Banking and Insurance sectors, including RBS and the RSA Insurance Group. He spent a number of years as a senior risk management consultant at Ernst & Young before embarking on a Non-Executive portfolio career.

Neil current sits on the Boards of a number of companies as an independent Non-Executive Director.

Liz Barter

Liz’s career has spanned senior leadership roles in adult social care, substance misuse, homelessness and mental health, including time at the Care Quality Commission as a hospital inspector.

Liz is a registered Social Worker, and since 2022 has been Head of Adult Disabilities Service for Hertfordshire County Council. She is also a board member of Buckinghamshire charity The Oasis Partnership, and is a Heart of Bucks’ Ambassador for Isolation and Disadvantage.

Liz’s brother James has profound & multiple learning disabilities. This has given her a deep personal commitment to the values of Macintyre, as well as understanding of our families’ experiences of care and support. 

Ranjit Bhose KC

Ranjit became a Trustee in March 2020 and is a member of the Governance Review committee and the Quality & Safeguarding committee.

He has been a practising barrister in London for over 30 years, and was appointed QC (now KC) in 2012. He specialises in Local Government, Public, Property and Licencing Law, working with scores of local authorities, housing associations and other public bodies. Within his Local Government practice, Ranjit has gained particular expertise, relevant to his role as a Trustee, in the fields of governance, regulatory law, housing, contracts and provision of care and support.

Ranjit is recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories as a leading KC in all his main practice areas. 

Adam Goldstein

Adam joined the MacIntyre Trust Board in February 2017. He chairs the Education committee and is a member of the Digital committee.

Adam is currently Chief Executive Officer of a Multi-Academy Trust. Previously he was a Chief Operating Officer for various education sector organisations, as well as a management consultant for eight years, advising on large government and private sector programmes.

His prior experience included a policy lead at the Department for Education. He has a strong interest and passion for education and children’s life chances, and combines this with expertise in operational delivery and transformation.

Adam is an independent director of MacIntyre Academies Trust. He is also currently Chair of Barnet and Southgate Further Education College.

Rosemary Hart

Rosemary currently chairs the Governance committee. She is also a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk committee and the Quality & Safeguarding committee.

Rosemary is a retired solicitor. She is a former senior partner of the city law firm Trowers & Hamlins, where she specialised in housing, charity and care work. She headed up Trowers & Hamlins’ practice in the care sector. She has more than 27 years’ experience of legal work for the not-for-profit sector.

Rosemary was recognised in the legal directories of the Legal 500 and Chambers and partners as a leading expert in social housing law.

Pam Meek

Pam joined the Board as a Trustee in 2016. She has a younger brother who has been supported by MacIntyre for over 20 years.

Pam has over 25 years’ experience in teaching, she is the Head Teacher at Church Crookham Junior School, in Hampshire. Her role has included being a governor at the school.

Pam is chair of the Quality & Safeguarding committee and a member of the Education committee.

Ruth Smyth

Ruth joined the board as a Trustee in 2016 and is the chair of the Remuneration & Wellbeing committee. Her brother in law is supported by MacIntyre in Milton Keynes.

Ruth is an experienced HR Director and was most recently the Managing Director for People and Culture for AMS (a talent acquisition outsourcing and advisory business) where she worked for 16 years. She was responsible for the strategic direction of People and Culture including Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, Wellbeing, Employee Relations, Reward and Internal Communications. Prior to joining AMS, Ruth worked for nine years in an international consultancy as an HR consultant.

Ruth is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. 

Duncan Strachan

Duncan has been involved with various MacIntyre charities for over 30 years. His sister has been supported by MacIntyre since the opening of MacIntyre School, Wingrave in 1974.

Duncan is a member of the Remuneration & Wellbeing committee and is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk committee.

Duncan is a Solicitor who practices in Bedfordshire specialising in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Inheritance Tax planning, Powers of Attorney and related client matters. He is presently a Town Councillor in Bedfordshire. Formerly he has been Mayor of Biggleswade, Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes and Personnel Committees of the former Mid Bedfordshire District Council and Chairman of the Governors of Sunnyside School, Biggleswade.

Rachel Taylor

Rachel joined the MacIntyre Trustee Board in 2016. She chairs the Finance, Audit & Risk committee and is a member of the Nominations committee. She is a partner of PwC LLP, specialising in Governance, Risk and Compliance and is the Leader of Industry for PwC UK's Government and Health Industries Practice. She has extensive experience of assessing and advising on major central government programmes, spanning finance, operations and education.

Rachel has also worked closely with the not-for-profit sector and previously led PwC’s charity training team.

Rachel is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has held previous trustees roles across education and employment charities.  

Martin Zahra

Martin chairs the Digital committee and is a member of the Governance Review committee. He is a founding board member of MacIntyre Academies Trust.

Martin is an independent consultant to the travel and tourism industry and has a strong marketing and branding background. He spend many years at the helm of a medium sized travel company which was operating in key European markets and the Middle East. He is now involved in a number of start-ups as well as consulting in the travel, tourism and aviation sector.

As a Fellow of the UK institute of Travel and Tourism, Martin’s opinion is frequently sought both in the UK and internationally..