Our Trustees

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Many of our Trustees have a strong connection with MacIntyre and our frontline services, whether through having relatives supported by us or as parents of disabled children and adults themselves. Our Chairman, John Berriman, is the brother one of the first people supported by MacIntyre.

Giving generously of their time, the expertise and specialist skills our Trustees bring in medical, legal, financial, education, risk management, property, sales & marketing and general management ensure the strength of our financial performance, the quality of our people, our values and service standards, and our ability to reinvest in the sector and charitable activities.


John Berriman, Chairman

John Berriman has chaired MacIntyre since late 2003. His brother James has been supported by MacIntyre since the foundation of the charity 50 years ago. John has held governance roles with MacIntyre charities for over 30 years.

John is the global Chief Operating Officer and Board member of the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He is a former senior advisory partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he was also a Board member and Chief Operating Officer.

John is a Council and Executive Committee member at the Institute for International Relations (Chatham House). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK.

Adam Goldstein

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

Adam is currently Chief Operating Officer of a large multi-academy trust. Previously he was a management consultant for eight years, advising on large government programmes. His prior experience included a policy role 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 was previously an independent director of MacIntyre Academies Trust. He is currently co-chair of his local voluntary sector infrastructure charity, CommUNITY Barnet.

Rosemary Hart

Rosemary currently chairs the Audit and Risk committee of MacIntyre and is a member of the Property committee.

Rosemary is a non practicing solicitor. She is 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.

Dr Dragana Josifova

Dragna is a member of the Education committee. She has been a consultant in clinical genetics at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust for over 12 years.

Her clinical expertise is in the genetics of epilepsies and neurodevelopmental disorders, a large group of aetiologically varied conditions, frequently associated with intellectual disability, autism and behavioural difficulties. Dragana brings the medical, psychological and humanistic aspects of these conditions to MacIntyre’s holistic approach to the children and adults whom we support.

Dragana is an active researcher and has been involved in the discovery of new genes associated with neurological disorders. She is a Senior lecturer at King’s College London and holds a leadership role in undergraduate education in her field.

Neil Macmillan

Neil has been a MacIntyre Trustee since late 2007. He has a particular interest in Education and is both the chair of the Education committee and also chairs MacIntyre Academies Trust.

Neil’s expertise is in risk management in financial services. He has held a number of executive positions in both the Banking and Insurance sectors, including at 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 currently sits on the Boards of a number of companies as an independent Non Executive Director.

Pam Meek

Pam joined the Board as a Trustee in 2016. She has a younger brother, Graham, who has been supported in residential care for nearly 20 years by MacIntyre in Great Holm, Milton Keynes.

Pam has had nearly 25 years’ experience in teaching. Since 2003, Pam has been the Deputy Headteacher of Church Crookham Junior School, which is a successful four-form entry school in Hampshire. Her role has included being a governor at the school. Since June 2016, Pam has taken on the role of Acting Headteacher.

Pam is a member of the Education Committee.

Nikki Williams Ellis MBE

Nikki has been involved with MacIntyre governance for over 30 years. Her brother Richard has been supported by MacIntyre since it was founded. Nikki chairs the MacIntyre Property committee and was the first chair of the former MacIntyre Housing Association.

Nikki was a founding partner and managing director of Commercial Estates Group, which specialises in the investment and development of commercial and residential properties throughout the UK.

Since 2004 Nikki has concentrated on her own family interests and her charity work. She is a Trustee of the UCLH charity, where she also chairs the Property sub committee, and RCSF, a charity which is building in Rwanda. Nikki was awarded an MBE in 2016.

Ruth Smyth

Ruth joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Remuneration & Wellbeing Committee. Her brother in law James is supported by MacIntyre in Great Holm, Milton Keynes.

Ruth is the Director of People Capital for Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) where she has worked for 10 years. She is responsible for the strategic direction of People Capital including Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, HR, Citizenship 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 (CIPD).

Duncan Strachan

Duncan has been involved with various MacIntyre charities for most of the last 30 years. His sister Rowena has been supported by MacIntyre since it opened Wingrave School in 1974.

Duncan is a Solicitor who practices in Bedfordshire and specialises in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Inheritance Tax planning, Powers of Attorney and related private client matters. He is presently a Town Councillor in Biggleswade. 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 Special School, Biggleswade.

Duncan currently chairs the Remuneration & Wellbeing Committee.

Rachel Taylor

Rachel joined the MacIntyre Trustee Board in 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), working with government and public sector clients supporting them with financial, risk, control and assurance services. 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 trustee roles across education and employment charities.

Martin Zahra

Martin sits on the Audit & Risk Committee and 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 spent 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.

Role of Trustees

At MacIntyre, our Trustees are responsible for ensuring we remain focussed on relentlessly meeting service levels, managing resources, mitigating risk and operating within our financial limits. They ensure that our financial position and ability to meet our charitable objectives and commitments to the large number of disabled and vulnerable children, young people and adults and their families we support are not compromised.

Trustee Business

Our Trustees meet in full at bi-monthly Board meetings where Directors present to the Board on their specific areas of responsibility and at the half-year when they are taken through the specific details of the charity’s operational performance.

Full Board meetings are also held once a year where the Director team and Trustees come together to debate and collectively agree MacIntyre’s long term strategy.

Trust Committees

Audit & Risk

Reviewing finance, audit, risk and health & safety matters. Chaired by Rosemary Hart and includes Trustees Rachel Taylor and Martin Zahra.


Reviewing MacIntyre’s education services: strategy, collaboration between MacIntyre Care and MacIntyre Academies Trust, legislative and regulatory oversight. Chaired by Neil Macmillan and includes Trustees Adam Goldstein, Dragana Josifova and Pam Meek.


Reviewing major property moves and new builds. Chaired by Nikki Williams Ellis and includes Trustee Rosemary Hart.

Remuneration & Wellbeing Committee

Reviewing Director reward, staff reward levels and the annual staff survey. Chaired by Duncan Strachan and includes Trustees Denise Cockrem, Nikki Williams Ellis and Ruth Smyth.

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