Our 12 strong Board of Trustees are led by Acting Chair Lord Walker of Aldringham. Lord Walker took the chair following the death of the Very Reverend Colin Slee, whose vision of peace-building in the UK coupled with a desire to extend the legacy of his friends Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu to the UK was instrumental in the founding of the charity.
General the Lord Walker of Aldringham (Chair)
Michael was Chief of Defence Staff from May 2003 to May 2006. As head of Britain's Armed Forces he was principal adviser to Government on military matters, Director of military operations for the Armed Forces and responsible for the military input to the wider management of defence. He has two in honoris causa degrees, DLL (UEA) and DSc (Cranfield) and is Patron of The British South Africa Police Association, Chairman of the board of Trustees of ABF The Soldiers' Charity, Trustee of Tancred's Charity and President of the Royal Cambridge Home for Soldiers' Widows.
Peter King (Secretary)
Peter King has been a partner of Weil, the international law firm, since 2008. For most of his career he was a partner of Linklaters, having worked there since 1981. His practice is focused on international mergers and acquisitions and other corporate law advice. He is married to Sarah, the Co- ordinator of the Association of English Cathedrals. Peter has a number of links to South Africa and other African countries, through both his work and friends and relations who live there. In such spare time as he has, he is Treasurer of his local Baptist church, a lay preacher and pursues his interests in classical music, cookery and gardening.
Michael Parker CBE (Treasurer)
Michael Parker CBE is our new treasurer – bringing a wealth of professional expertise both as an accountant, lecturer and keen supporter of community development & empowerment.
The Reverend Mpho.A. Tutu
The Rev. Mpho. Tutu is the founding Executive Director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. She is an experienced preacher, teacher and public speaker.
She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She began her ordained ministry at the Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Rev. Tutu co-authored Made for Goodness with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They also co-authored the foreword to Geography of Religion, a National Geographic book. She wrote the foreword of Footprints in the Sand: Caregivers of South Africa and recently co-authored Tutu: The Authorized Portrait, with renowned journalist Alister Sparks.
Rev. Tutu co-authored Made for Goodness with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They also co-authored the foreword to Geography of Religion, a National Geographic book. She wrote the foreword of Footprints in the Sand: Caregivers of South Africa and recently co-authored Tutu: The Authorized Portrait, with renowned journalist Alister Sparks.
Ms Sally Muggeridge
Sally has enjoyed an extensive career in business. Prior to her role as Chief Executive of the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) from 2003 to 2010, Sally was Development Director at Pearson, the global media company and global head of diversity for the Pearson Group. Prior to this, Sally was Human Resources Director, Asia for Cable & Wireless, based in Singapore, Management Development Director for Cable & Wireless plc and held senior marketing appointments with Mercury and BT. Sally is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and is also a qualified marketing professional - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors in the City of London. Sally speaks regularly on marketing and human resource issues and is President of The Malcolm Muggeridge Society. She is also a Trustee of the Foundation for Church Leadership and serves as a member of the Chartered Director Committee for the Institute of Directors.
Mr Eric Grounds
A former soldier, businessman and long-term charity worker, Eric Grounds was until recently the Director of Fundraising and the Director of International Development for Sue Ryder Care. In this latter role, his domain ran from Malawi to Ireland and Italy through the Balkan states to Poland. He served as a magistrate for 21 years and chaired his Bench from 2001 - 2004. He was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 2006/2007. He spent many years engaged in international sport (Olympic Winter Games 1976).
Mrs Edith Slee
Edith is an artist and a teacher specialising in the foundation years. She continues her own arts practice alongside her interests in education; respect and courtesy towards each other and our environment being their common thread. The materials she uses include metal, glass and ceramic - the materials the city is built from - and the earth and found materials of the places where she is working. Edith's late husband, the Very Reverend Colin Slee, was the Founding Chairman of the Tutu Foundation UK.
Mr David Marsden
David is an anthropologist and has been working in international development for the last 30 years. In 1995 he joined the World Bank and managed the Bank's first Social Development Unit, in their New Delhi office. He went on to become lead social development specialist in the South Asia region. His work with the World Bank involved considerable engagement with civil society organisations. In 2002 he spent a year as Research Director at INTRAC, under the World Bank's staff exchange programme. He joined the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg in 2005 where he worked as senior social assessment specialist. He is an accredited member of the Cognitive Edge network. He is based in London and is an associate of INTRAC and a research associate at SOAS.
Professor Gary Craig
Gary Craig is Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at the University of Durham and Emeritus Professor of Social Justice at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. He has worked for twenty years in the Third Sector on large-scale community development projects and at various universities undertaking a range of research into 'race' and ethnicity, local governance, poverty and social exclusion, and community development. He was editor of the Community Development Journal and for nine years President of the International Association for Community Development. He has more than 300 publications to his credit; his latest books are Community Development in Theory and Practice, Social Justice and Public Policy, and Child Slavery Now.
Dr Zola Skweyiya, South African High Commissioner to the UK
A lawyer by training, Zola Skweyiya spent his early career working for the ANC in various offices and capacities. Since his return from exile, he has directed the Department of Legal and Constitutional Affairs. He helped to set up the Centre for Development Studies and the South African Legal Defence Fund, both at the University of the Western Cape. Dr. Skweyiya also serves on the board of trustees of the National Commission for the Rights of Children. He was elected as president of UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations. Dr. Skweyiya was first elected to Parliament in 1994, and he joined the Mandela Cabinet as Minister of Public Service and Administration in the same year. He was moved to the position of Minister of Social Development under President Thabo Mbeki in 1999.
After 15 years in the Cabinet and Parliament, his retirement from both was announced on 6 May 2009, following the April 2009 general election. Dr Zola Skweyiya was appointed by President Zuma to represent the people of the Republic of South Africa as the South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in September 2009.
Lord Paul Boateng
Born in Hackney, of Scottish and Ghanaian descent, Paul Boateng spent his early years (age 4-15) in Ghana before returning to the UK. He became a partner at the law firm B M Birnberg & Co, and as a barrister, he practiced at Eight King's Bench Walk. He was elected to Parliament in 1987, serving as Labour MP for Brent South until 2005. During this time he held numerous positions first in opposition then as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health 1997-98; Home Office: Minister of State (Minister for Criminal Policy) 1998-99, Minister of State and Deputy Home Secretary 1999- 2001; Minister for Young People 2000-01; HM Treasury 2001-05: Financial Secretary 2001-02, Chief Secretary 2002-05. From 2005-2009 he served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa before returning and being elevated to the Lords as Lord Boateng of Akyem and Wembley on 1 July 2010. He is Trustee of the Museum of London, International Youth (Duke of Edinburgh) Award and a Member of the Unified Board, Food for the Hungry.
Lord Ian Blair
Lord Ian Blair of Boughton, who was the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police until 2008, he has written and lectured widely on improving policing, including books on sex crime and community policing.
Dr. Isaac John
Dr. Isaac John, is Deputy Director, research & Development at Ashford and st Peter’s Hospitals NHs Foundation trust and Honorary lecturer at royal Holloway, University of london. He has a special interest in tackling health inequalities and supporting emergent leaders, from historically underrepresented communities, in health & social care.
Ms Michele Salter
Michele salter, is an NHs Finance Director, volunteer & supporter of our work – as well as graduate of our transformative Mediation course.