Rebecca is currently the Commercial Finance Manager at Haygrove working particularly in the areas of forecasting and margin improvement in additional to the interpretation of the monthly numbers.
Having graduated from Oxford University with a Physiological Sciences degree, Rebecca moved into accountancy as is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). She has previously prepared and audited small and medium sized Charity accounts and is currently enjoying the Caplor leadership programme through Haygrove.
Rebecca is in her element outdoors. She is a keen walker, allotment holder and roller hockey player.
Matthew has a degree in Agricultural Economics and Masters' degrees in both Development Economics and Responsibility & Business Practice. He joined Concern Universal in 1994, working as Programme Coordinator in a then fast-expanding Sierra Leone programme. After a spell in Concern Universal's UK office he became Country Director in Bangladesh. From Bangladesh he relocated to a senior citizens charity in Pennsylvania, USA. He returned to Concern Universal and the UK in 2000, when he was made International Director. He became Chief Operations Officer in 2014. Matthew lives with his family in Herefordshire and has a wide range of interests. He was Chair of Governors at a Primary School in Hereford.
Deputy Chair of the Board
Until recently, Laura was the Global CSR Manager for Jaguar Land Rover. She provideed strategic leadership and led JLR's Global CSR programme, which improved the lives of >1m people through a suite of projects, and was recognised as the ‘Best International Sustainability Programme’ in the 2016 UK CSR Awards. She also oversaw JLR's employee volunteering programme.
Laura has over fifteen years’ experience as a CSR and Sustainability specialist and has held previous roles at PricewaterHouse Coopers and The Co-operative Group. Laura was recognised as a CSR ‘agent of change’ in 2015 by a national awards scheme (ACRE365) and sits on the steering group for the London Benchmarking Group – an organisation that helps guide how organisations can best measure and manage the social value they generate. She is IEMA qualified and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains in 2017 – a course run by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.
Chair of the Board
David is Leader of the Herefordshire Council. Before this he was a solicitor and chartered secretary. He has worked in private practice in the City of London and Birmingham. He worked as an in house lawyer for international companies for over 25 years with a wide brief which enabled him to remain a legal generalist as well as developing an interest in corporate governance, finance and general management. He is also involved in a number of charities.
He is married to Ann and together they have 4 children.
Faaria has spent her career in the charity sector. Currently she works as the International Projects Officer at The Royal College of Pathologists, supporting the professional development of overseas doctors, and supporting global health projects to build pathology and laboratory capacity in low to middle income countries. Prior to this Faaria worked at INASP where the project 'Leading in the Library' introduced her to the Caplor Horizons team. Faaria holds a Geography BSC (Hons) from Kings College London.
William is Co-Founder of The Commitment.
He has a background in private equity as a Senior Partner of Graphite Capital, investing for over 20 years in medium-sized companies in the UK across all sectors of the economy. This work included getting to know companies well and working closely with their management teams to achieve optimal performance.
Over the last 15 years William has diversified. He has held two hands-on chairmanships in the services and manufacturing sectors, working 1-3 days/week for TMP Worldwide and U-POL. He has also taken various roles (chair, trustee, governor, advisor) in NGOs and schools, with a focus on conservation and education. Amongst these he was the chairman of Fairbridge, an NGO working with highly disadvantaged young people. Fairbridge was later merged into the Prince's Trust where he remains on the Council (main board). Since 2008 he has been an advisor to tropical rainforest projects, REGUA in Brazil and TFCG in Tanzania.
Today William works primarily as a consultant to conservation organisations, combining a love of nature with a strong belief that the conservation of biodiversity worldwide is one of the most important challenges facing mankind. His focus is on leadership and strategy, working with current and future leaders to enhance their performance and that of their organisations. In addition to REGUA and TFCG, his clients include the Marine Conservation Society, the Pacuare Nature Reserve and Rainforest Concern.
Gareth Williams has a deep rooted and evolving passion for the sustainability agenda. This has led him to develop from his family farming roots into a diversified rural business that includes a renewable energy business, property rental and farming activity based from Herefordshire. Three generations of the Williams family have operated from Caplor since 1923.
A wide range of skills and expertise are rooted around his passions and experience based on sound academic input and ongoing personal development. An agricultural graduate in 1990, ongoing development centred on; leadership, management, counselling, financial, public speaking, environmental, local council, UK and overseas consultancy. Most recently input from the Herford director forum and Goldman Sachs growth programme at Aston Uni.
Gareth’s renewable energy business - Caplor Energy - is proud to be one of the region’s leading installers by both reputation and market share. Caplor Energy offers innovative community schemes that have allowed a significant number of community organisations to benefit from renewable opportunities.
Caplor Energy has been recognised through a host of local and national awards for their contribution to the community, small business and the sustainability agenda, most recently receiving national accreditation as an NFU supplier.
Professor Sharon Turnbull is a leadership development specialist and academic who has published widely in the field of leadership and human resource development, and whose interests are in global executive development, organisational culture and change.
Sharon has a PhD in Management and an MBA (Distinction) from Lancaster University, where she is now a Senior Research Fellow. She is currently Cycle Director of the International Masters Program in Practicing Management, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Gloucestershire Business School and the University of Worcester Business School.
Sharon is also a Fellow at The Leadership Trust in Ross-on-Wye, UK, having previously been Director and Head of Research there for a number of years.
Her most recent book, written with colleagues from the University of West of England is entitled 'Worldly Leadership: alternative wisdoms for a complex world'.
Peter works as a consultant with NGO boards and senior teams on governance and strategy, primarily in international development. He is based in London and has worked in 24 countries.
Peter’s own Board experience has been mainly with ActionAid from 2002 on the international, UK and Kenya Boards. He was deeply involved in the formation and development of the ActionAid International federation.
Peter’s current focus on climate change echoes his origins as a physicist working on thermonuclear fusion as a long term source of energy with little pollution. He then worked for 25 years in BP in roles that included safety research, long term planning, oil trading, business development in Japan, diversity and recruitment.