Our Team

Trustees are ultimately responsible for the decisions and management of the Trust, but they are supported by a part time management team and also use the services of professional advisors as and when appropriate.


Michael Peachey, Chairman

Michael is a Chartered Surveyor who runs his own business. He lives in Warwick and is a co-opted trustee.

Michael chairs the EWC committee and is on the Finance & Investment committee.

John Edwards

John was Finance Director of Jaguar, a number of FTSE 100 companies and finally Director General, Finance at the Government’s Department for Business. He has lived in Warwick since 1971. John is a co-opted trustee. 

John is on the Finance & Investment and the EWC committees.

Rev. David Brown

David started in business but was called into ordained ministry and is now the vicar for St Michael’s, Budbrooke. David lives in Warwick with his wife and four children and is nominated by the Bishop of Coventry. 

David is on the Grants committee.

Marie-Bernadette Ashe

Marie-Bernadette is Group Finance Director for a national company based in Coventry. She lives in Warwick with her husband and three sons. Marie-Bernadette is nominated by Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, where she is a Governor.

Marie-Bernadette is on the Finance & Investment committee.

Neil Thurley

Neil is the Trust’s longest serving trustee. Since the mid 1970's he has seen the Trust transform from a small charity to the substantial one it is today. He has been a Warwick Town Councillor and Mayor, a church warden at St Mary’s and is a former Chairman of Governors at Warwick Independent Schools Foundation. Before retirement he held the post of Principal Surveyor at Warwickshire County Council.

Neil is a co-opted trustee and is on the Grants Committee

Kate Parr

Kate enjoyed a long career in HR for a large corporate law firm. She sits as a Chair on the bench at Birmingham Magistrate Court. Kate was previously a Governor of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation.

Kate is a co-opted trustee and is on the Grants committee.

Steve Copley

Steve is an active member of All Saints, Ladbroke and is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Coventry Diocesan Board of Finance. Before retiring he held a number of Finance Director and Chief Executive roles. Steve is nominated by the Archdeacon of Warwick. 

Steve chairs the Finance & Investment committee.

Ian Furlong

Ian is currently the Senior Leader at Saltisford Church and prior to that he was the Pastor at Castle Hill Baptist Church. He has lived in/near Warwick for 27 years.

Ian is a co-opted trustee and chairs the Grants Committee.

Steve Jobburn

Steve is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and is Chief Executive of a property management company. He lives in Warwick and is a co-opted trustee.

Steve is on the Finance & Investment and the EWC committees.

Sue Grinnell

Sue was the Business Manager at Aylesford School and before that was a science teacher. She has lived in Warwick for 27 years and is a co-opted Trustee.

Sue is on the Grants Committee.

Stephen Cross

Stephen is a local Town Councillor, a former Mayor of Warwick and former Chair of Warwick District Council. He is nominated by Warwick Town Council.

Stephen is on the Grants Committee

Management Team

The day to day management of the Trust is handled by 3 part timers. They operate from offices above Margetts Estate Agents at 12 High Street.

Jonathan Wassall, Clerk & Receiver

Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant and former Finance Director.

He is also the Clerk to the Lord Leycester Hospital and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Warwick and Warwick Court Leet.

Belinda Shuttleworth, Deputy Clerk

Belinda has supported various Clerks for the past 30 years.

Jackie Newton, Accountant

Jackie is a self-employed accountant and has done the accounts for the Trust since 2001.

Professional Advisors

The trustees use a number of specialist advisors. Currently these include:

Legal: Lodders, Eversheds, Gowlings, Brown Jacobson
Planning: Amec
Accounting and Tax: Mazars
Commercial Property: Cushman & Wakefield
Agricultural and Land: Margetts, Savills
Investments: Asset Risk Consultants, Quilter Cheviot, CCLA, Savills Charities Property Fund
Land Development: Catesby Estates