CWMT Trustee Profiles
The Rt. Hon. Sir Mark Waller
Sir Mark and Lady Waller founded the Trust in 1997 after their son, Charlie, took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Sir Mark read law at Durham University before being called to the Bar in 1964. He became a QC in 1979 and was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in 1989. He was Presiding Judge of the North Eastern Circuit from 1992 to 1995. He was Judge in charge of the Commercial Court from 1995 until he was appointed to the Court of Appeal, and hence to the Privy Council, in 1996. He served as Chairman of the Judicial Studies Board from 1999 to 2003, and then as President of the Council of Inns of Court from 2003 to 2006. Sir Mark was Vice-President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division from 2006 to 2010, when he retired from the bench. He then joined Serle Court Chambers as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He also acted as Intelligence Services Commissioner between 1 January 2011 and December 2016. He is a Newcastle United supporter, was an enthusiastic tennis player and now plays golf badly.
During his career at the Evening Press, Robert was named Yorkshire Feature Writer of the Year four years in succession and was honoured in a number of national journalism awards. He was also the paper's restaurant critic, film critic, theatre critic, leader writer and assistant editor. Robert founded Robert Beaumont Associates in 1998, having identified the need for a niche PR agency in Yorkshire, which would combine key journalistic skills with a genuine understanding of the county's business community. He has published two books, one on Giles the cartoonist and one on George Hudson, the Railway King of York.
Gordon Black MBE
A longstanding friend of Sir Mark and Lady Waller, Gordon helped found the Trust. He has more than 50 years’ experience in business and in 2005 was awarded a CBE for his services to business and charity.
Gordon and his older brother, Thomas, joined their father’s business in the 1960s and took it from a turnover of £2 million to more than £250 million, operating in 30 countries and employing almost 4,000 people at its peak. The Peter Black business, based in Keighley, started by producing shopping bags and moved into corduroy slippers for Marks and Spencer, its largest customer, before diversifying further. Gordon’s most recent blockbuster product was the Nutribullet blender. In 2016 Gordon published a book, From Bags to Blenders, which chronicles his decades of business experience. He is married to Louise, with three children and nine grandchildren, and lives in Yorkshire.
Robin has been a Trustee and Treasurer since 2013. He is a retired Chartered Accountant. Having qualified with Moore Stephens he joined Rea Brothers, the listed private banking group, becoming Group Secretary and an Assistant Director of the bank, a Director of the Lloyd’s broking and travel agency subsidiaries and Finance Director and Secretary of Stocklake Holdings PLC, a listed international trading group closely associated with the bank. In 1990 he was appointed Finance Director and Secretary of The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry retiring as Finance Director in 2008. He retains a connection with the Chamber as a Trustee of the Commercial Education Trust of which he was Secretary and Financial Controller from 1990 until becoming a Trustee in 2012. He was educated at Bradfield College and studied at La Sorbonne, Paris and the Universität Heidelberg. A member of The Livery Committee, he is a Past Master of The Clothworkers’ Company and a former Trustee of The Clothworkers’ Foundation. His many interests include sport, current affairs, his local community and gardening.
Dr Nick Broughton
Nick is a psychiatrist by background and has worked as a consultant in forensic psychiatry since 2000. During the course of his consultant career, he has worked in a wide variety of secure settings, including a specialist remand service and a young offenders' institution. Between 2012 and 2014 he was Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group for Secure and Forensic Mental Health Services and was joint Clinical Director and Co-Chair of London's Strategic Clinical Network. He has held a number of managerial positions including Medical Director at the West London Mental Health Trust, one of the largest specialist mental health trusts in the country, and Chief Executive of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in November 2017. Nick is passionately interested in improving mental health services and in particular ensuring that all healthcare is psychologically informed.
Michael retired from the global bank and investment management company BNY Mellon at the end of 2017 after a 35-year career, most recently as Executive Vice President, Executive Committee member and Chairman of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He served two years as the Chairman of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe and was appointed its Independent Chairman with effect from 1 January 2018. He chairs the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Michael is a member of the Advisory board for the City Mental Health Alliance.
William de Laszlo
William is the founder and CEO of Agathos Management LLP, a boutique and dynamic London-based investment fund supporting and serving UK SMEs to help fulfil their potential. The Agathos team have a breadth of experience, knowledge and skill in the private equity arena, with a focus on partnering with management teams to create long term sustainable value. William and Agathos strongly believe in supporting charitable causes to bring about lasting positive change. William has been affiliated with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust for many years, and has seen first-hand the positive impact the charity has made on so many people’s lives. William has a First-Class MBA from Oxford University and is a former Captain with the Grenadier Guards, where he was awarded two Operational Service Medals. In 2005, William rowed around the coast of Great Britain for GB Row, setting a world record and raising over £100,000 for charity. His passions and interests include his family, running, swimming in the Serpentine, social ventures, economic empowerment, education and the arts.
Mark became the greatest of friends with Charlie Waller at Radley College and they continued to Durham University together before sharing a house in Fulham. Mark started his career in entertainment and journalism at GLR and BBC regional newsrooms before becoming a researcher. He moved to Sky Sports and now presents a wide range of programmes. He currently fronts Channel 5's Premiership Rugby coverage and BT Sport's rowing. Previously he has worked on ITV's Rugby World Cup, BBC's National Lottery, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, This Morning and Hell's Kitchen – Extra Portions
Dr Mina Fazel
Mina is an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry and a Consultant Psychiatrist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Mina has significant experience of developing school-based mental health services for children in Oxfordshire secondary schools and seeks to maximise children's emotional, cognitive and social development. Refugee mental health needs have been a longstanding interest for Mina who has studied the epidemiology of risk and protective factors for mental health problems in refugee children.
Charlie has been a Trustee of CWMT for 10 years. He works for Goldman Sachs where he is responsible for the U.K. Corporate Broking and ECM businesses. He has worked in Investment Banking for over 20 years. He lives in London with his family.
As a dyslexic, James left school with very few qualifications, but worked for several small businesses, initially in telecoms engineering and then in sales. It was following the deregulation of the telecoms industry that he established Alternative Networks which went on to become a key channel partner to many of the main tech brands, including Vodafone, O2, BT, BlackBerry, Samsung, Microsoft and Apple. Alternative’s journey continued at a time of enormous technological importance, riding on a wave of mobile telephony, the internet, the cloud, and the ability to communicate from anywhere, at any time. Having founded the company in 1994 with £4,500 James developed it into one of the principal independent communications and technology service providers in the B2B sector, listing on AIM in 2005, acquiring several businesses, employing over 600 people nationwide, and finally being acquired by the Daisy Group in December 2016 for £185 million.
A former winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’, James remains a keen advocate of entrepreneurism and the development and progress of business start-ups. He is also a passionate sponsor of special needs education and learning support.
Professor Roz Shafran
Roz is Professor of Translational Psychology at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, a member of the Health Professions Council and an accredited therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. She is a former associate editor of 'Behaviour Research and Therapy' and currently serves on the NIHR HTA Mental Health panel and is a NICE Expert Advisor. Her clinical research interests include dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological treatments in children and young people and she has particular expertise in obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and perfectionism.
Roz founded the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidenced Based Psychological Treatment in 2007 at the University of Reading and was its Director until 2012. The Institute is part funded by the Trust and has developed a range of postgraduate certificate and diploma courses, largely associated with the Government's 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' Programme. Roz works part-time; she is married with three children and three cats.
Sue Shenkman was educated at Millfield School and UCL. She then pursued a career in politics, PR, marketing and political lobbying. Her middle child, Melissa, suffered from the age of 8 from depression. Finally, unable to cope aged 20, she took her own life while at university. Soon after Sue found CWMT through buying Christmas cards at her local church and has enjoyed a long association with the Charity since 2006. She lives in London and Dorset and is a keen horsewoman.
Phil is Charlie’s youngest brother. He trained as a teacher in Bristol and spent his first three years of teaching at Northcote Lodge, a Prep School in the South West of London. Following this, he went to work for Sky Sports Television for three years, working in golf production. An opportunity in Sydney took Phil to Australia, to follow his love for wine and art. He helped to set up the United Lifestyle Group. Following this, he started his own company, in2Arts International, which held exhibitions in China. In 2010, he returned to the UK for a role at Cranleigh Prep School. Phil is Head of Drama and Future Schools Advisor, teaches Humanities, English and Sport and thoroughly enjoys the diversity. He takes an active interest in mental health and education. He enjoys tennis, and like his father plays a pretty terrible game of golf.
Richard Waller QC
Richard, whose brother was Charlie Waller, joined 7KBW Barristers in 1994, following the completion of his pupillage, and has been practising as a commercial barrister since then. He specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting both as an advocate and in an advisory capacity. His practice covers all areas of commercial law, with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, shipping, civil fraud, banking and finance, energy, professional negligence and general commercial disputes.
Iain writes comedy and drama for TV and film. He wrote on the Channel Four show HUMANS, wrote and directed OSCAR AND JIM which won awards in festivals around the world and has original series in development in the US and UK. Iain was educated at Trinity College Cambridge. He lives in Dorset with Emily and their daughters Frankie and Maddy.