The Commonwork Trust is a registered charity. The board of Trustees meet four times a year

The Trustees are responsible for ensuring all activities funded by the Trust meet its registered charitable aims. They oversee, monitor and evaluate the organisation's work to ensure activities efficiently and effectively serve these aims. They work alongside the Commonwork Director who also attends the quarterly meetings.

Anna has 20+ years of legal experience across the public, private and charitable landscape. She spent the first 10 years of her career working at law firms in Sydney, New York and London on corporate and commercial matters. She moved in-house in 2010 and, in 2016, pivoted towards mission driven work on innovation and sustainability. As General Counsel of EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading public/private initiative for climate change innovation, research and education, she built the legal and procurement functions from scratch, in 2021 was shortlisted for In-house Legal Team of the Year under the ESG and Sustainability Category by the Financial Times. In late 2021, seeking a new challenge, Anna joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, now the largest NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, to lead a legal department and team focused on innovation and commercialisation. 

Anna has a Master of Laws from Yale Law School (USA) and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales (Australia). Anna is a qualified lawyer in four jurisdictions - England and Wales (UK), New York (USA), Ireland (EU) and New South Wales (Australia) - and is published in the field of corporate governance and public/private innovation. She acts as a trustee and volunteer for a number of different local charities in the innovation and education sectors and, in a prior life, was a radio presenter for human rights legal despatches.  

In her spare time, Anna enjoys trail running in the Kent countryside, including the footpaths around Bore Place. Her husband, three kids and puppy also send her running in a very different way.

Formerly Vice President and Director, Global Journal Content Management, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

I have retired from academic publishing after 40 years in the industry. I was previously responsible for the operational management of approximately 1600 learned journals across all the major academic disciplines.

 As a Trustee, I contribute my knowledge of the corporate business environment and experience of running large, global teams. In my spare time, I also make handmade books which have been exhibited widely and are held in collections in the UK, US, Pakistan and Germany. I am a member of the Letter Exchange, a churchwarden and Vice-Chair of trustees of the Crafts Study Centre.

 I am a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit and Health and Safety and People Committees.

Emma started her career as a consultant in Investment Banking. She has led complex regulatory projects at UBS, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse in both London and New York, focusing on both derivative trading and corporate finance. Emma moved into Asset Management 5 years ago, and is currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer of Rathbones Asset Management division, overseeing £13 billion of investment.

Emma moved to a neighbouring village of Bore Place in 2020 and is excited to use her delivery experience to support Bore Place to achieve its Strategic Plan. 

Hannah Bird is a Wellcome Trust Clore Fellow with 15 years’ experience of developing new programmes and strategy across cultural, educational and scientific organisations.

She is delighted to support Commonwork Trust in their strategic ambition to ensure visitors to Bore Place consider their relationship with and impact on the natural world. She brings experience of leading cross-disciplinary climate change expeditions in the Arctic and Andes for Cape Farewell - producing artworks, events and films with the BBC, Southbank Centre, Tate, Eden Project and Natural History Museum, directing the Culture & Climate Change Networked Residency Programme for Open University and University of Sheffield, and undertaking a residency at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab exploring the role of creativity in the pursuit of scientific knowledge.

Hannah has a keen interest in encouraging good governance and leadership across the Charity Sector. She sits on the steering group for Get Creative and her consultancy Bird & Gorton, in collaboration with Cornwall Museums Partnership was one of 13 organisations awarded DCMS funding in 2019 to devise and deliver a programme of activity building Digital Leadership capacity at board and senior management level. Other governance and leadership consultancy includes work with cities, large and small arts organisations, museums, universities, funders and creative businesses including National Theatre, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Midlands4Cities and Clore Leadership Programme. She enjoys working within a rich network of cultural leaders to bring the right people and ideas together to imagine new and better solutions to complex challenges.

Jas Rai is Head of People/HR at the British Library and she brings over 15 years’ experience in HR, Talent, Development and Resourcing. Prior to joining the British Library as the Global Head of Talent in Japan, Jas' background was mainly in Engineering, focusing on the future of engineering and skills in the UK.

Jas joined the British Library in August 2020, in the midst of the pandemic and at a time when the British Library had made a clear commitment to become an anti-racist organisation. HR has really been at the front line in the last year, having to become experts in mental health, wellbeing, diversity, inclusion, future ways of working, health and safety, technology, burnout and hybrid/ remote working, developing policies overnight to support people. The pace has been incredible, but what an incredible and opportune moment to drive change in what we do and how we do it.

I was born in London in 1932 and educated at Sherborne School for Girls and Somerville College, Oxford, where I read Classics. In 1955 I married Neil Wates, and we went on to have five children (of whom Edward is the eldest). I've worked in several voluntary organisations, and as a Juvenile Court magistrate in inner London, setting up projects such as a Family Day Care programme in Brixton. As a result of this work I became concerned about the powerlessness and waste of talent of ‘ordinary’ people, and Neil and I were also convinced that the exploitation of natural resources, unfair world trade and the materialism of our culture would lead to an environmental disaster unless our whole attitude changed.

This led to the setting up of Commonwork at Bore Place and we also became Quakers. In 1983-5, in order to better equip myself as a trustee, I took a second degree in Public Policy Studies at Bristol University’s School of Advanced Urban Studies, and received the qualification of Master of Science, which has proved useful and valuable. After Neil died, I acted as director of Commonwork for a short period, have been a Trustee since 1978 and have taken on the role of Trustee Emeritus since February 2017.

Former Director of Environment and Waste, Kent County Council (retired 2012)

Hailing from rural Norfolk originally I have lived and worked in Kent over the past 40 years. As a Trustee I contribute knowledge and senior experience of the public sector business, staff and project management environments, and local government political arena. I bring wide experience of ecology, environment and waste issues, services, contract management and 'public good' projects. Post retirement I have several other voluntary capacity roles, including as a conservation volunteer.

Dr Lindsay Pamphilon has worked in FE for over 25 years and as a senior manager for more than 12 years. Having previously worked as a Landbased Principal in Kent with over site of the College Farm, Horticultural unit and residential provision. Lindsay is now the Group Principal of an FE College in Surrey and South Croydon covering  Further & Higher Education and Apprenticeships. Lindsay originally trained as an Environmental Scientist and carried out her PhD in Biological Control.

Lindsay is the Vice Chair of the Trust.

I started my career with the "big 4" accountancy firm PwC, where I qualified as a chartered accountant working within both the audit practice and the Transaction Services M&A division.

 I've spent the majority of my career in large financial services organisations in London, focusing on commercial finance roles across Investment, Corporate and Retail Banking, as well as asset management and life insurance. My experience has included the running of large transformation programmes as well as strategic business partnering. 

I'm currently the CFO of the Heritage business at M&G plc, a FTSE 100 savings and investments business as well as the Finance Trustee with responsibility for Charing the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee at Bore Place. 


In the first part of my career I held a number of senior positions at the Lloyds Banking Group. In 2007 I became the Group’s first Sustainable Development Director and then took on an expanded role where I was responsible for Group-wide initiatives including business ethics, vulnerable customers, ‘green economy’, third sector partnerships and social entrepreneurship. I worked closely with the Bank’s Board, investors, the Government, key suppliers as well as corporate clients. I was also interim CEO of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

In addition to Commonwork Trust, I am also a Trustee of Oasis Community Learning which is one of the largest academy school groups in the UK. Other posts held include Senior Associate and Academic Tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the Deputy Chairman of the London Sustainable Development Commission and an elected member of the steering group of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. I am a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

I currently chair the Board and the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.

I spent my early career in direct farm management both with the private farmers and also with the Co-operative Wholesale Society.

Since 1992 I have worked as a farm advisor and for the last 18 as an independent consultant. I specialise in providing advice to organic dairy and arable farming businesses, helping clients to develop their organic farms to remain profitable but deliver the wider benefits of organic farming in the form of high quality food, enhancing bio diversity and reducing the harmful effects of agriculture.

I have been involved at Bore Place as a technical advisor to the farm for over 10 years. More recently this has also included providing more strategic advice to the Farm Manager and Director.

I became a Trustee at Bore Place in 2017, and in addition to my professional role I am keen to see greater engagement between farmers and the general public, helping farmers to communicate the benefits of organic farming.

Away from work I am a keen walker and cyclist and have a passion for the natural environment and conservation of our landscape.

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