Gilbert has 30 years’ experience in global financial markets as investment advisor to ultra-high net worth individuals, fund managers financial institutions, banks and charities. He has managed funds for major charities at UBS and established and led the charity proposition at Kleinwort Benson Private Bank. He headed the largest private banking team at Kleinwort with 14 direct reports and over £1 billion of assets under management as well as being a member of the senior management team at Kleinwort. Gilbert has been involved in the UK Charity sector for over 12 years. 

GLORIA BANNER, BA (Hons), PhD. Educationalist with special interest in learning and second language acquisition. Varied administrative experience in schools. Associate member of Education Learning Styles International Network. Education Consultant and President of BFWG. Gloria has published articles in journals such as British Journal of Educational Psychology.
Jane has been a Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Southampton. Her teaching and research is about glaciers, sediments and the Ice Age, as well using Sensor Networks to monitor the environment. She has experience in numerous leadership roles including external examiner of PhD and undergraduate programmes, academic appointment boards and grant committees. She is the current Chair of the Grant Committee.

Rachael is currently a consultant in the field of urban geography. Previously she lectured at the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and has been involved in research throughout her professional life. She has been a member of a number of committees and boards and is committed to women having the chance to maximise their educational potential.



Nest is the BFWG representative on the FfWG Board of Governors responsible for the liaison between the Governors and the Federation. She has considerable experience of the organisation and management of BFWG having served in many capacities at local, regional and national levels over a forty year period. She has been an Executive Member for a number of years and most recently was the Constitutional and Procedural Adviser to the Federation. In her working life her focus was on Law in Education at differing levels.

ANNA FROST, BA (Hons), MA. In her professional life Anna has acquired a wide range of organisational and administrative skills.  She was the General Secretary/Director of the Associated Countrywomen of the World, an international charity and non-governmental organisation, with responsibility for the overall administration of its London-based head office. Anna has also worked as an administrator at the University of London’s Institute of Education which brought her into daily contact with postgraduate students and academic staff. Other employment includes: archive work for the University of London, Warburg Institute, fundraising events organiser for the Leukaemia Research Fund. 


Admitted to practice as a solicitor in Australia, Hong Kong and England & Wales. Alicia is a lawyer and currently a partner at Olswang LLP, with over 25 years’ experience advising companies and their boards or financiers on strategic legal, commercial and financial issues. She has a particular interest in women’s equality and charities working to improve the position of women in disadvantaged situations. She.  She believes that education for women is one of the most critical social issues globally and that it is important that more women achieve senior academic and corporate positions.

JAMES BEARDMORE, BSc, FIA. Current appointed Chairman of the FfWG, James has 30 years’ experience in financial services with insurance companies and consultancies.  He advises pension scheme trustees on investments and funding and has extensive contacts in the higher education and social housing sectors. James is a consulting actuary.