Patron and Trustees

  • Professor Joy Carter, CBE - Patron

    Professor Joy Carter, CBE Patron of Minstead Trust

    Patron of Minstead Trust

    Professor Joy Carter, CBE, is Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winchester. She is an academic with research based in Geochemistry and Health and was a former President of the international society in her field.

    Professor Carter is the current Chair of Guild HE, and for many years served on the Universities UK Board. Professor Carter currently chairs three further national bodies, The Church of England’s Steering Group for their Foundation for Educational Leadership, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Steering Group (SPA) and the Governing Body of a national sport (England Squash).

    She is a former Chair of the Cathedrals Group of Universities. As an ambassador for higher level skills and vocational learning, she chaired the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) for six years. Professor Carter is a Board member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

    In 2013, Professor Carter was invited to become a representative of the Lord Lieutenant and is now a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Hampshire. Professor Carter is passionate about all aspects of equality and has particular interests in widening participation, sustainability and animal welfare.

  • Elizabeth Selby - Chair

    Elizabeth Selby Chair of Trustees

    Chair of Trustees

    I was born and brought up in Brecon, in Mid Wales. After graduating from Loughborough University, I qualified as a chartered Librarian and worked for many years for Vickers PLC as head of their Technical Library and later as Head of Marketing. I then moved to work at Southampton Solent University and I enjoyed a very varied and enjoyable career there. My role for the last 10 years was as Dean of the Learning and Information Service managing a team of over 200 staff, supporting students in areas such as IT, employability, learning technologies, library services and student services. I retired from full time work in 2016 and was delighted to be appointed as a Trustee at Minstead Trust.

    I enjoy meeting with staff, students, families and carers to understand fully the work of the Trust and the challenges it faces so that I am able to help it to develop and grow. I have lived in the New Forest for over 30 years and I am married with two adult sons.

  • Graham Waters - Deputy Chair

    Graham Waters, Deputy Chair of Trustees, Minstead Trust

    Deputy Chair

    After retiring from Ordnance Survey, I wanted a complete change so I volunteered to work at Furzey Gardens from 2010. I really enjoy working with the students and maintain my role as a volunteer.

    Later I was asked to become a trustee for Furzey Gardens, then following the proposed merger of the Minstead Training Trust and Furzey Gardens I was fortunate enough to be invited to become a trustee there too.

    I am maintaining my special interest in representing Furzey Gardens as a place where students can interact with the public allowing them to broaden their horizons.

    Since 2014 I have worked with Age UK, seconded to the Care Quality Commission, inspecting care homes. This work keeps me up to date with the latest quality guidance the CQC expect.

  • Richard Woolgar

    Richard Woolgar Trustee


    I spent 30 years working for various local authorities in the south of England in administrative and managerial posts and I am now retired. In 1995 I became a Magistrate and sit in the Magistrates Court specialising in adult and youth court work.

    Having joined the Minstead Trust in 2005 as a volunteer I was adopted onto the board of Trustees in 2007, initially responsible for Health and Safety.

  • David Clutterbuck

    David Clutterbuck, Trustee


    I am a management author, specialising in mentoring, coaching and leadership. Also, a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam, Oxford Brookes and York St John Universities. My son has been at the Trust for 6 years and has benefited greatly from the supportive environment, gradually making steps towards greater independence. I was struck from the beginning by the unique ethos and environment of Minstead and in 2014 I joined the Trustees to help preserve and extend it.

  • Amanda Dixon


    My involvement with the Minstead Trust started in 2007 when my daughter Jenna moved into the residential services at the Lodge. I was appointed to the position of Trustee in 2013. For over 30 years I worked in the NHS with my most recent post being in Hampshire working with children and young people who have a range of complex needs.

    Having recently retired, I continue to live in Salisbury with my husband and am able to pursue my interest which include; our dog, 11 chickens, gardening, walking, photography and baking.

  • Zahid Nawaz

    Zahid Nawaz Trustee


    I work for the Chief Investment Officer team for HSBC Global Asset Management UK, based both in London and Whiteley. I have over 25 years investment management experience, covering investment strategy, and private client portfolio management, and I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

    In recent years I have focussed on process and project management, and I recently  gained  the Project Manager Professional qualification. My family have lived in Chandlers Ford for many years, and as a Muslim it is important to me to give back to the local community.

    I have previous voluntary experience, as a school governor at the Hiltingbury Junior School in Chandlers Ford for 10 years. Minstead Trust provides a valuable service, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to assist their hard working team.

  • Jo Grunwell

    Jo Grunwell, Trustee


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  • Olivia MacDonald

    Olivia MacDonald, Trustee


    I was born in the USA and spent the rest of my childhood in Egypt, Bahrain, Luxembourg and Syria – as well as at boarding school in the UK.

    I continued to travel as an adult and have lived in the USA, Saudi Arabia, Israel and most recently Germany, where I served on the Board of the Berlin British School.

    I have specialised in learning support for children with Down Syndrome – previously as a 1:1 LSA in mainstream schooling and now as a tutor on maths-related life skills.


  • Robert Stirling

    Robert Stirling, Trusteee


    I was born in London in 1959 and am married with twin boys, born in 1994.  In 1983 I commenced a career in the City of London as a fund manager specialising in the bond markets, managing investments for clients including corporate pension funds and charities.  I retired from full-time employment in 2007, but continued to work in finance as a non-executive director.

    My desire to engage with charities for people with learning disabilities stems from the fact that my son Rory was born with Down’s Syndrome, and my retirement in 2007 gave me the chance to do so.

    I have been a Charity Trustee serving on boards and finance committees since 2007, for the Goldsmiths’ Company in London (2007 – 11), Robert Owen Communities in Devon (2010 – 16) and the Downs Syndrome Association in London since 2010.

    I became a Trustee of Minstead Trust in 2017.  Rory is a residential student at Minstead, and is happy and fulfilled as never before.  His first words on coming to stay with us are “when am I going back to Minstead?”.  I very much want to do whatever I can.

    Otherwise, I split my time between family homes in London and Cornwall, following Chelsea FC and fly fishing.


  • Mike Dutton

    Mike Dutton Trustee


    A professionally qualified Trainer, OD/HR Consultant and Executive Coach with board level experience in the Engineering and Oil and Gas sectors. Professional, diplomatic and highly motivated with excellent training, coaching and project management skills and a proven track record of delivering high quality interventions at a personal and organisational level.

    Mike has designed and delivered Management and Leadership Training for a number of blue-chip clients (including Rolls-Royce, Goodwood, Barclays, Siemens, Cobham and Curtiss-Wright). These events have ranged from entry level courses (for new graduates) through to senior management courses covering (amongst many) strategy setting, innovation, leadership and decision making.  Mike has also designed and delivered modules on a number of MBA/MSc programmes as well as guest lecturing on HR/OD matters at the Universities of Southampton, Portsmouth and  Oxford Brookes.

  • Ian Clarke


    I spent much of my career as a management consultant based in London, and before retiring was a regional fundraising advisor for 400 local charities for nearly a decade, overseeing more than £20m of voluntary income a year.

    In the past I have been a trustee of various national charities like The Children’s Society, Scripture Union and SAT-7 UK Trust, and also of the Church’s Pension Board.

    I moved to Hampshire in 2014, and currently help to mentor small and medium-sized charities through schemes organised by the Small Charities Coalition and the Cranfield Trust.