Our Trustees

Andrew Barnett

Andrew Barnett


Andrew has been a Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007. An international charitable foundation with cultural educational, social and scientific interests, the UK branch aims to bring about long-term improvements in wellbeing, particularly for the most vulnerable, by creating connections across boundaries (national borders, communities, disciplines and sectors) which deliver social, cultural and environmental value.

A strong believer in the value of collaboration, Andrew played a major role in the establishment of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Coalition, the Campaign to End Loneliness and the international arts and homelessness movement (With One Voice).

He was a founding director of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and a council member of Collaborate CIC. He is a committee member of Healthwatch England, a director of the Forces in Mind Trust, a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations and a Church Warden at St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street.

He previously served as chair of DV8 Physical Theatre, of Space Studios, group chair of People Can, a trustee of Addaction and director of Yorkshire Metropolitan Housing, among other appointments.

Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he was Director of Policy Development and Communications. He has previously held senior roles at UK Sport, the National Consumer Council, HSBC Holdings, the Arts Council of England and the Foyer Federation for Youth, as well as working for the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need.

Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll MA Cantab

Brian Carroll's career was first as an administrative civil servant in the Treasury and subsequently as Finance Director of Waitrose. On retirement in 2004, he took up appointments in the non-profit sector. He has been a Board member of the L and Q Housing Association and, for one academic year, Interim Bursar of Brasenose College, Oxford.

His principal activity has, however, been as a Church Commissioner and member of its Assets Committee. He is a Commissioners' appointee on the CUF Trust Board. He and his wife, a retired teacher and lecturer, have two grown up daughters, and live near Oxford which enables him to indulge his love of music as a choral singer and audience member.

Trustee Andrew Dorton

Andrew Dorton

Andrew has been employed by the Church of England as Social Responsibility Officer for Hull and East Riding since November 1988. As a one-time local member of the Government’s oversight body of a failing City Council, Andrew is now a City Councillor having been a member of the Delivery Board (executive) of Hull’s Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) in between.

Andrew has several governance roles, Chair, treasurer, trustee, at a number of local voluntary organisations large and small. At the height of voluntary sector funding, he was responsible for the employment of over 80 staff and a turnover of over £2m across these various organisations.

Andrew is also a community activist, working with unpaid and unfunded groups across Hull including, at present, in North Bransholme where he lives. He has major interests in community development work and housing/regeneration, and latterly in ‘municipal land reform’ and the enclosure of welfare.

Andrew is married with two children. For the last twenty years his family have lived on North Bransholme estate, Hull’s outer-most council estate.

Trustee John Iles

John Iles

John has had a career in environmental and urban regeneration as Development Director for the Groundwork Foundation and then as the Regeneration Consultant for Anthony Collins Solicitors based in Birmingham.

John and his wife Linda moved to Uncllys Farm in the Wyre Forest near Bewdley in Worcestershire in 2004. Since then they have worked hard to restore and develop the farm as a modern interpretation of Ruskin’s ideas for within a rural community.

John is an experienced regeneration practitioner and has used his skills to bring about significant improvements at Uncllys and in the wider landscape of the Wyre Forest.

He is active in Bewdley, founding and remaining a director of Bewdley Development Trust to regenerate the town after severe floods in 2000 and then the aftermath of foot and mouth disease.

John was active in the setting up of Thrive Together Birmingham, a CUF/Birmingham Diocese Joint Venture. He chairs the Development Committee and is a CUF Trustee.

John and Linda have two grown-up children Jenny and James.

Philip Fletcher CBE

CUF Trustee

Philip joined the CUF Trustees in 2017, following ten years on the Archbishops’ Council, the central charity trustee body for the Church of England, and a spell as Chair of its Mission and Public Affairs Council. His interest in CUF goes back to its foundation following the Faith in the City Report. He and his wife have lived, brought up a family and ministered (as a Reader) in an inner-city parish in South London for 40 years. Philip’s career was in public service, starting in the Department of the Environment, where he had a variety of responsibilities which over time included urban regeneration issues, land use planning, housebuilding and local government finance. He went on to work in a senior post for the Metropolitan Police Service and finished his full-time career as the head of Ofwat, the economic water regulator. At CUF, Philip chairs the Research and Policy Committee, which helps to ensure that CUF’s programmes are fully evaluated, and the learning applied to future work in and beyond CUF.