Bill Bell

I am a Chartered Engineer who spent my career in the Chemical Industry living in both UK and overseas. Ultimately as a member of the executive team I was responsible for managing the development and licensing of process technology worldwide travelling extensively on all continents. This involved leading complex negotiations through to conclusion of many long-term licensing deals with major companies working with a wide range of different nationalities and cultures.

Having retired in 2006 I volunteer for ‘Fix the Fells’, and I have been a member of Friends of Calvert Trust committee since 2009. I was appointed Treasurer for 2014 and was elected Chairman in 2015.

I became a Trustee in 2012 since when my commercial experience has been put to good use creating awareness and raising funds for LDCT from Cumbrian companies and in 2016 I led the Go Herdwick Public Art Project which ultimately raised £225K.

I live in Applethwaite with my wife Alison and we have two married sons who work in London. We have 3 grandchildren.

Bill Bell is one of our trustees

Cherryl Fitzgerald

Born and brought up in Sussex with 2 brothers. Went to school in Kent and had a horsey childhood resulting in riding event horses to a high standard.

Moved to Geneva after acquiring a Swiss stepmother and 2 swiss stepsisters. Qualified to teach French, interpret and translate.

Moved to London (met Hugh) and worked for Time Off organising up market city breaks to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Bruges. I continued to work for Time Off after marriage to Hugh in 1972.

We moved to live near Lancaster and then to Cumbria. We have 3 grown up children and 4 grand children.

I did free lance translating and ran a catering service with 2 friends but the re appearance of horses and acting as assistant trainer rather took over.

I volunteered at the Calvert stables and was asked to join the Stables Trustees when they were a separate charity from the LDCT and succeeded  John Fyer Spedding as Chairman when he retired. The stables were taken back into the main LDCT and I was asked to be a trustee of the LDCT.

I volunteer at the stables every week and so am able to keep in touch with what is happening there.

I am secretary of our local point to point which entails organising the event to jockey club requirements, securing sponsorship etc.

I ride out most days in the winter and we go racing as much as possible now that Hugh has retired.

Cherryl Fitzgerald is one of our trustees

Christine Sheldon

Christine joined as a Trustee of LDCT in November 2016.  Her experience is in private sector industry, most recently as a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she led the firm’s relationships with some of the largest clients in the Midlands. Her skills include business strategy, business case development, client relationship management, marketing and business development.  Previously, she worked with Procter & Gamble in Newcastle as Group Marketing Director. In this role, she led the test introduction of Pampers disposable nappies into the UK, creating a new market sector.

She has a long association with the Lake District and relocated to Applethwaite with her husband Ray in 2012.   She has two daughters.   She has worked extensively with young people during a long career as a Guide Leader, Outdoor Activity/Camp advisor and International Travel leader.  She enjoys walking with her 2 cocker spaniels, playing golf and is an active member of Keswick Rotary Club.

Christine Sheldon is one of our trustees

Mark Winfield

Employment: Barclays Bank Plc 1978 – 2016.  I started as a new entrant and progressed on  the standard career path through various departments and branches until appointed as a small business manager in 1991. I currently undertake 2 roles within my title as International Business Banking Manager; firstly a corporate manager responsible for a portfolio of customers in the Rugby area with a turnover of between £500k and £4m and secondly as specialist international manager for Warwickshire. I have recently qualified as a Certified International Trade Advisor. In 2016 I took the opportunity to take early retirement.

Rotary: I joined Rotary in 1996 and became involved in The Calvert Trust as a helper with the group that District 1070 have brought to the centre since 1995. I am now the district organiser for the week responsible for promoting the event and liasing with the clubs wishing to participate. In 2016 I fulfilled my commitment to be President of the Club.

School Governor: I became a school governor of Meadowside Infants School in 1994 and continued until 2013. I was chair of the Finance and Resources committee from about 1996 onwards and Vice Chair from 2001. F&R is responsible for the financial control of the school and the management of resources including staff. During my tenure I was lead governor in the amalgamation of Meadowside Infants and Junior Schools into one entity Meadowside Primary School.

Personal: I am a dyed in the wool supporter of Northampton Saints RFC and until a recent back injury was a regular golfer. I regularly walk and read but not as often as I would like. Since retiring I have taken up road cycling taking part in organised events currently up to 100km.

Mark Winfield is one of our trustees

Claire Hensman

Claire Hensman, brought up in Somerset, both parents were GPs. Law degree from LSE followed by short career in investment departments of M&G and NM Rothschild.

1975-1978 Member of Management Committee of Notting Hill Housing Trust (Western Area)

Moved with Peter, her husband, and young family to Cumbria in 1980, because of his family connections in Lake District.

1988-98 NHS involvement: Non-Exec Director of S Cumbria Health Authority, Westmorland Hospital NHS Trust.

1987-08    General Commissioner of Income Tax

1995- 04    Lay member of the Lord Lieutenant’s Advisory Committee for Magisterial Appointments (S East Area Panel)

1995-2006 Member of Council of Lancaster University becoming Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Hon. Fellow.

2002-   Member of Carlisle Cathedral Advisory Finance Committee and Development Trust

2007/8 High Sheriff of Cumbria

2010- Non-Exec Director University of Cumbria.

Trustee of various local charities mainly involved with young and/or disadvantaged people:

1980-2010 (except for 2 years).The Bendrigg Trust (chairman twice)

2008-12 Shannon Trust volunteer (literacy programme in HMP Haverigg).

2009-    President CADAS (drugs & Alcohol).

2009-13 Trustee Step by Step Cumbria (addiction).

2004-13 Trustee Frieda Scott Charitable Trust (grant making in S Lakes)

2013- Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria and now involved in public and voluntary organisations all around Cumbria.

Claire Hensman is one of our trustees

Corinna Cartwright

I recently retired as Head Teacher at James Rennie School and Communication College. I am married with three children all of whom now hold successful professional positions in their world of work. My husband is Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Cumbria.


Education Experience


·      Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Head Teacher at James Rennie School and Communication College 1994-2012. James Rennie School provides specialist provision for pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties including students with challenging behaviours, disabilities, hearing and visual impairment, serious medical conditions and mental ill health.

·      Our school achieved an Outstanding Ofsted 2011 whilst I was Head Teacher (previously Good)

·      I held a position on the National Steering Group for Special Schools.

·      I am the author of a book “Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties” (Bloomsbury).

·      The school achieved 99% on Independent Health and Safety Audit under my leadership

·      The school maintained a balanced budget throughout my headship.

·      I worked as a developer of national materials for training special needs teachers.

·      I had numerous experiences of project managing large and successful building projects.

·      I worked with my chair of governors to lead a very successful Governing Body.

·      I lead on issues such as the Pupil Premium Budget, the school target setting data, an award winning study support programme, management planning, self evaluation.

·      Trained as a Special School, School Improvement Partner in 2008.

·      I wrote yearly School Development Plans and School Improvement Plans.

·      I trained to Level 3 in Child Protection and delivered training to staff.

·      I was Team Teach (physical intervention) trained from 1999/2012.

·      I was a member of the local Schools Organisation Committee both local and county.

·      I spoke regularly at Conferences – local, Regional, national and international.

·      I accompanied numerous groups on Calvert Trust and similar holidays with students from the school.

·      I developed an extensive programme of extra curricular clubs and activities and won national recognition for this programme.

·      I have worked as a Governor for William Howard School, attend our local primary school to listen to readers and read for the Talking Newspapers for the Blind. Until recently I worked on the Board of Trustees of Prism Arts and whilst at James Rennie the Board of Cumbria Arts in Education.

·      I am a keen walker, swimmer and potter.



·      2nd Class Honours Degree in Geography (Sussex University)

·      SRN with honours from St Thomas’s Hospital (later converted to RGN)

·      Diploma of Nursing (1980)

·      PGCE in Primary Education with distinction (Charlotte Mason)

·      Post Graduate Diploma in Severe Learning Difficulties (Birmingham University)

·     Regular training in areas such as educational visits, health and safety, child protection, national initiatives in special school education etc

·      Reading Intervention Teacher (2002)

Corinna Cartwright is one of our trustees

Giles Mounsey-Heysham

Giles inherited the Castletown Estate just north of Carlisle at the age of 21 which he still runs. In parallel, he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and was with Cluttons for 35 years (part of the time in London) then Smiths Gore and now Savills. His professional career has involved buying agricultural estates for city institutions and pension funds in the 70s, selling them in the 80’s, running Cluttons Country

House Department, undertaking land management throughout the UK and specialising in Strategic Reviews both here and abroad as well as inter-generational change. He was responsible for the estate side of The Burghley House Preservation Trust for over 20 years.

In addition, he has various Trusteeships and Non-Executive Directorships. He is a Past Master of the Grocers Livery Company and sits on the Historic House Association Tax Committee. The Estate involves various let properties and an in hand farm with arable, beef and sheep. It includes the internationally important Rockcliffe Marsh on the Solway Firth. He is married to Penelope and they have three sons and a daughter.

Giles Mounsey-Heysham is one of our trustees

James Spedding

I am a barrister and local landowner.  As a barrister my specialism is litigating disputes concerning property, businesses and wills. I have been in practice in Manchester since 1996. My work is both advisory and court based.

At home I run my family’s estate at Mirehouse and Windebrowe. This takes in a number of small businesses: including tenanted farms, let residential property, forestry, a café, and an historic house and gardens open to visitors.

I have been a trustee of the Calvert Trust since 2004.

James Spedding is one of our trustees

Julian Handy

For those who do not know I am a Director for Mason Gillibrand Architects Ltd. I have been working  in and around the North West of the UK for the last 16 years. Before this I studied at Kingston University and The Bartlett – UCL, I also worked for a number of architectural practices in London. I have been both President and Vice President of the Lancashire and Westmorland Society of Architects and continue to be an active member of the committee. Through this organisation I have been involved in a multitude of activities over the years varying from fundraising events to national council meetings with other regional presidents. I have also been a governor at the local school for over 10 years. This has included both Chair and Vice Chair, being involved in all areas and I now primarily stand on the finance and resources committee. I have also been an active member of the Order of St. Lazarus, a charitable organisation supporting the cure of Leprosy abroad and funding other local charities in the North West (I am no longer an active member). I have also been a member of our local Parochial Church Council for over 8 years, I have recently stepped down from this position.

Within the LDCT I set up the South Lakes friends group, and currently hold the position of Vice chair of the friends. I am a member of the TMG and the corporate team and assist in organising and attending fundraising events.

Julian Handy is one of our trustees

Martin Mullin

In 2013 my wife and I formally started to execute on a long held plan of retirement to Cumbria with the purchase of a lodge on the outskirts of Keswick.   We had spent many family holidays and long weekends in Cumbria over the last 25 years and had long held the desire to eventually retire to Keswick.  We expect this plan to take a few years but our responsibilities to our daughters are gradually diminishing as one has completed her university education and is now entering the world of work whilst our younger daughter is studying for her degree.  Consequently, we now spend our weekends and holidays in our Keswick home and our working week based out of the family home in Leicestershire.

Since completing an undergraduate and postgraduate engineering education I have spent most of my career working for an American multi-national.  I am president of a $500M division with business predominantly in Europe and the Middle East.  Although now having general manager responsibilities and therefore full commercial responsibility my career was built in operations with a focus on global supply chains.  My experience encompasses strategic planning, operations, financial performance management, relationship management and business development.

Martin Mullin is one of our trustees

Roger Cooke

  • Management consultant and advisor to boards and senior management of private, public and non-profit sector organisations in the UK and internationally, principally in organisational restructuring and the development and motivation of people to help organisations and their boards through periods of major change, e.g. in the context of corporate transformation, privatisation, regulatory change and public sector reform.
  • Technical expertise in strategy development, organisational restructuring and transformation, business planning and financial performance management, human resource management, project management.
  • Main board director of public and private listed companies. Chair and trustee of charitable organisations. Chair and member of audit and member of remuneration committees.
  • Line management experience and profit accountability as managing director (CEO) of Oxford Policy Management Ltd, an international development consultancy and managing partner of consulting divisions at PwC.
  • Substantial international experience as technical specialist and project director on development agency-funded projects in developing countries facing complex issues of poverty and related forms of deprivation.
  • Excellent face-to-face and written communications skills.
  • Geographical experience: sub-Saharan Africa; Egypt and other parts of the middle east; south, east and south-east Asia; eastern Caribbean; western and eastern Europe; north America; Australia.


1970-2001: PricewaterhouseCoopers – equity partner 1984-2001

2002-2009: Oxford Policy Management (spin-off from University of Oxford) – managing director


2011-Date: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle: Founder Chair of Board of Trustees and company director. Chair of Shadow Board

2010-2011, negotiating transfer of the organisation from local authority management to a new charitable trust

2008-Date: London Transport Museum: Trustee, Board Member, chair of Audit Committee and company director. Also director of subsidiary trading company

2007-Date:  Lake District Calvert Trust: Trustee, Board Member, Hon. Treasurer and company director


H P Bulmer Holdings plc

Main board member and member of audit and remuneration committees of this FTSE listed company

Marine Stewardship Council

Interim Chair of Board of Trustees during start-up period of new charity that recognises and rewards sustainable marine fishing practices 

Islington International Festival

Hon Treasurer, Trustee and company director of charitable organisation mounting cultural entertainment events in this London borough

Roger Cooke is one of our trustees

Stephen Nicol

Graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in economics and then took a masters degree in development economics at the University of Sussex. He has worked as an economist for over 30 years in the public and private sectors. His early career was spent as a government economist in the Department of the Environment and then HM Treasury. He subsequently moved into private economics consultancy where he has worked as a practitioner advising on social and economic impact, regional and local economic development. He has worked for major companies, large developers, UK Government departments, international bodies and local government. Stephen also acts as an expert witness at Public Inquiries.

Stephen has run divisions of different consultancy businesses since 1990 and then in 2000 set up his own firm, Regeneris Consulting. He led the £2m turnover business as its managing director before leaving to form Nicol Economics in 2017. He has been a board member of a Community Arts organisation and a regeneration partnership in Greater Manchester.

He lives in Cumbria and enjoys walking and cycling.

Stephen Nicol is one of our trustees

Susan Kellock

As a Biological science graduate of Edinburgh University, to add breadth into employment opportunity I qualified as a Scottish Chartered accountant in 1989.  My career path took me into the charitable sector of social housing for many years working latterly in management and director roles for a nationwide Registered Social housing provider. With a depth of experience in management and finance transition was made to utilise my development and business skills,  now employed within business in  the Educational support sector providing crisis intervention support for young people on a 2:1 basis.

My father’s side of the family were raised in about Bassenthwaite where Calvert is based and I continue my love of the lakes living on its doorstep in Carlisle, although continuing to foster close ties with the Scottish Borders.

Within Calvert I am able to put my finance and business acumen to good use with roles within various committees including chair of the Finance committee.

Susan Kellock is one of our trustees

Stuart Lowthian

I was born and educated in Penrith before moving to Durham University to study Engineering Science. The first half of my career was with Unilever in various operational and technical roles in the UK, Netherlands and India. I am currently VP Manufacturing & Supply Chain Europe for a large international spirits company, as well as being Chairman of a Scotch Whisky company and Council Member of the Scotch Whisky Association.

I have been leading large teams in major international businesses throughout my career and am happy to now support Calvert Trust, and in particular the Finance team.

I am married with two grown up children who live in Penrith and Zurich. I am a season ticket holder at Carlisle United and run marathons as a member of Eden Runners.

Stuart Lowthian is one of our trustees