Our Board

Beacon’s board currently has four members:-

Matthew Bowcock, CBE.

Matthew Bowcock is a trustee of The Philanthropy Workshop, Philanthropy Impact and the Watts Gallery. He was previously Chairman of UK Community Foundations, a member of the Philanthropy Review Board and a Council Member of Arts Council England. In 2012 he authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, “Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy.”  Through the Hazelhurst Trust he has focused on community projects, arts for social impact and developing more and better philanthropy. His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment and he has established several businesses in Australia, the US and the UK.

Gay Huey-Evans, OBE.

Gay was appointed as Chairman of the London Metal Exchange in December 2019.   She is an independent, non-executive director of Standard Chartered PLC, where she is Chair of the Board Committee on Financial Crime and serves as a member of the Board Risk Committee.  She is also a non-executive director of ConocoPhillips, Bank Itau BBA International Limited and a member HM Treasury Board.

Gay spent several years at the Financial Services Authority and also worked at Citi and Barclays Capital, where she was Vice-Chair of investment banking and investment management, responsible for Barclays’ relationships with sovereign funds globally. She was a non-executive director of London Stock Exchange Group plc between 2010 and 2013 and of Aviva plc 2011 to 2015.

Gay holds a BA in economics from Bucknell University and received an OBE in 2016 for services to Financial Services and Diversity. She is a member of the Chatham House Panel of Senior Advisors, a Trustee of Wellbeing of Women and is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations.

David Sheepshanks, CBE.

David assumed the Chair of UK Community Foundations in 2013, and has held a number of high profile board positions in business, sport and charity, including Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club and Chairman of the Football League. Today he is Chairman of St George’s Park (The National Football Centre) and FA Learning, the educational arm of The FA responsible for Coach Education and Professional Development, and a Regional Chair of Coutts amongst a number of non-executive positions. He was the Founder and first Chair of The Ipswich Town Charitable Trust and one of the founding trustees for The Suffolk Community Foundation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 by University of East Anglia for services to the community and made CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to Football and Suffolk Charity.

Paul Barry-Walsh.

After leaving IBM in 1986, Paul Barry-Walsh founded Safetynet followed by Netstore in 1996. In 2001 he founded The Fredericks Foundation which has become one of the UK’s leading micro-finance organisations, funding 2 disadvantaged individuals per week. Paul is involved in a number of start-ups, and was granted the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. In 2008 he received the Beacon Award for Creating Giving. In 2009 he was given the CNBC/FT European Philanthropist of the Year Award, and won the Entrepreneur County Inaugural Award for the Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur in 2011.

We will be growing our board over the coming year.