Independent

Nigel was a partner in a top-ten accounting practice for many years until his retirement in 2012. Since then he has taken on a number of not-for-profit roles including trusteeships of Citizens Advice Richmond, Wimbledon and Putney Commons and NAM Publications and he is a member of two audit committees. He was a governor of Hillcroft College before its merger with RHACC in 2017.

Nigel is married with two adult children and lives in Wimbledon.

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Paul has spent the last 30 years in HR working around the world in companies including IBM, Samsung and BP. Most recently he was Group HR Director for a FTSE 250 firm of engineering contractors present in over 20 countries.

He is now an independent HR consultant focussing on Organisational Effectiveness, HR strategy, and working with CEOs and their teams. His clients range from small charities with a specific HR issue to large privately held businesses  who are seeking to integrate recent acquisitions.

As an HR Director he has always been interested in adult learning as a key means for organisations and employees to maintain and develop the skills needed to remain successful.

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Richard Brewster

Independent

Richard gained a professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant before taking a job as an accountant in industry in the 70s.In the 1980s he moved into general management and pursued a career in the paper, print and packaging industry. He has served on the boards of FTSE 350 Companies for over 30 years and concluded his career in 2014 as non executive chairman of two listed Investment Trusts. He is currently involved in honorary work as a Past Master and Treasurer of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, and as Vice President of the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB). He has lived in Richmond for over 40 years during which time he and his wife have brought up four children. In addition he has been a member of many local sports clubs, a student at RHACC and continues to mentor local entrepreneurs as part of a scheme organised by Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to the RACC Governing Body in 2015 and subsequently the RHACC Board in October 2017.

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Sharon has spent her career working in banking and finance, initially as an economist within UK and international banks, and later in various senior management roles across regulatory affairs, compliance, policy and operational functions at a leading credit rating agency. She is currently a trustee of Citizens Advice Richmond, a member of the Trustee Development Group for the Citizens Advice national network and a participant in the Bank of England Citizens Panel for Greater London. Sharon’s interest in education stems from her belief that the provision of lifelong learning opportunities has a key role play in closing opportunity gaps and boosting wellbeing. She was appointed to the RHACC Board in May 2020.

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