Our Trustees

The Clare Foundation trustees bring together a wide range of professional and personal experience and a common desire to see the Foundation thrive in its mission of helping other charities and not for profit organisations.

Mike ClareMike Clare
Founder

Mike is a passionate serial entrepreneur, probably best known as the previous Chairman and CEO of Dreams Plc. which he founded in 1987 growing it to over 200 superstores before successfully selling out in March 2008 (timing is everything!)

In 2009 Mike formed Clarenco LLP which has now developed into a considerable property portfolio consisting of commercial properties, large residential homes (‘Country Manor Estates’ and ‘Beaconsfield Executive Homes’), as well as …….. ‘Amazing Venues’ which are a collection of incredibly unique, unusual & iconic hotels situated throughout the UK. These hotels/venues specialise in Weddings, Corporate Events and ‘Legendary Experiences.’ They include three castles in Scotland, a Chateau in Anglesey, a Pugin Abbey (monastery) in Worcestershire and three Napoleonic Sea Forts in the Solent ….. truly ‘Amazing Venues’.
Mike supports many philanthropic organisations including The Princes Trust, Child Bereavement UK, Buckinghamshire Community Foundation and The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

In 2009 Mike set up The Clare Foundation to support and improve the efficiency of charities in Buckinghamshire helping them become more commercial and entrepreneurial. Based in Saunderton near High Wycombe, the Clare Charity Centre acts as a hub for local charities by offering subsidised office accommodation, shared resources as well as meeting and conference facilities.

Mike still lives in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire where he was born and bred. He is heavily involved in the local community helping and mentoring local businesses and entrepreneurs and is often heard on the speaker circuit, lecturing and advising students and business men alike. Mike is an Ambassador and Deputy-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, a Freeman of the City of London, as well as a winner of numerous entrepreneurial awards. In 2009 Mike was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bucks New University in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of commerce and entrepreneurship. He is also a Patron of the Clare Business School based within Bucks New University.

In April 2017 Mike will become the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, an honour that will see him represent and promote the county attending numerous events and functions throughout the year in Buckinghamshire.

Mike can be contacted through his PA, Jane Coles on 01494 682668 or jane.coles@clarenco.org.

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Mike ElliottMike Elliott
Co-Chair

Mike has more than 30 years experience in the commercial sector working internationally for large UK and US companies specialising in business process management, property and facilities management, systems and IT.

Mike, who was previously the Chief Executive of the Clare Foundation, has become heavily involved in local charities since his retirement in 2012. In addition to his Trusteeship at the Clare Foundation, he is a Trustee of Coeliac UK, Chairman of the Beaconsfield Society, and is actively involved with social lending and development at Buckinghamshire Community Foundation. Mike is involved in a variety of charity projects, most recently with the UK Council on Deafness.

Mike's passion for rugby continues as a committee member for the Chilterns region of Wooden Spoon.

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John JeansJohn Jeans
Co-Chair

John is Chairman of the Council of Cardiff University and Imanova (an imaging research partnership between three London Universities and the MRC). In addition he chairs the Board of UK Biocentre Ltd, is a non-executive Director of Renishaw plc and a Board member of the University and College Employers Association.

An advisor to public sector organizations, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2014 as a Life Science Champion for the medical technology sector. John leads Innovate UK’s Stratified Medicine advisory Board and the KTN’s Health Board. He is also Chair of the Strategic Advisory Panel for the Singapore Government’s Diagnostics Hub. He has served on many Government bodies including Co-Chairmanship of a Ministerial Committee on Medical Technologies, was an inaugural member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales and a founder Trustee of the Francis Crick Institute. John was previously the Deputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, a member of its Audit and Risk Committee and Chaired the Trustee Board of MRC Technology.

In an industrial career spanning 35 years he held senior international leadership positions in global companies including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Amersham plc (now GE Healthcare). John headed the commercial function of GE’s Life Science business and was the Chairman of its UK Healthcare Company. His domain experience ranges from medical devices and therapeutic pharmaceuticals to in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics; encompassing research, product development, manufacturing and commercialization.
John is engaged with local and national charities including the Abbeyfield Beaconsfield Society, Thames Valley Enterprise, Young Enterprise, and the Clare Foundation.

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Steve PowellSteve Powell

Steve has worked in the charitable sector for over30 years and is currently Chief Executive of SignHealth, the healthcare charity for Deaf people. Steve's experience of the sector is distinguished and varied, undertaking work for the Charity Commission, for the Department of Health, as well as being Chairman or Treasurer of a number of organisations both in the UK and overseas.

He was made an OBE in 2003 for services to the voluntary sector and brings wide knowledge and experience to the Board of The Clare Foundation.

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Amanda FoisterAmanda Foister

Amanda Foister is the CEO of the Bucks based charity, the Adventure Learning Foundation, which creates sporting and training opportunities for young people from the operation of its outdoor activity centres, ALF Villages. Formerly, Amanda ran Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow, which was one of the founding centres in her new charity. Before working in the charity sector Amanda ran the business development consultancy Spring Barrett &Joy which asists small to medium sized companies realise their vision for success. Amanda is still a partner of this organisation which now also supports those in the not for profit sector realise their potential

Amanda’s interests in the charity sector are to enable charities to make the most of their assets through trading and working in partnership with other organisations both in the not for profit and profit sector. She recognises that there is huge potential in the not for proft sector and is very encouraged to see so many younger people setting up social enterprises, which allow them to make a good income but also contribute to stronger communites. Her hope is that the Clare Foundatin will continue to support the growth in this trend.

Amanda is also a Trustee of Get Berkshire Active, the county sports partnership for Berkshire and a Trustee of Fulham Reach Boat Club as well as a fellow of the RSA.

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Amilha YoungAmilha Young

Amilha is a senior legal, compliance and governance executive with professional experience in legal and compliance risk management in the financial services industry. She has a strong background in the financial services sector and past experience includes investment, banking law, policy review and legal drafting to name a few. Amilha has excellent interpersonal skills and is a highly effective leader with a large number of specific skills.

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Rebecca Chandler WildeRebecca Chandler Wilde

Rebecca has more than 30 years experience in business schools, working for large clue chip companies and as a business academic. Rebecca was a founder member, and now Trustee, of the Basotho Educational Trust and is keenly interested in supporting entrepreneurs in the developing world. She is a lender for the Co-Operative micro finance 'LendwithCare' initiative.

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David LidingtonDavid Lidington

David became the Member of Parliament for Aylesbury in 1992 after spending three years as a Special Advisor to Douglas Hurd in the Foreign Office. David successfully promoted a Private Members Bill which became the Chiropractors Act 1994 and ensured European Union Act 2011 became law. During his time as MP for Aylesbury, David has dealt with thousands of individual problems raised in correspondence or at his regular constituency. David believes that every constituent has the right to his or her views to be represented.

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