Patricia has been Managing Director of Shared Interest since 2006. Prior to this, she was Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Quartz Group. Patricia is a member of the UK Fair Trade Leader's Forum, and a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD). Patricia is also Chair of Governors for Newcastle High School for Girls, a Foundation Governor at St Oswald's RC Primary School and a member of the Newcastle Business School Advisory Board.
Richard is a chartered accountant and risk management professional with commercial and charity board experience. His career has principally been in financial services; unsecured and secured lending and his current role is Chief Risk Officer at Marston Holdings Limited (“Marston”). Richard joined Marston in 2016 as Group Legal and Compliance Director. Based in the North East, his role takes him across the UK and overseas to their Indian and Swedish subsidiaries.
Marston is the largest judicial and transportation services provider in the UK with over 6,000 staff. The company processes over 1.5 million court cases for central and local government and recovers £850 million annually for the British taxpayer. Marston led the transformation of the enforcement industry shaping the current statutory and professional framework with its ground-breaking ethical approach. More recently Marston has grown into a transportation and technology business, helping clients achieve their environmental targets.
Paul was CEO of Traidcraft (2001-13) and President of the European Fair Trade Association (2005-12). He now has a portfolio of non-executive positions supporting the promotion of ethical business practices and a range of charitable organisations. He is a Member Nominated Director on the Board of the Co-op Group, Chair of the William Leech Foundation and Durham Cathedral Council, and Vice Chair of the County Durham Community Foundation. Paul is also a trustee of Bible Society and a Fellow and Governing Body member as well as Vice Chair of St Chad's College in Durham University. He is also an advisor to the Board of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.
Mary is a trustee of Newcastle University staff pension plan, a Deputy Lieutenent for the County of Tyne and Wear. Mary is also Deputy Lay Chair for North Tyneside NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Previously Mary was the Regional Director of Common Purpose for ten years, and therefore has significant experience in leadership development.
Dr Yvonne Gale
Yvonne is a Chartered Accountant and specialist in improving access to finance for small businesses to address economic inequality. She is Chief Executive at NEL Fund Managers Limited, an MBA Advisory Board Member at Durham University Business School, and an Advisory and Decision Committee Member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund. Yvonne is also Non-Executive Director of the Government UK Small Business Commissioner’s Office, and Trustee and Chair of the investment committee for the Millfield House Foundation, a charity that promotes social change with the aim of reducing poverty and inequality.
Martin has worked in international development for over 30 years. Following time with Sightsavers, managing their programmes in Asia, Pacific and the Caribbean, he joined Christian Aid as the Deputy International Director before taking up a Director role to lead Christian Aid’s Strategy and People Management function. Before leaving Christian Aid in 2018, he took on a new role as Director of Programme Innovation & Funding to lead the development of programmatic work supported by funding from international institutions, governments, private sector, trusts, foundations and major donors. Martin is currently the Chair of FitzRoy Support, a charity supporting people with learning difficulties and autism. He has also held Non-Executive roles at Sightsavers and was previously the Chair of ECLOF International (global micro-finance NGO based in Geneva), Chair of Health Poverty Action and Treasurer of BOND (a network of UK based development organisations).
Cristina has been working with coffee, cocoa, and tea farmers across the globe for over 15 years. She was Ethical Trading Manager at Taylors of Harrogate, before becoming Founder and Director of Source Climate Change Coffee. Cristina also works with the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, to support companies to meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act. Through her work as International Programme Manager with the Lorna Young Foundation, Cristina helped launch Farmers’ Voice Radio, subsequently setting up radio programmes in the DRC, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania. Involved since its inception, Cristina continues to advise the team.