Legal, Financial And Fundraising Experts Join ShelterBox Trustees

The ShelterBox Trust has appointed three new Trustees to its Board, beefing up its legal, financial and fundraising expertise

The ShelterBox Trust has appointed three new Trustees to its Board, beefing up its legal, financial and fundraising expertise


In a move signalling a gear change for international disaster relief organisation, ShelterBox, the charity has announced that three sector heavyweights will be joining its Board as new Trustees.

ShelterBox, now in its 14th year, and with a growing reputation for being ‘fast or first’ to help  shelter families in the world’s disaster zones, is dedicated to adapting and refining its disaster aid response – to better protect and support communities overwhelmed by humanitarian crisis.

Joining its Board shortly will be:

  • James Vaughan, Fundraising and Communications Director at top ten charity the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), where he has recently been transforming the way the RNLI raises its funds. With experience in London marketing and advertising agencies, James is also giving the RNLI a new international focus around drowning prevention.
  • Robin Bayford, an experienced chartered accountant. He retired in 2012 from his post as finance director of the country’s largest private client fund manager, Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC, a FTSE 350 company employing 1,900 people. Robin helped increase the group’s turnover from £10 million to £269 million, was responsible for all its accountancy, treasury and taxation matters, and for its dealings with City analysts.
  • James Sinclair Taylor, a Partner at top 100 London-based law firm Russell-Cooke Solicitors LLP, where he heads up their charity and social enterprise team. An expert on Charity Commission regulation, he is also a member of the Charity Law Association. James is identified by Chambers 2011 as a ‘leading individual’ and ‘a massively effective lawyer’, and in Chambers 2014 for having ‘huge experience of the voluntary sector’. He also holds several other posts including management consultancy and trust grant distribution, has worked in the record industry, and advised UNICEF on international collaboration. James has founded three charities, and was appointed by the Secretary of State as Protector of the successor to the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts.

ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace says, ‘These are exciting times for our organisation, and we are very pleased to have attracted such expertise to the Board. Robust financial, fundraising and legal governance is vital to what we do, and how we do it. ShelterBox already has an authoritative voice in humanitarian aid, but Trustees of this calibre will help guide and endorse our plans to help more and more families in the future.’

The current Board of Trustees comprises:

  • (Chair) Dr Rob John OBE FREng
  • George Curnow
  • Peter Munro-Lott
  • Richard Bland
  • Bill Decker
  • Chris Warham