Professor David Coslett
Chair of Trustees
David is an experienced higher education leader with a distinguished profile and career spanning over 30 years in the education sector. He was interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Plymouth University from 2014 to 2016, having previously served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Arts. He had oversight responsibility for External Relations including relationships with the media and international partners. He has considerable experience of working with a broad range of people, institutions and organisations and building an integrated and collaborative approach to leadership. He is a graduate of the Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Programme. David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Board of The Box, Plymouth and has Board experience of a number of charities including Plymouth Culture, the South West Film & Television Archive and the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth. He is a former Secretary of the UK Council of Deans of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and former board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of the University.
Paul has spent the whole of his working career in construction and housing development. He worked on major projects for John Laing Construction moving on to Laing Homes and finally Tayor Wimpey as a regional MD. His interest in learning disabilities began 33 years ago when his youngest son Alex was born with Down’s syndrome. Since then, he has held several Trustee roles in charities that support people with a learning disability including 20 years at Robert Owen Communities, a Devon based support Provider which has recently merged with United Response. He is currently a Trustee of two other Charities; a grant making Trust and a small housing provider for people with a learning disability.
“Hannahs is a great charity and I am delighted to be able to use the skills that I have gained both through my working career and from working with other charities with a similar ethos to hopefully make a useful contribution to the ongoing success of the organisation”
Simon is a lawyer of over 17 years experience. He started his legal career in Devon with the then Bond Pearce LLP, moving to Bristol for over 10 years and working for Osborne Clarke LLP and DAC Beachcroft LLP. Simon’s experience is in commercial and corporate contracts and project financing. He has recently worked on high value NHS commissioning contracts and financings. Simon also has industry experience having worked as an in house counsel for Wincanton plc and the then Lloyds TSB Bank plc.
“Hannahs is a wonderful charity and I am pleased and proud to be a member of the board of Trustees. I am hoping that my previous experience can positively contribute to the direction and growth of the charity, to allow it to continue to provide the excellent services which it currently provides.”