Meet our volunteer board of trustees, who donate considerable time, expertise and guidance to help us achieve our aims:
Ian McDonald, Chair
Ian was a teacher for 37 years. Born and raised in Middlesborough, he moved to Bingley in 1975 to work in the West Yorkshire school district. For 20 years he worked in special needs education, and says he is painfully aware that a “scandalous proportion” of special needs pupils end up behind bars. He joined Margaret Carey Foundation in 2010 and was elected chair in 2013.
Ian’s interests include gardening, football and music. He is a member of the Steeton Male Voice Choir and is chairman of his local football club, St Bede’s AFC. He was a keen player himself until hip replacement surgery slowed him down a little.
He is married with three grown up children.
Meic joined the board of Margaret Carey Foundation in 2012 after working for NGOs in South Africa for a number of years. He lives in Morpeth with his wife and children.
Mina is a manager within Open field, the employment, training and enterprise arm of
Incommunities Group, an RSL with over 21,000 properties in the Bradford district.
She manages a team responsible for establishing community-based learning programmes with a particular focus on engaging with vulnerable and marginalised groups. Community programmes have been recognised as contributing to emerging good practice within the housing sector.
Mina’s introduction to the work of the Margaret Cary Foundation came about in a professional capacity when she conducted some research into its work, prior to her involvement in the set up the Bradford Bikery Project.
Through her work in partnership with West Yorkshire Probation Community Rehabilitation Company and speaking to ex-offenders, Mina has come to appreciate how engagement in learning activities whilst in prison can have a positive influence on an offender’s future aspirations, and subsequent life back in the community.
Mina enjoys travelling and socialising.
Mina joined the board at the end of 2014.
Louise McDonald, MBA
Louise is a Leadership Development Manager, managing a team of trainers who provide learning and development to Managers of all levels within Swinton Insurance, based in Manchester. Louise has been working within the learning & development sector since the start of 2011 following 11 years working within IT and IT Service Management. Quite a career change, but Louise is passionate about making a difference to other people and helping people develop and so has found a career that is much more aligned to that than IT!
Louise, from Bradford originally, came to university in Manchester in 1996 and has never left, although did complete her MBA in 2010 through the University of Bradford’s School of Management.
Outside of work Louise plays netball a few times a week, enjoys skiing, following the fortunes of Middlesbrough F.C. and spending time with friends and family. Louise joined the board in December 2015.
Working for the National Offender Management Service in an assurance role, he has extensive professional experience of the rehabilitation of individuals with offending behaviour and is drawn to the MCF ethos of helping support those who wish to make changes to their life through training and employment.
With a considerable experience in school governance, Bill has spent over 16 years leading Governing bodies in both primary and secondary schools, and brings a wealth of experience in good governance.
In his leisure time, Bill enjoys country walks with his dog Milo and travelling the country on caravan holidays with wife and daughters.
Brian has worked in charity retail for the past 12 years and is currently the Head of Retail and Trading for the Air Ambulance Service. Through his work in the third sector Brian recognises and values the opportunities that volunteering can bring to young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to improve their lives.
In his spare time Brian loves walking, swimming and socialising with friends and is also a member of Maghull Musical Theatre Company, his local amateur dramatic group.
Brian joined the board of trustees in March 2017.
Margaret Carey Foundation would like to thank our past trustees who donated so much time, talent and hard work to establishing the charity and overseeing its development: Patrick Howley, Jayne Boote, Paul Copley, Lt. Col. “Mac” MacPherson MBE, Lisa Naylor and Dr Shane Bryans.