Meet our volunteer board of trustees, who donate considerable time, expertise and guidance to help us achieve our aims:
Bill Schofield, Chair
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.
Louise McDonald, MBA, Vice Chair
Louise is an Organisation Development & Talent Consultant, which is a role focused on building and developing long-term organisation capabilities. Louise has worked within the OD, 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.
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.
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.
Miles has been a Trustee of the Margaret Carey Foundation since May 2018.
Initially, Miles started as a volunteer at the Shipley bikery to increase his knowledge of bike maintenance. Miles was impressed with the set up at Shipley and decided to use his experience to offer more to the charity by joining the board of trustees.
Originally from Liverpool, in 2013 Miles found himself a new job which brought him to Bradford and he liked it so much that he stayed.
Miles has a full time job as an Anti Social Behaviour Officer with a Social Housing Provider and cycles to work, much preferring a bike saddle to a car seat.
Miles’ lifetime achievements in cycling include Coast to Coast( UK ), cycling the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool canal and in 2018, cycling over 5,000 miles, more miles than he did in his car.
Outside work and volunteering for MCF, Miles’ interests include pub quizzes, travel and Christmas in general.
Ian worked in housing and homelessness services across the North East and in Leeds/Bradford for over 10 years – Coming into contact with MCF whilst managing Bradford Cyrenian’s direct access hostel in Manningham. Following a career change in 2016, Ian now works as a practical conservation officer for The Conservation Volunteers in Leeds.
You can usually find him out walking, or on a busman’s holiday carrying out conservation activities across the North and Scotland for charities including Trees for Life and the John Muir Trust.
Ian joined the board in 2018.
He has recently retired from the Solicitors’ Practice that he set up with two colleagues in 2003.
This has given him the time to develop new interests and he joined the Board of Trustees in May 2019.
Margaret Carey Foundation appealed to Roger as it linked the various stages of his working and leisure lives. Initially working for a charity in Leeds as a Social Worker with adults and children who had impaired hearing, he then worked for Bradford Council as both a Social Worker and Social Work Manager with particular focus on children and families which included engagement with the criminal justice system. Roger then retrained as a Solicitor and worked in that role from 1992 until retirement in mid 2018. He specialised in trust work which includes charities.
In his leisure time Roger is a keen social cyclist, which is what led him to the MCF website. He can also be seen out several times a day with Dug, the chocolate Labrador.
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, Dr Shane Bryans and Mina Dye-Sharp.