Professor David Coslett
Chair of Trustees
An experienced higher education leader with a distinguished profile and career spanning over 30 years in the education sector. A first-rate communicator with a strong commitment to collaborative working with the ability to lead and inspire change. Combines expertise and insight with approachability and a real interest in people and their motivations. A passionate belief in the power of education to transform lives and contribute to the development of wider society.
"I am extremely pleased to become part of the Hannahs story. I am a commercially minded Chartered Accountant having previously been the Chief Executive of Sutton Harbour in Plymouth. I know my way around finance, property and making organisations work and very much look forward to continuing to help the Executive team."
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.”