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."
Nick has over 20 years’ experience working at a senior level within national companies and is currently the Senior Contract Manager for BIFFA PLC.
He has a wealth of experience in commissioning services and managing complex financial contracts and is currently responsible for the multi-million pound Waste Management Contract awarded by Cornwall Council.
His achievements include an impressive track record of successfully managing challenging contracts whilst achieving business cost savings and improvements in service.
Nick said, “I am very pleased and proud to be joining such a wonderful organisation. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to contribute and participate in the future of Hannahs.
“I have joined the team due to my heart and my head. Firstly, the services that are provided are very close to my heart and family life. Secondly, I believe my professional business experiences and skills will help assist and contribute significantly to Hannahs.”
A highly respected and successful transformation leader Scott Bennett has extensive experience in leading change in government and community organisations locally and nationally.
During his professional career, spanning over 20 years, he has held various high profile/level jobs including Head of Primary Care for West of Cornwall, Deputy Director for Local Government and Practice Government Office South West and more recently Director of management consultancy business GP Assist CIC.
Scott has a commanding track record of turning innovative solutions into reality. In 2013 he work was awarded a Health Service Journal Award for his work on reducing demand for un-planned hospital admissions. He also successfully managed Governments side of Torbay Council’s recovery from poor to fair following its Comprehensive Performance Assessment and facilitated the transformation of Community Health and Social Care for Torbay through the establishment of its Care Trust.
Scott is also currently Chair of Brook Young People a national charity and Chair of Volunteer Cornwall, he is often called upon to deliver lectures on various topics.
Scott said: “I am really pleased to be joint the board at this exciting time for Hannah's and I look forward to seeing Hannahs develop over the next few years.”
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.”