David Brownlow – Founder and Trustee
David spends a lot of time on his charitable and philanthropic activities. David has his own Charitable Foundation which provides support where there is evidence of disadvantage - be it an individual or community.
In addition to this, David is working with HRH The Prince of Wales to support Him in two areas: His Foundation for Building Community - where HRH made David a Trustee in 2013, and its Chairman in early 2014 - and also His work at Dumfries House where HRH has made David a Trustee.
For some years David have been a Patron of The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, a Patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, a Patron of The Landmark Trust and a Patron of the NSPCC.
In addition to David's philanthropic interests, David is the the founder of Huntswood www.huntswood.com. As well as Huntswood he also owns The Havisham Group, a diverse trading and investment entity www.havishamgroup.com
His business philosophy and success is based on:
· providing strong leadership and consistent messages
· making a business flexible and nimble to meet the demands of clients
· ensuring an unrivalled track record of delivery to clients
· remembering that as well as clients, delivery and profit, business is about people, their careers and families. This
means that making work fun for everyone engaged in the business is important.
· being able to make hard decisions.
Benjamin Rawson – Trustee
Ben is the Commercial Director of Havisham Group and a Non-Executive Director of Huntswood, and works along side David Brownlow on all of David's commercial endeavours. This has led Ben into a range of business and philanthropic initiatives.
Ben graduated from Bristol Business School with an Honours degree in International Business Studies with Spanish, having spent one year at Granada University. Ben's principal interests are music, travelling, cars and watching Manchester United.
Edward Reed - Trustee
Edward is a solicitor in the City law firm Macfarlanes LLP, specialising in private client work. He advises individuals in relation to their own affairs and has particular interests in charity law and the drafting of trusts. Edward has known David for many years.
Edward acts a trustee of a number charities and trusts, with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is a member of the Charity Law Association.
Edward was raised in both England and France and speaks fluent French, which places him amongst a small group of English lawyers who are ideally placed to advise the French-speaking community based in London and the South-East. He is also chairman of the STEP Cross-Border Estates Group Steering Committee, reflecting the international nature of much of his work. He read classics a Cambridge University and after law school joined Macfarlanes LLP, where he is now a partner.
Edward lives in London with his wife and two children.
Charles Owen-Conway – Trustee
Charles held senior roles in the corporate banking industry with NatWest Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland until leaving to set up his own financial services business in 2000. Since then he has held a number of Non- Executive Director positions in businesses as diverse as house building, leisure clubs and recruitment and was the Regional Chairman of Clydesdale Bank PLC for six years until 2011. He remains a director of Huntswood Associates Limited and took on the Chairmanship of the Buckinghamshire Vulnerable Adults Board in 2010; he was recently reappointed for a further three year term. Charles brings with him a range of proven leadership skills, change management experience and team-based performance improvement expertise.
Alexander Barfield – Chief Executive
Alexander Barfield has been the Chief Executive of The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation since 2013. Prior to this role Alexander has worked for both Heathrow Airport and The John Lewis Partnership. He fundamentally believes in the values of the DBCF and is a keen supporter of many charitable causes. Alexander is Vice-Chairman of Twyford Together, which is a voluntary organisation bringing residents and business together, organising community events and raising money for local charities. In 2017 Alexander was appointed to the Board of Berkshire Community Foundation as a Trustee.
Alexander has lived in the Wokingham area of Berkshire for most of his life, where he was also educated. He enjoys travelling and has been to many places around the world. During his travels Alexander has seen first hand the disadvantage faced by so many, however recognises that there are also many individuals and communities in the UK who need to be helped. In his spare time Alexander enjoys playing the piano and flying light aircraft.