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David Brownlow

David Brownlow

David Brownlow CVO DL – Founder and Trustee

David Brownlow is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Having graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic, reading Economics, he spent two years as a Policeman with Thames Valley Police. David then became a recruitment consultant and eight years later, in 1996, co-founded Huntswood.

Initially a recruitment consultancy, Huntswood is now a specialist resourcing and consultancy firm focussed on Governance, Risk and Compliance (huntswood.com).

Still owning Huntswood, in 2013 David co-founded his second business, Havisham. This business is a trading and investment group with interests in House Building, Fashion, Commercial and Residential property letting, Pubs and Restaurants, Recruitment, a Technology and Education Platform, two Financial Services apps for consumers and Documentary Film Making. The company trades across The United Kingdom, Singapore, Sydney and Shanghai (havishamgroup.com).

In an interview with The Sunday Times David said 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

David takes pride in the work of his charitable giving; especially his own ‘David Brownlow Charitable Foundation’ (dbcf.com). All of which concentrates on helping individuals and communities where there is an element of disadvantage.

As well as being a Trustee of DBCF, David is a Patron of The National Osteoporosis Society, a Patron of The NSPCC, a Patron of The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract , a Life Patron of The Landmark Trust, a Founding Patron of The Royal Albert Hall’s President’s Circle and a Patron of The Royal Drawing School.

In 2018 David was appointed as a Deputy to The Lord Lieutenant of The Royal County of Berkshire.

In Her Majesty's Birthday Honours' List of 2018 HM The Queen appointed David a Commander of The Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

For many years David has given his commercial experience as a business consultant to a number of organisations; including:

  • June 2008 to May 2012, initially as a Trustee and then as Chairman of The Foundation for Integrated Health
  • April 2013 to June 2017, as a Trustee at Dumfries House
  • May 2013 to November 2017, initially as a Trustee and then as Chairman of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community
  • September 2016 to November 2017, as a Trustee of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
  • April 2013 to July 2017, as a Director of Community Capital Limited
  • Currently working with The Conservative Party

In 2005 David was named the national ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Ernst & Young / Sunday Times / Coutts Awards.

In 2007 David was named ‘Best Chief Executive’ recognising his ‘outstanding service to compliance and regulation.’

Read David's interview with The Business Magazine. 


Benjamin Rawson

Benjamin Rawson – Trustee

Ben is the Managing 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. 

Prior to the Havisham Group, 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

Edward Reed

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.

Alexander Barfield

Alexander Barfield

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.