The Foundation’s Officers & Governors

Officers of Sir John Cass’s Foundation…

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Cass WebsiteDr Kevin Everett (Deputy) – Treasurer of the Foundation and Chairman of the Board

Dr Kevin Everett is the Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Sir John Cass’s Foundation. Kevin is a Business/Education Advisor having previously served as a Chief Executive of a City law firm, and as a Director on a number of Boards both commercial and not for profit. As a philanthropist Kevin has during the past 25 years played a leading role in numerous charities, educational institutions, and national and London-wide public bodies. Kevin is a Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation.

Michael_ThorneMichael Thorne CBE – Deputy Treasurer

Professor Michael Thorne was Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University until March 2016 and he is a member of the Parliamentary Skills Commission. He has served on the boards of the Scottish Further Education Funding Council  and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and chaired the government’s Advisory Committee on Libraries. He was chair of LEAD Scotland for five years, a key charity linking education and disability. Professor Michael Thorne was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 for his services to higher education.


David_HogbenDavid Hogben – Chairman of Audit & Compliance

David Hogben chairs the Audit and Compliance Committee. He has a background in telecommunications, and was a key player in the privatisation of the UK telecoms industry and subsequently advised governments and telcos internationally. He has a proven track record to managing director level in regulation, compliance, strategic development, customer service, business planning and corporate governance.



John Hall – Chairman of GrantsJohn Hall-Governor

John Hall’s work has been closely focused on London and its changing social conditions. Starting as a geography lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, he later returned to education as regional director for Aimhigher in London, and worked with London First and London Higher. In between he was Secretary (chief executive) of the London Boroughs Association (now London Councils) and was attached to the former Government Office for London. He currently chairs the Aldgate and Allhallows Foundation, which is active in Tower Hamlets and the City of London. He looks forward to contributing to the work of Sir John Cass’s Foundation with its broader reach and strong educational influence.

Governors of Sir John Cass’s Foundation…


HHJudgeBrianBarkerQCH.H. Brian Barker CBE, Q.C.

From a family of teachers, I am aware of the importance of education and the opportunities that good teaching offers. After a post graduate degree in the States, I qualified as a barrister. I practiced for 30 years in crime before becoming a Judge at the Old Bailey in 2001. I now have the privilege of being the senior Judge and Recorder of London. I have been able to serve on the Sir John Cass’s Foundation board for a number of years ad am pleased to be part of the wide contribution that it has made.


Paul_BloomfieldPaul Bloomfield

Paul qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1989 specialising in commercial litigation. He has many charitable interests including as a Patron of the Coram Children’s Legal Centre with Baroness Hale and Cherie Blair, amongst others, and an active supporter of the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital which supports eye care to the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. Paul was appointed to the Most Venerable Order of St. John by Her Majesty the Queen in 2011. The order is the oldest chivalric order in the World ( circa 11th century). He presently represents several charitable organisations in global communications and public relation, supporting numerous projects internationally

The_Reverend_Trevor_CritchlowThe Reverend Trevor Critchlow

The Reverend Trevor F Critchlow is Rector of Stepney and has a background in business and social enterprise. He wrote the business plan which started St Martin-in-the-Fields restaurant, bookshop, market and gallery and was the first General Manager.  He also planned and built the conference centre and guest house at St Matthew’s Westminster. Trevor believes that the energy, discipline and professionalism of the commercial world are vital in the voluntary sector.


Sophie_FernandesSophie Fernandes – Deputy Chairman of Grants

Sophie is a Common Councilman for the City of London, first elected in 2009 and holds the position of Deputy Chairman for Licensing. For her day job she currently works for a global technology company and has previously worked for a global fund manager; communications agencies; in the Policy Unit of the Institute of Directors; and for an executive search firm in New York. Educated at her local state schools in Hayes and Hillingdon, Sophie read American Studies at Brunel University before completing a Masters in International Political Economy at the University of Leeds. Outside of professional life, Sophie has held positions as Chairman of Finance for a local authority school, and as a Governor for both the City of London and Christ Hospital schools, as well as a trustee for the independent charitable trust, Trust for London. She is also currently a Non-Executive Director for the Ulysses Trust.

Graham_ForbesGraham Forbes

After a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor, a Director of various Aviva subsidiaries, and running his own business, Graham retired in 1999, but only from paid employment. He was the Master of the Worshipful Company of Loriners in 1998 and acted as their Clerk until 2006. He served as a City of London Common Councilman for a number of years and as the Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee from 2003 to 2004. He has been a Trustee of the Central Foundation Schools of London and Chairman of the Central Foundation Boys’ School for a number of years. He remains a Trustee of the Aldgate and Allhallows Foundation. In his spare time he enjoys sailing with his wife, on their yacht, around the east coast and Europe.

The_Reverend_Laura_JorgensenThe Reverend Laura Jørgensen

As Rector of St Botolph without Aldgate, the Reverend Laura Jørgensen is an ex-officio trustee of Sir John Cass’s Foundation.  Since ordination in 2000, Laura has has been involved with early years, primary and secondary schools, independent schools and higher education both in and out of London.  Laura is currently Vice-Chair of Governors at Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School. Her particular interest is in access to education for kids from the poorest backgrounds.


Jenny_MoseleyJenny Moseley

Jenny Moseley was Assistant Vice President of the National Geographic Society with responsibility for marketing the Society’s products, including National Geographic Magazine, across Europe. She is also an experienced fundraiser, working for a number of national charities as a direct marketing consultant. She has been Chairman of the Direct Marketing Association UK and a Vice President of the Federation of European Direct and Digital Marketing. Jenny’s current career is as Director of permission marketing data protection consultancy, Opt-4.

Mervyn_Streatfeild_2Mervyn Streatfeild

Mervyn Streatfeild is the Foundation’s longest serving Governor. Owing to his 25 year commitment to the Board he has been made the Foundation’s first Honorary Governor. Mervyn served as a Governor on the Governing Body of the Foundation’s secondary school for twenty years. He is a qualified barrister with over 20 years’ experience. He also ran a Legal Advice Centre in East London for 10 years. Mervyn is regularly involved with his local parish and the Church of England.