Become a Trustee
Caudwell Children recognise that to increase their ability to deliver recognised services nationwide it needs to broaden its Trustee base with the appointment of three additional Trustees.
Our Board of Trustees have been carefully selected to represent a broad cross section of the community and each applicant is then voted on to the board by the other members.
Chairman of the Board: John Caudwell
It's with great pride that we've read today that our Chairman and most passionate supporter, John Caudwell, has joined Giving Pledge, a global movement spearheaded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to bring the world's most influential philanthropists together to help improve the lives of others. To read more about John's Giving Pledge click here.
John Caudwell, former Chief Executive of the Caudwell Group (including high street retailer Phones 4u), is one of Britain's most influential entrepreneurs, as well as one of the country's biggest charity fundraisers.
He grew his business organically from a one man start up in 1987 to 10,000 people in 2006, from just a few thousand pounds turnover to over £2 billion. In September 2006 he sold the business for the biggest single cash out in UK history, £1.46 billion.
One of the most important ventures in John's life is "Caudwell Children", a charity he set up in March 2000. To date Caudwell Children has donated over £14 million to thousands of children with over 500 different medical conditions. The Charity is committed to changing the lives of disabled children by providing individual donations of specialist equipment, treatment and therapy, as well as its annual Destination Dreams holiday for families coping with a child's terminal illness. Since its inception the charity has doubled every pound raised, achieved through supplier partnerships, which means every pound donated works even harder.
John has also just agreed to become the principal benefactor for the War Memorial in commemoration of the Bomber Command. This is to be erected in Hyde Park.
John has a very serious intent that his money and time should be used for the benefit of much less fortunate people.
John lives in Staffordshire with his partner Claire and their son, Jacobi, and has four other children, the eldest being 31. He spends all his time on his charity, his new business ventures, skiing, cycling and spending time with his family.
Born and bred in the Potteries, Karl attended University in Manchester (reading Law) before attending Chester Law School and then working in the City in London for three years where he qualified. He returned to the area about 20 years ago to take up a position at Knights in Newcastle where he is currently a Partner in the Real Estate Department.
From a longstanding relationship with John and Craig from their business days, Karl first became involved in the Charity in 2002 and is a passionate believer in and promoter of the Charity. He gives guidance on legal matters and also has taken part in the Charity's Destination Dreams programme for the last 3 years.
Away from his work, his interests centre around his three sons and sport, being an avid follower of Stoke City, and a Level III ECB Cricket Coach. He coaches the Cheshire Under 17 Teams in their national competitions.
Craig Bennett was born and raised in the Potteries and started working at BT whilst studying for his degree and Chartered Accountant qualifications. He joined The Caudwell Group in 1989 as Group Finance Director which was the start of his long-term business relationship and friendship with John Caudwell.
Following his involvement in the outstanding growth of The Caudwell Group, Craig sold his shares in the business as part of the sale of the Group. Since then Craig has switched his attention to establishing Merry Fox Stud a breeding operation for racehorses.
Craig has been involved with Caudwell Children, being a Trustee from the inception of the charity. He is immensely committed to helping to change the lives of those children who are in greatest need of assistance.
Craig lives in Cheshire with his wife Annabelle and their two children.
Jackie was born in 1961 in the seaside town of Barry, South Wales, and enjoyed a wonderful childhood with her three brothers, three sisters and eight sausage dogs.
Jackie's professional life began as a bi-lingual secretary working in Paris in 1979, and moved on to teaching after completing a BEd (Hons) in English and French in 1984. Following a love for travel, she joined British Airways in 1987 and worked for ten years as longhaul Cabin Crew. Jackie met Rolf, her husband, on the road to Rio during this time, and in 1997 they decided to hang up their wings to start a family and run a small guest house in Staffordshire.
The Griffiths family have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Candice (b.1998) and Tilly (b.2000) and an adorable golden retriever, Lexi. The B&B business is steady and every other moment is spent ensuring that the girls get one hundred per cent out of every opportunity at home and at school. There are scarcely enough hours in the day to cover the range of family activities which include sailing, rowing, dance, drama, music, guides, ice-skating, swimming and volunteering for a variety of local charities.
Jackie first came into contact with Caudwell Children in 2004 when Tilly, who lives with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, was the recipient of an amazing powered wheelchair which literally transformed their lives. This equipment unlocked Tilly's spirit of independence and adventure which in turn allowed all the family to celebrate and make the most out of each and every day. It was like a miracle.
Caudwell Children has continued to play a vital role in the family's life with the donation of two further powerchairs, a trip on Destination Dreams and countless family activities. The whole family feels exceedingly honoured to have been included to help with many and varied fundraising/PR events over the years, and so thrilled to have had Tilly nominated for a Pride of Britain Award and Torch Bearer for the Paralympics.
The impact that Caudwell Children has had on the family goes beyond words, so it was with great joy and enthusiasm that Jackie accepted the role of Trustee in 2010. Jackie hopes that her passion for the continuing success and development of the Charity, and her personal experience, will in some way help drive the Charity forward. Jackie firmly believes that in the near future, with such vision and determination of the entire Caudwell Children Team, every family living with a child with disability in the UK who needs help will be touched by the magic of this dynamic Charity.
Dale has lead businesses at a number of large, blue chip investment banks including Morgan Stanley, WestLB, UBS, Bankers Trust, Lehman Brothers and Citigroup, as well as having held several "C-suite" positions at boutique alternative investment firms. He has expertise in managing money across all liquid asset classes (equities, interest rates, currencies, commodities) using both quantitative as well as discretionary investment processes. This expertise is complemented by his substantial experience in managing and developing investment management businesses including asset raising from sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, pension plans, foundations, endowments, family offices and ultra high net worth investors.
During his career Dale has raised over $3 billion for various investment funds, and has also been a main board director at a number of investment firms and funds, the largest being the $12 billion Morgan Stanley Funds Plc. Dale is currently the President and CEO of World Vision Strategies, a boutique investment and advisory firm. WVS provides investment management, corporate strategy, business development & asset raising and other advisory services to a number of global clients (mainly hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, private equity funds, banks and other financial institutions).
- Specialist in Sport & Exercise Medicine
- MB ChB, MRCGP (Distinction), MSc SEM (Distinction), MFSEM (UK)
- Club Doctor West Ham United
- England Men's Football Team Tunnel Doctor
- GB Paralympic Medical Officer
- Team Doctor GB & England Blind & Cerebral Palsy Football Teams
Richard works as a General Practitioner and also a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He is specialty advisor to the Department of Health for Sport and Exercise Medicine and is also a lecturer, tutor and module leader at UCL and the Institute of Orthopaedics.
Richard is Club Doctor at West Ham United and the lead doctor at the Football Association for disability football and will be attending the Paralympics as lead doctor for blind and cerebral palsy football. His main research areas are physical activity for health, sports injuries and mobility aids and he has written numbers papers in peer reviewed medical journals and a few book chapters.
Richard is married with 3 children and loves to travel, eat, run and play just about any sport he can manage.
Maurice's ambition was always to own and run his own business and after leaving his Senior Manager role at Vibroplant in 1969 he successfully developed a small group of plant hire companies, which he profitably sold in 1984.
In 1979 Maurice was invited to join the Board of Wigan Rugby League Club where he quickly became Vice Chairman and then Chairman and guided the club away from insolvency. In 1984, following the sale of his business, he purchased a majority stock in the Wigan Club and together with two other colleagues was able to restructure the club completely in an Executive Chairman role. In 1992 Maurice was invited to take over the Rugby League as a whole and on appointment of the Chief Executive role it was necessary for him to dispose of his stockholdings within Wigan Club.
Alongside Maurice's tenure as the Chairman / majority owner of Wigan Club he also managed Lindsay's The Bookmakers, a thriving and profitable bookmakers business. He maintained ownership of the company until 2007 when he again concluded a profitable sale of the business. During this time Maurice was becoming progressively more physically disabled and realised he needed more time to balance his life in an effort to control his disability, which is a result of chronic psoriatic arthritis.
Upon leaving Wigan Club Maurice assumed control of the Rugby League and all its areas, which employed 400 people with overhaul responsibility for hundreds of clubs both professional and amateur. During his tenure Maurice introduced the now well respected Super League Europe Limited. Maurice was also responsible for the games International participation and acted as the Great Britain Team Manager for 5 years, during which time he was asked by the other nations to accept the role as Chairman of the International Board.
Maurice retired from his Rugby League roles at the end of 1999 with the intention to return to business although he was persuaded by David Whelan (who at the time was Chairman of JJB Sports plc) to join him in an ambitious plan to develop the new JJB Stadium and build a portfolio of clubs. Upon accepting David Whelan's invitation Maurice became a Director of Wigan Athletic, renewed his Chairmanship of Wigan Rugby League Club and became Chairman of the Orrell Rugby Union Club which they purchased in 2002.
Maurice also went on to be elected to the Premier League Shareholders committee and in addition he was elected by the Premier League Clubs to represent them on the FA Council who as a result elected him to the Football Authority where he remains to date.
In 1998 Maurice formed Racecourse Data Technologies, a company that provides a computer service within the horseracing industry nationwide, in partnership with an Australian company. In 2004 his Australian partner wanted to sell and Maurice negotiated a sale of the business to well-known business man, Dermott Desmond. The company was redeveloped in 2004 and Mr Desmond invited Maurice to remain as Chairman, a post which he still holds to date.
During Louise's career she has worked with a number of businesses and other organisations in executive HR roles establishing commercially focused HR strategies, business transformation programmes as well as working with a variety of mergers and acquisitions. She is frequently called upon to carry out HR diagnostic projects for organisations and then deliver the solutions to move organisations forward.
Having worked in both domestic and international markets she has a diverse experience of developing people strategies across a variety of different cultures and sectors Manufacturing, Construction, Business Services, Automotive, Logistics & Distribution, Aftermarket Operations, Healthcare and Financial Services
In 2008 she established an HR & Resourcing Consultancy providing HR, Recruitment, Business Transformation & Learning & Development Strategies for businesses and has provides strategic project and ongoing consulting to a wide variety of clients. She also works with a number of universities, developing undergraduates to establish the skills to integrate themselves into the world of employment.
Louise lives in Leamington Spa and has a young daughter Phoebe.
We are seeking two Trustees who will bring a senior business perspective and have a network to be able to help open doors and bring broader support to the Charity.
We would like a third Trustee to bring to the Board medical expertise and it would be advantageous to find a recognised specialist in Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury or Cancer.
Caudwell Children is committed to providing equal opportunities for all irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, sexuality and religion.
We particularly encourage applications from women and members of the Black and Asian communities and from disabled people or people with the personal experience of disability to help us better reflect the communities we serve.
We would like to see further geographical reach across our Trustees and would welcome Trustees from beyond the West Midlands, particularly London.