Helping young people to aspire and older people to thrive

Our Trustees & management

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John Barradell OBE (Chairman)

John Barradell has been Town Clerk & Chief Executive of the City of London Corporation since 2012. Before that he was Chief Executive at Brighton & Hove City Council. He began his public sector career at Westminster City Council in 2002 where he eventually finished serving as Deputy Chief Executive during Simon Milton’s time as Leader of the Council. The early part of his career was spent in the private sector. Read More...

John has undertaken voluntary roles including over twenty years as Chief Officer, Special Constabulary for the Metropolitan Police Service, where he was responsible for the leadership of 1900 volunteer officers in London. He has been Chairman of the Foundation since 2016.

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Robert Davis MBE DL (Deputy Chairman)

Robert Davis served as a Councillor on Westminster City Council from 1982 to 2018. He was Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment. He was Lord Mayor of Westminster in 1996-1997. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London. Read More...

Robert is a founding Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. He also chairs and is a trustee of a number of other charities and voluntary organisations. A solicitor by profession, specialising in property law, he recently retired as a partner in Freeman Box. Robert was Simon’s civil partner.

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The Lady Flight

The Lady Flight (Christabel) has been a Councillor of the City of Westminster since 2006. Her roles since then include acting as Westminster’s Older People's Champion and Lord Mayor (2015-16). She previously worked for Sotheby’s, Christies and Bonhams, The Palace of Westminster and was appointed a Treasurer of the Conservative Party. Read More...

A lady of ideas and making them happen, Christabel came up with idea for the Sir Simon Milton Foundation in memory of her mentor. She was also the originator of Silver Sunday, the annual Christmas Tea Dance, and the Sir Simon Milton University Technical College Westminster.

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Julie Jones CBE

Julie Jones worked in local government for most of her career and was Director of Social Services and Deputy Chief Executive in Westminster during Simon Milton’s time as Leader of the Council. Before retiring in 2012 she was Chief Executive of SCIE. She was elected President of the Association of Directors of Social Services and awarded an OBE in 2003 and a CBE in 2009 for services to local government and social care in London and the UK. Read More...

Julie now serves on a number of care and housing boards and sits on the Fellowship Committee for City and Guilds and on the Church of England’s national safeguarding advisory panel. She lives in London and enjoys time with her 3 young granddaughters

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Lisa Milton

Lisa Milton is Sir Simon Milton’s sister and a founding Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. She worked in the Milton family business, Sharaton Patisseries, from childhood until it was sold in 1994. Read More...

Lisa is now an antiquarian bookseller.

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Tony Pidgley CBE

Tony Pidgley is the founder and current Chairman of Berkeley Group. He has gained a national reputation for building homes and creating successful places and communities. His judgment of the markets, willingness to put capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain’s best residential developers. Read More...

Tony’s expertise has been used to advise the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land, estate regeneration, and housing our aging population. He is also a trustee of Open-City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson was appointed a Trustee in May 2014 after completing her year as Lord Mayor of Westminster. She is managing director of a strategic communications consultancy and has advised global brands, CEOs, corporations and foundations on their communications, public affairs and social purpose campaigns. Read More...

Sarah previously worked as a journalist and political strategist, and she holds a number of non-executive and voluntary roles which focus on educational attainment, inclusion and social mobility. Sarah served in Simon’s Cabinet during her time as a Westminster City Councillor and he was a much loved friend and mentor, and Godfather to her son, Hugo.

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Sir Peter Rogers

Sir Peter Rogers was Chief Executive of Westminster City Council during Simon Milton’s time as Leader of the Council, where he created a culture of excellence driving improvements that saw the Council recognised as one of the best in the Country. Read More...

Peter retired in 2008 but was brought back by Boris Johnson to overhaul the London Development Agency and became an Advisor to the Mayor on Regeneration as well as handling the economic aftermath of the London riots. Peter now works as a Non-Executive Director in both profit and non-profit organisations. He was the founding Chairman of the Foundation until 2016.

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Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas is Chief Executive and majority shareholder of Hippodrome Casino Limited. He is the immediate past chairman of the strategy committee of the National Casino Forum, the UK casino industry association and is an active member of the national council of the British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA) and was the youngest ever president of BACTA, from 1999 to 2001. He was also a member of the equivalent committee of the Bingo Association. Read More...

He was also a member of the equivalent committee of the Bingo Association.Simon has been a trustee of Gamcare since 2007. He is a director of the Heart of London Business Alliance and was a commissioner on the West End Commission.

He lives in central London with his wife and three children.

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Annie Walker

In 1994 Annie Walker joined the Regent Street Association having started her working life in Advertising. The role involved organising the traffic free events, including the Christmas Lights, overseeing the marketing and PR, and working with the Crown Estate and the City of Westminster to improve the retail offer, public realm and the overall environment of Regent Street. Read More...

Since its inception, Annie organised many fund-raising events for the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. She is also a supporter and was a fundraiser for the redevelopment of the Regent Street Cinema. Since 2015 Annie has been the Honorary Clerk to the Past Overseers’ Society.

In March 2017 Annie was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Westminster for her contribution to retail and Regent Street.

She retired in October 2017 from the Regent Street Association and has since worked part time managing her partner’s dental practice.

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Duncan Whitfield (Honorary Treasurer)

Duncan is Strategic Director of Finance and Governance at Southwark Council. He joined Southwark in 2005 after 18 years at the City of Westminster and remembers fondly the period of working with Sir Simon under his leadership. He has worked with the London Mayors Association in a number of finance roles since 2000. Read More...

Duncan is a former President of the Society of London Treasurers and is currently President of the Society of Municipal Treasurers. He represents local authority treasurers on the LGPS Advisory Board and chairs the Association of Local Authority Treasurers Association."

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Matthew Sykes CVO (Chief Executive)

Matthew Sykes has been the Foundation’s Chief Executive since September 2015. Prior to this, from 2010 to 2014, he was Group Chief Executive of Elizabeth Finn Care, a large charity providing relief from poverty in the UK. Read More...

A former British Army officer, Matthew’s 35 year military career culminated in the rank of Major General as Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel) in the UK Ministry of Defence. At the same time he served as the Defence Services Secretary in the Royal Household. He has a number of other non-executive and voluntary roles.

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