Who we are: Team

Who we are: Team

Our Directors and Trustees include:

Philippa Crowther – CEO

Philippa has spent over 30 years in Healthcare and related Business. Previous roles include, Operations Director for Nuffield Health (Charity Sector) responsible for 40 private hospitals. Operations Director for a Commercial Ophthalmic businesses UK and Ireland. Philippa Joined Wilberforce Trust in 2013 as Chief Executive.


Shaun Taylor – Finance Director

Shaun is a fully qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience. His previous roles include Finance Director of a Private National Healthcare company, Housing Associations and private sector Leisure Industry. Shaun joined Wilberforce Trust in 2015 as Finance Director.

Colin Aspinall – Chairman

Colin has spent over 20 years in Finance, Operations and IT Management having first trained as an accountant. His previous employment includes Mothercare and Asda, followed by IT Director and Commercial Finances with Ultralase and Northern Gas Networks.

Sue Hawksworth

Sue has experience of over 25 years in FMCG Commercial Management and is Economics trained. Sue has held numerous roles in Marketing. Her Previous employment was with Rowntree’s in Brand Management, Customer Marketing Management, Head of Health, and Wellness. Followed by working for Nestles as Head of Nutrition and is currently Marketing Director with Eldercare LLP.

Steve Cluderay

Steve spent 25 years in North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. He had management responsibilities in Training, Recruitment, Fire Training and Health, and Safety. He trained in Education and Fire Service. Working previously as a teacher in Physics and Chemistry.

Simon Cowell

Simon has nearly 30 years’ experience within the legal sector and is the Managing Director of Harland & Company Solicitors in York as well as being head of its Commercial Property Department. Prior to joining Harland and Company, Simon worked for legal 500 firms in the North East of England and was an in-house property solicitor for a substantial Plc.

Charles Anelay

Charles has been involved with the property and construction sector for nearly 40 years.  Mostly that was with William Anelay Ltd, a multi award winning specialist heritage contractor, that sadly went into administration.  He then moved into the not for profit sector as Property Portfolio Manager for the Diocese of York where he is also Diocesan Surveyor.  Charles is actively involved in his local church, where he is a Reader, and part the team that focuses on providing inclusive services for all ages.  As well as supporting the Wilberforce Trust he is also involved with the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust.

Anne Mwangi

Anne has over 20 years’ experience of working in the field of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the public, higher education and charity sectors. She currently works for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRF/JRHT) as the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Andy Knowles

Andy is an experienced leader and developer with over 35 years working at various levels from tools to Boardrooms with leading technology service and maintenance providers. Andy has worked with small and extra- large teams of people. He holds deep values and passion for ‘people’, meeting and engaging with them to help develop their careers. More latterly working with businesses and organisations. In parallel to his working life Andy enjoys being able to give back locally through a range of carefully selected voluntary roles. 

Stuart Young

Stuart is the Managing Director/ Finance Director of a manufacturing company. He has an extensive finance background working here in the UK holding board positions for companies here in the UK and abroad in France and Spain and other countries. Stuart is keen to support the Charity using his finance background to aid the Trust with finance and risk management.

Maria Robinson

Maria has worked in Healthcare for over 40 years. With extensive experience working within primary, secondary NHS and independent healthcare settings. Maria has held executive positions in Management , Nursing and Teaching with Clinical Governance and Improvement models along with Financial benefits playing an important part in her previous roles.


Who we are: Team

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