Board of Trustees

“John was very resourceful and determined, with a great desire to uncover the truth.”

David Stevenson

The John Schofield Trust is a small voluntary charity. The trustees are:

Neil Bennett was a school friend of John’s and their friendship continued beyond the school gates when they both embarked on careers in journalism. Neil spent 16 years as an award-winning financial editor and columnist. He is now the chief executive of Maitland, a leading financial and corporate communications agency. Neil advises a wide number of Maitland’s clients and has also worked on many of Europe’s largest M&A, IPO and crisis management projects.

Toby Castle

Toby Castle is Deputy News Editor at the BBC. Previously Toby was Head of Home News at ITV News. He joined ITN in 1999. At ITN Toby news-edited across the home and foreign desks as well as field-producing, among other stories, the Beijing Olympics, the Lebanon war in 2006, the Columbia Shuttle disaster, the Soham murders and Michael Jackson’s death. Under his leadership ITV News won a BAFTA in 2011 for its coverage of the Cumbria shootings, RTS News Coverage Home award for coverage of the Jimmy Savile story in 2012 and last year the RTS Home award for coverage of the murder of Lee Rigby.

Richard DawkinsRichard Dawkins is the Chief Financial Officer for BBC News. Richard trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and spent three years in consultancy specialising in technology, media and telecoms. In 2003 he joined the BBC, initially in its Corporate Finance team before transferring into Strategy. After a spell as Head of Strategy for Emap Consumer Media, Richard rejoined the BBC in 2008 and has been Finance Director of BBC News and the Controller of Strategy for BBC News and BBC Radio. Richard became a trustee of the John Schofield Trust in 2011.

Picture by Philip Hollis for Channel 4 News 26-7-10 Ed FraserEd Fraser is the Managing Editor of Channel 4 News.  He started at Channel 4 News in 2004 as a programme editor on the evening show before going on to become the head of online, Head of Foreign News and Head of Home News.  Before working with Channel 4 he worked at GMTV then on to Sky News where he covered the Soham murder trial. He has worked extensively in hostile environments covering the Iraq War, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Lebanon war in 2006.

Alan GradyAlan Grady began his career at ITN twenty years ago as one of the company’s first video-journalists. As a senior producer for BBC News, he led teams on numerous foreign assignments, including covering the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And as an Executive Producer with Sky News, he programme edited some of the biggest stories of the past few years, including the Charlie Hebdo shootings, the Tunisia beach attacks, and the Boston bombing.

schofield_smallSusannah Schofield worked for nine years as Head of Alumni Relations at Alleyn’s School in south-east London. Since moving out of London, she now works for the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE), overseeing its professional development programme.

trustee_wendy_wilson-e1389360436840Wendy Wilson is an executive coach and mentor specialising in change management and cultural transition. Her private practice supports clients on an individual basis and within corporate frameworks. She also works with Oxford Brookes Business School and EuRA (The European Relocation Association) providing tutorial support for their online relocation coach training programme. Wendy is also co-chair of the UK affiliate of US organisation FIGT (Families in Global Transition). Her coaching methods are underpinned by both rigorous academic research and personal experience as Wendy has spent a decade in a variety of international postings with her journalist husband and three children.

The John Schofield Trust, Charity number: 1061065