Governance

The ACE Foundation is governed by a committee of seven trustees who are responsible for the adherence of the Foundation to its objectives.

HONORARY PRESIDENT:

PROF SIR PAUL MELLARS MA, PhD, ScD, FBA, FSA

Paul obtained his MA, PhD and ScD degrees at the University of Cambridge, where he was a student of Fitzwilliam College, then taught for ten years in the Archaeology Department at Sheffield University before returning to Cambridge in 1980, where he became a fellow of Corpus Christi College. He is a former President and Acting Master of Corpus Christi College. He has held visiting positions at the State University of New York at Binghamton and the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, member of the Academia Europaea and served as president of the Prehistoric Society. Paul was knighted in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to scholarship.

The present trustees are as follows:

ANN BARRETT OBE FMEDSCI MS FRCR FRCP

Ann Barrett is former professor of Clinical Oncology at the Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Trust. She was first associated with the University of Glasgow and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Center, later becoming Dean of the Faculty of Oncology at the Royal College of Radiologists and deputy head of School of the University of East Anglia. She was awarded an OBE for services to Healthcare in 2009.

RICHARD BURGE BA

Richard enjoyed a successful career in the energy industry and following his retirement co-founded Nethergate wines and brewery. He remains Chairman of the wine company and non-executive Director of the brewery. Richard has an interest in modern British and European history and he and his wife have been regular participants on ACE natural history tours.

JAMES BUXTON BA DipTh

James Buxton was educated at Grantchester Village School, and the King’s School Ely. After a year teaching at an Eritrean Refugee School in western Sudan, he read for a degree in Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After working at a workers cooperative in Newcastle and participating in a coffee-picking brigade in Nicaragua, he worked in two different roles for Oxfam in London. In 1992, James travelled from Greece to Egypt, visiting the Christian communities and ancient monasteries of the region. From 1993-1995, he led a church sponsored programme for refugees and migrants in Istanbul (a city which he considers his second home), in close association with the Anglican Chaplaincy there. Following this he trained for the priesthood at Westcott House in Cambridge. James’s interests include walking in mountainous and wild regions, art, architecture and music, and the practice of pilgrimage.

SALLY HICKLING MSOCSCI BARRISTER AT LAW

Sally studied social sciences at the University of Birmingham, taking a particular interest in the Soviet media. She was called to the Bar in 1993 and spent 10 years in prosecution and defence at the criminal bar before joining the Crown Prosecution Service in 2006. She has a strong interest in ballet, art and art history. She is a recently elected Parent Governor at Sawston Village College.

ROLAND RANDALL MA MSC PHD FIEEM

A Fellow and Director in Studies of Geography at Girton College, Cambridge, Roland specializes in biogeography, in particular studying the dry coastal ecosystems and high-stress environments of the Mediterranean and Britain. He also owns and runs a farm near Cambridge which is renowned for its pedigree goats.

NICHOLAS WRIGHT MA

Nick Wright is former bursar of Murray Edwards (New Hall) college. Nick was appointed in 1997 and immediately began addressing significant areas of need in the College, including the development of financial reporting, overseeing essential repairs to the estate, and instigating the developments that resulted in the conference facilities and new student accommodation (Buckingham House and Canning & Eliza Fok House) and establishing a conference business to support the core activities of the College.

PAUL BARNES MSC PHD (GENERAL SECRETARY)

Paul studied physics and engineering at University College London before working in research and operational analysis for the Ministry of Defence. Much of this work related to conflict resolution and peacekeeping studies, his understanding enhanced by the experience of growing up with ACE study courses and summer schools. Paul became Assistant Secretary in 1998, succeeding his father as General Secretary (Chief Executive) in 2002. He has a fascination with 20th century design and history and a love of music, playing both guitar and saxophone.