Our Board

Our Board provides help, advice, and guidance to the Executive Team. They set the direction of the organisation, and ensure this is followed.

The full board meets every three months. There are other meetings that Board Members also attend.

Being a board member is not a paid position. Many board members live in Hertfordshire and help give back to their local community.

Chair – John Turk

John joined the board of HILS in 2015 as Chair.

A transformational leader and international speaker, John has a passion for management innovation and making organisations more human. He currently consults at London Business School on Strategy Execution and Innovation, and also goes into companies experiencing serious difficulties and fixes them (not the case at HILS).

In his spare time, the father of three keeps himself fit running marathons for charity, and during warm summer days rides a Harley-Davidson. John is married to an inspirational teacher, Karen, and they live in St Albans.

Mhairi Wright

Mhairi joined the HILS Board in July 2017. She is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, with over 30 years business experience with EY. During her time at EY, as an Executive Director, Mhairi specialised in advising private businesses and their shareholders across a wide range of commercial scenarios, and obtained Board experience through various tax leadership roles, involving setting strategy, developing business plans and monitoring performance. Commercial experience at EY included reporting on a broad range of corporate and shareholder transactions, including disposal of substantial business assets and corporate restructuring, and many forms of transaction at shareholder level, including complete exit, company buybacks and equity incentives.

Mhairi is married with 2 children, and in her spare time enjoys singing with a local choir, keeping fit and travelling.

Roger Gochin

Roger Gochin joined us in 2013.
Roger was the Principal and Chief Executive of North Hertfordshire College for 15 years.

In recent years, Roger has been the Chairman of a £17m turnover leisure company operating 19 sites in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Rutland, and has undertaken consultancy in over 50 colleges and universities.

Roger has been actively involved in many community partnerships, including Chairman of a Housing Association, Director of the Hertfordshire Business start-up company, Governor of a Higher Education College, and the Education Adviser to the Football Conference Youth League.

Steve McQueen

Steve joined the board of HILS in 2015.

Steve currently works as a Commercial Relationship Director for Lloyds Bank based in Stevenage, managing a portfolio of over 50 local SME clients with turnovers between £10M and £25M including three large national charities. 

His Board experience includes nine years as Finance Director and two years as Chairman of a locally based independent charity, which provides training opportunities in the construction industry for the young people of Hertfordshire. He is also a trustee of Stevenage Football Club.

Sam Tappenden

Sam joined the board of HILS in 2015. Currently Head of Business Management for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, Sam started his career on Hertfordshire County Council’s graduate training scheme.

Other previous roles include Strategy Development Manager for Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, and Business Manager for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.

Sam has a BA (Hons) from Cardiff University in History, an MSc from the University of Birmingham in Public Management, and is a part-qualified CIPFA accountant.

Tom Davis

Tom joined the board of HILS in 2015.

Having qualified as a General Practitioner in 2011, Tom has gradually reduced his time in the consulting room and broadened his experiences, developing a varied portfolio encompassing health and social care.

Tom’s work has taken him across several regions of the UK, as well as abroad, and spans Training and Education, Clinical Governance, Service Redesign, and Strategic Commissioning.   At weekends Tom can be found refereeing National League Rugby Union and spending time with his wife and three young sons.

Matt Willis

Matt joined the board of HILS in 2015.

Matt currently leads the Business Intelligence and Marketing Automation function at Thomson Reuters, with a focus on building enterprise capabilities for analytics, business intelligence, behaviour driven customer engagement, and marketing operations.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys tennis and rock climbing.

Clare Burgess

Clare Burgess joined the board of HILS in 2015.

Clare is a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP, focussed on infrastructure financing transactions for both greenfield and brownfield assets. Clare has advised on a wide range of transactions including project bonds, green bonds, private placements, multi-source financings including secured corporate debt transactions (whole business securitisations) and restructurings.

David Alexander

David Alexander joined us in 2016, representing the Social Business Trust (SBT).

Currently Director of the Contractor Solutions business, David is responsible for the Dyno and Home Assistance UK (HAUK), PH Jones, Construction Services and Businesses Services, and Local Heroes businesses. David is also an Investment Director for SBT.

David is married with three children. He is a keen sportsman, and enjoys keeping fit, with a passion for sailing off the west coast of Scotland.