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Who We Are

President

Sir Maurice Hatter

Sir Maurice Hatter is the Chairman and owner of IMO Precision Controls Ltd. He founded the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Studies at University College Hospital London and in 1999 he received a knighthood in recognition of public services to the community. He is president Emeritus of World ORT, the largest non-governmental training organisation in the world and in July 2000 he demonstrated his passion for the club by becoming life president. The Hatter Foundation has supported CACT with a number of generous donations and in December 2010 Sir Maurice accepted an invitation to become honorary life president in recognition of his continued support. 

Vice President

Lord Michael Grade of Yarmouth

Michael Grade has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC, ITV, as well as over nine years as Chief Executive of Channel Four Television. 

In May 2004 he was appointed Chairman of the BBC, succeeding Gavyn Davies, resigning in November 2006 when his appointment as Executive Chairman of ITV was announced, a post he relinquished in 2009. 

He is non-executive Chairman of Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios, non-executive Chairman of Infinity Creative Media and a non-executive Director of WRG, a creative communications company based in Manchester. 

Michael is a Trustee of the National Museum of Science and Industry and is Chair of the Media Museum in Bradford.

In January 2011 he became the Conservative Peer, Lord Grade of Yarmouth.

Trustees

Roger Godsiff MP (Chairman)

Roger Godsiff has been the MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath since 1992. He sits on a number of Parliamentary groups and is secretary of the British South African Parliamentary Group. Prior to becoming an MP Roger was a local Councillor in Lewisham for 19 years and served as Mayor in 1977. He was a founding member of CACT and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has supported Charlton Athletic for over 50 years.

Peter Cousins

Peter Cousins joined the Board of Trustees in June 2008. He is an accountant and was a partner of Buzzacott LLP Chartered Accountants, for twenty-six years until 2006, looking after a broad range of clients until the last seventeen years or so when he concentrated on charities. He is now Company Secretary and Assistant Bursar of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege, one of the largest hundred charities in the country. Peter is Chairman of the Finance and Personnel sub-committee.

Paul Elliott CBE

Paul had a successful international career playing professional football for various clubs including Charlton Athletic, Celtic, Chelsea and Pisa and represented England at both youth and senior levels. Paul is a high profile advocate for equality and is a sought after spokesman on sports and social issues in the media. Paul takes a particular interest on the board personnel and equality issues.

Paul Statham

Paul Statham is the CEO and principle shareholder of Condeco Limited, one of the leading global providers of workspace management software. He is an advisor and commentator on workplace transformation and has helped to shape the latest thinking in the use of corporate real estate. He was previously Managing Director of one of the largest electronic security companies in the UK and an Associate Director of Charlton Athletic FC from 1999 to 2009.

Marilyn Toft

Marilyn is currently working in primary and secondary schools, academies and alternative provision with head teachers, senior leaders, staff, pupils and their parents/carers on improving teaching and promoting positive behaviour and attendance for learning. A secondary school teacher, Marilyn taught successfully in inner city schools for a number of years and then led national training and support on HIV and Aids education for LAs and the voluntary sector. Subsequently, whilst leading a LA's professional development programme for schools, Marilyn was appointed by the government to head its national healthy schools initiative, engaging every LA and health authority in the country.

Before her current role, Marilyn directed, on behalf of DFE, the national strategies' programme on behaviour and attendance improvement for all schools. A current season ticket holder, Marilyn has supported Charlton Athletic since she was nine years old.

Luke Ashworth

Luke is Legal Counsel at Shell International Limited. Luke trained and qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP before moving to Allen & Overy LLP to join the project finance, energy and infrastructure team in London. Luke has a broad range of professional legal experience in the energy and infrastructure sector (including a number of stadia deals). In private practice, Luke advised governments, financial institutions, export credit agencies, multilateral development institutions and multinational corporations. Luke has also worked as an investment director at an infrastructure fund. A season ticket holder at the Valley, Luke was born in Greenwich and is a life-long Charlton Athletic FC supporter.

Ken Palmer

Ken is currently working for the Royal Borough of Greenwich as their Safeguarding Coordinator for Schools and is also the Royal Greenwich, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for education. Ken is a dedicated and highly respected safeguarding and Child Protection expert and accredited trainer with over 20 years’ experience within the police and Local Government sectors. Ken is an Ex-Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Detective Constable with the specialist, Child Abuse Investigation Team. During his police service he would handle challenging caseloads, investigate complex cases of child abuse. Ken can demonstrate an impressive record of achievement, while working as a Detective Constable acknowledged by two Police commendations, a trial judge commendation, the meeting of demanding operational targets and a recognition of regularly exceeding customer expectations. Ken was also part of the MPS Partnership Team working on projects and preventative work – Project Azure the MPS response to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Project Violet MPS response to the ritualistic abuse of children. Ken started supporting Charlton during the sixties and is a long standing season ticket holder.

David White

David is the Managing Director of Axia FX Ltd, a bespoke financial exchange delivery company. He has spent the last 35 years in the financial markets and, prior to his current venture, worked for various banks in senior trading and management capacities. He is highly regarded in the world of Foreign Exchange and has sat on many high level committees. 

David also spent ten years as a Director of Charlton Athletic F.C. firstly on the football board and latterly on the plc board, before his tenure ended in December 2010. David has a particular interest in the right of education for all and feels strongly about improving numeracy within young people through sport and other fashionable channels.