Steve Hindley (Chairman)

Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chairman

Steve is the Executive Chairman of the Midas Group, which is a privately owned group of companies operating in the Construction and Property Services Sectors. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Building. Steve is Chairman of the CBI Construction Council, a member of the CBI in the South West and also sits on the Construction Leadership Council (Chaired by Vince Cable) which will focus on the delivery of the joint industry and Government commitments and the strategic priorities to 2025. Steve was awarded the CBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Construction Industry and appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Devon in 2009. He has over 40 years experience in the construction industry at both project and company board and recently Steve was elected Chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, the organisation tasked with promoting economic development in Devon. Steve is married with two daughters and enjoys walking and classic cars.

Ed Burnand (Vice Chair)

Ed Burnand

Ed has lived in Devon since 2003 and before that worked in London for over 10 years. He is a Partner at AB… the ideas agency based in Exeter and works with clients locally, nationally and internationally. His focus is on strategy and management and he has been responsible for the development of a number of innovative client projects across branding, corporate reporting, moving image and digital. Ed believes that planning and knowledge are critical to producing effective communications and was introduced to DCF whilst working on their brand and website. He has over 20 years of client-side and consulting experience having worked at Tequila London and Telewest Broadband (now Virgin Media). Ed is married with three children and lives outside Cheriton Fitzpaine in mid-Devon. He studied History at Newcastle University.


Bishop Robert Atwell

Revd Robert Atwell

The Rt Revd Robert Atwell was installed as the 71st Bishop of Exeter on 5 July 2014. Bishop Robert Spent his early years in Ilford, Essex, then read theology at St John’s College Durham. After ordination training in Cambridge and at the Venerable English College, Rome, he served as a curate in North London before returning to Cambridge as Chaplain to Trinity College. This was followed by ten years as a Benedictine monk at Burford Priory in Oxfordshire, after which he became Vicar of St Mary’s Primrose Hill in London. He was appointed Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester in 2008. In his spare time Bishop Robert enjoys gardening, reading and writing. 


James Cross


With brief a brief spell working in the Housing Department of the South Hams Council and for the Herald Express Newspaper in Torquay James finally decided that the law was for him. After completion of his Solicitors Final Exams James trained as a solicitor in Torbay before moving to Exeter in 1992 and then in 2002 to Kitsons LLP where he is Managing Partner. James is also Chairman of the Torquay Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive committee of the Torbay Business Forum and a Director of Learning Academy Partnership (SW). James is married with 3 children. His hobbies include playing and watching sport, reading and walking.

Caroline Harlow 

Caroline H

Caroline Harlow has lived in Devon for 27 years. Trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, she worked with brain injured clients and their families. Since 2010 she has been involved in TEDxExeter, St. Petrock's centre for the homeless, Schumacher College at Dartington and most recently The Shannon Trust, an organisation with a vision to make every prisoner a reader. She has been involved with DCF for 4 years having found out about the foundation at a Devon Funding Network event. She lives in central Exeter.

Peter Holden


Peter has spent most of his time in London starting his career with Royal Sun Alliance and then Schroders. In his late 20s founded an Independent Financial Advisers firm called Holden Meehan and a further company called Holden & Partners. He has been an Independent Financial Adviser for over 35 years retiring to Devon in 2017. During that time he advised high net worth individuals, families and charities. He brings a wealth of experience and understanding of financial markets to the Charity. He has a particular interest in commercial property and investments that are involved in delivering solutions surrounding the subject of climate change. Peter is married with two grown up children and in his private life he follows international cricket at home and abroad, enjoys fly fishing and is also an enthusiastic sailor.

Sally Wace

Sally Wace, Trustee

Sally joined DCF as a trustee after a 35 year career as a print, broadcast and online journalist, latterly as Health Correspondent for the BBC in the South West, where she was known by her maiden name, Sally Mountjoy. Covering medical, health and care issues gave her an insight into the social and health challenges facing the region, and also the chance to meet some of the impressive volunteers working to fill the gaps in statutory services. Getting involved with the foundation, as a trustee and by setting up a donor fund with her family, provides a welcome opportunity to support those individuals and projects helping to improve lives at a local level. Born and brought up in London, Sally studied English at Leeds University but has spent her working life in the South West. She is married with three children, who were all born in Devon. She lives in the South Hams with her family, a large herd of alpacas and an elderly labrador. She enjoys trekking, coastal and countryside walks, swimming and staying fit, and the theatre.

Stewart Wallis

Stewart Wallis, DCF Trustee

Stewart’s career has focused on economic development at both local and international levels and he is an advocate for the need to develop a new economic system. He stepped down as Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) as of January 2016, after 12 years. Prior to NEF, Stewart spent 11 years as International Director of Oxfam GB with responsibility for Oxfam’s global programme. Previous positions include Managing Director of a group of packaging companies and Industrial Economist at the World Bank. Stewart lives in North Devon with his wife and two large dogs and has 4 daughters and a stepson. He is currently involved in economic development projects both in Devon and internationally but finds time to walk the hills and coasts and indulge his love of photography. Stewart was awarded an OBE in 2002 and an Honorary Doctorate from Lancaster University in 2016.

President HM Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Mr David Fursdon 

David Fursdon

David became Lord Lieutenant of Devon and the Queen’s representative in the County in April this year. He has worked with a number of charities in Devon over the 37 years that he and his family have lived here. He has held a number of public roles (Crown Estate Commissioner; English Heritage Commissioner; Chair of the SW Board for the 2012 Olympics and Chair of the SW Rural and Farming Network) as well as running his own business. He has also been Chairman and President of the Country Land and Business Association and been involved with Government in working on several policy initiatives including those focussing on affordable housing and on new entrants into agriculture. He was High Sheriff of Devon in 2009.

Sir Ian Amory DL; Lady Arran DL MBE; Sir Eric Dancer KCVO CBE JP FRSA