We are governed by a board of trustees, who come from various backgrounds including the public sector, banking, public affairs and the health sector to lend their expertise to the board.


Elizabeth Pollard – Chair of Trustees

Elizabeth Pollard has been a Trustee of the Trussell Trust since it was launched in 1997. She is also a Trustee of Lightship, a Christian Counselling service which was set up by the Trussell Trust, although it is now a stand-alone charity.

Elizabeth has been a discretionary fund manager for over 30 years and is a founding Director of Gore Browne Investment Management. She worked in the City for 8 years before moving to Wiltshire where she was involved in setting up a first branch office for Cazenove Fund Management, with whom she worked for 10 years.

Elizabeth worships at St Pauls Church in Salisbury and is a member of the PCC and actively involved in Alpha and Discipleship courses. She lives with chronic, long-term disability. Her interests include live theatre, opera music and travel.



Alison Inglis-Jones

Alison Inglis-Jones lives in London and has been involved in the voluntary sector for the last 25 years, previously working for the Shaftesbury Society (now Livability) and London Youth.

She has a background in public affairs and public relations. She has previously sat on a number of charity boards including the Act Network and the Challenge.

She is an active church goer attending William Wilberforce’s church, Holy Trinity Clapham. She is a trustee of Brixton & West Norwood Foodbank, the Urban Partnership Group and Traidcraft and volunteers regularly in four London foodbanks.

She is married with one adult and one teenage son.



Rt Revd John Packer

John’s career has been as a minister in the Church of England, mostly in northern industrial towns, often struggling with issues of deprivation and unemployment.  He was the Vicar of a South Yorkshire mining parish during the 1984-85 Miners’ strike, and later Rector of a large Council Housing estate parish in Sheffield following the decline in the steel industry.

A member of the House of Lords from 2006-14, he took a major interest in Welfare issues, including Benefit changes. He was the Bishop of Warrington, in the Liverpool diocese, from 1996-2000 and then Bishop of Ripon and Leeds until retirement in 2014. During that time he chaired the Church of England’s Stewardship Committee and its Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee, and was a member of its Finance Committee.

Since 2014, he has lived in Whitley Bay, as an assistant bishop in the diocese of Newcastle. For part of this time, he acted as chair of the Trustees of the Newcastle West End Foodbank, and he chairs the Trustees of ‘Together Newcastle’, a joint venture of the Church Urban Fund and the diocese. He is married with three adult children.



Robert Lanyon

Robert Lanyon became a trustee in January 2017. His day job is regional public affairs director for the energy company ExxonMobil.  During 20 years with the company, he has worked in the UK, Brussels and Texas in a range of management roles, from corporate and government communications to corporate social responsibility and crisis management. Before taking up his current role he oversaw the company’s global charitable programmes, including major initiatives in malaria eradication, empowering women in developing nations and promoting STEM education.

He is a member of the Surrey Business Leaders Forum. A modern languages graduate and keen traveller, Robert lives in Bentley, Hampshire, and is married to Harriet, who wrote the first ever Alpha Course cookbook for Holy Trinity Brompton. They have three daughters and are active members of the local church, including hosting the Marriage Course.



Stephen Hicks

Over 25 years working in the City for three US broking houses and risk consulting firms and made a career change in 2015 to pursue his own charitable interests as the now former regional chair of the Samaritans, also formerly a trustee of Mind and the Citizens Advice Bureau. He also volunteers for Caritas, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference for domestic social action. His particular focus is on risk, finance, strategy and governance.

Stephen is married with children, two grown up, the eldest having graduated and other in his final year and two at school. He’s an enthusiastic sportsman having completed marathons, a qualified skipper, golfer and Crisis at Christmas volunteer.