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Clive Richards Foundation

The Trustees & Advisers



Peter is a Midlands based entrepreneur and investor.

He was the founder of Surgi C in 2007 and Newtech Ortho in 2009 specialist spinal and orthopaedic suppliers respectively where following significant growth in sales and profitability, he sold both businesses to a private equity backed company in April 2010 and remained as Chief Executive until 2012. He then went on to hold various leadership roles at Mercia Asset Management PLC where he is currently the Head of Venture Capital as well as a shareholder and board member in a number of private businesses including being a co-founder and significant shareholder in C7 Health, a specialist diagnostic provider to the NHS which sold to InHealth in 2022. 


A former British junior triathlete, Peter on occasions still sets himself endurance challenges such as an Ironman Triathlon, Marathon Des Sables (150 mile run in Sahara desert over 5 days) and a 400km TransAlp Mountain Bike ride.

Peter Dines Chairman Clive Richards Foundation formerly known as Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity


Sylvia came to Herefordshire in 1984 after a busy working life in the City of London in the Insurance, Stock Exchange and Investment Banking sectors.

She now enjoys the country life and helps to run their beautiful Estate in particular involving herself with the Hereford Pedigree cattle.

Her hobbies include listening to music, opera, ballet, gardening, watching rugby and cricket and breeding and training black Labradors.

Sylvia Richards Trustee Clive Richards Foundation formerly known as Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity



David retired in 2013 following a career in secondary education as a modern foreign languages teacher and, from 2003-13, as Headteacher/Executive Head of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield.


He is passionate about providing educational opportunities of the highest calibre for young people and raising their aspirations and achievement. He has a particular interest in community cohesion and social mobility issues. Beyond education, his interests include France and French culture, sport, ornithology, aviculture and photography.

David Iddon Trustee Clive Richards Foundation formerly known as Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity Bishop Vesey Grammar School Sutton Coldfield West Midlands Birmingham headteacher headmaster



Gareth is an industrialist and contributor to social welfare projects, based in the Midlands and North Norfolk. 


He spent 30 years in R&D, project delivery and business change management in the UK, Europe and China; principally in the chemical, pharmaceutical, engineering and business process outsourcing sectors.  Following a major business trade sale as Managing Director in 2007, Gareth spent five years as a secondary school science teacher. 


He has recently successfully started up an EMEA venture for IPS, a world leading engineer and consultant in healthcare based capital projects. 


Gareth is passionate about applying the concept of UBUNTU through education and social welfare projects and for 15 years has been actively involved in projects based in the UK, West Africa and the Indian Himalaya. He now divides his time equally between industrial and charitable projects. 


Following many years active participation, coaching and officiating in a number of sports, Gareth now enjoys watching live sport; principally rugby, football and hockey, both on a local and international stage. 

Gareth Davies handles overseas applicationsClive Richards Foundation


James is currently the Managing Director of the GFMA’s Global FX Division, representing the largest dealers in the global FX market.  He also runs AFME’s Technology and Operations Division and the Compliance, Control & Accounting (CCA) Division; in addition James now Chairs AFME’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  He remains heavily involved with efforts to enhance industry conduct, is a Board member of the UK’s FICC Market Standards Board and sits on the Bank of England’s FX Joint Standing Committee and ICSA Board.

James has previously been a business strategy consultant at The LEK Partnership, working out of London and Chicago, as well as UK Head of Equities and Fixed Income Products at Reuters. He was the founder and Managing Director of the financial markets technology consultancy, Stentra, a market leader in trading system consulting, selling the company to ION Trading. 


A great believer in sport and health, James remains a keen hockey player. Still playing in the SuperVets league (admittedly more slowly), he is also a lead volunteer coach for Spencer Hockey Club juniors, encouraging the kids every week for the past 12 years.

James Kemp


Julian had a career as a Chartered Banker spanning over four decades in the City and West End of London. He held a number of senior positions in Private and Corporate banking, establishing the first Private Banking operation for NatWest in St. James’s. Julian moved this business to Coutts where he became Managing Director.


He focussed on providing Wealth Management solutions for the bank’s most successful and wealthiest clients within its Family Office and latterly International business concentrating on the Middle East and Asia. He worked closely with families and Family Offices in helping to devise and implement their philanthropic strategies.


Julian is a Freeman of The City of London. He enjoys Rugby and lesser sports, playing his last game at Twickenham and attempting the Cresta Run both in his 6th decade. He skis and tries to keep fit playing tennis and golf.


Having known Clive and Sylvia Richards for over 30 years Julian is delighted to be able to support the Foundation in delivering its objectives.

Julian Lamden


Karen lives in Herefordshire and with her team based near Ross on Wye, run’s a successful business that provides leadership development to multi-national organisations.

She originates from Shropshire, the eldest of four children born into a farming family. 


With a first degree in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration she spent half her career in the Finance and IT industries leading and managing teams.  Since 2001 she has devoted herself to growing her business, volunteering as a school governor; currently she is Vice Chair of The Athelstan Trust, and raising her family.  Having lived in Herefordshire since 1992, Karen has local knowledge, especially of the schools in the county. 


She has two children and four young grandchildren.

She lives amongst the rural farming community and enjoys the outdoor life.  What keeps her busy outside of her work and her volunteering is being with her grandchildren, looking after her small herd of alpacas, breeding a few soay sheep and collecting eggs from her eight chickens. 

Karen Frost


Hermione Richards, a graduate of the University of Bristol, currently works in Human Resources, specializing in early careers and outreach initiatives within the finance sector in London.

She is honoured to serve as a young trustee at the Clive Richards Foundation, and enthusiastic about contributing to the charity's impactful work.


As the granddaughter of Clive Richards, she is proud of his legacy and excited to help uphold the values and hard work that define the Foundation's mission.

Beyond her professional commitments, she enjoys skiing, exploring new destinations, diving into good books, and trying out different cuisines in her free time.

Hermione Richards


Peter is a qualified financial accountant and has held a number of senior FD positions in his working career.

He became a Trustee and Director of the Foundation in 2009.  He retired as a Trustee in November 2022 and immediately became a Stage 1 Grants Adviser.

Peter’s interests are mainly sporting and he firmly believes that active participation in sport/leisure is a valuable asset towards greater self fulfillment and contentment.

Peter Henry Trustee Clive Richards Foundation formerly known as the Clive Richards Foundation in Hereford Herefordshire


Paul was appointed as Chief Executive in March 2023, having previously held a variety of CEO roles within the Charity and Not For Profit sector. Here he demonstrated a talent for growing organisations and providing successful strategic direction.

Paul has worked extensively around the world, including in both East and West Africa and so brings a wealth of cultural understanding to the role.

Prior to this, Paul served for 17 years within the military including front line service in several conflict zones. Latterly, he used his experience to specialise in leadership training for Officers, completing a postgraduate teaching qualification from Cardiff University.


He is passionate about promoting the importance of transparency, simplicity, and common sense in organisational leadership.

Away from work Paul is a keen horseman and has regularly represented Great Britain at International Level on the World Cup circuit. He and his family have recently returned to UK after over 15 years living in overseas.

Paul Adams CEO


Rob is a qualified Management Accountant and has a MBA from the Open University.

He has held senior financial roles at board level in manufacturing, education, leadership development, and the charity sector.


He enjoys walking and driving, especially in the Welsh hills where he lives.

Rob Woolf Finance Manager Clive Richards Foundation formerly known as Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity in Hereford Herefordshire donations education music arts opera buildings overseas orphanage India hospice hospital schools Worcester University overseas research CRF CSRC


Caren began working for Clive and Sylvia Richards in 1999 as their private secretary for business, charity and personal activities.


Over the years she has seen many changes including how the charity has evolved to its current structure.


Caren covers the day to day administration of the charity including processing all of the applications from start to finish and also runs the website.  


She has lived in Hereford with her husband since 1992.


CLIVE RICHARDS FOUNDATION ACCOUNTS previously trading as the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity

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