About us Our people Trustees Chairman - Bill Thomas Bill Thomas is an independent non-exec director who has served on the boards of GFI Sarl, XChanging plc, Co op Bank plc, Balfour Beatty plc, VFS Global and is a member of the International Advisory Board of FireEye Inc. Under Ed Miliband, he chaired the Labour Party's Small Business Taskforce, the Independent Review into Defence Procurement and was a member of the Skills Taskforce. He Chaired the International Advisory board of Cranfield School of Management and as Alumni President, serves on the Cranfield University Council. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett-Packard he led HPs EMEA service business and served for nine years on the President's committee of the CBI. He is the Chair of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Together with Julie, he is the joint proprietor of Hopton Estates in Derbyshire.