At MEA our culture and style is far more participative than a traditional charity. We have no employees and our volunteers, including our trustees, drive our work. We list our legally appointed trustees below.
After graduating from Edinburgh University, Ian qualified as a chartered accountant and has spent the past 40 years working in financial services. He is currently chairman of a leading Lloyds and London market underwriter and a senior advisor to the Bank of England Prudential Regulatory Authority. Ian was a Trustee and Hon Treasurer of the children’s charity Barnardos until this year.
Barbara is a qualified chartered secretary. Born and educated in Perthshire, Barbara initially trained as a teacher in Dundee but then took the opportunity to work in Botswana and Vanuatu. Returning to the UK she qualified as a company secretary and worked in consumer protection in the financial services field. In the year 2000 Barbara was appointed as one of the team to create and build the new Financial Ombudsman Service. She has moved to a senior role in the private sector in 2012 and is an active volunteer in her local community.
Joshua Perry has worked extensively in the microfinance and charity sectors. He is the former CEO of the Microloan Foundation, a microfinance institution working in southern Africa with headquarters in London. Prior to that Josh was a management consultant with Accenture, where he worked in Kenya, Nigeria, Algeria and across the UK. He is currently Director of Programme Support at Ark.
Born in Edinburgh, Carla graduated from the University of Edinburgh and trained as a teacher at Moray House. Carla took a second degree in child psychology and taught for 20 years in London specialising in special needs and nursery education. Carla is now a psychotherapist with an interest in both cognitive and psychodynamic approaches.