Foundation Trustees

Dinesh Visavadia
Dinesh Visavadia
Retired Head of Pensions , John Lewis Partnership
Dinesh is currently a Director at Independent Trustee Services Limited and sits on several trustee boards of UK and Irish pension plans. He has significant experience of strategy, governance and stakeholder management of pension schemes. He has previously been the Head of Pensions at large organisations which include the John Lewis Partnership, Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd, Royal Mail Group and J.P.Morgan. Dinesh is a trustee of the Action for Children Pension Fund and a trustee of St Christopher’s Fellowship, both charities working for vulnerable children. He says that these charities do wonderful work to make a difference to the lives of the children in their care. He finds it thoroughly rewarding to work with these Charities. “Swan Foundation works in a wide cross-section of communities which have a rich and diverse culture and history. It makes a real difference to the people’s lives. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Foundation that makes a visible and sustainable difference to people and communities.”
Mufeedah Bustin
Mufeedah Bustin
Management Consultant and Project Manager with over 15 years experience in financial services., Trustee for Women's Health and Family Services and has a background in audit and governance.
Mufeedah is a management consultant and project manager with over 15 years experience in financial services, most recently as a Partner at a city insurance firm. Mufeedah has a background in audit and governance and is a Trustee for Women's Health and Family Services. Mufeedah said: "I support Swan Foundation because it has a unique business model which is well suited to fund local, grass roots projects which support communities that other organisations are unable to reach. Swan Foundation is supported by passionate and enthusiastic individuals which creates a unique energy and engagement for the work we do."
Alan Palmer
Alan Palmer
Commercially orientated non-executive director with public and private sector experience, Background in finance, investment and banking in the City.
Alan is a commercially orientated Non-Executive Director with public and private sector experience. He has a background in finance, investment and banking in the City and was previously Secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Strategic Investment Board, which advised the Ministry of Justice on investment funds held in court for vulnerable adults and children. He has also been an NED of the Kent Reliance Building Society and of Moat Homes Limited, and is currently on the board of North Middlesex University NHS Trust. Prior to his NED roles Alan had significant executive experience including 12 years as a director of a leading fund management company and a period as a director of a public-private joint venture that helped to regenerate the centre of Manchester. Other NED roles with East London NHS Foundation Trust. Alan said: "Swan Foundation is a perfect vehicle for delivering social help and support to the disadvantaged communities in the areas that it serves, and I am proud to serve as one of its trustees."

Carol Bernstein
Carol Bernstein
Chartered Accountant, Non-exec director in the public sector
Carol is a Chartered Accountant and has enjoyed a successful and varied career in both the private and public sectors. She has extensive commercial, business transformation and programme management experience. Her most recent executive role was at BT where she was responsible for strategic supplier management. She has many years of experience as a non-executive director in the public sector and has chaired audit and other committees. She is currently a non-executive director at UK Shared Business Services Limited (part of Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and a member of the audit committee. She is also a Lay member of the Architects Registration Board and sits on the audit and prescription committees. She is a regular volunteer at Smart Works. Carol is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and is an alumna of Warwick and London Business Schools. Carol said: “Swan Foundation contributes to ordinary people's lives in extraordinary ways by helping to fund projects that really can make a lasting difference and that is why I was interested in joining the Foundation.”
Gary Parker
Gary Parker
Managing Director of CNT Associates and Consultant in training, funding development and community regeneraton , CNT Associates
Gary is a London based consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors; with significant achievements in consultancy, training, funding development and community regeneration. He has been involved in the founding, running and management of a range of businesses, including, companies involved in training, event management, management consultancy, nutrition and well-being, retail, education, community transport, regeneration and business support sectors. Currently Managing Director of CNT Associates, a London based training & consultancy organisation. He is an approved consultant for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and previously a visiting lecturer/ research associate at the University of Central Lancashire in Community Regeneration and Health, in the Health & Ethnicity Unit. He regularly writes, trains and develops funding applications for private sector companies, social enterprises, health trusts, colleges and universities, housing associations, community organisations and local authorities. Other NED Roles include: Board Member: Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust Chair: Future Communities – a Bexley based community engagement organisation. Gary said: “I support the Foundation because it has a good track record of supporting the communities in which it based to help them address social and community development issues with practical and effective interventions and funding.”
Kate Burt
20 years in senior fundraising & marketing roles in the third sector., Previously worked for The Variety Club and The Prince's Trust.
Has spent 20 years in senior fundraising and marketing roles in the third sector at organisations including The Variety Club and The Prince's Trust, international sports NGOs Right To Play and Greenhouse and now is Executive Director of Marketing & Fundraising at Leonard Cheshire Disability. “As a resident of Tower Hamlets the opportunity to contribute to the future of the Swan Foundation and to the lives of people in East London and Essex - where I was born - is a combination of my professional and personal passions.”