Bob Wheeler Chair

Inspire Hounslow Trustees Bob WheelerThe longest serving Board member. He has over 30 years working in the computer industry starting as a programmer/analyst for a Bank in the city progressing to a Development Manager for a major computer manufacture. During this time he has worked in a verity of areas such as Defence, Police, Government, Transport and Charities. He then moved into IT training, assessing and verifying NVQ candidates and was heavily involved in bids for a verity of funds. Bob has actively support and worked for a number of charities including the Red Cross, YMCA and the Kennel Club. He has lived in Hounslow Borough since 1979 and has been involved in the Friends of Libraries, Feltham Forum. The opportunity to become a Trustee of CIP arose and he applied and was selected. CIP managed, developed and safeguarded the leisure services of Hounslow. He is married with two grown up daughters.


Edward Locke Vice-chair

Inspire Hounslow Trustees Edward LockeHe has been on the Board since 2000, and has spent most of his working life in the recreation department of a neighbouring local authority, finally managing a wide portfolio of leisure facilities. He is currently working as a landscape gardener. He is a member of The Institute of Horticulture, and secretary of The Temple Trust. He is particularly interested in how horticultural training and the management of parks and open spaces may contribute to building strong and inclusive communities. He has lived in the borough for almost fifty years, and is a governor of Lampton School. He is married with a grown up daughter.


Richard Norris Treasurer

Inspire Hounslow Trustees Richard NorrisRichard is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the accountancy profession, commerce, corporate finance and managing investments. He is a keen sportsman, particularly golf, and has a lifelong interest in music, both as administrator and a player in his local orchestra. Recently, he wrote and published a biography of the developer of his golf club, and is currently researching the history of the club. He has been a Trustee since 2000.


Colin Hume MCILT. Company Secretary

Inspire-Hounslow-Trustees-Colin-HumeHe has been on the Board since 2003 and has 36 years of airline experience working for British Airways in Flight Operations. He was responsible for managing a small department liaising with Air Navigation service provider’s world wide and industry bodies regarding the safety of air operations, routeings, punctuality and introduction of new airborne capability. Currently he is involved in various local voluntary Groups in Osterley and has lived in Hounslow Borough for over 40 years. Colin is married with two grown up children and has two grand daughters.


Gaynor Hogan

Inspire Hounslow Trustees Gaynor HoganGaynor initially worked in Sales for 13 years, selling computer hardware before becoming involved in Sport & Fitness for both abled bodied and disabled people. Ranging from Aerobics, Gym, Swimming, Massage and GP Referral/Cardiac Rehabilitation as a Level 4 Instructor. At the same time working alongside various charities as a Volunteer and Company Secretary within the London Borough of Hounslow. She participates in the Swimathon 5k challenge on an annual basis to raise money for various cancer charities. Gaynor was presented an award at the House of Commons in 2009 for her service to sport in the London Borough of Hounslow.


Dr Ken Newlan

Ken has lived and worked in Hounslow for over forty years. He worked at West Thames College as Programme Manager for Art, Design and Media before moving to Kingsway College and then Reigate School of Art Design and Media. He subsequently worked for Learning and Skills Network and AQA and more recently in consultancy and interim management roles in FE colleges.

Ken curated a collection of modern sculpture from 1994 to 2008, helping to commission a variety of sculptors from Eastern Europe, Russia, the UK and Australia. His interests are in contemporary art and design. He has recently completed a doctorate in education at the University of Sheffield. He is a keen cyclist and a member of a local masters swimming club.


Charles Rees

Born 1946 in Cardiff. Graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree in law. Charles passed his Bar Finals with honour and was called to the Bar in November 1974. Barrister of the Middle Temple. Served in Various London Magistrates’ Courts from 1975 to 2007 as clerk and legal adviser to magistrates and serving as Deputy Justices’ Clerk from 1987 to 2007. Lecturer in Law at former South West London College, Tooting from 1971 to 1973 ; part-time lecturer in law to the Central London Polytechnic 1974 to 1984; examiner in law to various Accountancy Book-Keeping bodies from 1974 to 1994; guest lecturer to Institute of Public Administration in 2008. Interests: rugby football, hockey, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, theatre, cinema, opera, ballet, cycling canal towpaths with friends, travelling Eastern Europe.


Julian Knott

Julian is Managing Director and founder of AQADA Ltd – a performance improvement and change management company – focusing on strategic change, operational transformation and improving service delivery. He is also CEO of Monte Alto Solutions, a partnership that specialises in Business development, business incubation, consultancy, talent solutions and partnerships in the IT / high tech industry.

Julian serves on a variety of charitable, non-executive and governor boards, in addition Inspire Hounslow. He is Governor at Grey Court school; Chair of Teddington junior rugby and a coach at Kingston Little League Football. Previously he sat on board’s of Shared Horizons; Womenaid; Blue Sky and was Chair of Fern Hill school.

Recently he has advised charities, such as Victim Support, Help the Hospices, VSO and Marie Curie, on modernisation strategies and realignment to meet the demands of the competitive commissioning environment while maintaining organisational values and vision.

He was Commercial Director with CIP – a charity / social enterprise – providing Local Government community services to people in Hounslow and surrounding boroughs.

His background encompasses in the travel and tourism industry, environmental / home services and civil engineering services as well as charities and public sector. He has extensive knowledge of cross cultural, global markets including: Middle East, China, India, Far East and Australasia, US and Europe.

He has served on Boards and held director level responsibility in operational, sales & marketing and CRM roles for major global corporations such as: Kanoo group in Bahrain; Dyno group, (a franchise – a subsidiary of British Gas Services); Rosenbluth International; HRG / BTI, (global partnership); Thomas Cook – corporate, leisure and FX operations.

He took MBA at Huron University (now HULT) in London – with electives in not-for-profit and social enterprise.

He has travelled extensively on leisure and business, including over 5 months independent travel around India and 4 months around China.


Ruby Mir

Currently the Director within the charity sector, with over a decade working in education business partnership. I started working life as an Apprentice and then delivered London Borough of Richmond’s Work Experience service. From delivering work experience to managing enterprise and employability events. I’m drawn to organisations that define their purpose by their contribution to society. I believe Education is a vehicle to change the quality of life for individuals.

I hold a track record of working effectively with schools and businesses with a strong portfolio of corporate and SME contacts London-wide. Passionate about working with partners to create inspiring opportunities for young people whilst exposing students to a wide range of career options through employer engagement.