Our Board of Trustees
Sir Gerry Grimstone
Sir Gerry Grimstone is Chairman of Standard Life, one of the UK’s largest savings and investments businesses. He also chairs Standard Life’s business in China and sits on the Board of HDFC Life in India. He is also Deputy Chairman of Barclays and is an Independent Non-Executive Board Member of Deloitte LLP.
Within the UK public sector, he is a member of HM Treasury's Financial Services Trade and Investment Board. From 2012-2015, Gerry served as the Chairman of TheCityUK, the representative body for the financial and professional services industry in the UK.
Gerry has a long history serving the Ministry of Defence. He served on the Board of RAF Strike Command (subsequently Air Command) from 1999-2007, chaired the RAF Audit Committee and was a member of the Defence Audit Committee. He is a trustee of the RAF Museum. In 2010-2011, he carried out a major study on Civilians in Defence for the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence. Gerry was a member of the Defence Reform Steering Group chaired by Lord Levene. Since 2011, he has sat on the Defence Board chaired by the Defence Secretary as its Lead Non-Executive. The Defence Board is the senior decision-taking body in the MoD.
He was previously a senior investment banker at Schroders and ran businesses in London, North America and Asia Pacific. He specialised in mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising for major companies worldwide. Prior to that, he was an official in HM Treasury where he was responsible for privatisation and policy towards nationalised industries.
Educated at St Paul's School, London. Qualified as a chartered accountant in 1965 with a small firm, in which he became a partner in 1966. By 2000, after several mergers, Richard was a partner in Baker Tilly, the seventh largest accounting firm in the UK. His specialist areas were smaller businesses, start ups and charities (including advising the trustees of the RAF Museum for about 12 years). In 1982-84 worked with a client on starting an airline, which became Virgin Atlantic. Advised the founder of the Ministry of Sound club and music business from its inception in 1991 and joined the company full time in 2000, as Finance Director. Managed a £23m investment in the business in 2001. One of a small group that set up a fitness club in Surrey in 1977, of which he was finance director until 2013, when he became chief executive (part time).
Officially retired from Ministry of Sound in 2013 and now works with a portfolio of charity clients (all on a pro bono basis) and mainly early stage companies. Joined the Finance Committee of the RAF Museum, which he now chairs, in 2012 and was appointed a trustee in 2013.
Catriona has spent over twenty five years in Sales and Marketing roles in large commercial businesses, including Barclays Plc, Vauxhall Motors Ltd and Dixons Carphone Plc. During the last ten years, her focus has been on the Travel, Hospitality and Leisure sectors with Whitbread PLC, Europcar Ltd, and Mitchells and Butlers PLC, marketing brands such as Premier Inn, TGI Fridays, Travelodge and Harvester.
She has initiated successful change, brand, customer experience and communications programmes and also has extensive experience in digital marketing. As an Executive leader, she has led teams of a hundred and fifty people, overseen budgets of three hundred million and grown turnover significantly.
Catriona is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a member of the Top 100 Women in Hospitality Club and has a passion for History.
Julie is a co-founder of 3x1 Group, an independent communications and digital consultancy with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and London. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and has 30 years’ experience in strategic communications, brand building, sponsorship activation and reputation management.
She has provided counsel to blue chip clients in the private, public and third sector across aviation & transportation; tourism, arts & culture; sport & leisure; retail, property & construction; food & drink and financial services.
She is a past-chair of CIPR Scotland; former adviser to the University of Stirling’s MSc in Public Relations and non-executive director of Culture Republic, Scotland’s national arts charity.
Her media career spanned the BBC World Service and Radio Clyde after graduating from the University of Strathclyde in Arts and Business Studies
John C Michaelson
John Michaelson is the Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager for Michaelson Capital Partners, an investment advisor managing funds for institutional and individual investors. Previously, John served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Needham Asset Management; also an investment advisor.
John holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business and a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University. He is the author of the textbook Restructuring for Growth and of numerous articles on investing and economics.
John served as both a trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
A Solicitor Deputy High Court Cost Judge and entrepreneur, Andrew founded Reid Minty Solicitors and, following its merger with McGrigors, Andrew is now Senior Partner of RMPI LLP which is a 3-Partner Mayfair niche practice dealing with many high profile cases.
Since the early 1980s Andrew has been engaged in Arable Farming and property development. Andrew is also a licensed professional racehorse trainer and has trained nearly 200 winners and has bred over 300 race winners.
In 2009 Andrew created an educational Children’s Farm based at his own farm in Mill Hill, London NW7, and from there he supports numerous charities. Andrew is also a Patron of the Children’s Country Holiday Fund (now CCHF All about Kids), and has been a Trustee of the RAF Museum since 2011.
Andrew’s interests include scurry driving, polo, hunting, shooting, gardening, history, classic cars, cricket (MCC member) and rowing (member of Leander Club).