Trustees and Patrons
Nicolas Heslop (Chairman)
Nicolas was Cabinet Member at Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, holding the portfolios for Housing from 2003 to 2007 then for Community Development from 2007 to 2011. He has been Leader of the Council from 2011. He is a governor at Cage Green Primary School and has been a Trustee of The Bridge Trust since 2007. Professionally he is a Public Affairs Manager at Edge, a campaign dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.
David Glynn B.E, C.Eng., FIEI (Vice Chairman)
A Chartered Civil Engineer, David has been Chairman of Neilcott Construction Group since 1986. A regular church goer, he is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society charity and has been a school governor for many years. He has been a Trustee of The Bridge Trust since 2003.
A retired chartered accountant, Bruce has devoted most of his career to the commercial world, in particular the shipping business, where he spent 17 years working overseas in a variety of financial accounting roles. In his last 4 years of his career he worked for the local Council for Voluntary Service, looking after their finances and accounting, including a merger with another charitable organisation. He was elected to the Board of The Bridge Trust in 2008.
Peter holds an honours degree and qualified as a solicitor in 1979. After working for a number of years in the maritime and commercial field, he joined the International Maritime Bureau in 1982 as Assistant Director and Legal Advisor. In 1990 he was appointed to run the operations of a sister organisation – the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau. He is a past Chairman of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group. In 2004 he took a leading role in setting up FraudNet, a unique international network of lawyers specialising in fraud and asset recovery. In the same year he was appointed Director of ICC Commercial Crime Services and although now retired, he still remains a Consultant. Peter became a Trustee of The Bridge Trust in 2013.
Erica is a community care lawyer who, after graduating from the University of Sussex with a BA in English, went on to study law at the College of Law in London. Since 2012 she has been a solicitor working in the Adult Social Welfare team, initially within Kent County Council’s in-house team, but subsequently at Invicta Law following KCC’s outsourcing of the team. Prior to that she spent 3 year advising homeless and other vulnerable clients in a London housing and public law firm, litigating in both the County Court and Administrative Court on behalf of legal aid clients at risk of eviction and homelessness. Her areas of expertise include homelessness, possession, disrepair, illegal eviction, harassment, judicial review, local authority care duties and breaches of lease agreements.
She has also offered her services as a volunteer for Victim Support, Great Chapel Street Medical Centre in London and the Hackney Law Centre. Erica is a founding member of the Junior Committee f the Housing Law Practitioner Association and a member of Lawyers in Local Government. She has 2 children and her interests include cooking, yoga and writing. She joined the Board of The Bridge Trust in 2017.
Helen Von Trotsenburg
Helen’s early career was in the Lloyds Insurance market, where she worked for both Underwriting and Broking companies. Once her three children were at school, she re-entered the workplace by setting up her own charity fundraising business which she has run since 2003, employing around 50 staff and raising almost £90 million for national charities. She has also been an ambassador for a children’s hospice and currently works as a befriender for Age UK. She is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising.
In 2012 she was the Event/Festival Director for the successful Tunbridge Wells Festival, showcasing local talent, small retailers and stallholder’s goods and services. This raised money for 5 local charities.
John Handley is the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary
Mrs Sue Aldred
The Rt Rev Brian Castle
The Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester
The Rt Rev John Hine
Tom Tugendhat MBE, MP for Tonbridge & Malling
The Rt Rev Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge
James Priory, Headmaster of Tonbridge School