Meet our trustees

Simon Walters – Chair of Trustees, Anti-Corruption Lead Trustee

After a short period in retail banking, Simon has worked for City of Lincoln Council for over 28 years and is now the Director of Communities and Environment there. He has lived in the area for almost 40 years and was educated locally up to master’s degree level.  Simon is also a trustee on Historic Lincoln Trust and has a passion for tackling the causes of social exclusion and deprivation.

Andrew Brown - Health and Safety Lead Trustee

Growing up in Italy, Canada, and in the UK with degrees in politics, philosophy, education and marketing, Andrew has worked in education, business, and in social engagement, in the UK and all over the world.  He is currently involved in various education projects, as well as exploring how to make information about how the world works both more accessible and more fun. He believes in hard work and in enjoying life, and that life is what you make of it. Andrew lives in central Lincoln.

Claire Gilman-Abel - Fundraising Lead Trustee

Clare's background and experience in bid writing and fundraising has been a common theme through recent professional and volunteering roles. With time spent in the fields of sport and physical activity development and commercial product development in the public and private sectors, Clare is now the European Regional Development Fund Project Manager at Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG). In addition to the Trustee role at Lincoln City Foundation, Clare is Chair of Governors at a North Hykeham Primary School, and a member of Swim England's Judicial Panel which involves travelling around the country supporting swimming clubs with challenging situations.

Caroline Killeavy

Caroline has worked as a senior leader in the public and voluntary sectors for over 25 years, having an outstanding record of developing high performing teams and implementing successful change.  Having spent much of her career leading the national community engagement team at Canal & River Trust, Caroline joined the 150 year old charity YMCA Lincolnshire in January 2018 as Chief Executive. Caroline currently oversees the charity’s supported Housing portfolio, in addition to the extensive Childcare, Youth, Training & Health & Wellbeing Services delivered across Lincolnshire.  Caroline’s expertise and passion lies in community engagement and shaping successful partnerships.  Caroline was recently chosen as the Institute of Director’s Third Sector Director of the Year 2019. Caroline lives in Lincoln. 

Clive Nates 

Clive joined the Lincoln City Football Club board in February 2016 and was elected Chairman in June 2018, and joined Lincoln City Foundation board in autumn 2019. Although Clive has lived in South Africa all his life he has been a keen follower of English football from a child.


Clive has been a regular visitor to the UK, even before his interest in Lincoln City, having seen both of his children study at English universities as well as to regularly watch his favourite football teams.


Clive qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the auditing profession until moving into asset management in the late 1980’s. He progressed to become Head of Research and a Director of the investment arm of the Liberty Life Group. In 1998 he was presented with an opportunity by the financial services group Peregrine Holdings to co-found the first hedge fund management company in South Africa. He remains a non-Executive Director of Peregrine Capital, a company he was first Managing Director and then Chairman until his retirement from day-to-day involvement in 2011.

Richard Merryweather

Richard Merryweather is the Head of Campus Services at the University of Lincoln with responsibility for a range of commercial operations and services including, the management of their Sports Facilities at the Brayford Campus. As a keen sportsman himself he was passionate about football, rugby and athletics before focusing on golf as he got older and his muscles took longer to recover. He is enthusiastic about the positive impact that sport and activity has on our mental and physical well-being, utilising his role at the University to promote the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

He has experience growing commercial operations and was involved in the development and establishment of the Engine Shed as a live music venue in Lincoln as well as growing the programme for the LPAC theatre to attract a broader audience to the arts centre. He obtained a degree in Accountancy and Management from Sheffield before spending a year at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then 5 years in the Royal Artillery as a Troop Commander involved in training and operations around the world. He left the armed forces and worked for several Technology and Blue Chip companies in a variety of roles developing his skills in operational and contract management. He is currently working on opportunities for the University’s Riseholme campus to support teaching and research, developing commercial opportunities and managing public access for the site.

Julian Purvis - Finance Lead Trustee

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Julian was entrusted with the Woodland Trust’s finances in his mid 20s, where he went on to spend most of his career as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services. More recently, Julian was Finance Director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (2013-18) and having now retired, is currently Treasurer of Rewilding Britain and Treasurer of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Julian lives at South Kyme.

Liam Scully - Designated Safeguarding Lead: Adults Lead Trustee

Liam Scully is the CEO of Lincoln City FC and has over 16 years’ experience working within professional sport. Liam joined Lincoln City FC from Club Doncaster, where he was Group Chief Operating Officer.  In 2013, Liam was inducted into the National Apprenticeship Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognised outstanding achievement in enterprise and business from those who started off their working life through an apprenticeship scheme.

Liam also holds non-executive positions with XP Free School and with the Asian Sports Foundation.  Other past non-executive roles include; Advisory Board Member at Doncaster Children’s Trust and the Football League Trust. Liam also held the position of Independent Chair for the Doncaster Inclusion and Fairness Forum until July 2017.

Pauline Tait - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead Trustee

Pauline is a law graduate and qualified Careers Adviser. She worked for Lincolnshire County Council Careers Service for seven years becoming Deputy Principal Careers Officer in 1986. Pauline spent fourteen years as a Senior Lecturer in Career Guidance at Nottingham Trent University. Pauline then moved to a new senior leadership role at HM Prison, Lincoln as Head of Learning and Skills. After two years in a UK wide role as Policy and Development Manager at the Institute of Career Guidance, Pauline returned to careers work as a careers and adviser at the University of Lincoln. She retired in 2016.

Pauline lives in Lincoln.

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