Our Board

Our Board is made up of five non-executive directors and Christopher Welford, our Chief Executive. Our Board sets the strategic direction of the company and our objectives each year.

You can read the approved minutes of ENTRUST Board meetings here.

Board members

Dr Ann Limb CBE DL (Chair)  

Ann is a business leader and social entrepreneur and was appointed Chair of ENTRUST in July 2014.

A 25-year career in Further Education, as a lecturer and then College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, confirmed Ann's belief in the power of the UK's technical and vocational education and training system. As a senior civil servant from 2000-2005, Ann was responsible for the UK government's flagship digital learning initiative, now the successfully privatised organisation learndirect.

Ann holds a number of public and private sector non-executive directorships and is Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Buckinghamshire, where she has lived since 1986. Ann is Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), Chair of Destination Milton Keynes, Chair of Milton Keyne's bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, a Trustee of the Stables Theatre and Chair of IF, the biennial Milton Keynes International Festival.

Ann is also chair of a major national educational charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which she founded in 1998. In September 2015, Ann formally took up the post of Chair of The Scouts Association - their first woman chair.

In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Ann was appointed OBE for her public service and services to education and further recognised with a CBE in 2015.

 
Mr Jon Carlton  

Jon is a Chartered Engineer who worked in the utilities industry for 35 years in the UK and USA culminating in Board positions for two significant subsidiary businesses of National Grid.

Apart from ENTRUST, Jon has a number of other Non-Executive positions, which include Chairing the Board of National Grid Electricity Group Trustee Limited, being on the Board of the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator and membership of the All-Ireland Single Electricity Market Committee. Jon also does some freelance consultancy, with a focus on energy and regulated industries. Jon is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Jon is also active in supporting education, through an RSA project developing links between businesses and schools in North Oxfordshire, and is Vice-Chair of Governors of North Oxfordshire Academy. 

 
Mrs Anna East  

Anna is a solicitor whose career commenced at Eversheds. She later became Head of Legal and Company Secretary of Britannic Group PLC and Halfords Group PLC where she specialised in property and company law, corporate governance and regulation.

Anna is the former Chair of Dudley Building Society and remains a member of the Board. Anna is also Deputy Chair of Midland Heart Housing Association, a non-executive director at Holloway Friendly Society and a Governor of the King Edwards Schools. She has held a number of non executive roles in the NHS.

Anna is Chair of ENTRUST's Human Resources and Remuneration Committee.

 

Mr Justin McCracken  

Justin has more than ten years experience acting in a regulatory capacity in national public bodies; the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency. Prior to joining ENTRUST he was the Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency, and in addition he has also served as a trustee of a charity, the British Safety Council.

Justin is also a non-executive director of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR - the economic and safety regulator for the rail industry and economic regulator for Highways England) and a non-executive director of Ombudsman Services, a not-for-profit company which runs national private sector ombudsman schemes providing independent dispute resolution for consumers.

 
Mr Gerry McCormack  

Gerry has a broad business experience at Board level in both the private and public sector. His early professional background was as an audit practitioner and throughout his plc career as Group Finance Director he had direct involvement at Executive level with the Audit committee.

Much of Gerry’s professional life has centred on regulatory processes among which include The London Stock Exchange, the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly the Housing Corporation) and the Education Funding Agency for the Department for Education. In summer 2015 Gerry joined the Board and was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee for Moat Homes. Gerry was appointed to the Board of Governors of Farnborough Hill school in December 2016. 

Gerry is Chair of ENTRUST's Audit Committee.

 
Mr Christopher Welford  

Christopher Welford has been ENTRUST’s Chief Executive since June 2006. Prior to his appointment he was the Director of Registrations and Compliance at the Electoral Commission and helped to set up and establish that organisation. He has worked in the Regulatory Sector for over ten years and has extensive practical experience and knowledge of the strategic implementation of best regulatory practice.   

During his career he has worked in a number of public and private sector organisations in a range of different and complex roles including project construction, finance and senior management leadership roles.

As well as his executive roles, Christopher has undertaken a number of non-executive ones and is currently the lead non-executive director of a major public sector body.