Our Board

Our Board is currently made up of five non-executive directors and Kate Shaw, 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.

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Board members

Antony Townsend (Chair)  

Antony Townsend has extensive experience as a Chief Executive and non-executive director in organisations regulating financial and professional services, and as a charitable trustee. He currently chairs the Pensions Regulator’s Determinations Panel, as well as being Chair of the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman Service. In addition, he undertakes work for the House of Commons, the NHS, and the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service.

Antony has devoted much of his career to public service, and has worked extensively with Governments and other public and private stakeholders on issues of corporate governance and risk management, skills which he brings to the Entrust Board.

Antony was appointed Chair of Entrust in December 2022.

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 Regulator of Social Housing and the Education Skills Funding Agency for the Department for Education. Gerry chairs the Audit Committee of Moat Homes which he joined as a non-Executive Director in 2015. He is also Deputy Chair of Governors of Farnborough Hill school where he joined the Board in December 2016. 

Gerry is Chair of Entrust's Audit Committee.

Mr Julian Atkins  

Julian is an experienced Non-Executive Director having held Board posts in a number of sectors. He is currently deputy chair of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and board chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce's subsidiary training company. He is also a past president of the London Institute of Banking and Finance for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Julian's executive career was in financial services. He was part of the Executive leadership team and led the HR function at Coventry Building Society, where he worked for nearly 25 years. His early career was spent with the Thomas Cook Group and Marks and Spencer plc.

Julian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Julian is passionate about developing high performing teams and delivering excellent customer service.

Julian is Chair of Entrust's Human Resources and Remuneration Committee.

Helen Venn  


Helen Venn comes to Entrust with a robust legal foundation and over two decades of expertise in regulatory investigation and enforcement. In her recent seven-year tenure at the Gambling Commission, Helen held key positions as an Executive Director and Programme Director, leading the licensing, compliance, and enforcement functions. She also spearheaded significant operational cultural changes to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.

Previously, Helen held the positions of Head of Authorisation and Head of Supervision at the Solicitors Regulation Authority, where she managed teams handling high-profile, complex regulatory cases. Before this, she gained valuable experience as an Investigative Lawyer, prosecuting serious fraud cases and investigating potential miscarriages of justice.

Peter Bayliss  


Peter is an experienced non-executive director, having previously chaired a housing association’s finance and risk committee.  He is also an experienced trustee, having chaired a mental health charity’s board for nearly a decade.

Peter’s executive career was in HM Revenue & Customs.  After a period investigating and prosecuting serious fraud in the Revenue’s Special Compliance Office he spent some time examining the tax affairs of the rich and famous in HMRC’s Complex Personal Returns team, before spending his final years as HM Inspector of Taxes as a national technical specialist countering marketed tax avoidance schemes.

As an adjunct to his main employment, Peter was for several years an associate lecturer with the Open University, teaching mathematics and statistics.  Drawing on his academic background in economics and financial management, he now undertakes the same role within the University of Worcester, teaching in its business school.

As a result of his compliance background and as someone diagnosed later in life with high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, Peter brings a usefully different perspective to the Board.