Our Trustees and Patrons


Jacqueline Winstanley BSc hons - Chair 

Jacqueline is best described as a Global Disruptor & Innovator with a deeply held and proven conviction to increasing equality of access to life’s opportunities through the creation of Inclusive environments.

A thought leader in the reduction of Global inequalities, Jacqueline’s work is recognised as good practice in the UK and internationally, having an audit trail in terms of proof of concept and outcomes most notably in Inclusive Economic Growth, Workforce Retention, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Inclusive Play, Childcare, Parks and Open Spaces.

Author, Public Speaker and regular contributor to National & International Advisory boards, Good Practice Guidelines, White Papers & Select Committee evidence sessions.

Jacqueline has influenced significant changes in government policy in the UK throughout her career, as a direct result of her clarity of vision in this area.

Jacqueline continues to develop and implement solutions to Global inequalities, most recently within her work as Founder of Universal Inclusion & the Inclusive Entrepreneur, presenting at Westminster on the role of Inclusive Entrepreneurship in achieving the 2030 Agenda Paradigm Shift for Disabled People.



Jon Trigg

Jon began his working life in the Army, serving several tours overseas, before leaving to join Deutsche Bank in the City of London.

Jon then returned to public service in Local Government as an Executive Director responsible for performance management and service transformation.

Jon became Director of the CEL Ltd in June 2010 and headed a management buy-out of CEL’s public services delivery including Home Improvement Agencies, Skills and Local Government work. The new organisation was christened Astral and Jon remains its CEO today.

Away from work he is a student of military history and has been published several times on the subject.


Steve Wood

Steve has worked across housing and care for over 30 years with a particular focus on the provision of accommodation and services which help older people maintain their independence.

Working largely in the public sector he champions the important role that suitable housing plays in the promotion of good health and well being and works with organisations to help them maximise the benefits of their accommodation and support services, not only for their own customers but for the wider community.

Over the last few years he has worked as an independent consultant, using his years of experience to help organisations review their sheltered accommodation and to develop new extra care housing. Beyond this he has a working knowledge of the care sector, a career long association with the work carried out by home improvement agencies and an awareness of the potential offered by embracing technology through telecare applications.

Nick Huston

Nick has worked in senior roles in the housing sector for over 25 years across both the private and social sectors, and more recently as a Director at a national charity managing a £26 million Redress fund on behalf of Ofgem and Central Government. This involved working on over 100 projects across the UK, working with Local Authorities and the Health Sector to deliver energy improvements to over 8,500 homes, and deliver energy training to over 3,000 professionals
Nick has been working as an independent consultant, specialising in working with Housing and Health teams to help carry out feasibility studies and identify and secure external funding for heating, energy and renewable projects; and support work to help reduce energy bills and alleviate fuel poverty.
Nick has a track record of obtaining significant levels of external funding for housing organisations and Local Authorities, securing over £2.5 million of funding over 12 months. He is due to start a new consultancy role with Daikin shortly which will strengthen his experience of renewable energy solutions, which can be used to help support health and energy projects particularly in off gas rural areas.                                
  Jim Truscott

Jim is founder and owner of Beyond Professional Services Group, and head of the corporate team within its corporate division Beyond Corporate Limited. Formerly partner at a large city law firm, he left to jointly found the Beyond Group in 2017.

He has over 20 years’ experience of representing a diverse client base of predominantly small and medium-sized businesses, business-owners and management teams, in fields ranging from logistics to financial services. He maintains extensive tied with the business community in his local North West region, as well as a number of clients in London and overseas. He champions Beyond’s work in the charitable sector and was appointed as Trustee to FILT in 2018.


Patron - Lord Richard Best

Lord Best retired at the end of 2006 after 18 years as the Director of both the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

He is Chair of the Hanover Housing Association, Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Urban Development and Hon Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need.

He was President of the Local Government Association until June 2015 and Chair of the Independent Commission on the Future of the LGA. He is also Chair of the Giving Forum and President of the Continuing Care Conference.

Some of his previous posts have included: Chairman of the Westminster Housing Commission (2005-2006); Commissioner, Rural Development Commission (1989-1998); Chair, Inquiry into Social Inclusion in Glasgow (1998-2000); Secretary, Duke of Edinburgh’s Inquiry into British Housing (1984-1991). Between 1973 and 1988 he was Director of the National Federation of Housing Associations. He was a member of the Commission on the Future of Birmingham’s Council Housing and chaired the Hull Partnership Liaison Board (2002-2004).

Richard Best was created a Life Peer in 2001 and sits on the crossbenches.


Patron - Baroness Elizabeth (Kay) Andrews OBE
Elizabeth (Kay) Andrews OBE, Baroness Andrews of Southover, was Chair of English Heritage from 2009-2013.  She served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from May 2005 - May 2009 and held the position of Government Whip on Education and Health from 2003-2005.

Before being raised to the peerage in 2000, Baroness Andrews was a Fellow of the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University from 1968 -1970, Parliamentary Clerk in the House of Commons from 1970 -1985, and Policy Adviser to Neil Kinnock as Leader of the Opposition from 1985 to 1992. From 1992 until 2002, Baroness Andrews was the Founder and Director of Education Extra, the national charity for out of school learning and activities. She received the OBE in 1998 for her work in education.

Baroness Andrews has written books and articles on the history and organisation of science and technology policy, on poverty and social policy, and on education.

She is a graduate of the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University and in 2014 became an Honorary Fellow of the University.

Baroness Andrews is the author of a recent report for the Welsh Government on Culture and Poverty (2014) which explores harnessing the power of the arts, culture and heritage to promote social justice in Wales.

She was Chair of Foundations Independent Living Trust from 2010 to 2014 and became FILT’s first patron in 2015.

FILT is a registered charity. Registered Charity No: 1103784 Company Number: 04593407  Contact: info@filt.org.uk

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