Our Trustees

Tara Beard-Knowland (Chair)

Tara joined as a Trustee at the end of 2013. She is a Senior Director for Ipsos MORI's brand, communications and advertising specialism, Ipsos Connect. Tara is originally from the US, where she spent the first years of her career. In 2006, she joined Ipsos in the US and later that year moved to the UK. Over the course of her career, Tara has worked with many clients in the public and private sectors, ranging from UK-specific to global work. She has a keen interest in giving back and uses her company's volunteering days to work with Community Impact Bucks.

Barry Clarke OBE  (Vice Chair)

Barry ClarkeBarry has served on the board of Community Impact since its inception and is a governor of John Hampden Grammar School. In his business career, Barry is a strategic consultant working primarily on sustainability initiatives. His voluntary work includes serving on the International Advisory Group for Innovations in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and two terms as chair of Save the Children UK.

Nigel Palmer (Treasurer)

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), recently retired from a long career with Compass Group PLC where he worked in mainly head office technical accounting, corporate accounting, reporting and treasury roles, dealing with a number of complex corporate transactions.  He continues to act as Chair of Trustees of a Compass pension scheme and is a trustee of local village organisations.  In his spare time he is a keen golfer and musician.



Ray Challinor

It is with a great deal of sadness we announce the passing of Ray Challinor who died last week. Ray gave his time generously to many charitable organisations and community groups. I have worked with Ray for the last 8 years and have been aware of his outstanding and tireless support for so many organisations that share one common aim – improving the lives of other people. 

Here at Community Impact Bucks, Ray has been a dedicated board member taking on responsibility, giving his time, guidance and advice whenever asked. I am also aware that Ray was an active member of one of our local Men in Sheds projects. As others have spoken to me, I am astonished to find out how wide his generosity went as he has helped so many groups in Bucks. He will be greatly missed by all those who worked with him, but also by all those who never knew him but benefitted greatly from his voluntary work. Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to his family and friends.
Nick Phillips, CEO, Community Impact Bucks.

Richard Adams

Richard has served as a Trustee of Community Impact Bucks since August 2016.  Richard has followed an international career in sales, marketing and general management in the technology sector.  He has held directorships in UK and Australia, as well as working extensively in the United States.  Richard lives in Beaconsfield and enjoys cycling and walking in the Chiltern Hills.


Jenny Baker OBE

Jenny Baker

After a life-long career as a senior manager in the voluntary sector, Jenny retired recently as Chief Executive of the national charity, Brain Tumour UK. With a keen interest in public health and patient involvement, Jenny is passionate about quality standards and people receiving best possible treatment and care. She currently chairs the Board of Directors of Healthwatch Bucks, one of the CIB group of companies, and is a member of the national committee of Healthwatch England. Previously working for the National Trust as its national lead on volunteering, community and diversity, in 2005, Jenny was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to voluntary action in the heritage and environment sectors. Her own volunteering has included trusteeships of Voluntary Action, Chiltern and South Bucks, and national charities - Volunteering England and the Churches Conservation Trust. hese have brought further insight into the services provided by voluntary and community groups and the difference they can make to peoples’ health and wellbeing. 

Phil Clark

Phil was originally treasurer of Volunteer Focus which merged with the Priory Centre shortly before the creation of Community Impact Bucks. 61 years old, he is actively involved in an Oxfordshire Community Transport charity and has previously worked with mentally and physically disabled young people for the Uphill Skiing Charity. A Business Studies graduate, Phil spent most of his business career working in international business for large corporations and lived for a period in the Netherlands. He lives with his partner in Oxfordshire and is an active skier (and less active diver).

Carol Heap

Carol is a pharmacist by training and initially worked in community pharmacy in London and High Wycombe, prior to moving into the field of regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry, where she worked for Wyeth and then Pfizer in product development and licensing. She is currently working as a freelance regulatory consultant.

Carol is a volunteer for Macmillan Cancer Research where her interests lie in policy and patient access.  She also enjoys singing and is a member of High Wycombe Choral Society and the Marlow Community Choir.

Cora Carvey

Cora’s key skill is bringing partnerships together to develop innovative approaches to address social problems. Working with partners from public, private and the third sector Cora has created opportunities that make a difference to people who are sometimes unable to get the services they need.

Cora qualified as a Maths teacher, but worked in the IT industry before taking a break to have children. She joined the CAB service as a volunteer adviser in Chesham over 20 years ago, and has since fulfilled many roles for that service, both in an employed and voluntary capacity. These have included being a Housing & Welfare Benefits specialist, District Manager, Chair of Trustees and as a regional consultant supporting CABs in the South East.

She joined Parents and Children Together in 2006, developing housing and community projects across the Thames Valley. These projects focused on families with children and included Supporting People contracts, a one stop shop for women offenders at risk of custody in Reading, Gypsies and Travellers and Children’s Centres. Cora reinforced this practical experience by obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Voluntary Organisations from the University of Southampton in 2008.

Cora became Chief Executive of Community Impact Bucks in June 2010 just after it was formed from the merger of four local charities. Key tasks were to meld the cultures, to rationalise the services and secure the organisations future at a time of significant change in the political and economic environment.

Cora retired in December 2014 but continues to volunteer in various capacities.