Our Trustees

Mimi Harker, OBE (Chair)

Mimi has been a district councillor for 12 years, a role she took on after fighting a major community campaign.  She is best known for her campaigning to make life better and improve her local area, saving greenbelt, preserving catchment areas, saving post offices, the Chesham Bois Post Office battle becoming the catalyst for the national movement. Nationally, she helped create the 12A cinema classification, and has worked on the Cross Party Task Force encouraging women to participate in public life.

Mimi was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year Honours List for her work for women and for her local community. She enjoys being involved at every level of Government, using her experience and common sense approach to tackle any situation with enthusiasm, passion and always a smile. She currently serves on the Chiltern District Council Cabinet, with responsibility for the Community, Leisure, Young People and Communications Portfolio.  In this role, which she has held for the last 7 years, she works across a wide spectrum of areas throughout the district.

Tara Beard-Knowland (Vice 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.

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.



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

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. 

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.

Lesley Davies

Lesley is an experienced People Director, with a consistent track record of achieving business results through creating and delivering bold and commercially aligned strategic People Plans.

She says that she is at her best in change-orientated, fast paced and innovative environments with a strong brand purpose and a true passion for people and customers. A proven and successful Director who is used to working at Board level in both business and not-for-profit capacity.

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.