Meet the Trustees

David has operated in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years, working on national and multinational projects, within the Fortune 500 and FSTE 100 companies. His focus areas include technology, security, transformation and change management of business’, with extensive experience within the Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Sales Industries.

David has a Master of Science Degree and a Bachelor’s Science Degree from Sheffield Hallam University and prior to embarking on a career in Information Technology, David served within the British Army for over 10 years.

Ruth grew up in North Wales and came to study at Sheffield University and gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Having fallen in love with the city, she decided to stay and began teaching mathematics. She discovered she had a passion for teaching and rose to Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher of a variety of local secondary schools. Ruth is currently taking a career break to care for her son but hopes to return to her career in education at some point.

Ruth is particularly interested in the financial aspects of charity work and is a keen fundraiser, alongside her son, Tobias.

Ruth’s interests include skiing, tennis, music and supporting Welsh rugby!

Scott is Partner at Hawsons Chartered Accountants in Sheffield, joining the firm in 2000. At Hawsons, Scott is responsible for looking after the firm’s healthcare and medical sector clients, together with managing a general commercial portfolio of clients.

Since 2014 Scott has also served as a trustee and is the deputy chair of SheffCare, a local charity operating a number of care homes across Sheffield and chairs the audit committee as part of this role.

Away from the office, Scott is a fair-weather golfer and avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday. Scott usually spends his weekends chauffeuring his two sons around the region to sporting events.

Merewyn grew up in Lincolnshire and moved to Essex to complete a BA (Hons) Business Studies in Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management at Colchester Institute.  After graduating, Merewyn moved to London where she worked within the Personnel Department of various large 4 star hotels and completed a post graduate HR qualification with Thames Valley University.

Merewyn relocated to Sheffield in 2000 and gained the position of Human Resources Manager at the Holiday Inn hotel.

In 2009, Merewyn began working for Sheffcare, which is a not-for-profit residential care provider, employing around 470 members of staff.  Sheffcare operates 9 care homes and day care services for older people, many of whom are living with dementia.

Merewyn holds the position of Head of HR & Training and is a member of the executive management team.  She is responsible for the strategic direction of the people function within the charity and overseas all aspects of human resources, including reward, recognition, employee relations, recruitment & retention.

Ruth is a commercial Solicitor with over 20 years post qualification experience. She worked in national law firms including Bevan Brittan, Pinsent Masons and Mills & Reeve before returning to her roots in Sheffield where she now works as a University Solicitor for Sheffield Hallam University.

Prior to embarking on a legal career she worked in British Coal’s insurance team and is ACII qualified and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

She also has an interest in health research and sits on the Leeds East Research Ethics Committee.

Harry moved to Sheffield in 2017 to study at university earning a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in education. Since then he has benefitted from attending Paces’ sessional services, having participated in conductive education sessions across the UK and in Hungary for 20 years prior.

Now working in a communications role promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, Harry has been a school governor at Paces since January 2020, became a charity ambassador in March 2021 and has joined the Trustee board in April 2022.

When not working Harry enjoys travelling and keeping active by playing wheelchair basketball.