Meet the trustees

Belinda Vernon


Belinda is a founding trustee of National Numeracy and was elected chair in June 2015.

Belinda is also a member of the Investment Committee for Nesta’s Impact Investment Fund which invests in innovative solutions to tackle social problems, and is an independent consultant in the not-for-profit sector.

Prior to this Belinda was Head of Research at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) where she led the research into numeracy, which resulted in the creation of National Numeracy. During her time at NPC, Belinda developed a particular expertise in charity governance.

Belinda’s earlier professional career spanned industry, banking and management consulting. She has a degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

John Griffiths

John Griffith-Jones


John became Chairman of the new Financial Conduct Authority in April 2013 and Chairman of its subsidiary, the Payments System Regulator, in April 2014.

He previously joined the FSA Board as a Non-executive Director and Deputy Chairman on 1 September 2012.

John worked at KPMG from 1975 to 2012. He spent eleven years in Audit and fifteen years in Corporate Finance before becoming CEO of KPMG’s UK firm and subsequently its Chairman and Senior Partner in 2006. In 2007 John became Joint Chairman of KPMG Europe.

John is a Council Member of Heart of the City. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School. He studied Economics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was the Chairman of the Every Child a Chance Trust, a special purpose charity which completed a major project, in collaboration with the Government, on numeracy in primary schools.

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Edward Brunel-Cohen

Edward is a Chartered Account and now semi-retired, having stood down in 2015 from his role as Global Director of Finance and IT at the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Previously he built an internet-based company that he co-founded in the USA and the UK.  His early career was in the accountancy profession (latterly with Neville Russell, now known as Mazars), which he left to become finance director of a major group of Lloyd’s insurance underwriting agencies.

Mary Curnock Cook

Mary Curnock Cook OBE 

Mary is the former Chief Executive of UCAS, and previously held executive and non-executive positions in education, hospitality, food and biotech.

She is Chair of Governors at Kensington and Chelsea College, a Trustee of the Access Project and Chair of Governors at Swindon Academy. She is a Council member at the Open University, a non-exec Director at the Student Loans Company,  and an adviser to the University of Buckingham.  


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Andy Haldane

Andy Haldane is the Chief Economist and the Executive Director of Monetary Analysis and Statistics at the Bank of England. He has responsibility for research and statistics across the Bank.

Andy is Chairman and co-founder of Pro Bono Economics, a charity that matches volunteer economists with charitable projects, and has written extensively on domestic and international monetary and financial policy issues, publishing over 150 articles and four books. In 2014 he was named by Time Magazine as amongst the world's 100 most influential people.

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Wendy Jones

Wendy is a freelance writer and communications specialist with a background in journalism and broadcasting. She leads National Numeracy's communications activity.

A former BBC education correspondent and presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Wendy has also worked both as the BBC’s Deputy Secretary and as Head of Education Policy, where she developed a particular interest in adult skills.

Lynne McClure

Lynne McClure

Lynne is Director of Cambridge Mathematics and was previously Director of NRICH and Underground Maths. She has had a varied career in mathematics education, ranging from headship of a primary school to Principal Lecturer at two universities. She is the author or editor of many books and articles, and is well known internationally as a conference speaker.

Lynne sits on the Royal Society’s ACME and Partnership Grants Committees, is the Executive Chair of ISDDE and a Chartered Maths Teacher and an invited Fellow of the IMA. 

Chris Rhodes

Chris is Executive Director, Group Retail, of Nationwide Building Society. Chris’ responsibilities include Nationwide’s product range, distribution and marketing.

Chris has spent over 20 years working in the financial services sector.

Remembering Lord Moser

Lord Claus Moser

Lord Moser, a founding trustee of National Numeracy, passed away in September 2015.

A former head of the Central Statistical Service, Claus Moser was also a leading figure in UK education and culture, and a champion of both sciences and the arts. 

A 2010 report, commissioned by Lord Moser as a trustee of the Rayne Foundation, from New Philanthropy Capital recommended the creation of a national numeracy trust. The report, which focused on the low levels of numeracy in the UK, led to the formation of National Numeracy. 

Lord Moser's extraordinary career, achievements and cultural influence reached many and he is greatly missed.