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.

Andy Haldane

Andy Haldane


Andy Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England.  He is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and Chair of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Council. 

Among other positions, he is include Honorary Professor at University of Nottingham, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books.  Andy is the founder and trustee of ‘Pro Bono Economics’, a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects, and Patron of the charities Reach and Speakers for 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.

Paul Coffey

Paul Coffey 

Paul has over twenty five years of experience in the advertising and marketing sector. He is the Strategy & Operations Director for Google’s Advertising Platform business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; responsible for sales strategy, commercialisation and incubating new product launches.

Paul has been at Google for eight years. Prior to that he worked for a number of media and creative agencies. Paul has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.


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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.

Graham Keniston-Cooper

Graham Keniston-Cooper

Graham has had a long and distinguished career in private equity, involving significant investment, CEO and board experience including founding General Partner at Cinven, CEO of Lazard Private Equity Partners and Head of Morgan Stanley Private Equity in Europe. Graham was Head of Business Development at Kingfisher and Senior Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He has a degree and a Masters in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a director of the company which organised the 2019 International Maths Olympiad. He is currently Chair of the United Kingdom Maths Trust, a co-opted member of Kings College London Maths School, and Chair of the Development Board of the Isaac Newton Institute. 

Chris Linton

Chris Linton

Chris is Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Loughborough University, a role he has occupied since 2011. He is a mathematician who has made important contributions to the development of mathematical techniques used in the study of wave scattering. He studied as an undergraduate at Jesus College, Oxford and obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol in 1988.

He moved to Loughborough in 1993 and prior to taking on his current role he served as Head of the School of Mathematics and then Dean of the Faculty of Science. Chris was president of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications between January 2016 and December 2017.



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. 


Catherine Paulson-Ellis

Catherine teaches maths at The Sheffield College and the Open University, having trained at the University of Huddersfield. She is particularly interested in supporting those who struggle to master basic numeracy. Her background is policy on vocational education and adult skills, and she has advised on projects for a range of organisations in the UK and Europe. As Head of English and Maths at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills she instigated the reform of Functional Skills qualifications and, with the Behaviour Insights Team, set up the Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge to apply behavioural science to the challenge of encouraging adults to improve their numeracy. 

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.