Meet the icould Board

Sir Harvey McGrath

Sir Harvey McGrath, icould chair

Sir Harvey is deputy chair of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Panel; chair of governors of Birkbeck, University of London; and chair of Big Society Capital.  He is a former chair of Prudential plc; Man Group plc; and the London Development Agency.

Previously, he has held positions as chair of London First, the capital’s influential business campaign group; chair of the East London Business Alliance, a business partnership engaged in the social and economic regeneration of East London; and a director of Gateway to London, the inward investment agency for the Thames Gateway.

Sir Harvey is also chair of Heart of the City, which helps companies develop corporate social responsibility; chair of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which promotes subject-based professional development for teachers; and a trustee of a number of other charities including New Philanthropy Capital, a research-based charity which gives advice and guidance to donors and charities; and the Mayor’s Fund for London.

Jeffrey Defries

Jeffrey Defries

Jeffrey is the founder and chief executive of icould.

Formerly chief executive of the specialist careers and research charity CRAC, Jeffrey started his career in university administration, before taking roles at the Institute of Cancer Research as deputy secretary then secretary. He then joined the Science Museum as assistant director, moving on to the London Business School as deputy dean and secretary, and later the NHS University (NHSU) as director of corporate services
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CPFA qualified, Jeffrey has held a number of not-for-profit and charity board positions in the UK and Europe including as senior advisor to the European Foundation for Management Development.

Dame Mary Archer

Dame Mary Archer

Dame Mary is chair of the Science Museum Group. She is president of the National Energy Foundation and the UK Solar Energy Society, and a companion of the Energy Institute.

Having starting her career as a physical chemist, Dame Mary has taught chemistry in Oxford, Cambridge and London. Formerly chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she has a long association with healthcare, and in 2012 was appointed DBE for services to the NHS.

Dame Mary now holds several chair and trustee positions in health and a variety of music charities and orchestras, including the Guild of Church Musicians, Cambridge Early Music and Britten Sinfonia. She is a non-executive director of Hydrodec Group plc.


ros asher

Ros Asher

Ros is an education advisor working with organisations to develop creative approaches that can improve learning, performance and life chances.

As an education and project director at Partnerships for Schools, Ros was responsible for the education leadership of change programme. She has been an adviser at the Department for Education and a local authority chief officer leading on school improvement, development, inclusion and arts services. Ros has extensive teaching and leadership experience in primary and secondary schools, and has worked as a local authority education advisor and as a visiting lecturer at a number of universities.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and London University, she was awarded an Associate of the RAM for her significant contribution to music.  Ros still works as a freelance musician. She is a trustee of the New Mozart Orchestra and a member of the Cultural Learning Alliance steering group.


Peter Dart

Peter Dart

Peter works for Sir Martin Sorrell at WPP plc where he oversees the global Unilever business and also a number of high profile assignments in the not-for-profit sector.

Previously, Peter was the founder and chair of Added Value marketing agency, which was sold to WPP in 2001. Prior to that he was a Unilever marketing director in Asia and Europe.

Peter is also a trustee of the Education and Employers Taskforce, SGOSS, United Westminster Schools, The Prince’s Foundation and the Royal College of Music. He is a marketing advisor to the British Museum and The Royal Foundation. Peter has a physics degree from Oxford University and is married with three teenagers.

Charles Mindenhall

Charles Mindenhall

Charles is the co-founder of Blenheim Chalcot, an investment company which builds and supports some of the UK’s most innovative businesses. He has set up over 30 companies with his business partner, mostly in the technology sector.

Formerly at Monitor Company, Charles studied philosophy and psychology at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Charles is also involved in charitable activities. He is chair of the Technology Trust, a social enterprise which works with over 21,000 charities providing technology donations and fund-raising tools. He is a trustee of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and serves on the advisory board of Founders Forum For Good.

The icould board meets three to four times a year to set the strategic direction for the charity and provide oversight of its activities and finances.  Board members are appointed on a three-year term.