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The Foundation’s Trustees are drawn from a close group of family and friends

and their philosophy in running the Foundation reflects Dame Hilary’s core belief

that strong personal relationships offer a sound basis for successful working partnerships


Nick Jackson, BEng, MBA - Chairman


Nick is the Ethics Officer at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, based in Geneva. He trained as an engineer and has over 25 years industry and consulting experience. He has led teams on a number of high profile ethics and anti-corruption cases, and has also served as a group head of ethics and compliance in the oil and gas industry. Nick is resident in Switzerland but spends as much time as possible in Harpenden, UK with his wife and three daughters. He and his wife are long time friends of Carl Cropper.

Carl Cropper, BSc (Hons)

Carl is a bio-sciences graduate with more than 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a broad range of roles of increasing seniority in medical affairs, business development, sales and marketing.  In 2016, he established his own commercial consulting business. He lives in the city of St Albans with his wife and their four children.  He is the son of Peter and the late Dame Hilary Cropper.

Peter Cropper, CEng FBCS CITP PgDipAFM


Peter retired early in 1997 and now runs two family companies engaged in property and farming. His career was spent in the Information Technology field, where he too worked internationally for companies including ICL, ITT and Nortel.  He is a Liveryman of two City of London Livery Companies and a former Chairman of the Information Technologists Charitable Trust.

Nikki Munro, BA Hons (IR); B Juris; Diploma in Public Relations; Diploma in Practitioner Coaching

Nikki joined the Pinotage Youth Development Academy as Programme Director in 2012 and sits on the board of the Cropper Foundation.  She is passionate about creating opportunities for sustainable employment for disadvantaged youth in her home country of South Africa. Her career has spanned the fields of human resources, learning, communication and youth development and her work within the corporate sector focused on organisational development and transformation. 

Ian Stephenson, BSc (Eng) MICE MIStrutE MSAICE CEng PrEng

Ian is a Structural Engineer who has specialised in the design of building structures. He grew up in Cape Town and attended both school and university there.  After qualifying he worked on a variety of projects there,  as well as in Johannesburg and Durban. He moved to the UK  in 1987 and has worked on a range of projects all over the world. He has held senior management roles with leading engineering consultancies in London. In 2014, he formed his own engineering consultancy.

David A Torres

David is a Professor of the Practice and Executive in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, where he teaches courses in Global Health and Social Entrepreneurship.  Previously, David served as Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of mothers2mothers, a Cape Town-based NGO working in the field of HIV and maternal and child health.  David worked at m2m for 12 years in a number if leadership roles, covering special projects, business development, fundraising and donor relationship management, and organisational governance.  Prior to joining m2m, David worked for 22 years in Latin America, the US and the UK for JPMorgan Chase and Co. and predecessor firm, The Chase Manhattan Bank. 

As a registered charity and company, strict governance is followed in all the Foundation’s activities. The Trustees, who are all volunteers, apply their knowledge and talents to ensure that financial, legal and ethical standards are fully respected and consistently applied.


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