Meet the trustees Supporting local communities

Meet the trustees

Supporting local communities

Meet the trustees

Our locally based trustees bring a wealth of experience of different backgrounds. They meet at least quarterly to review grant applications, so you can apply throughout the year.

Alison Avil (Chair)

Alison is a Chartered Physiotherapist and worked in the NHS for 24 years, most recently at Kettering General Hospital.

Alison is now Vice Chair of the local Sports Alliance group and volunteer secretary of Market Harborough Cricket & Squash Club and is a squash coach.

Mark Robinson

Mark has been Market Harborough Building Society’s Chief Executive since 2007. He is a Chartered Surveyor (FRICS) and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School. Mark has many years’ experience in financial services and has held a number of senior roles with building societies and lenders.

Mark is also a member of the UK Finance Mortgage Board and lives with his family in Market Harborough.

Howard Grant

Howard’s early career was spent in a variety of industries and he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. He then moved into General Management, becoming Managing Director of a division of Aggregate Industries PLC.  For the last 11 years of his working life he was Chief Executive of United Merchants PLC.

Howard is the Honorary Bursar and a Court member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants which supports education in the building materials sector, the City of London and a variety of other causes.

Sally O’Sullivan

Sally began her career as a journalist editing a number of best-selling magazines including Harpers, Good Housekeeping and Ideal Home. She then launched her own magazine publishing company and, latterly, an award winning content marketing agency.

Sally is Chair of Turn2us, a national charity that fights UK poverty. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Elizabeth Finn Homes Ltd, a company which runs 10 care homes.  She is based in Tur Langton.

Ben Blyth

Ben was born and raised in Market Harborough. He has worked in the mutual sector since 2007 and was part of the Mortgage Department of the Society between 2014 and 2019. He has previous local volunteering experience as a member of the ‘Remastered’ Market Harborough Carnival Committee in 2018.

To find out more about applying for a grant, visit the Charitable Foundation page.