Alicia Hardy has over twenty years experience in law, starting out as a Corporate lawyer, and now as White & Case’s Director of Professional Support leading the Professional Support Lawyer function worldwide and implementing global knowledge management solutions. Alicia has been a proud trustee of the GET (set up by her late parents) for fourteen years and also acts as the Trust’s Secretary. Alicia has two teenage children and spends much of her weekends watching their various sporting activities and, when she is able to, sneaking in a round of golf.
Sophie Carter is Global General Counsel & Company Secretary at Christie’s auction house and mother of three children. She has known the Grundy family since 1991 when she and Alicia used to fall out of pubs together at law school and Alicia’s parents (the founders of the Grundy Trust) would always have an open door, well stocked fridge and barbecue ready for Alicia and her friends. Sophie has always believed in the power of education to change lives and thus was honoured to be invited to be a trustee in 2012.
Benjamin Buckle recently joined the Board of Trustees having himself been a recipient of a financial award from the Trust in 1998. His award helped him to pursue a successful career in drug development and he currently heads up a small team of drug safety specialists for global top 3 drug company. Ben is a proponent of life-long learning and developing people and when not working is often found climbing and teaching his Scouts outdoors. “..it’s a source of great personal pride supporting some of our brightest minds investing in their own education for the betterment of UK PLC.”
Mike Hayden was asked to join the GET by the founder Philip Grundy and has been honoured to serve as a Trustee since 2006. Mike’s interest in STEM subjects goes back to his earlier years when he studied Engineering Science as his degree and when he worked for Vauxhall Motors who sponsored him during his time at university. After this he joined a Big Four accountancy firm where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving on to a management consultancy where he progressed through the ranks to be Head of Finance and a member of the senior Management Team. As a father of three girls who all have aspirations to study to degree level, Mike is acutely aware of the financial burden that is placed on university students and is very happy to be helping out through the support that the Grundy Educational Trust offers.