Our
Governance

A board of directors oversees the work, results and achievements of the company. The board members all have different professional backgrounds. They use their wealth of experience to help the company grow and make sure that the vision set by Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees is being delivered. The board meets regularly at Friends House, Swarthmoor Hall and sometimes elsewhere for away days. Board members are all Quakers.

Paul Henderson-Grey, CEO of Quiet Company, and Nicola Purdy, Head of Service Delivery, also sit on the board. Maureen Sebanakitta, BYM Head of Finance & Resources is the company secretary.

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Matt Baker Clerk to the board of directors

Matt is the Clerk of the board of Quiet Company. He has worked in financial services for nine years, joined the board in 2019, and holds other voluntary positions for local and regional Quaker organisations. Matt joined Quiet Company to help show what it takes to be a Quaker business in the 21st century, delivering on the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

Ellie Harding Director

Ellie joined the board of Quiet Company in 2019. She was born and raised a Quaker, attending Warwick Meeting throughout her childhood. She has worked in a range of charities and within the Higher Education sector, mostly focussing on health and social care issues. Ellie is now in her first year of the Civil Service Fast Stream doing a rotation in Strategic Communications.

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Carol Rowntree Jones Director

Carol has served on the board of Quiet Company since 2020. She has worked in media relations for many years, primarily in the arts and tourism sectors. She currently works at the National Forest in the Midlands, where tree planting leads the transformation of lives, the landscape and the economy. Carol is passionate about finding ways to empower people to make positive and green choices.

Linda Batten Ex-officio/Treasurer

Linda has been working for the last 20 years in the field of Finance for various organisations. She has worked in a women’s refuge and is now working for an Asian Women’s Centre. Through freelancing and employed positions, she also provides book-keeping and finance skills to four different organisations. Linda grew up in a Quaker family and has attended Meeting for Worship all her life.

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Nick Eyre Director

Nick is a director of Quiet Company and a trustee of our parent charity, Britain Yearly Meeting. He has 40 years experience in various technical, commercial and governance roles. Nick is an advocate for simple, ethical and sustainable operations that deliver high quality services at fair prices.

Joe Warren Director

Joe has joined the board in 2021. He has spent the last thirteen years working in clean energy technology start-ups and SMEs. Since 2014, Joe has been Managing Director of Powervault, a UK leader in the field of home energy storage. Joe has been attending Quaker meetings for about seven years and has been a member of Harpenden Quaker Meeting for two years, where he is currently treasurer.

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Jane Stephenson

Jane has been a Quaker since 2003 and is a member of Bath Meeting. Jane has worked in the environmental sector for nearly 40 years, specialising in waste and recycling and the emerging circular economy. She is Chair of Resource Futures the social enterprise that she set up and ran until 2016 which offers consultancy services and manages community engagement and education programmes across the UK and in low and middle income countries. Her expertise lies in business strategy and social enterprise.