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Board & Staff

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(Independent, Appointed 2020, Elected 2021)

Bill McGawley OBE



(Elected 2014, Re-elected 2017 & 2020)

Chris Ball

Chris Ball is a life member of the Foundation and has been an active member of the RREC for twenty years. He is involved with the Foundation Archives project and is cataloguing 16mm films donated by RR Motor Cars. He ran his family business for nearly 50 years and is confident his experience of employing 16 people will bring a valuable contribution to the workings of the SHRMF.


Independent Director 

(Elected 2015, Re-elected 2016 & 2017)

Stephen Byrne

Steve is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and his technical field is metrology. Predominantly an automotive engineering background in terms of career he has worked with both MTC and at Tata. More recently he has moved into a customer facing, business development role and has won several £1m+ projects for MTC and has strong working relationship with all of his customers. Steve has drive and determination and is a strong team player.



(Elected 2012, Re-elected 2015 & 2018)

Philip Hall

With a deep interest in Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars since his school-days, Philip has become not only the doyen of The Hunt House, but also the leading authority on its contents and where they are to be found in the Archives. He was Chief Executive of the Foundation from 1996 to 2008, and still spends two or three days each week at The Hunt House placing his expertise at the disposal of all comers.


Company Secretary

Appointed by the Board (2012)

Mark Griffiths

Mark is Company Secretary, Senior Partner of a firm of Solicitors in Bristol, and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen in 2015/2016.

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Deputy Chairman and Treasurer

(Elected 2014, Re-elected 2017 & 2020)

John Beecroft

John Beecroft has been a member of RREC since 1988, has organised many substantial events, workshops and section weekends, and has been Chairman of Northern Section since 2010. He has a keen interest in the history of Rolls and Royce, the early history of the company, and the cars, and feels it is extremely important that this history is promoted, not only to members of the SHRMF and the RREC but also beyond.

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(Elected 2014, Re-elected 2017)

Cedric Ashley CBE

Dr Cedric Ashley CBE PhD FIMechE.  Cedric commenced his Rolls Royce life with a university apprenticeship at Rolls Royce Aero Division. His subsequent career encompassed time at Rolls Royce, Birmingham University, Bostrom, Lotus Engineering and being Chief Executive of the Motor Industry Research Association. He has always admired and upheld the ethos of Sir Henry Royce. In 1984 he was proud to become a Trustee of the Foundation and subsequently to the Foundation Ltd. 

Cedric's principal external contribution is the Lecture Programme and Awards Programme. He also played a part in setting up the National Apprenticeship Scheme sponsored by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. 

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James Black


(Independent, Appointed 2020)


Charles Tabor


(Elected by the Board July 2016)

In addition to managing his family’s 2000 acre farm in Essex, Charles has been closely involved in all aspects of the Foundation since its inception. Instrumental in the purchase, renovation and conversion of The Hunt House, he was Deputy Chairman of the Foundation under Frank Shaw and then Chairman until 2008 when the Peter Baines Wing was completed: he gave full support to the formation of the new limited company in 2012 and since then has continued to be a Director, constant supporter and major benefactor to the Foundation.

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John Baker

Chief Executive Officer

Joined the Foundation July 2018.