Trustees and key team members

Trustee – Paul Hargreaves

Paul is the Founder and Chief Exec of Cotswold Fayre Ltd, a speciality & fine food wholesaler supplying 2,000 retailers throughout the UK.  Cotswold Fayre was in 2015 certified as a B Corporation which are companies that meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.

Paul is a well-known figure within the speciality food world both for his insightful views on the sector, independent retailers, and business in general. Paul’s blog “Speciality Bites” is widely read by retailers and producers alike and he is often asked to contribute to debates and articles within the industry. His background includes a degree in Zoology and 10 years in the charitable sector. He became involved in the Bala Children’s Centre five years ago, when his company started to make a profit and he wanted to “give something back”.  Since then he has been the key driver in starting businesses associated with the children’s centre (so far a farm and a water project) with the end goal of making the centre completely sustainable for day-to-day running costs from the profits of the businesses.

Trustee – Dorian Ferdinando


Trustee – Maura Ferdinando

My childhood was spent with my parents and younger sister in the country.  I boarded at Downe House from the age of 11 and, aged 18, went to work in London.  My first job was in MI5 and then I held a variety of jobs including working for various Estate Agents and ending up selling flats in Chelsea.  I met Dorian Ferdinando on holiday in Davos and we married in 1971 and had three children.  We worked together on property renovations in Oxford;  I then worked as an interior designer before starting my own stencilling company running courses and selling stencils and stencilling equipment by mail order.

I have taught English and am now a governor of a local primary school and a trustee of Bala Children’s Centre. I enjoy spending time with my eight grandchildren, swimming and kayaking and holidays in Greece.

Key Member – Warren Shute

In 2000, alongside his wife Nicky, he set-up Lexington to focus on delivering truly independent and unbiased financial advice to a select number of private clients and business owners. As a regulated investment adviser since 1995, Warren has attained many of the profession’s highest qualifications and awards as well as memberships to its leading bodies.

Warren has appeared on television, radio and in the local and national press. He currently writes a regular monthly column in the press and prepares articles for national publications. Warren is passionate about financial planning and helping people achieve the most with their lives and recently set up a financial education website.

When he’s not working you’ll often find him at the local shooting school or with his wife Nicky, watching their children engage in the numerous sporting and recreational activities young children do these days.

Key Member – Angela Hughes