Trustees and Committee

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

Dorian grew up on a lovely farm in Dorset. After school he became a Chartered Surveyor & Land Agent, for 13 years, with a national firm. He then spent a few years buying, improving, & selling houses, before taking over a family trust with all its assets in commercial property, which, after 35 years he still does. Just after the fall of the iron curtain in 1990 he took aid to an orphanage in Romania & then visited every year with teams of 10 to 15 mostly young people, for 15 years, the last 10 years being to the Ukraine. Working with & supporting local Churches, he organised aid lorries to them & set up a dental surgery in a local hospital. He then became involved with the Bala Children’s Centre & has been the lead trustee for 14 years.

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.

Committee Member – Warren Shute

Warren is a Chartered & Certified Financial Planner with twenty-five years of experience.  He owns and operates Lexington Wealth alongside his wife Nicky who is also involved with the Bala committee.  Warren and Nicky joined the Bala Children’s Centre charity in 2010 and enjoy supporting the foundation.


Committee Member – Nicky Shute


Committee Member – Clare Tobin


Committee Member – Elliot Fonte 

Elliot lives with his wife and 4 children in Cirencester, which is where he has lived his whole life. He is a member of Cirencester Baptist Church where he also serves on the Youth ministry team acting as a Leader at FUSION Youth Club on a Thursday evening. Elliot has had a 15 year career in IT Sales, now specialising in Enterprise Cloud software, he focuses primarily on the Public Sector.