UK Executive Leadership Team

Jonathan Townsend

UK Chief Executive

Jonathan Townsend

Jonathan re-joined The Prince’s Trust at the end of 2019 as the Interim CEO. In April 2020 he became the permanent CEO. Before this he had been the Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust International since January 2017.

Prior to which he spent four years working as Director for The Prince’s Trust in the North of England.

Prior to working at the Prince’s Trust, Jonathan worked in the drinks and hospitality industry for 26 years, during which time he worked for companies including Bass, Scottish and Newcastle and Heineken in Senior Management positions for the last 14 of these. The work was mainly in the UK but for three years it involved the licensing of brands from across the world for sale in the UK.

Kim Cleland

Director of People and Learning

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Kim spent the first 15 years of her career in the drinks industry, working initially for the brewery and pub company Marston's and latterly Diageo, the premium spirits business. During this time she was able to build experience across a number of HR disciplines and developed a particular passion for Talent development and Organisational change. After delivering in a highly commercial environment Kim chose to move to the third sector, with her most recent experience being at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and currently as Director of People and Learning at The Prince's Trust where she has 'the privilege of using my commercial experience to enable people to deliver their best work in service of the strategy'. 

Frances Milner

Director of Fundraising

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Frances was previously the Executive Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Cancer Research UK, responsible for developing and leading the high-value fundraising strategy. She has a broad experience of senior leadership, fundraising and marketing over 25 years.

Frances started her fundraising career in Regional Fundraising at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and following the merger to form Cancer Research UK created and led the Innovation Team. She went on to become the Fundraising Director at Maggie’s, including leading their 'Joy of Living' capital campaign to build five new Maggie’s Centres.

She returned to Cancer Research UK in 2010, as the Supporter-Led Fundraising Director, leading the Race for Life and Events team, Regional Fundraising, High Value Supporter Partnerships, Sports and Volunteering, before taking up her role on the Executive Board in 2015.

Listed in Fundraising Magazine’s '25 Most Influential' in 2018, Frances is a passionate fundraising development professional and has led several pioneering fundraising initiatives within the UK and internationally.

She is also a Trustee for MAG (Mines Advisory Group), a member of the Institute of Fundraising Learning and Development Committee and a mentor for both the Tony Elischer Foundation and the University of Leeds.

Julia Beaumont

Chief Technology Officer

Julia Beaumont

Following a 16-year career in digital and technology consulting, Julia joined The Prince’s Trust as their Chief Technology Officer in November 2020. In her role at The Prince’s Trust she is leading the transformation of technology, digital and data services for the charity’s employees and volunteers, as well as for the young people they serve.

Prior to joining The Trust, Julia’s consulting experience was a combination of digital transformation, large programme delivery and operating model design and implementation. 

Saras Seth

Chief Financial Officer

Saras Seth joined The Trust as CFO in February 2020 and brings a breadth of experience across both commercial and charity sectors to the role.

Saras’ most recent roles were with Scope and Oxford Policy Management.

Group Roles

Simon Major

Group General Counsel   

Simon joined The Trust in February 2017 and assists Dame Martina Milburn with the governance of The Prince’s Trust Group, he also leads the Legal, Governance, Risk and Internal Audit functions of The Prince’s Trust.

Simon is Company Secretary of The Prince’s Trust, Prince’s Trust International and Prince’s Trust Trading Limited.

Previously Simon was General Counsel & Company Secretary at WWF and prior to that Deputy General Counsel at Save the Children.

Simon started his legal career specialising in international finance law with a particular focus on infrastructure projects in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

He has a MA in International Peace and Security and the role of the UN Security Council.