The dedicated QEST trustees work tirelessly to build upon the role that the charity plays within the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the British craft sector.
QEST’s Trustees are vital for their expertise and knowledge within specific skills sets and industries. Our Ambassadors help us spread the word about QEST, advocating our work to different audiences.
Dr Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo plc, the largest Scotch whisky producer.
His previous role as Scotch Heritage Director was to champion the deep-rooted heritage of the company and its brands. Prior to that, he directed Diageo’s global malt whisky marketing team. leading key innovations such as the development of the Talisker™ range and the introduction of the Special Releases programme.
Nick Morgan joined United Distillers (now Diageo) in 1990, when he established the world’s largest collection of historical material relating to the spirits industry. He earlier taught modern Scottish History at the University of Glasgow.
Co-Owner of Prestat Ltd. Prestat is one of London’s oldest chocolate shops. It has been awarded two Royal Warrants: from Her Majesty The Queen and Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The company products are now sold in leading stores (including Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and John Lewis Partnership) and fine food shops throughout the UK.
Alec is Managing Director and co-founder of Rokill Limited, a pest control services company which was incorporated in 1980 and is now one of the largest independent pest control companies in the U.K. The company carries out pest control services at Windsor Castle and other Royal properties including Hampton Court Mews. In January 2000, Rokill were awarded HM The Queen’s Royal Warrant for Pest Control Services. Associated companies include Rocare and Henry Jones Joinery. Alec is an active philanthropist, and his interests include tennis, power boating in Poole bay, and amateur magic.
An award winning photographic Creative Director based in London, Steve have been at the forefront of photographic imaging for over twenty years, collaborating with a vast network of clients and developing new and innovative photographic printing practices.
He is currently the Senior Director at Metro Imaging. Taking over the business in 2011, Steve fundamentally changed the direction of the business from one of mainly commercial photographic production to become one of Europe’s most successful and innovative imaging companies.
Steve has dedicated much of his life to education and professional practice and in 2004 was awarded with a Fellowship of the RSA for his services to industry and education. Steve is also a practicing artist with works being held in both private and public collections and is represented by Atlas Gallery in London.
Mark Henderson is Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes, the iconic British tailoring company which he lead as CEO from 1996 to 2009. Prior to this he was head of marketing at Alfred Dunhill. He has spent much of his working life in Asia – particularly in China and Japan.
He is chairman of the London Luxury Quarter which promotes Mayfair & St James’s as one of the world’s leading luxury marketplaces and a member of the Council of the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association. He is also a director of Walpole British Luxury, a group of over 150 British brands and institutions formed to further the interests of the British luxury industry.
Mark is a strong supporter of British craft – leading the establishment of Savile Row Bespoke which was formed to protect and promote the art of hand-craft tailoring on Savile Row in 2004 and chairing The New Craftsmen, a Company he founded in 2012.
Mark is also Chairman of proportion>london – a leading British mannequin and bust form manufacturer. And a mentor on the London Business School’s Entrepreneurship Summer School and chairs the Walpole/LBS joint programme. He regularly speaks at conferences and in the media on topics such as craft and luxury.
Neil is the founder and Managing Director of N.E.J. Stevenson Ltd. He trained as a cabinetmaker and furniture designer before starting his own business in 1984. He is highly regarded in his field being a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, a Brother of the Artworkers Guild and a Royal Warrant holder to Her Majesty The Queen. He has a long standing commitment to training and education having served on the boards of the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing and the Sector Skills Council for Furniture and until recently the Council of the British Institute of Interior Design.
Karen has worked with British brands for 25 years, including as general manager of Walpole, and has always been interested
in makers and their crafts. She founded Keysmith in 2010 to focus on telling their stories and represent a number of Royal Warrant-holding companies. Her introduction to QEST was through a celebratory Johnnie Walker whisky project, involving more than 60 craftspeople, to raise funds for the QEST Diamond Jubilee Appeal. Karen has edited the QEST Magazine since 2016.
Julian has undertaken all kinds of commissions, in all sorts of places, for all types of clients. His heart has always been in portraiture, striving to achieve a lasting image. Other books he has photographed and produced include The Oldest – Everything that is not in a Museum, Keepers – The Ancient Office of Britain and The Queen’s Birthday Parade – Trooping the Colour.
Nick is a former Trustee of QEST (2010 to 2016) becoming Chairman in 2012 for a four-year term; President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association (2017) and Executive Chairman of Farrows Ltd, who were granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment to The Queen in 2003, which they retain today. Over the last 39 years Farrows, based in Norwich, has grown to 18 staff, working with national and international clients such as Britvic, Bendicks, Tricker’s Shoes, Holland & Holland, Premier Foods, to name a few. The work includes marketing, new product development, branding, illustration plus design for packaging, brochures, web, point of sale, exhibition and museum design.
In 2009 Nick became a director of one of the first Educational Academy’s in the UK; he then chaired the business committee for that academy until May 2018. In 2017 he became a judge on the prestigious International Property Awards judging marketing campaigns and interiors.
In October 2018 Nick became a Trustee of Cockpit Arts, a charity that offers studio space, via incubators, to crafts people of any discipline.
Co owner and director of Bentleys Entertainments ltd, Caroline has been involved in the organisation of the annual QEST fundraising dinner at the V and A for the last few years and has been inspired to introduce many clients and friends to this worthwhile charity.
Bentleys Entertainments is an event company which Caroline and her husband Peregrine have run for over thirty years, covering many high profile private parties and weddings. Caroline has also had experience in the fashion industry and has provided a bridal styling for many brides.
Bentleys the Collection is a sister company run by Caroline alongside Bentleys Entertainments which specialises in the supply of china, glass and linen to yachts and houses.
Dr Jonathan Foyle has written over a hundred ‘Artisans’ articles for the FT Weekend, on a huge variety of craftspeople and materials from around the world. He is a former curator at Hampton Court and once the CEO of World Monuments Fund Britain, sometimes a broadcaster, often a consultant, always a keen supporter of craft. He is currently writing his fifth monograph of an English cathedral.
Cambridge graduate and unlikely fashion entrepreneur Julie Deane OBE decided in 2007 to raise money in order to move her daughter’s school. She came up with an idea to make traditional leather satchels suited for the schoolchildren of Cambridge.
Deane invested just £600 to get the idea off the ground. The Cambridge Satchel Company is now a handmade-in-Britain worldwide phenomenon employing more than 130 people and selling to over 100 countries. In December 2014, Julie was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, receiving an OBE for Services to Entrepreneurship.
Deane is committed to preserving British manufacturing – a luxury rarely afforded by start-up businesses. Despite enormous pressure to satisfy demand with an overseas production model, Deane has ensured that each stage in producing every bag sold has taken place on British soil. Furthermore, she has used the company’s success to drive a re-skilling of the British population from its Leicestershire-based factory by taking on apprentices, engaging disillusioned youth and encouraging people to embrace craftsmanship. Julie is an ambassador for QEST, reflecting her ongoing commitment to British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
Scott Simpson began his career at the British brand Bamford & Sons designing and developing men’s accessory collections as well as sourcing lifestyle gifts for their stores. Having worked closely with George Bamford and Lady Bamford, he moved on to work for another style icon, Vivienne Westwood, as Head of Product Accessories with responsibility for their women’s and men’s bag and shoe collections. He also worked on special projects, which included collaborations with British brands such as The Cambridge Satchel Company, Grenson, Joseph Cheaney and Globe Trotter. Scott is the founder and Director of the gift website, The Gift Atelier, which sells luxury goods with a specific focus on the best of British design and make.
More recently, Scott co-curated ‘A Celebration Of British Design, Craftsmanship, Engineering & Innovation’ exhibition with Lord Linley. The idea for the exhibition grew from David Linley’s desire to encourage an appreciation of ‘making’, not only in terms of traditional craftsmen but also the modern day innovators and engineers who are artists and craftsmen in their own right.