Please see below for biographies and contact details.
Your contacts at SATRO
Howard Railton, Chairman
Up to the end of June 2014, Howard has been Director of Projects for the Air Products Global Engineering organisation in Europe. He is now providing Organisation Management, Safety and Leadership consultancy and is working with various organisations to promote a greater interest in education and jobs in Science and Engineering in the UK.
He graduated from Bristol University with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Stephen Cutler, Treasurer
Stephen is a Chartered Accountant who, until his recent retirement, has been involved with the charity sector as Director of Finance for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, an ecumenical organisation, and also responsible for the finances of a number of other associated charities.
Following graduation from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences, he trained with Ernst & Young subsequently held a number of Finance Director roles with medium sized businesses. In 2004, he moved to the charity sector and now holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting.
Sara Abou-Jaoude, Trustee
Sara, originally from Portugal is a Law graduate from the University of Warwick, has a masters in International and European Law from the University of Reading and has worked in the Surrey area since qualifying as a solicitor over ten years ago.
Sara is a partner at the law firm Barlow Robbins LLP and specialises in Residential Property. She is passionate about mentoring solicitors at all levels of qualification and has a keen focus on leadership, engagement and agile working. At Barlow Robins, Sara chairs the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee which focuses in raising money for local charities.
Nigel Downey, Trustee
Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the University of Manchester. He trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young and then spent 21 years with one of the world's largest life insurance companies. During this period he held various senior positions with the organisation; Head of Internal Audit, Group Financial Controller, Managing Director of the Unit Trust Company and Group Operational Director of the Asset Management Business.
He then spent 18 months as a business consultant to the Financial Services Industry before becoming Financial Director of a Pension Outsourcing company based in Surrey for 7 years.
Paula Gough, Trustee
Paula is a chartered Civil Engineer, a project manager and currently Director of Highways Consultancy for the South East Region at Arcadis UK. She has almost 15 years' experience in the construction industry delivering Road and Rail infrastructure projects both in the UK and overseas in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Paula has received a number of awards during her career including the ICE Thomas Telford Award from the ICE President for her role as an ambassador, the WS Atkins Award for a research project "Contributing Most Towards the Civil Engineering Industry" and short listed for the Inspire Women in Engineering award in the "Future Star" category.
Janet Preston, Trustee
Janet is Managing Director of Cold Fuzion, her own independent business consultancy - which she has put on hold for 12 months to return to full time education to study for a PhD in Astrophysics. Janet has created a broad portfolio of voluntary activities and is Education Liasion Officer for the Institute of Directors in Surrey, a Trustee of SATRO, a member of the Surrey Board of Young Enterprise and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Janet was a partner at KPMG. She has also worked for other blue chip companies including Whitehead Mann, Ernst & Young, Arthur D Little, Perot Systems and Hoechst.
David Reeve, Trustee
David graduated as an Aero Engineer from the University of Bristol as part of an undergraduate apprenticeship with British Aerospace, and subsequently worked in structural dynamics on the Concorde programme for two years. He then spent four years with Frazer-Nash Consultancy working in the Defence sector on stress analysis, computer modelling, and precision mechanism design.
In 1980, he followed a growing interest in software development and computing and joined Scion, a European software consultancy owned by BP. In the 2015 elections, he was elected as a Guildford Borough Councillor for Clandon and Horsley, representing the Guildford Greenbelt Group.
Alec Sanderson, Trustee
Alec began his working in life as an apprentice Avionics Engineer and has been involved with both hardware and software ever since. He has been a founder member and investor in a number of start-ups, the first, his own software company in 1986 and others including an electronics R&D company and consulting organisations. He now runs a software consultancy helping other software companies with software development.
Alec is a Chartered Director, Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT professional, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Liz Walker, Trustee
Liz Walker is the Human Resources Director at Unum UK. Liz has been with Unum for 20 years and first joined as a Sales Coordinator in the Chicago Sales Office. She moved into a Sales Consultant role in 1997 and into Sales Management in Chicago in 2004. Liz and her family relocated to the UK in 2012 for a role in Marketing as Head of Channel Development. In 2013 she joined the Customer Solutions Division as Head of Key Accounts and was appointed HRD in June 2016.
Liz graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with BA degrees in Economics, German and International Business. She lives near Guildford with her husband and daughter, Audrey.