Our people

Andrew M. Fox - Chairman of Trustees

Andrew Fox is one of the four Life Trustees appointed when the charity was founded by Don Hanson in June 2007 and now serves as Chairman of the Trustees.  Andrew also serves as Chairman of Internet Mobile Communications Ltd, a successful fast-growing profitable Chelmsford-based communications company seed-funded by Mr Hanson, a substantial shareholding of which company forms part of his Estate.

Andrew started his business life as a Eurobond trader in London.  He moved to the Commonwealth Bank in Australia and in 1992 he founded Pacific Gemini to develop financial services in the Russian Far East.  Andrew was a founder of the Vladivostok Stock Exchange and remains Chairman of Tiger Securities, an established investment company there.  He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Andrew is a graduate in Economics, Pembroke College, Cambridge.  He holds British and Australian citizenships, and he is fluent in Russian.  He serves as British Honorary Consul to the Russian Far East, having been so appointed by Her Majesty’s Government in 1998.

Andrew and Don met after a 'Face Value' article in the Economist in October 1996 about Andrew's work in Russia where Don had investments.  After that Don became a shareholder w director of Andrew's business as well as investing together for nearly twenty years in Russia, Thailand, Australia, America and Vietnam involving much travel, many company visits with global partners over the years and some golf.

Simon M. J. Leary - Trustee

Simon's career has spanned thirty years, many as a partner at a global Big Four consulting firm.

His current professional portfolio includes roles as a senior adviser to a global consulting firm, with a focus on the Middle East, as well as an adviser and/or NED to governments, NGOs and corporates  in a wide range of sectors especially in the U.K and emerging markets.

Clients have included major U.K. government departments as well as ministries and state owned enterprises including long term residential stints in the Asia-Pacific region (6 years) and latterly the Middle East (4 years and currently). He has also advised multilateral development agencies, especially the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, on public sector reform in emerging and post crisis/conflict zones.

He has advised various government departments and prime ministers since 1989 including three years on secondment to Whitehall during the Blair public service reforms of the early to mid  2000s.

Simon has a wide range of sector experience including health, pharma, transport, telecoms, education, cyber, corporate intel/security, technology, energy and heritage, and takes an active interest in thought leadership. He led several global health sector initiatives, had his own newspaper column and has been interviewed in the media on public policy issues.

Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a former Associate Fellow of the ICAEW, a member of the IoD and international affairs and security focused think tanks including Chatham House and RUSI.

Simon first met Don in 1998 and was regularly in contact with him until his passing.  He was educated at Cambridge University, London Business School and Insead.

Tracey Hall – Programs Manager

Tracey Hall joined the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation team in September 2018.  Tracey has worked in the charity sector for the past 15 years with organisations such as The Royal British Legion - as a Community Fundraiser - and Anglia Ruskin University Students Union - as their Volunteer Coordinator.  Tracey has joined us as our Programs Manager and she will be overseeing DHCF programs notably into 2019 our Schools Program and Friends Program, as well as offering advice and support to the many charities with whom DHCF works.

Joanna Ploszynska - Administrator

Awarded AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and currently studying towards AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.

Joanna joined as a support to the Trust in 2017. She is responsible for office administration and support to the Trustees.