The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Appoints New Trio Of Trustees To Board

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The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce the appointments of Sue Cleminson, Mark Shelton and Greg Hollingsworth to the charity’s Board of Trustees.

Boasting a wealth of experience across varied areas of business, the three new trustees will work as part of a Board of Trustees totalling 18 members, overseeing the operation of one of the oldest charities in the city of Leicester. Amongst their roles, the three new trustees will form part of panels conducting interviews with prospective borrowers, in addition to visiting the business ventures of those successful in their application.

Providing interest-free business and education loans to people aged over 18 and under 45 within or from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity’s support has helped thousands of people start or develop businesses, or return to university within postgraduate education.

With a background in human resources, Sue is currently director of consultancy firm Cleminson & Cleminson, having worked in HR for a number of large PLCs since graduating from Teesside University. Having established Cleminson & Cleminson seven years ago, the firm now boasts clients based throughout the country and internationally.

From left: Greg, Chair of Trustees David Howard, Sue and Mark

Having studied textile technology at De Montfort University, Mark went into the family business 40 years ago, which at the time manufactured equipment for large knitting machine manufacturers in Leicester. Today, with the industry massively changed, Shelton Vision works in the field of high-tech engineering.

Solicitor Greg Hollingsworth studied law at the University of Leicester before qualifying fully in 1994. In 2000, Greg established his own business – a partnership which has since evolved into Hollingsworths. To date, Greg has practiced law in the city for 25 years.

Sue Cleminson said: “I’m so pleased to become a trustee of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity. Hearing the enthusiasm of those already involved, and having done some research to look at the success stories and charity’s ambassadors, it was amazing. The fact that they’re local is special too. I’m looking forward to working with the other trustees to make the charity as visible as possible and to shout about the success of our borrowers.”

Mark Shelton added: “I’m looking forward to getting started as a trustee. I’d heard of the charity before and one of my sons has actually benefited from one of its business loans, and has become very successful since. When I was asked to become a trustee, it was something I was very keen to do.”

Greg Hollingsworth commented: “It’s a pleasure to become a trustee of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity. Having spoken with the Chair of Trustees, I now can’t wait to meet prospective borrowers in interviews and through visits. I think visiting borrowers’ businesses is something that will be very interesting, because it will enable me to first-hand see the difference the charity has made.”

David Howard, Chair of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Sue, Mark and Greg to the Board of Trustees. Having spoken at length with each of them, I’m confident that they will bring the exact qualities we were looking for in our new trustees. Each is extremely experienced in their field, have run their own businesses successfully and are passionate about helping others in Leicestershire achieve their business goals. I’m very much looking forward to working with them.”