The Aldridge Foundation is the operational name of the Aldridge Foundation CIO, a charity regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (no 1170932). For more information please visit the Charity Commission website. Our Trustees are:

Sir Rod Aldridge, OBE


To further the work of his charitable trust, Sir Rod Aldridge established the Aldridge Foundation in 2006. The Foundation is a charity that supports social change and community regeneration and focuses on supporting the communities where Aldridge Education and Aldridge Wealth operate.

As the founder of the Capita Group in 1984 until his retirement in 2006, Rod led the company from start-up to becoming a FTSE 100 company, with Capita thus becoming the market leader in the provision of support and professional services to the government and private sector in the UK. Capita Group is now the 50th ranked company in the FTSE 100, with a market capitalisation of over £8billion.

Prior to Capita, Rod worked in local government for ten years with East Sussex County Council, Brighton Borough Council, Crawley District Group and West Sussex Council, becoming a qualified accountant with CIPFA in 1970, joining CIPFA in 1974, and ultimately becoming its Technical Director. Sir Rod was awarded an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List, for services to the computer industry, and was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. In 2006, he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012, he received a knighthood for services to young people.

In addition to chairing the Foundation Board Sir Rod is Patron of Aldridge Education and a Governor at Kensington Aldridge Academy. Amongst his other interests he is Chair of The Lowry arts and entertainment venue in Salford; President of Sussex Cricket and was a founding member of the Prince’s Charities Council. In 2018 he published his autobiography You’re Better Than They Think You Are.

Brent Thomas

Brent ThomasBrent’s career has spanned two sectors. His first was with the oil and chemicals company Burmah Castrol plc where held a number of international operational and HR roles including as Chief Executive of Castrol Denmark and Norway, and as the Group HR Director. He held this last role until 2001 when the takeover by BP hastened a decision to try something completely different. In 2002 he started work on a project linking business executives with the charity sector, where there was a growing need for their skills. From this emerged his second career as a social entrepreneur and founder of Primetimers. Today Brent is the Deputy Chief Executive of Eastside Primetimers, a management consultancy that works with charities on strategic change and social investment, and a Trustee of the Eastside Primetimers Foundation, that provides professional development support to talented people working in the charity sector.

Brent’s educational and governance experience includes as a Board member of the Copenhagen International School, as a pensions trustee and as a Trustee of the charity Family Action, where he was the Vice Chair.

Lady Carol Aldridge

Lady Carol Aldridge was born and raised in Liverpool to a working class family. Her working career has mainly been in the public sector having worked for Liverpool City Council for over 21 years, focusing on operations and business development. In her last 5 years she was responsible within a small team for setting up the front office alongside BT in a joint venture – called ‘Liverpool Direct’, developing the call centre and integrating the back office services into the front office. By the time she left the call centre had grown to 250 staff. In 2003 Lady Carol joined Capita within the central sales team working on multi million pound contracts, including with Birmingham Council. In 2006 she moved into the property development sector, qualifying as an interior designer, and currently works on large-scale new build properties. Lady Carol supports Sir Rod and the Foundation both ‘behind the scenes’ and at many public engagements and events in the schools. She became a Trustee of the Foundation in February 2014, taking a particular interest in the reputational aspect of our work and representing the family.

James Sporle

James Sporle

James was appointed as a trustee of the Aldridge Foundation in 2010 and is passionate about its purpose to deliver an equal chance at life for young people to fulfil their potential.

James qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters in 2001 before working in the corporate department for several years advising blue chip clients on major transactions. After this, he took his first in-house role working at BP in the M&A legal team advising on multinational projects.Subsequently James worked with Sir Rod supporting the establishment of the Aldridge family office before joining the legal team at Just Eat in 2013 where he continues to work.

James has a Law degree from St Catharine’s college, Cambridge and a Law Diploma from Nottingham Law School. He is currently the General Counsel and Company Secretary at Just Eat plc.

Jennifer Lavender

Jennifer worked at the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman before making a career change into education. Working at The Prince’s Trust, she successfully managed the implementation of a Rugby Partnership Programme, linking disadvantaged children – or those at risk of exclusion – to Premiership rugby teams in order to help them develop educational and social skills. This was through a mixture of learning and experiences alongside some of the top names in Rugby across the United Kingdom.

In 2009 Jennifer moved into the Early Years schools sector and now works as a nursery practitioner. Whilst working, she completed a degree in Early Years Education and Leadership at Kingston University.

As well as being passionate about education, as the daughter of Sir Rod, Jennifer also became a Trustee of the Foundation to support and represent the family.

Rich Benton

Rich is an entrepreneur who has enjoyed a successful business career in the UK, and has driven the development of social entrepreneurship worldwide. After qualifying as an accountant he joined Sir Rod Aldridge as Founder Director of Capita, and was Sales Director for 14 years. ‘Retiring’ to become primary carer for his young family he then became Chair of Mouchel plc, a private engineering consultancy which listed as a public company in 2001.

Rich has founded two other start-up businesses, one a teacher supply agency which was sold to TES in 2014, and one just started, servicing the public sector supply chain. He is an angel investor in three other companies and has served as Chair of Eastlea Community School in Canning Town and of the S W Newham Education Action Zone.

Rich was Chair of UnLtd, the UK’s leading supporter of social entrepreneurs. Through this role he became an active supporter of and fundraiser for UnLtd South Africa. He is also a founder member of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network. Rich’s current passion is the development of Kwasa College, a 2-18 pre, primary and secondary school in the informal settlement of Daggafontein 30 miles south-east of Johannesburg..

Simon Francis

Simon Francis - Aldridge Foundation TrusteeSimon is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Leveraged Finance at Citibank. He sits on the Capital Markets Executive Committee. He was previously a Managing Director in a similar role at Credit Suisse.

He was been working with the Aldridge Foundation for several years on initiatives to enhance the lives of young people in the U.K through education. He also works with The Talent Tap on creating work experience opportunities for 6th formers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Simon has a BA from Cambridge University in economics and attended Wellington College.

Salman Momen

Sal Momen Aldridge Foundation Trustee

Salman Momen is a Managing Director in Barclays Bank and the CIO of Barclays Payments Division.   Barclays Payments provides a majority of authorisations and subsequent payments processing, for daily online/e-commerce and card-based transactions, in every industry sector, across the UK and in Europe.

Prior to this, Salman was a Managing Director in Accenture Digital Technology; and also IBM Interactive.  He has worked in the Digital/Internet space for years; including 5 years, in BBC New Media & Technology.  He additionally serves as a Board Trustee for ADA (the National Digital Academy).  Salman had previously served as Chair of Photoworks in Brighton; and also as a School Governor.  He is passionate about Diversity & Inclusivity.

Sarah Felger

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in the legal sector. She is currently Head of Strategy Implementation at CMS and is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for the global law firm. Sarah started her career as an M&A lawyer in before moving into the business side of law – working in both business development and legal operations.  She has Psychology degree from Manchester University, a law diploma from The College of Law and an MBA (with a major in Strategy) from Cass Business School, while also being a Mentor to current MBA students at Cass.


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