Alex Newson
Senior Solicitor, Legal Department

Alex joined Experian in October 2010. In May 2015 he was appointed as a Trustee of the Heart of Experian Charity Fund, and its Chairman in December 2016.

Alex is a solicitor within Experian’s Legal Department. There are two main strands to his role: dispute resolution and intellectual property. The dispute resolution work is mainly for UK&I; the intellectual property work can relate to any of Experian’s global operations.

Alex first began volunteering whilst at school. Whilst at university, as well as volunteering he was Treasurer and a committee member of the university volunteering society, giving students volunteering opportunities. These days, Alex volunteers when he can fit this in with his day job and family life. In recent years, Alex has invested significant time into helping a local pre-school with their IT and website needs, including personally rebuilding and relaunching their website.

Before joining Experian, Alex was an Associate at a national UK law firm, advising blue chip organisations such as Experian and the public sector. He qualified as a solicitor at an East Midlands law firm and first became an external advisor to Experian in 2002/3. Whilst in private practice, Alex performed “pro bono” work, supporting the legal advice needs of local charities.

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Jan Barratt
Head of Community Involvement UK&I

Jan joined Experian in 2006 as a Community Executive for the UK&I. In 2008 Jan took on the responsibility of Head of Community Involvement, UK&I.

Jan is the Head of Community Involvement for the UK and Ireland (UK&I).

Jan has been focused on building a growth strategy for all aspects of Community Involvement. Volunteering activity has doubled in the last five years; Our Payroll Giving has achieved Platinum status where over 20% of our employees donate; the Heart of Experian Charity Fund has been introduced; all Partnerships projects have been aligned with our business objectives – one of these being “Values Money and Me”, a financial education resource developed by Community Involvement for Primary Schools; and latterly the introduction of Gift in Kind to our charity partners. With the help of our employees our performance has improved rapidly year-on-year to enhance our Corporate Responsibility making a lasting impact on our UK&I community.

Jan trained as a Dispensing Optician but had a career change after deciding to work in sponsorship. Jan has worked for National and Regional publications, the East Midlands Fire Service and Nottingham City Council before joining Experian.

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Katherine McNamara
Finance Project Manager, UK & EMEA Finance SSC

Katherine joined Experian in 2010 as a Finance Project Manager for UK&I based in the Corporate Finance team, then moving to cover both UK&I and EMEA regions.  She then worked for the EMEA Finance team to manage EMEA-specific projects, and now manages regional and global change in the UK & EMEA Finance SSC.

Katherine is a Finance Project Manager for the UK & EMEA Finance SSC.

Katherine has managed a range of Finance projects across the Experian business. She is also a founding member of the UK&I’s MaD About Community committee which brought the Finance community together to ‘Make A Difference’ in the community, both by supporting events organised by the Internal Community Team, and Finance-specific events such as the annual Famous Five volunteering week.  Katherine is also trained to deliver “Values Money and Me” in Experian, and is trained as a volunteer bereavement counsellor for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Katherine qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Anderson (later Deloitte) in London before moving to work as an Accountant in a law firm in the British Virgin Islands.  On her return to the UK, Katherine joined Capital One’s Finance team in Nottingham before moving to Ikano in the Business Improvements team.


Namita Patel
Head of Private Sector Fundraising, The Prince’s Trust

Namita joined The Trust in 2010 leading the team to raise over £500K per year for disadvantaged young people in the East Midlands. Namita is responsible for driving growth and creating innovative fundraising partnership models, securing support from philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Namita is also involved in managing high profile events and developing employee engagement and volunteering activities to generate income.

At University Namita was an Alumni Fundraiser, quickly becoming interested in supporting those less fortunate than herself and went on to give time in India in 2006, providing relief work to children affected by the Tsunami.

After returning to the UK, she joined a dedicated fundraising team at Vista, a local charity for the visually impaired. Namita ran the community and event fundraising income stream, supporting both children and adults with to overcome day-to-day barriers using practical aids. In 2007, Namita encouraged a blind man to ride a motorcycle around an international race circuit, sourced sponsorship and recorded the challenge to be set as a world record in just over 7 minutes.

Namita has twin boys and is a super busy mum. She is a keen cyclist and has taken part in 50-mile bike rides. To relax, she enjoys going to the theatre, reading and travelling.

She was a ‘Games maker’ at London 2012, ensuring disabled spectators had the same Olympic experience as others. Namita inspired her mother to take part at the age of 60.

Nic Williams

Nic is currently Director of Business and Community at Blue Bell Hill Primary School in St Ann’s, Nottingham, which is part of Blue Bell Hill Academy Trust.

Nic has been working in inner city schools for the past 19 years. Started his career as a Teaching Assistant; he then became the first Primary Learning Mentor in the City of Nottingham. A major part of the role was as the Lead Behaviour and Attendance Professional and Lead Social Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) co-coordinator, speaking at many National conferences on SEAL. Many of the projects he has developed have since been established across a number of schools. Blue Bell Hill led the way with SEAL in Nottingham and in 2009 Nic won The Nottingham City award for innovation for the work he does. As part of the Senior Leadership team at Blue Bell Hill he helped lead the primary from being a struggling school with poor results to an Ofsted rated “Outstanding” School.

In 2010 he was named one of the National Ice Centre’s most influential sporting figures for schools and community outreach work as part of the London 2012 Inspire and legacy programme. In 2011 as CEO he launched the Blue Bell Hill Trust, to support the local community, which has already been successful in opening the Educational Learning Zone at the National Ice Centre and managing the educational and community programmes of the GMB Nottingham Panthers. In June 2011 he was awarded the Business in the Community, Marks & Spencer Sieff award for individuals based in the community, who have best collaborated with business to benefit society. In 2012 Nic was proud to carry the Olympic torch through Nottingham representing the communities that he supports.

With Nic’s passion for community and families, in October 2010 he Launched ‘Church@Community’ a new Fresh Expression Church plant in St Anns Nottingham. The Church has grown from strength to strength and is an important part of the St Anns community it serves, with Nic continuing to lead.

In 2014, he became a Specialist Leader in Education supporting schools to develop their work with families and communities.

In 2016 Nic became one of Into Films National Ambassadors leading the way in using film in education. In 2017, he was named Into Film Teacher of the Year at the annual awards ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square.

He continues to advise many organisations on new initiatives and develop new projects. He is proud to have worked with Experian’s Values Money and Me education programme. Nic was pivotal from day one and continues to develop the programme with new recourses and a programme of family learning.

He is passionate about schools and learning being at the heart of the community and providing new opportunities and experiences for its children and families.


Paul Coupland
Programme Manager, Group Financial Reporting

Paul Joined GUS in March 1997 as an IT and security internal auditor, and remained with Experian on demerger in October 2006.  He has held a variety of roles, mainly in systems implementation projects and process improvements.

Paul works as a programme manager in Group Financial Reporting, responsible for managing the production of the Group’s Annual Report and Accounts. He was appointed as a Company Trustee of the Heart of Experian Charity Fund in May 2015 and its Treasurer in November 2015.

Paul is an experienced advocate for the vulnerable, particularly those with Learning Disabilities, and has a proven track record engaging with care providers, commissioners, and local authority safeguarding processes to improve the lives of disabled people. In 2008, he ran the London Marathon raising funds for the National Autistic Society.

He is also a Trustee of Stockport Mencap, where he has been Treasurer since 2006.

After University, Paul’s first job was with ICI. After 3 years, he moved to KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Paul’s first voluntary role was during his year between School and University, when he was a live-in volunteer at Oxford Cyrenians at their hostel for the single homeless.