Meet... Philip Burton
Trustee since 2011
Tell us about your career
My career was in local government and I am a qualified housing officer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. I worked for the London Boroughs of Brent and Kensington and Chelsea and then Chichester District Council as Chief Housing Officer and Director of Community Services.
After that I was appointed Chief Executive of East Hampshire District Council and from 2003 Chief Executive of North Norfolk District Council until 2012.
I am currently "early retired"(!) but also am a part-time public sector management consultant and I have several voluntary roles including being Chair of Cromer Academy, vice-Chair of Victory Housing Trust and vice-Chair here at The Benjamin Foundation.
Why did you decide to become a Trustee?
I had worked with The Benjamin Foundation through my professional role at North Norfolk District Council and admired the organisation's purpose, style and culture. The chance to become a Trustee presented me with an opportunity to apply my skills and experience to a role which enables me both to support the Foundation and deliver initiatives to improve the lives of young people and families in our local community
Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born and grew up in Norfolk and, following my time at university and working in other parts of the country, returned in 2003. I am married to Terena, a college law lecturer, and our leisure pursuits and interests focus on modern art, travel, walking, music and reading. I am also about to rekindle my enthusiasm for cycling…..!