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…..!

Meet the team

Here are the other Trustees


Julian Wright - Chairman 


Stephen Ede - vice Chair      Catie Sheret - Trustee