Paul Barry-Walsh - Founder and Chairman 

Paul was with IBM for 9 years until he left to form Safetynet one of the UK’s leading providers of business continuity services.  He then went on to found Netstore a provider of outsourced computer services. 

He founded Fredericks Foundation in 2001 and it has become a leading microfinance organisation in the UK.

In April 2008 Paul was granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and in November 2008 won a Beacon Award for Creative Giving.  In March 2009 he was named ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ at the CNBC European Business Awards.





Neil Mehta

Neil graduated in 1984 and worked in the IT/HR industry for many years. Neil founded and built Aquila Consulting Group, from which he completed a successful exit in December 2006. Neil also invested and helped Profero, a digital marketing business, grow into a global business over 10 years, into a 400+ people organisation with 8 international offices and exited in 2014 to a US listed media group. 

Neil has been a non-executive director/seed investor for commercial and not-for-profit organisations including Great Western Enterprise (Business West), Griti, Givey and Simera for over 15 years. He was also a director of Gloucestershire Development Loan Fund helping the executives to integrate into the Fredericks family where he has been a Trustee since its inception in 2001. Neil is currently Chairman of Wells for India, Simera, Non- Exec Director Givey, and a stake holder in various private innovative technology businesses and academic connected funds.



David Herbert

David graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1969 with a BA in economics. He subsequently became a Lecturer in Economics at Brunel University where he gained a PhD in 1975.

In 1978 he joined BP where he performed various roles in Head Office, East Asia and Latin America. In 1989 David joined Baring Brothers & Co., Limited as a corporate financier focusing on the emerging markets, principally in Eastern Europe and FSU. Barings became part of the ING Group in 1995. He was appointed Head of Emerging Europe Corporate Finance in ING Bank in 1998  and Head of International Corporate Finance in 2008.

David retired from ING bank in 2010 and has since held a variety of non-executive positions in private and public companies in the oil and gas sector, media and in financial services. He became a trustee of Fredericks Foundation in 2012.


Peter Kelly

Peter has more than 30 years of corporate experience, including European Managing Director and European Vice President roles. This experience encompasses the creation of the start-up operations throughout Europe right through to final IPO or trade sale.

Having co-founded Pegasus Funding Resources Peter specialises in helping other start-up and growth companies to prepare themselves for funding and to introduce them to sources of finance. In particular Peter uses his experience to guide companies through the business plan writing process and the challenge of not only presenting to investors but also of being well prepared for the unexpected questions that will follow.

Peter has been an integral Fredericks volunteer for many years now and has recently joined as a Trustee, we are very honoured to welcome Peter onto the Trustee board.


Fabienne Serfaty

Fabienne is a business entrepreneur committed to social change. A citizen of France and Morocco, she draws on thirty years of experience in investing and consulting, including a career with McKinsey and Co in Germany, twenty years of investing in mid-sized industrial companies across Europe and ten years as an impact investor in a portfolio of social enterprises.

In the UK, she also serves on the Board of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of Social Entrepreneurs and Clientearth Environmental Lawyers.

With a lifelong interest in systemic solutions to social challenges, she is a frequent lecturer on the topics of social impact and diversity and enjoys coaching entrepreneurs and their teams as well as leading workshops on social entrepreneurship.

She holds an MBA in finance from Wharton, an MA in International Relations from Upenn and a Masters degrees in Econometrics from Pantheon-Assas.

Key Personnel 

Duncan Parker - CEO 

Duncan has a unique academic and professional background in International Development within the third sector and the commercial world. Duncan’s previous roles include field work in Africa, Americas and Asia, being the International Development Director for The Salvation Army (UK), Managing Director for an African Agricultural investment fund and running his own consultancy.

Duncan has a passion for making the world better, spending time with his family and friends and coffee…lots of coffee! He has run and competed in a whole host of physical challenges for the benefit of charity including running 6 marathons in 6 days for his favourite charity.






Paul Maddison -Finance Manager

Paul comes from a commercial banking career of 30 years, where he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in B2B environments. 

Paul enjoys watching rugby and football as well as playing golf. He has run in an impressive 3 marathons. Paul has a cat called Freddie ... and yes, he was named after the foundation!