Charlie Rigby, Founder and Trustee
Charlie was involved in the founding of The Challenger Trust in 1998 and has seen it develop and expand its support for young people during this time, but always with a focus on character development and learning outside the classroom. After leaving the Army, Charlie founded schools' expedition company, World Challenge, which went on to become the market leader before the business was sold to Tui Travel in 2008.
This passion for developing character attributes and life skills that will prepare young people for their future, which started with World Challenge, has never left Charlie. His work for the Challenger Trust has meant that similar learning experiences are now being made more accessible to a much wider group of young people, across the UK.
Charlie is married with 4 children, lives in Warwickshire and is committed to ensuring the Challenger Trust helps every young person to experience the benefits of a quality 'learning outside the classroom' experience.
Jeremy Parrish, Chairman
Jeremy joined The Challenger Trust as a Trustee in June 2015 following a 35 year career in international banking.
At Standard Chartered , where he worked for over 20 years, Jeremy ran operations for the bank in UK, Singapore , Hong Kong, Japan, UAE and Switzerland.
Jeremy was instrumental in helping to set up Standard Chartered’s flagship global charity ‘Seeing is Believing’, which has since cured the sight of thousands of people in the developing world. He also was an active supporter, fundraiser and director of a major special needs school in Abu Dhabi.
Jeremy is married with 4 children and lives in East Sussex.
Lucy Rivers Bulkeley, Trustee
Lucy was the first European woman to complete the Four Desert Challenge; 250km self supported foot race across the Atacama, Gobi, Sahara and Antarctica. She is now in the process of attempting the Seven Summits, 4 down and 3 to go! No stranger to pioneering adventure, Lucy is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Lucy is the Chair of the Challenger Trust Audit & Risk Sub-Committee.
Frank Green, CBE, Trustee
Frank has a considerable reputation as one of the country’s leading educational thinkers and innovators.
His career in education has so far spanned 44 years. Most recently he was National Schools Commissioner, 2013-2016, with oversight of all Academies and Free Schools. He established the Regional School Commissioners structure as part of the mechanism to co-ordinate and oversee the development of the academies programme. Prior to that he had been Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust from 2008, one of the first MATs, having created it from the original Leigh City Technology College, of which he was Principal from 1997.
From 1992 to 1997 he was the first Head of The Lincoln School of Science and Technology, which was the very first specialist school and the model for that programme.
In 2013 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire for his services to education.
He is also currently Chairman of Shoreline Enterprises and Vice chairman of Leigh Academies Trust, and is the Chair of the Challenger Trust's Education Sub-Committee.