The Trustees

The Trustees of both Charities are as follows: –

Dr John Frankish is the current Chair, and a founder Trustee.  John was born in Thanet. He attended Drapers Mills School and Chatham House before University in London. He was related to David and Vera Gibbons and moved to Devon in 1982. John retired after 33 years as a GP, currently he lives in Barnstaple with his family.  John has been a postgraduate student at both Exeter (MSc) and Plymouth Universities (PGCME) and is involved in other charities notable the Children’s Holiday Foundation

Dr Miles Joyner is a founder Trustee having worked closely with David Gibbons.  Miles moved to Devon in 1979 as a consultant in clinical haematology at the R D & E Hospital, and went on to establish the Exeter Leukaemia Fund charity in the 1980s, of which he is still a Trustee.  Miles currently lives outside of Exeter with his family.

Mrs Elizabeth Lee is also from Exmouth, where she has raised her family.    Liz became a Trustee in 2015 after retirement from 17 years as Chair of the Governors of Exmouth Community College, though she has recently returned as a Governor. Liz currently works part time for a local business, and has raised thousands of pounds for charity through marathon running.

Professor Christine King CBE DL joined the Trust in 2017. After a varied career in Education she was appointed Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University. In 2013 she moved to Exmouth in Devon where she continues with her interest in Higher Education and her academic research. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at Warwick University and a Governor at Plymouth Marjon University. Throughout her career, her passion has been to find ways to open the doors of opportunity to as wide a range of people as possible and is therefore firmly committed to the principles enshrined in the Gibbons Family Trust.

Dr Clive Stubbings became a Trustee in 2019. He was born in Minehead Somerset, and studied medicine in Cambridge and London. He and his wife Sue have lived and worked in Exmouth since 1979 when he joined a GP practice. After retirement Clive became a Magistrate and sat mainly in the Family Court. Clive is also a Trustee and Honorary Secretary of Exmouth Welfare Trust.



All grants are made at the discretion of the Trustees who meet quarterly at the office in Budleigh Salterton to review the applications.

The Trusts make grants from the income that is received from endowed investments.  They do not undertake any fundraising activities and do not have any volunteer workers.