The Board of Directors oversees and steers the Fair Tax Foundation’s development. Board members may sometimes work on the scheme on a part-time basis when staff workloads are excessive or a particular expertise is needed.
Rob Harrison – Chair
Rob Harrison is the consultancy manager and a director of Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA). Rob was one of three founder directors of ECRA in 1987.
Since that date he has worked as a consultant to NGOs (including Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace) on engaging consumers in their campaigns, as an advisor to government departments (including those in the Belgium, Austria and Brazil) on encouraging the use of ethical consumption and procurement for social and environmental goals, as a consultant to consumer organisations (including groups in Spain and Hungary) on researching the CSR performance of companies, and to companies (including the Co-operative Bank and Lush Cosmetics) on developing world-leading ethical policies and implementing them in practice.
He has also edited and contributed to academic work in this area including ‘The Ethical Consumer’ (Sage, 2005) and ‘Green Building Handbook’ (Routledge, 1997).
He has also been an editor of Ethical Consumer magazine since its inception in 1989. In addition Rob has spoken widely in the press, on radio and on TV, and also to universities and campaign groups around the world on the importance of facilitating ethical consumption.
Chris Harrop OBE
Chris Harrop is Sustainability Director at Marshalls plc. An accomplished marketer with a proven global track record, Chris’ persistent contribution has ensured that Marshalls not only leads the hard landscaping sector but is also a world-class sustainable business. Under Chris’ guidance, the business has won numerous awards for commitment to the environment and supply chain ethics, including Business in the Community Awards for Excellence and the PLC Awards on three occasions.
Chris was Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact UK Network for four years from January 2013, and he has remained a Non-Executive Director of the Ethical Trade Initiative since his appointment in January 2011. In June 2017 Chris became Chairman of Made in Britain. Chris was rated fifth in Ethical Corporation’s Heroes of Sustainability in 2007 and was named a Business Game Changer’ by BITC in 2012. In 2018, he was ranked as one of the Top 100 Modern Slavery Business Influencers and was named BtB Marketer of the Year by BtB International.
One of Chris’s proudest moments came in the 2019 New Year Honours List, when Her Majesty the Queen appointed Chris as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Prevention of Modern Slavery and Exploitation.
Harriet Lamb CBE
Harriet Lamb is the CEO of Ashden, the climate solutions charity. She previously headed up Fairtrade in both the UK and internationally, and authored Fighting the Banana Wars. The first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, she was appointed a CBE in 2006 and was named Orange Businesswoman of the Year in 2008.
Harriet joined the board in 2021, bringing her vast experience and knowledge in building and bolstering fairness and social justice internationally. As businesses worldwide seek the Fair Tax Mark accreditation to demonstrate their commitment to responsible tax conduct and transparency, her expertise will help the Fair Tax Foundation expand and thrive beyond the shores of the UK.
Tim Hunt is a researcher, communications chief and director of Ethical Consumer Research Association.
Tim has worked in alternative media for eight years. He was a founder of radical publication Manchester Mule and is now a worker director of Ethical Consumer magazine and a board member at Red Pepper magazine.
He left university in 2002 and embarked on a “career” in activism working on a number of social and environmental justice projects including the Camp for Climate Action, Action for Sustainable Living and the Basement Social Center, while also conducting freelance research focused on the local economy and democracy. He returned to university in 2007 and gained a masters degree in sustainability before joining Ethical Consumer in 2008.
Recently Tim has been leading on Ethical Consumer’s Boycott Amazon campaign, which provides consumers with tax-paying alternatives to online retailer and arch tax avoider Amazon. He also broke the story of the London 2012 Olympics as a tax haven and worked with 38 Degrees on the successful campaign to get the corporate sponsors to waive their right to the Olympic-sized tax break offered to them for the duration of the games.
Rachel joined SSE in 2007 and, as Director of Sustainability, is responsible for its sustainability strategy, partnership funding and corporate heritage. She is a non-executive director of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.
External to SSE, Rachel is Chair of the Business Leadership Group of Living Wage Scotland and is on the board of the Fair Tax Foundation. Formerly Rachel was the Senior Special Adviser and speechwriter to Scotland’s First Minister between 2001 and 2007.
She graduated in 2009 from St Andrews University with a Master of Literature in International Political Thought, with a first degree in 1993 in Applied Economics from the University of Abertay, Dundee.