Board of Trustees

Stephen Javes - CAS Chair of Trustee BoardStephen Javes (Chair of Trustee Board)

Stephen Javes MBA, BSc (Hons), DMS, FCIH, MIEH is Chair of the Trustee Board at CAS. Stephen succeeded Alex Skailes, who stepped down after three years as Chair, on 1 April 2016.

Stephen is currently the Chief Executive for Orwell Housing Association, which provides homes for over 7,500 throughout Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.

Over the years Stephen has sat on the boards of many local organisations such as Mencap, Stonham, Housing 21, the North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau (NESCAB) and St John’s Housing Trust. Currently he is Chairman of Eastern Procurement Limited and the SNAP consortium, as well as being a member of the Suffolk Strategic Housing Partnership and the East Suffolk Partnership Board.

Stephen is also a qualified coach, and lectures on management techniques and leadership.

Helen Greengrass

Helen joined Suffolk Coastal District Council in 2015 as the Felixstowe Change Director. She leads the Felixstowe Forward initiative to develop a collective approach to tackling the town’s key challenges and opportunities to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Felixstowe.

Prior to this appointment a large part of Helen’s career was as the Chief Executive Officer of the Suffolk Education Business Partnership, a Suffolk based charity linking up with local industry partners to improve employability skills and raise aspiration in young people.

Helen has run her own business, worked for both private and public organisations, and tutored in business studies.

Helen is passionate about the need for young people to prepare adequately for their future adult working lives by having meaningful contact with local industry. Having moved to Felixstowe four years ago she is a strong advocate for the town and is looking forward to working with the community to enhance its potential.


John Shaw

John is now retired, however he continues to be kept busy in the local community. After a long career in engineering, holding a variety of managerial positions, with responsibility for quality assurance for all Crane Ltd. sites in the UK, John was also involved at national level with standards work and chairing a sector quality assurance committee.

Changing career focus, John spent time with Business Link which gave him experience of working with business sectors in Suffolk, advising on project specification and funding. He has been responsible for several projects supporting businesses in rural and disadvantaged areas of the County and is familiar with and has been involved in the approval process of both ESF and ERDF European Funding practices.

He has been active in his local communities at town and parish council and local community council and was a councillor in Stowmarket and Mayor of Stowmarket in 1989-90. John was Chair of trustees during the development and establishment of The Mix, an innovative youth hub based in Stowmarket.

John is currently Vice Chair of Stowmarket District Scout Council, which supports the local Scout movement in helping make a difference to the lives of young people.

Graham Watson

Graham is Director of The Seckford Foundation and Bursar of Woodbridge School. Graham has been administering the Seckford Foundation since 2003, which as well as the Almshouses, includes Woodbridge School and The Abbey Preparatory School. Before joining The Seckford Foundation, Graham was Deputy Chief Executive of NESTA, a non-departmental public body set up by the Lottery Act 1998. NESTA funds programmes for creativity, invention and innovation and fellowship and education. Prior to working for NESTA, he was Director of Finance and Support Services for The Princes Trust. Graham is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has extensive knowledge of charity law, tax regulation and governance issues. Graham lives locally with his wife and their two children who were formerly at Woodbridge School.

JulieWest-150x150Julie West

Julie joined New Anglia LEP in 2013 to develop a range of support for businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. Her previous roles include Chief Executive of Tastes of Anglia, a regional food marketing group which offered bespoke business development help to the food and drink sector, and Julie was voted as a Top 100 Influential Business Leaders in Suffolk by the EADT. Other roles include Operational Director for a local business, providing strategic support on core business activities;  mentor and panel member with the Princes Trust, and many years’ experience working with SMEs at both operational and strategic levels. Julie lives locally with her husband and 2 sons.