About us

Ethical Goods began as a good idea between one charity and one business and has grown to become a impressive company with a large and ever-growing portfolio of product to cause relationships and consultancy clients.

The idea of Ethical Goods was birthed by a group of friends following the successful tie up between the company Harrogate Spa and charity Pump Aid. This first concept saw the launch of the Thirsty Planet brand. Thirsty Planet was the genesis product for Ethical Goods and continues to sell well, having produced increased turnover for Harrogate Spa and over £2m for clean water in African nations.

Our team have extensive expertise in business development, investment, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and communications, business, charity and NGO leadership, product development and production, poverty alleviation projects, consumer engagement, sponsorship endorsement and Cause Marketing, knock-out presentations, event management, campaigning and fiscal management. Click on any of the pictures below to find out more about our leadership team.

Duncan Parker

Managing Director
duncan.parker@ethical-goods.com

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.

Read more about Duncan and follow him on social media.

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Duncan Parker

Duncan Parker

Managing Director

Ralph Catto

Chairman
ralph.catto@ethical-goods.com

Ralph’s background is in both commercial and social enterprise. He is a Trustee of the Transformational Business Network, a network of business people and corporate organisations that use an enterprise approach in developing countries to create and sustain jobs in small to medium size businesses to empower the poor and transform communities.

Ralph is the chairman of Ethical Goods and is actively involved in the business development and overall strategy of the company. He founded Housing Partners, a business providing software and services to the UK’s social housing sector, which annually improves housing conditions for tens of thousands of households. Prior to that Ralph was a director of a large UK stockbroker in the City of London operating in the Corporate Finance arena and he remains active in the private equity market.

Ralph is a keen amateur artist operating under the pseudonym Fergus Ottac (he has already produced two ‘masterpieces’ that are simply waiting to find an audience!) and loves scaring friends and colleagues to death with his consummate skills on the ski slopes of Europe. To read more about Ralph go to his LinkedIn Profile.

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Ralph Catto

Ralph Catto

Chairman

Andrew Barker

Board Member, Shareholder & Strategic Advisor
info@ethical-goods.com

Andrew is the Chief Executive of the Pemberstone Group, a private equity and property investment group that is one of Ethical Good’s principal partners.

Andrew’s skills and experience span a range of sectors and he has led the growth of Pemberstone for a number of years, having been a Director of the Company when it listed in 1995 and after its subsequent ‘public to private’ move in 1999.

He is a director of a number of growing businesses with which Pemberstone works or has interests.  These range across the manufacturing, logistics, leisure and technology sectors, as well as Pemberstone’s original property investment and development business.

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Andrew Barker

Andrew Barker

Board Member, Shareholder & Strategic Advisor

Richard Chaplin

Commercial & Finance Director
info@ethical-goods.com

Richard covers commercials and finance for Ethical Goods. He is a graduate ACA and over the last 20 years has held senior finance and operational roles across a wide range of business sectors including retail, marketing and distribution, technology and manufacturing. In his last role Richard co-founded and grew a manufacturing business supplying blue-chip food processors with packaging products. He is also integrally involved in a number of other businesses including a chain of high street bicycle retailers, a business finance company & a venture capital group.

Richard is passionate about the power of genuine Corporate Social Responsibility and how it can impact and transform a business into a world-changing profitable enterprise. To read more about Richard go to his LinkedIn Profile.

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Richard Chaplin

Richard Chaplin

Commercial & Finance Director

John Carthew

Business Development Consultant
john.carthew@ethical-goods.com

John is a successful commercial engineer having helped build and ultimately lead Housing Partners a business that has already enabled over one quarter of a million social housing tenants to move home and exercise a life choice. John feels he benefitted from a Grammar School education and believes that his responsibility, wherever and however possible, to provide the necessary resources that provide the opportunity for others to achieve their potential.

John started at 3i plc as a management trainee and took his skills into the world of Social Housing working on diverse projects including large scale disabled facilities adaptations and providing open access computing facilities for all. He was a founder and worked for many years in a youth group that offers Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme training. To read more about John go to his LinkedIn Profile.

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John Carthew

John Carthew

Business Development Consultant

Garry Smith

Consultant
garry.smith@ethical-goods.com

After cutting his professional teeth as a town planner in local government, Garry moved into the third sector where he worked at a senior level including 4.5 years as the CEO of a charitable housing association. He spent 6 years directing The Salvation Army’s vast and varied portfolio of social and community projects in the UK and Ireland, where he developed a particular interest and expertise in social enterprise. Following this he has spent over nine years as a consultant operating across all sectors on a variety of interesting and challenging assignments in the UK, the EU, USA and Africa.

Outside of work, Garry has a passion for music and is the conductor of a brass band, he also enjoys watching most sports and is a keen (but not fast!) runner.

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Garry Smith

Garry Smith

Consultant