Martial Arts Charitable Trust

Confidence, Commitment, Discipline, Respect, Health

Providing grants and support to students and clubs in the martial arts.




Tom Kark - Chairman and Trustee

Tom Kark has been a barrister since 1982.  He was appointed Recorder of the Crown Court in 2000 and Standing Counsel to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in 2002.   In 2010 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.  

His work focuses on serious crime, public inquiries and medical regulation.

He holds a 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate and 3rd Kyu in Aikido.


Tim Richards - Treasurer and Trustee 

Since 1989 Tim Richards has been a Director at Financial & General Securities Ltd, licensed dealers in securities (FSA regulated).  

He is FSA authorised with responsibilities including compliance and money laundering oversight.

He holds a 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate.


Alan Smith - Secretary and Trustee

Alan is a qualified actuary and one of the founding partners of First Actuarial LLP. 

Alan is also a trustee of the Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust, the charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries.

Alan holds a 4th Dan in Shotokan Karate.


Ashwin Kumar - Trustee

Ashwin has been in the Financial Services industry since 1988. He is a Managing Director at Deutsche Boerse Group. Prior to this he has held senior positions at various financial institutions.

 He holds a 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate.