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Age UK Dorchester has a board of trustees to monitor and set the charity's strategic objectives. All of our trustees are volunteers and bring with them invaluable skills and insight which helps to support and direct our work.

Trustee Bios

  • John Weir

    John retired from the insurance industry in 1997, moving to Dorchester two year later in 1999.

    Just one year later he joined Age UK as treasurer and trustee, later serving as chairman for a number of years.

    He has been involved in a range of community work, including a local Food Bank, Friends of the Hospital, Hospital Governor, and Homeless Project

    He is married to Val and they have two children and four grandchildren. They still live in Dorchester and attend the local Dorchester Baptist Church, where they are involved in a number of activities.

  • Ann Evans

    Ann has been involved with Age UK Dorchester for the last 12 years as a volunteer. She began in Information and Advice and is now a trustee.

    Before retiring in 2004 she was a Chartered Librarian, which was a background she found useful in her work as an Information and Advice volunteer.

    It was a few years into her volunteering that she was invited to join the trustee board. Since then she has been happily involved in both roles, with her work in Information and Advice providing valuable experience when carrying out her role as a trustee.

  • Marian Barnes

    Marian worked in universities for most of her career and in retirement has the honorary title of Emeritus Professor at the University of Brighton. Her research and teaching were primarily in the areas of social care and social policy. In particular she focussed on ageing, care and mental health, and on ways in which service users organise to shape policies and services. 

    In this context she worked with what was then Age Concern in Scotland to develop and evaluate a project working with older people in Fife, and with Age UK in Brighton and Hove to carry out collaborative research on older people and wellbeing. 

    She was a Mental Health Act Commissioner for five years and has worked both with grass roots user and carer groups, and as an advisor to government.

    She moved to Dorchester in 2015.

    She has undertaken work for Age UK Dorchester to get feedback from older people using their services and is now glad to contribute to the organisation as a trustee.

  • Alison Moore

    Alison has been a Trustee at Age UK Dorchester for 5 years and been chair of trustees since 2014.

    Alison’s interest in Age UK Dorchester arose through the personal experience of supporting an older person in another part of the country. A maze of choices and opportunities was explained in a supportive and thoughtful way, which also resulted in a positive financial situation.

    “I wanted to be part of this brilliant organisation that puts its clients first, and volunteering as a trustee is good way for me to do that”.

    Alison worked 18 years at BT. She left BT to return to university to retrain as a counsellor, which enabled her to develop her management skills for a different purpose. 

    Since then, Alison has worked for school/college partnerships, including Kingston Maurward College.

    She is also a business mentor with DorMen.  She now has her own counselling and supervision practice in Blandford Forum, and teaches various health programmes across the county.

    Alison is also the Chair of the Blandford Business Group, Dorset LEP Board member and Vice Chair of the North Dorset Local Action Group.

  • Robert Bracher

    Robert, who is a self-employed Probate Consultant, worked for one of the leading High Street Banks in their Trustee Department for over 25 years spending much of his time dealing with probate matters and later becoming the wills advisor for the Bank.

    Subsequently he joined Age UK as their Legacy Manager responsible for a team of Legacy Advisers covering England, Scotland and Wales before being made redundant in 2014.

    Since 2014 he has been acting as a self-employed Probate Consultant locum working for a number of firms of solicitors. He has worked closely with Age UK Dorchester for many years and is pleased to be able to continue his association through acting as a trustee.

    Outside of work Robert’s main areas of interest are the horses he and his wife breed on their small farm in Dorset, and point to point racing where he is the Wessex Public Relations Officer for the area which involves promoting the sport and writing previews and reviews following the meetings.

  • Richard Foad

    Born 1947, Richard grew up and was educated in Kent. He achieved four ‘O’ level GSE’s in Maths, English, Physics and Biology then trained as an aircraft engineer and worked on military rotary wing aircraft, serving 23 years in the army.

    He moved to Dorset in December 1990 and had pub tenancies in Eype near Bridport, Symondbury and Cerne Abbas. In 2006, he went back to military aviation as a technical author for a company in Weymouth and retired in 2014.

    In his spare time he helps the ‘The Semicolons’ (West Dorset Bowel Cancer Support Group) to give support to those who require it and to raise awareness of bowel cancer, its symptoms and treatment.

    He is a driver for ‘Dorchester Neighbour Cars’ taking patients to attend their hospital, doctor, dentist and other medical appointments.

    As a volunteer advocate, as well as trustee, for Age UK Dorchester, he is able to use his experiences of running businesses, helping cancer patients and having contact with other groups of people to assist those in need of help.

  • Adrian Stuart

    Adrian has serviced as a trustee since 2012 and also represents the charity on the board of Age UK Dorset Enterprises Ltd, serving as its chairman from April 2016 to March 2017.

    His professional background is in Local Government finance and management, where he worked at councils in Poole and Essex before moving to West Dorset District Council, and Dorchester, in 1993.

    Since 2013 he has been the Town Clerk at Dorchester Town council, as well as serving as a trustee in a personal capacity.

    He is married with two grown children.

  • Nick Grassby

    Nick has been a trustee at Age UK Dorchester since 2012.

    He is a local solicitor and has provided legal guidance to the trustee board throughout his tenure.

    He also provides a free legal surgery every other month to older people through Age UK Dorchester.

  • Nick Hyde

    Nick became involved with Age UK Dorchester several years ago as an IT volunteer. A role he keenly enjoys to date.

    Nicks interest in getting involved with Age UK Dorchester was due to wanting to interact with people from the generations before as he had lost both his parents. He knows the rich lives that all have lived and wanted to enhance these lives by assisting people by learning to manage their lives via the opportunities IT gives.

    After a few years as an IT volunteer Nick expressed an interest in helping the team that guide the charity and was asked to consider being a trustee. When the opportunity arose he gladly accepted.

    Nick has a varied working life from an engineering background, ranging from British Aerospace to a major confectionary manufacturer.