Our trading directors ensure that our trading company continues to deliver quality products and services for older people in Essex.

Trading directors volunteer their time and skills to while generating a surplus to support our charitable activities. As with any company they also ensure that the company manages its financial, legal, employment and other responsibilities.

Mike Mahoney - Chairman 

Qualified as a cost and management accountant with Ford Motor Company. Worked in Greece, and then joined a leading Lloyds insurance broker in 1969 as Financial Director. Became Deputy Chairman and then Chairman before retiring from the City in 2000.

Chris Ignatowicz - Treasurer

A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge (Classics and Modern Languages) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Worked principally in the banking sector, mainly with HSBC both in the UK and abroad. After retiring, spent two years as a school Bursar in York, before joining Age Concern Essex as a Trustee in 2009.

Tony Shelton

Retired Housing Manager, Braintree District Council; Chairman of Halstead Hospital League of Friends; Chairman Courtaulds Home of Rest; Member (and past Chairman) of Braintree District Council; Chairman of Halstead Needy and Sick.

Nigel Rodliffe

Nigel is a Chartered Marketer and has worked in senior business development roles in a number of international companies. He now works as a marketing consultant with a focus on strategy, branding and digital marketing.

Nigel is a Chartered Marketer and has worked in senior business development roles in a number of international companies. He now works as a marketing consultant with a focus on strategy, branding and digital marketingNigel is a Chartered Marketer and has worked in senior business development roles in a number of international companies. He now works as a marketing consultant with a focus on strategy, branding and digital marketing..

Jill Fletcher Cert CII Cert PFS

Until she retired in September 2014, Jill was a working Director and Independent Financial Adviser of the long-established Essex insurance brokers W B Baxter Limited. Jill looked after very many corporate and private clients for over 30 years having previously gained experience in the London insurance market. Jill became a Director of Age UK Essex Trading in August 2012.

Emma Adams

Following a career in external relations in the voluntary sector and media, Emma has now worked in the energy efficiency industry for 16 years specialising in commercial, business development and project management support for government and energy supplier funded projects to improve the homes and health of vulnerable people.  She provides consultancy support to various organisations and is a joint owner of an Essex based energy services business.

Andrew Gardner

Joined Age UK Essex in August 2011 after four years with the charity Headway Cambridgeshire and before that twenty four years in various senior management roles within the commercial sector.