Our trading directors ensure that our trading company continues to deliver the best 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.

Barbara Gowlett - Chairman

After an early career in advertising, joined Age Concern Essex in 1985, becoming Deputy Chief Officer and Trading Manager. Retired in 2005 after 20 years and was invited to join the board.

Chris Ignatowicz - Treasurer

Joined the board in 2009. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has an extensive career history in banking, principally with HSBC both in the UK and abroad. He is now retired and spent the last two years as a school treasurer in York.

Mike Mahoney 

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.

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.

Peter Payne

Employed for over 40 years in the National Health Service; Retired Chief Executive of one of the largest Community NHS Trusts in the country. Trustee of Southend MIND.

Nigel Rodliffe

A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Nigel’s career has been spent in strategic planning and marketing in a variety of industries.

Jill Fletcher Cert CII Cert PFS

Working director and Independent Financial Adviser of long established Essex insurance brokers WB Baxter Ltd. Jill has looked after very many corporate and private clients for over 30 years, previously gaining a wealth of experience in the London Insurance market. Jill specialises in Home, Motor, Medical  and Travel Insurance.