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The Board of Trustees


Penny Butler Joint Chair

Penny Butler

Penny was appointed as a Trustee in 2013. Penny has an MPhil in Medicine and worked for more than 20 years in St Bartholomew’s Hospital and medical school carrying out research and development within the pathology department. She moved into NHS corporate management, becoming Assistant Director of Planning (Community Services). 

Penny took up the role of Assistant Director of Adult Social Care in a London borough then moved into management consultancy. She has held a number of voluntary sector roles including as trustee of a local hospice and an area forum representative for Alzheimer’s Society and provides management support to a local adult disability charity. 

Penny is currently also a trustee of a Hertfordshire sexual health charity and Charter Member of Independent Age – a national older people’s charity.

Penny sits on the Quality and Performance and Finance, Remuneration and Audit Committees. 

John Newman Joint Chair

John Newman

John joined the Board in 2015 and is a Director and co-founder of Apteligen Limited, a company that provides specialist research and consultancy services to the public sector.

John has over 20 years of experience working with the public sector, both in the UK and in Australia where he began his career as a Physiotherapist. The majority of his experience is in the healthcare and health improvement arenas, and he has worked increasingly with community and voluntary sector organisations over recent years. He is an experienced improvement practitioner and has undertaken a number of important projects which span the public sector nationally. John brings specific expertise in corporate governance and performance management, measurement and analysis, and evaluation of social change programmes.

He is particularly interested in measuring social value, and the impact of community-based interventions on health and well-being. He has also undertaken work to support closer integration across statutory services and the community and voluntary sector.


John Chairs the Quality and Performance Committee and sits on the Finance, Remuneration and Audit Committee.  

Maria Ball Trustee

Maria Ball

Maria Ball became a Trustee of Age UK Hertfordshire at the end of 2015 and is currently the Chair of the Finance, Remuneration and Audit Committee. She has lived in Hertfordshire for over 15 years and has a background that crosses the public, charity and private sectors. Maria has considerable experience of managing organisational change and development programmes, having run a national social care/special needs management consultancy for 8 years, working successfully with a wide range of organisations. 

She has also been Chief Executive/Director of a number of national charities and is currently Chief Executive of the not for profit care company, Quantum Care. She joined Quantum Care from the Metanoia Institute, a national education training institute for psychotherapy and counselling, where she was their first Chief Executive.


Maria also has extensive Chair and Non-Executive Director experience in the public and charitable sectors and is currently a Board Member of the National Care Forum.

David Kershaw Trustee

David Kershaw, Trustee

David became a Trustee in 2015 and is a commercially minded, naturally inquisitive and seasoned MCIPS procurement professional. He is a school governor and a former board member of a regional charity.

David is keen to make sure Age UK Hertfordshire complies with legislation, acts with integrity and avoids any conflicts of interest.

He is a keen sportsman who completes many races each year.


David leads on digital inclusion with Age UK and is Chair of Age UK Hertfordshire Trading Ltd.

Anna Wilson Trustee

Anna Wilson, Trustee

Anna joined the Board in 2015. She has worked in central government for 12 years, with a particular focus on international development. She is currently Head of Humanitarian Response at the UK Government’s Department for International Development. Previous posts working in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have provided significant experience leading large teams and managing complex programme and policy issues.

Anna Chairs the Communications and Marketing Committee.

Subash Bakhai Trustee Treasurer

Subash Bakhai Trustee

Subhash joined the Board in 2016. Subhash will join the Finance, Remuneration and Audit Committee and Age UK Hertfordshire Trading Ltd Board.  

Johnson Wong Trustee

Johnson Wong

Johnson joined the Board in 2016.

He was born in Shanghai, China, in 1940 and lived in Hong Kong and East Malaysia before coming to settle in the UK in 1962.  

He is married to Anneli from Finland who now lives in a care home due to her diabetes and dementia.  He has two grown up sons and three grandchildren and has lived in Watford since the 1970’s.

He spent most of his career in sales, marketing and public relations, with both the business and finance sectors. He is now semi-retired but still participates in some charity works.   

Having previously served on the Management Committee of the then Age Concern Westminster back in 1994 to 2000, he hopes to offer his experience and service in the coming months and years with Age UK Herts.

Johnson sits on the Communications and Marketing Committee and Age UK Hertfordshire Trading Board.

Updated: 01.12.15