Age UK has a Board of Trustees to monitor Age UK's strategic objectives. The Senior Directors work closely with the Trustees to carry out the day-to-day running of Age UK.
Who are our trustees?
Sir Brian Pomeroy (chairman)
Brian has been a trustee of Age UK since February 2017 and became chair in February 2018. During his first year at Age UK he was also chair of the Strategic Finance Committee.
Brian has a strong interest in issues related to ageing, including past engagement with Age Concern and Help the Aged.
Brian has held many significant positions at high profile charities, think-tanks, government commissions and taskforces. He has been particularly involved with organisations committed to social change and social investment.
Current appointments include president of the Financial Inclusion Commission, chair of HM Treasury's Action Group on Cross-Border Remittances and a director of the Social Market Foundation. He is a non-executive director of QBE Insurance Group.
Past appointments include chair of: the Financial Inclusion Taskforce; homeless charities Centrepoint and Homeless Link; the European Public Health Foundation; the National Lottery Commission and the Gambling Commission. He served as a member of the Lloyd's Charitable Trust and of the Money Advice Trust for whom he now acts as an Ambassador. He was also a member of the Disability Rights Task Force.
Brian was formerly a senior partner of Deloitte Consulting and senior independent director of the Financial Conduct Authority.
Stuart joined the Board of Age UK Enterprises in 2016 chairing its Audit and Risk Committee. He became a Trustee of Age UK in March 2018 and now chairs the Charity Audit and Risk Committee.
He was the CEO of Aviva India where he also served on the board of Dabur, one of India's largest FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) businesses. While Product and Investment Director of Aviva Europe, he chaired Aviva Investment Management Europe and Aviva Reinsurance. His last Executive role was as CEO of RSA's Asia and Middle East Region and Chair of RSA China.
During his time in India, he led the establishment of a partnership with Arpana Trust to set up the Aviva Arpana Balvatika School in the slum resettlement area of Molarbund near Delhi which has, over the last fourteen years, supported the education of more than 6,000 children. In partnership with Concern India, Aviva also funded the rebuilding of four Schools devastated in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004.
Since 2015, Stuart has served as a Trustee of the Police Dependents Trust, which provides support to Police Officers and their families, and his Non-Executive roles include British Friendly Society and Royal London's Scottish Life business as well as serving as Chair of the Scottish Police Pension Board.
Suzanna has been a trustee of Age UK since February 2017 and sits on Age UK's Audit and Risk committee.
Suzanna's experience in broadcasting and the arts has led to a strong interest in the way in which digital and demographic change are reshaping our lives. She is particularly concerned to see that the digital revolution supports the independence and well-being of older people.
Previous governance roles include being chair of Gingerbread - the one-parent family charity - and a trustee of the Design Museum and the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Suzanna has worked for cultural and educational organisations in the public sector as operations director of Imperial College London and managing director of the British Museum.
In the private sector, she has worked for media and financial services companies, including Pearson, Saatchi & Saatchi and The Independent and as a non-executive director at Nationwide and Ford Credit Europe Bank.
Sharon became a trustee of Age UK in September 2017.
Sharon brings to the role over 30 years' experience of working in the voluntary, social care and supported housing sectors.
Sharon is chief executive officer of Cambridge-based Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. She was previously chief executive officer of Skills for Care, the charity that works with social care employers and other partners to create a well-led, skilled and person centred workforce and is the delivery partner of the Department of Health and Social Care.
A qualified social worker and housing professional, Sharon is also board member and chair of the Operations Committee of the CHS Group (housing association) in Cambridge.
Sharon has held a wide range of non-executive roles across the voluntary and housing sectors, including being vice-chair of ACEVO, the network for charity leaders, and a Trustee of a number of charitable organisations and housing associations.
Sharon was awarded an OBE in June 2015 for services to social care, homeless people and housing.
Mike Dixon has been a trustee of Age UK since October 2017 and is a member of its Strategic Finance Committee.
Mike has a background in finance and charity finance that enables him to bring to the Board a keen interest in strong financial governance.
Since 2008, Mike has been the finance and operations director of the Charities Aid Foundation, a charity set up to help people and businesses support the causes they care about, and to provide banking and fundraising support for charities. He is also a trustee of Future Care Capital, a charity focused on transformational work in the health and care sector.
Until recently, Mike was a trustee of Addaction, one of the UK's leading specialist drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charities. Whilst at Addaction, Mike chaired their Audit and Risk committee. He has also been a non-executive director of Surrey Community Health.
Mike is a qualified accountant and has worked with a range of major international businesses. He was previously chief executive officer of HSBC Insurance Brokers, a large international insurance broking group.
John is the CEO of Age UK Medway. He co-chairs the Age England Association, the membership organisation which supports the Age UK network to work together for the older people who need us. The Age UK network includes Age UK; our national partners Age NI, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and six local Age Cymrus; and over 130 local Age UKs in England.
John's experience of working with and for older people in local communities provides insight into the issues that matter on the ground and the life-changing impact that local charities, like local Age UKs, have on older people.
Passionate about the difference that charities can make to people's lives, John has worked with organisations that help a wide range of people including the homeless, ex-offenders, substance misusers, travellers and gypsies, women fleeing domestic violence and most recently older people. He is particularly interested in empowering effective change and growth in the charitable sector.
John has extensive leadership experience, including eight years as a chief executive officer, firstly for Romford YMCA and then at Age UK Medway since January 2012.
John has served in a number of voluntary positions, including as Chair of Pathways to Independence, a homelessness charity, and chair of the Medway Voluntary and Community Service (VCS) Leaders network.
Martin joined Age UK as a trustee in March 2020. As the chair of The Silver Line, Martin was co-opted to the Age UK Board of Trustees.
Martin is the CEO of Home Instead Senior Care and is responsible for leading their UK operation. This experience has led to a strong interest in making a difference to the lives of other people and their families.
As well as The Silver Line, other trustee positions held include The Care Workers Charity, which exists to support the welfare of current, former and retired care workers, and Home Instead’s dedicated charity, the Bring Joy Foundation.
Martin sits on the board of the UKHCA, the professional association of home care providers and is an active member of Business in the Community's Age at Work leadership team, championing the role of older workers.
Martin is also a non-exec for the TSA, the voice of technology enabled care, and is passionate about promoting technology to enhance person centered care.
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