Board of Trustees 2015

Rick Williams | Linda Dyos | Mehvish Durrani | Simon Dowe | Peter Worster | Linda Hawkins | Ben Smitton | Christopher Andrew Heathcote

Rick Williams: Chair of the Board of Trustees

Rick WilliamsI worked as a career civil servant for 30 years and left in 2001 to establish my own business. My consultancy is now one of the UK’s leading specialist consultancies in the field of disability and diversity.

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an Associate of the Business Disability Forum and Chair of the Home Office Disability Advisory Group.

I am also an experienced consultant and trainer with a high level of expertise in all areas of disability issues and their impact individuals and organisations.

Prior to working in the field of disability, I was employed at a senior level in the Health and Safety Executive. In this organisation I undertook a range of roles which included operational management, a negotiator on EU Directives, policy development and latterly specialising in the field of HR.

When I left in 2001, as the Regional Development Manager for the London and South East Region. I was born and went to school in Brighton.

Linda Dyos

I became a Trustee of AUKBH in 2010. I graduated in Fine Art and History of Art from Leicester University and in Environmental Design/Light and Sound Development at Hornsey College of Art, embarking on a long and varied career in the arts and creative industries.

I also gained a Masters in European Cultural Policy and Planning at De Montfort University and I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.

I have many interests, serving on a variety of Boards and Committees in the arts, creative industry sectors, urban planning and regeneration, as well as Chairing the Advisory Board for the Centre for Urban History at Leicester University, sitting on the committees of various local organisations.

I am currently an AUKBH Trustee and sit on the Governance, Finance and Trading Committees, while continuing to work as a freelance cultural consultant in both London and Brighton and being an active Parish Councillor.

Mehvish Durrani

I relocated to Brighton and rejoined the Public Health Sector at an Acute Hospital Site as in the 1970's, I had previously been involved in elderly care in South London.

In 1993 I joined the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in an administration role and in 2008 I achieved a National Vocational Qualification Diploma in Management Level 4 from the Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts.

I became a founder member of the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) Group within the Trust which went on to become part of the recognised Regional and National BME Group, being appointed as secretary for a term of 5 years.

I've mentored foreign student and in August 2012 obtained a HCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity from the Havering College of Further and Higher Education in Essex.

I was appointed a Trustee on the Board of Age UK Brighton & Hove in September 2011.

Simon Dowe Simon Dowe Photo

With 25 years experience working for third sector organisations Simon has a proven track record in fundraising and managing complex programmes.

Starting out in 1991 working for The Body Shop Foundation in post-Ceausescu Romanian orphanages then continuing to work with vulnerable children in such diverse locations as Kosovo, East Timor Aceh and Myanmar.

Simon most recently spent several years working with children and young people with HIV in Southern Africa.

In 2012 Simon moved back to the UK to take up his role as Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon.

Peter Worster

Peter WorsterI started my career at IBM and Bayer before moving to Barclays, where I spent 8 years in roles covering strategic marketing, new product development and product management.

I then set up my own marketing consultancy before joining a start-up agency specialising in data driven marketing.

I was there for 12 years and as CEO I grew the business in the UK and internationally, working for clients including AXA, Barclaycard, Glenfiddich, IKEA and Lovefilm and winning Marketing Employer of the Year.

I then moved to VCCP, a large advertising agency group, before setting up a new customer loyalty business called Conduit in 2013, where I am currently Strategy Director.

I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors and live locally in Brighton & Hove.

Linda Hawkins Photo of Linda Hawkins

Linda has worked in HR for the past 20 years.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked mainly in the charity and third sectors including working as head of HR for a housing association, as a senior HR manager for a large national charity and for a London Borough and most recently as an HR consultant.  She has also served for 10 years on the board of a housing association.

Ben Smittontrustee photo of Ben

I started my career in the Third Sector by working for a social enterprise called Bridging to the Future which supports third sector start-ups based in Birmingham. During my 4 years in Birmingham I was also Trustee at Birmingham LGBT where as a charity we supported the LGBT community across the city through advocacy, awareness and health & wellbeing.


I relocated to Brighton & Hove two and half years ago to further develop my career in the charity sector and now work for environmental charity Groundwork. At Groundwork I specialise in supporting community groups with local green spaces projects and deliver the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme across Sussex.

 

Christopher Andrew Heathcote ACMA, CGMA trustee photo of Christopher


I am a chartered management accountant and have worked in a number of financial planning and analysis roles in sectors ranging from software, utilities, medical devices and retail. I now work in central Brighton for a large national health and welfare charity as a finance business analyst. In this role I act as an internal consultant, working with the organisation to analyse, identify and implement financial and organisational improvement projects. 
In this role I have played a leading role in helping the organisation change its corporate structure so that it can take advantage of key VAT benefits while also designing a more effective performance reporting infrastructure. Both initiatives involved full project and change management expertise as structural and cultural change was required to ensure success. 
 
Prior to this I worked for an international retailer as the UK financial planning manager. This role involved reporting on UK store and ecommerce performance via a small team of finance analysts. During my time in this role I redesigned the UK store revenue planning model to enable more effective development of sales targets while also allowing the UK leadership team to iterate more efficiently to enable them to build a more complete understanding of the approaching sales period.
I have a BSc in Biochemistry with molecular biology from the University of Leeds and live in Brighton with my family.