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Karin Divall, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Karen Divall

I retired as Assistant Director; Health and Adult Social Care, having worked in Local Government in London and Brighton Hove, across housing, adult social care and health for thirty eight years. I led on the development of four extra care housing schemes with Brighton & Hove City Council. I was seconded to a national extra care housing lead role with the Department of Health (DH),and I have also provided expert advice to the DH on telecare, Disabled Facilities Grants and daily living equipment, and I was a specialist housing adviser to the LGA.

As well as my work with Age UK, I am Deputy Chair of Sussex Housing and Care, and Deputy Chair of Hastings & Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind. I am also a keen runner, qualified endurance coach and committee member with Lewes Athletic Club.

I became a trustee with Age UK Brighton & Hove in December 2017. (After serving as a Trustee for just over a year, Karin became Chair of Trustees for Age UK Brighton & Hove in January 2019)

Amanda Latham, Vice Chair

Amanda Latham

Amanda joined the board of Age UK Brighton & Hove in 2018 and is also a policy lead at The Pension Regulator (TPR). She joined TPR in 2011 and works on areas including trustee governance and investment; she is also a member of the pensions industry's working group developing standards for professional pension trustees.

A policy and research professional with a Master of Science (MSc) in public policy and management focused on responsible investment and governance in UK pension funds, prior to joining TPR, Amanda was a policy officer at the British Medical Association and has previously worked for the Environment Agency and in local government. 

Peter Worster

Peter Worster

I 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 Dyos

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 and Finance Committees, while continuing to work as a freelance cultural consultant in both London and Brighton and being an active Parish Councillor.

Mehvish Durrani

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.

Ben Smitton

Ben Smitton

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

Christopher Andrew Heathcote

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.