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The Trustee Board provides strategic oversight and direction of the Charity, as well as setting the £1 million annual budget.  We currently have seven trustees, who are volunteers and are not paid for their time.  

The trustees of Age UK Cheshire East are as follows:

Jenni Hardy, Chair


Following a variety of roles with ThornEMI, Ciba Geigy and AT&T, Jenni spent the majority of her career as a senior HR professional, working for AstraZeneca. In 1999, she moved with her family to Sweden to work in Stockholm, she did several Business Partner roles in a variety of R&D and Commercial functions within AstraZeneca until she took early retirement in 2015, after 4 years as VP Global HR Services. 

Jenni joined Age UK Cheshire East in 2017 as a trustee and became Chair in Sept 2018. Jenni is also Chair of Trustees of Cre8, Macclesfield, a local young people & community charity; Chair of Governors at a local primary school and a member of Hurdsfield Parish Council. Jenni & her husband Paul are currently renovating a house in rural Sutton village and enjoy walking in the Peak District.


Tricia Grierson, Vice-Chair

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Arthur Dicken

Born in Liverpool, Arthur attended Liverpool College and then the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he graduated in Chemical Engineering.  He joined ICI in 1961, holding many different roles throughout the company, retiring as the corporate Director of ICI Manufacturing Technology and Site General Manager of the ICI Teesside industrial complex. 

After retiring from ICI in 1998, he worked for ten years in management consultancy, concentrating on the development of business strategy and performance improvement, together with senior team development and the management of organisational change in both private and public sectors. 

Since 2012 he has held a range of voluntary roles and board positions in local and charitable organisations. He has been a trustee of Age UK Cheshire East since 2008. Married, with two married daughters and four grandchildren.  His main social interests are golf, sailing and walking.


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Genevieve Powrie

Genevieve graduated from Manchester University in English Literature and began her career in 1998 as an Events Manager and Accounts Manager for an environmental conservation charity. In 2004, Genevieve began training in law, securing a training contract with SAS Daniels LLP in Stockport in 2007. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2009, Genevieve has specialised in elder law at SAS Daniels LLP, advising clients on care fee funding and issues arising from social vulnerability or loss of mental capacity.

Genevieve is the forthcoming Vice President of the National Executive Committee for the Court of Protection Practitioners Association, a nationwide organisation which facilitates joint working and multi-disciplinary training amongst all disciplines of professionals working in the Court of Protection. Genevieve is also on the Cheshire regional committees for Solicitors for the Elderly and the Law Society.

Genevieve joined the Board of Trustees of Age UK Cheshire East in 2016. She lives in Heaton Chapel with her husband and two children, and enjoys cycling and children’s basketball.

Rachel Wulff (co-opted)

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Angela Wakelin

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Andrew Wright

Andrew has 30 years’ experience in managing innovative and complex projects. He is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and a Chartered Project Professional. He is passionate that projects have success baked in from the very start, as this is where the seeds of failure are sown. His experiences in the IT systems arena, where project failure rates top 87%, have taught him that understanding and managing requirements from the very start of a project make all the difference between possible success and probable failure. This passion led to him being a founder member of the APM’s System Thinking SIG, focusing on a project’s success from its very inception. He’s currently Chair of the SIG.


In parallel to his consultancy practice, since 2012  he has been teaching project management to companies including Rolls Royce, AMEC FW and Sellafield Ltd, via a number of  Universities. He recently published a book on project success that shares his experiences. He wants to apply this wealth of experience and skills toing for our ageing population in these ever more difficult times.



Would you like to be a trustee?

We are always on the lookout for new trustees.  The role of trustee is unpaid, but is very rewarding and requires just a few hours commitment each month.  If you are interested in the role, please get in touch today at

Management of the Charity

Our charity is managed by a small team of staff who look after the day to day running of the charity.  The management team comprises the following:

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive


Lynne has been a charity Chief Executive for over 15 years. During that time, she has, amongst other things, supported a network for young people’s charities, led an organisation that worked with service users and their carers to take part in commissioning health and social care services and managed a Survivor organisation. She comes to Age UK Cheshire East after 8 years as CEO of The Vegetarian Society, a national education charity, so no surprise to hear that she is vegetarian, loves cooking, is interested in nutrition and passionate about the planet. She loves learning and is studying for a Chartered Management Institute Level 7 qualification.

Lynne, who is now an older person herself, believes that older people have a big contribution to make to society. Their long lives have taught them a lot about the world. Lynne feels very lucky to be the CEO of Age UK Cheshire East and to be able to spend all day making sure that older people can make that contribution, stay independent as long as they wish and have fun!

Karen Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive

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Karen joined Age UK Cheshire East in September 2004 as Finance Manager. Prior to that she worked in both the private and educational sectors and has also spent time with her family in California, USA. Born in Cheshire and growing up in South Africa, Karen has a degree in Business Management and during her time with the charity she has significantly grown its retail base, and with it, the level of unrestricted income the charity enjoys today.

In addition to her professional career, Karen has held a range of voluntary roles from Youth Worker through to Treasurer, helped start up The Hope Centre in Macclesfield, and is currently a Trustee and Treasurer at Tytherington Family Worship Church.

Married to Simon with two married children, and now two granddaughters, she enjoys renovating properties and spending time with family, as well as travelling and experiencing other cultures around the world.

Jo Fishwick, Services Manager

Originally from South Yorkshire, attended Salford University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Social Work studies. First joined Age UK Cheshire East in 2012 as day care co-ordinator, and after a short time away pursuing other activities, returned to the Charity as its Service Manager in 2016.  As well as being one of the charity's two dementia champions, is also responsible for the New Horizons Club; Help at Home Service; and Information & Advice service, most recently successfully overseeing the completion of Age UK's Information & Advice Quality Programme.

Now living in Glossop, Jo has 2 sons, enjoys the good life and going to gigs

Liz Lovatt, Finance Manager