Age UK Faversham & Sittinbgourne is a completely local and independent charity which provides information, advice, services and resources to people aged 50 and over in Faversham, Sittingbourne, Teynham and surrounding areas.
We have links to the national Age UK charity, and other local Age UKs, but we are completely locally based, and governed by Trustees who are based in and around Faversham & Sittingbourne.
Donna Reed - Chair
My background is in sales, marketing, customer services and, over the last 5 years, business transformation. I hold a Masters degree In Strategic Marketing and a Diploma in Management, with relevant experience in both the public and private sector.
My last paid role was to create and lead a shared services business for Canterbury, Dover and Thanet District Councils, which provided ICT, Customer Services, HR, Revenues and Benefits. It had approximately 450 staff and a budget of £15m.
I was fortunate enough to be able to retire early with my husband David and we have been able to follow our dream to spend a whole season skiing (which is our passion) as well as seeing more of the world.
I started volunteering for Age UK working in the coffee shop in Faversham Day Centre and then moved to work for Dementia Outreach. I am now Chair of the Board of Trustees, but still enjoy undertaking my volunteering role.
|Lousie Wilson - Trustee
I work full time as a Private Client Solicitor for Girlings Solicitors in Kent. I’ve been a Solicitor since 2005 and have worked in Civil Litigation and Private Client. During my career, I’ve also worked for Citizens Advice dealing with social housing and homeless matters. On a daily basis, I now deal with advising and preparing Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Declarations of Trust. I also advise and deal with Estates, in addition to the management of Trusts and people’s property and financial affairs.
I bring to the Charity a working understanding of how a charity functions. This includes an appreciation of the requirement to delegate management of the organisation to the CEO whilst still having overall legal responsibility for the organisation, ensuring it is well managed and operates within internal policies and our set budgets. Project management is key in my job and so I bring this to the role of trustees to achieve set goals and to help the organisation develop. Equally, I understand and fully committed to the fiduciary responsibilities which we are under to all our stakeholders.
|Ted Wilcox - Treasurer||
I studied chemistry at University of Kent 1st class Hons and PHD followed by seven years research into plant growth hormones. From then until my retirement I taught chemistry then computing mainly at Borden Grammar School.
I was a Town Councillor for 19 years (Mayor 2008-10) and a Swale Councillor for 9 years until standing down before the recent elections. At Swale I was for several years a Cabinet Member for performance and deputy finance portfolio holder. I have a wide knowledge of Faversham and its charities having been a member of Round Table followed by the Rotary Club where I have been the Treasurer for around 18 years. I am a trustee of several local charities and have been a school governor for many years. I have a good knowledge of charity accounts, charity law and data protection regulations. I think I also bring common sense.
|Rosemary Madgwick - Trustee||
I was born in North London in 1945. I attended Primary and Secondary school and when I left I trained as a GPO telephonist and worked in the exchanges. I married in 1967 and moved to Sittingbourne in 1968. Then I had two sons, one is in Sittingbourne and the other lives in Grimsby.
I returned to work in 1988 to train at the local training centre and after that was taken on staff as an administrator. I left after being made redundant in September 1995. In March 1995 I re-married to a local Councillor. We had the privilege to be Deputy Mayor and Mayoress in 1995 - 1996 and in 1996 - 1997 became Mayor and Mayoress. Those years were interesting.
Besides Age UK I am secretary and assistant treasurer of the Swale Youth Development Fund. We help talented young people up to the age of 21 in their chosen activity.
Other interests are as a member of the Sittingbourne Methodist Church, a member of the Swale Indoor Bowling club, gardening, knitting and reading.
|Heather Planner - Trustee||
I trained as a Home Economist and worked as a cookery demonstrator and salesperson. I was also a self-employed village shop proprietor and Post Mistress. My last job was a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This was a very varied and interesting role. Meeting people at the best and most difficult of times.
I am married and have two daughters, one son and three lovely grandsons all of whom keep me remarkably busy.
I have been a volunteer with Dementia outreach groups for the past eight years and since becoming a trustee I have learned so much more about the charity and hopefully I use my skills to enhance the work done in our centres
|Frank Manoharan - Trustee with special interest in digital||
I currently work as Head of ICT, at Golding Homes in Maidstone, where I am currently involved in delivering a major transformation programme. My previous role was as Director of ICT across three colleges in London. Other sector experience include engineering, manufacturing and the NHS. As well as over 15 years of technology related experience, other strengths include strategic leadership, digital transformation, driving cultural change, delivering projects and managing customer facing services.
When I am not working, I spend time with my two young and active children and tinkering with our 1980 VW camper van.
|Robina Maslan - Trustee||
During my career I worked first in NHS management, then in social care research at the University of Kent, and then spent 20 years working for a big consulting firm in London. I specialised in work for the NHS, social services, and central government. My strengths are in project management and operational efficiency. I also spent the last few years there in internal training and executive coaching.
I retired in 2018 when my husband was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimers at the age of 62. We are well-supported by Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne, and I’m pleased now to be a trustee. I have a particular interest in dementia services, and in ways to support unpaid carers. I have elderly parents who I help to support from a distance, and one grown-up daughter.
We live in Faversham, and when not caring, I like to draw and paint, read, knit, and have started to grow vegetables.
|Kris Barker - Trustee||
|Clare Burgess - CEO since April 2020
I currently live in Swale and have done so since 2005 when I relocated from the North West. My background prior to joining Age UK F&S is very varied and includes working within the public and private sectors as well as running my own businesses providing consultancy, since 2005 I have been particularly drawn to working in roles that have close links with the health & social care sector.
I am passionate about ensuring that people are able to have fulfilling and active lives at all stages in their lives and working with Age UK F&S gives me a great opportunity to ensure our local community have access to activities and services that show great impact to the quality and wellbeing of their lives. I am excited and proud to be responsible for the team of people we work with at Age UK F&S and get huge satisfaction from seeing the tangible difference we make.
In my spare time you will find me cheering on a local youth grassroots football team, trying out new recipes or pottering in my garden enjoying family time with my husband and children.