Age UK Gloucestershire is an independent charity governed by a board of trustees who are all volunteers.
Members of the board:
Patricia Le Rolland, Chair
Patricia worked as a State Registered Nurse for many years during which time she also qualified as a clinical teacher, tutor and was a principal lecturer for students of Health and Social Care. She has also worked as an Assistant Director in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Director of a UK statutory regulator for postgraduate medical education.
Since retiring, Patricia has undertaken voluntary work for nearly 6 years with Age UK Gloucestershire's Home from Hospital and now Out of Hospital clients. She is Chair of Governors at her local primary school - Newnham St Peter’s. Patricia is Chair of the Regulation Council for healthcare scientists (those who are not statutorily regulated) at the Academy for Healthcare Science.
Lawrence worked with county-based charity Winston's Wish as Finance Director, going on to be Acting Chief Executive before his retirement. Before moving to this part of the country, he was Director of Finance for a Sixth Form College in Sussex. Lawrence lives in Cheltenham and was ten years on the Board of Cheltenham Borough Homes (the management company for Cheltenham's council houses). He joined the Board of Age UK Gloucestershire in 2013 and is Treasurer of the charity.
Nigel has worked in the financial services sector since graduating with an MA in mathematics from Oxford. He was formerly Pensions Director with AIG Life and Executive Director of Allied Dunbar. During the 1990s he worked for the Department for International Development on financial sector projects, particularly in former communist countries during their transition to market economies.
Adam owns and runs a business in Stroud which offers a complete marketing and branding service to clients in both the public and private sector. He is a trained graphic designer with 25 years’ experience of the branding and marketing industry and is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses. His wife works in the social care sector and this has given him an appreciation of the challenges facing charities in this field.
Alan retired as Head of National Fundraising in 2011 after 12 years with international charity WaterAid having spent the 1990s working with Save the Children. He still works part-time, offering a fundraising consultancy to smaller third sector organisations. Prior to working in the charity sector Alan worked for local government in London. He started his working career teaching maths and geography at a secondary school in Birmingham before the wider world beckoned. There followed a 6 year stint teaching overseas in Trinidad and Namibia.
Alan lives on the outskirts of Cheltenham with wife Maureen, who herself worked for several years at Age UK Gloucestershire's day centre in Cheltenham. Alan joined the Board in October 2012 and takes a special interest in fundraising and marketing issues.
John and his wife, Louise, moved to Gloucester from the Lake District 17 years ago, when John took up the position of General Manager at what is now The Chase Hotel in Brockworth. John's career in hotel management spans 35 years, working for Trust House Forte, Queen's Moat Houses and Handpicked Hotels. During this time, John also became a school governor, assessor for Investors in People and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.
For five years, before retirement in 2011, John worked for ExtraCare Charitable Trust and set up and managed three retirement villages in Milton Keynes, Hereford and St. Oswald's in Gloucester. He is currently retained by a construction company as a consultant to prospective clients who are building similar facilities.
In his spare time, John was a keen runner, having completed over 20 half marathons and the London Marathon. He is now playing golf again and has taken up cycling to keep fit. John and Louise have two boys now in their thirties, one living in the USA and the other in New Zealand (so holiday destinations are never a problem) and two grandchildren to dote upon.
John feels his financial, hospitality and recent care experience can be put to good use with Age UK Gloucestershire.
Helen qualified as an Occupational Therapist working in acute psychiatric services and then in the community. She joined Gloucestershire County Council’s Social Services department as Head Occupational Therapist in 1981. Latterly, she worked as Joint Commissioner for Older Persons Services with Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and the County Council, which included being the Lead for the county’s implementation of the National Dementia Strategy. This work received recognition for its positive partnership approaches, raising awareness and support for carers’ education. Currently Helen is enjoying a return to direct engagement with people living with disabilities in a secondment to Barnwood Trust. Her strategic role with the Trust is developing opportunities for people living with disabilities and those with mental health challenges to pursue their interests.
Helen’s working career with the NHS and Local Government has given her a good overview of health and social care policy and strategy. Approaching retirement herself, she is keen to promote healthy active ageing, challenge stereotypes, and promote good quality care and support for people who may be more vulnerable or marginalised.
Helen lives in Gloucester, enjoys walking and all the wonderful countryside the county has to offer, and swimming in Cheltenham Lido in the summer months.