Age UK Gloucestershire is an independent charity governed by a board of trustees who are all volunteers.
The Government’s Charity Commission website has detailed information on the role of trustees at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3
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.
Adrian Leopard qualified as a chartered accountant in 1973 and has run his own practice ever since, specialising in UK insolvency matters. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a qualified commercial mediator. He has engaged extensively in charity work over the years and in running down his professional practice has decided to give more time to charitable works, hence becoming the honorary treasurer and a trustee of AGE UK Gloucestershire. He is also a keen classical organist and the holder of a commercial pilot certificate, in the past operating his own twin engine light aircraft.
He was educated in Cheltenham and is now based near Tewkesbury.
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.
Helen has held a number of roles within health and social care in Gloucestershire since 1981. Initially as a qualified Occupational Therapist, and latterly with a wider remit for joint commissioning services for older people. During this time Helen led the strategic planning for services for people living with dementia and their carers. Prior to formal retirement, Helen spent time working with Barnwood Trust supporting work to expand the opportunities for people living with disabilities and those with mental health challenges to pursue their interests. This work has given Helen a good overview of health and social care policy and strategy, and plenty of experience of change management.
As a retiree, Helen is keen to promote healthy active ageing, challenge stereotypes, and promote good quality care for people who may be more vulnerable or marginalised.
Helen lives in Gloucester city centre, enjoys walking and all the wonderful countryside the county has to offer, as well as swimming in Cheltenham lido for as many months as possible.
After a successful career in financial services, Ian has applied his deep knowledge of change, continuous improvement, service operations and people development to running his consultancy business helping organisations to be better.
Over time, he has been a Business Excellence & Investors In People Assessor and Social Enterprise mentor. He is currently a member of MGBA, a nationwide network of independent business advisors and a Princes Trust mentor. He passionately believes in the recycling of corporate skills for the benefit of Age UK Gloucestershire and is excited to be part of this successful team. Married with two children, two grand daughters and three cats, he is a Cheltenham Town season ticket holder, a keen cyclist and (not very fast) jogger.
Stephen works for EDF Energy doing reactor physics and software development. He is an active supporter of their diversity & inclusion networks, and is responsible for coordinating multiple company initiatives across the UK. As part of this, he has interactions with EDF Energy executives and the opportunity to influence aspects of the company’s strategy.
Since he was 12, Stephen has been volunteering. He has led many online community groups and for the last two years has been an #iwill ambassador, encouraging others to volunteer. In addition, he chairs the Step up to Serve Data & Quality Assurance steering group, which looks at research conducted on volunteering. In this role Stephen has given presentations at national conferences and attended government round table discussions. He takes a particular interest in how people from all generations can work together for the betterment of society.
Interested in becoming a trustee?
Due to the end of existing terms, we’re looking for a number of new trustees to join our Board. We’re looking for people who can share their wide range of skills and experiences and want to be involved in helping us make the biggest difference possible to the older people of Gloucestershire.