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.
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.
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.
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.