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Our highly qualified board are responsible for developing strategic directions and plans for Age UK Hertfordshire, and overseeing implementation

Penny Butler, Chair

Penny was appointed as a Trustee in 2013. Penny has an MPhil in Medicine and worked for more than 20 years in St Bartholomew’s Hospital and medical school carrying out research and development within the pathology department. She moved into NHS corporate management, becoming Assistant Director of Planning (Community Services). 

Penny took up the role of Assistant Director of Adult Social Care in a London borough then moved into management consultancy. She has held a number of voluntary sector roles including as trustee of a local hospice and an area forum representative for Alzheimer’s Society and provides management support to a local adult disability charity. 

Penny is currently also a trustee of a Hertfordshire sexual health charity and Charter Member of Independent Age – a national older people’s charity.

Penny sits on the Quality and Performance and Finance, Remuneration and Audit Committees.

John Ellis, Vice Chair

John joined as a trustee early in 2017 and brings with him a wide range of experience from the charity sector, including fundraising, volunteering and retail. He worked for Barnardo's for approaching 30 years in a variety of roles including Deputy Director for Volunteering. John has been involved in a number of charity organisations; he was Vice Chair of the National Network of Volunteer Involving Agencies, Chair of The Stock & Recycling Group of The Charity Retail Association, and he also chaired the Advisory Group for Modernising Volunteering.

He is currently Lay Pastor and Senior Steward of Watton at the Stone Methodist Church with pastoral and organisational responsibilities.

A family man with two married daughters and three grandaughters, John is keen to use his past charity experience to support and help to develop the work of Age UK Hertfordshire.

Subhash Bakhai, Trustee Treasurer

Subhash has had extensive financial experience working as the Chief Accountant of Heron Property Corporation, the Director of Alfred McAlpine Homes Ltd, and the Regional Financial Controller of Wimpey Construction UK. He has given over 25 years voluntary service to his community organisation the Navnat Vanik Association.

Subash has now decided to provide a voluntary service to the local Hertfordshire community and use his experience of finance to assist Age UK Hertfordshire in providing better service.

John Newman

John joined the Board in 2015 and is a Director and co-founder of Apteligen Limited, a company that provides specialist research and consultancy services to the public sector.

John has over 20 years of experience working with the public sector, both in the UK and in Australia where he began his career as a Physiotherapist. The majority of his experience is in the healthcare and health improvement arenas, and he has worked increasingly with community and voluntary sector organisations over recent years. He is an experienced improvement practitioner and has undertaken a number of important projects which span the public sector nationally. John brings specific expertise in corporate governance and performance management, measurement and analysis, and evaluation of social change programmes.

He is particularly interested in measuring social value, and the impact of community-based interventions on health and well-being. He has also undertaken work to support closer integration across statutory services and the community and voluntary sector.

John Chairs the Quality and Performance Committee and sits on the Finance, Remuneration and Audit Committee.  

Maria Ball

Maria Ball became a Trustee of Age UK Hertfordshire at the end of 2015 and is currently the Chair of the Finance, Remuneration and Audit Committee. She has lived in Hertfordshire for over 15 years and has a background that crosses the public, charity and private sectors. Maria has considerable experience of managing organisational change and development programmes, having run a national social care/special needs management consultancy for 8 years, working successfully with a wide range of organisations. 

She has also been Chief Executive/Director of a number of national charities and is currently Chief Executive of the not for profit care company, Quantum Care. She joined Quantum Care from the Metanoia Institute, a national education training institute for psychotherapy and counselling, where she was their first Chief Executive.

Maria also has extensive Chair and Non-Executive Director experience in the public and charitable sectors and is currently a Board Member of the National Care Forum.


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