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Age UK Lancashire is governed by a Board of Directors, who generously volunteer their time and commitment to us.  We benefit greatly from their experience which is drawn from senior positions across the public and private sectors.  The Trustees ensure that there is a clear strategy, that the charity is sustainable for the future and that decisions are made in the interest of our beneficiaries.

The Board of Directors work closely with the CEO & Senior Management Team, combing their skills and expertise to deliver the very best services for those in later life across Lancashire & North Sefton.

Victoria Buyer - Chair of the Board

Victoria has deep sector expertise across healthcare and technology having worked in organisations from start up to PLC in size.

Victoria connects entrepreneurs and industry, with the intention of achieving collaboration that provides social impact. Delivering multi-million pound contracts at board level, for numerous public and private sector health organisations, Victoria's commercial abilities provide immediate benefits and long term growth.

In 2014 she was appointed the Chair of Trustees of a small NGO and in April 2019 became our Chair.

Jean-Bruno Villette

Jean-Bruno is an IT Director in the banking sector with almost 19 years of IT experience who is passionate in leading the IT function to deliver tangible benefit to any organisation.  He graduated from the Université of Clermont Auvergne (France) and Nottingham Trent University (UK) in Computer Studies. He subsequently joined General Electric as part of their highly regarded graduate management scheme and training at GE Crotonville (USA) where he held roles of increasing responsibility, leading a global organisation focused on IT process excellence and simplification within the industrial and financial sector.  His has a background in Six Sigma coupled with a strong IT compliance and governance gained by dealing with the regulator in the financial services.  Jean-Bruno as the Age UK Lancashire Digital Trustee is particularly interested in enhancing the charities digital capability as well as providing IT strategic oversight.

Over the years he lived in the UK, France, USA to finally settle in the North West of England with his wife and three children. 

He has a keen interest in helping people and giving back through volunteering.  In his spare time, Jean-Bruno is an avid aviation enthusiast with more than 27 years of experience as a pilot. 

Catherine Wilkinson

Catherine is currently Deputy Director of Business Planning and Resources at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which includes oversight of finance, facilities, HR, IT, procurement and the corporate office.  Catherine has been at NICE for 11 years working up through the finance and estates function.  Catherine is passionate about NICE and the NHS, what it stands for and being a public sector accountant, with all the challenges it brings.

In her time at NICE, Catherine has led on a series of organisational changes and significant budget reductions, whilst helping NICE ensure that the products are current and in line with core purpose and changing stakeholder requirements.

Catherine has 2 children of primary school age, one of whom is on the autistic spectrum, bringing challenges and delights of their own. She also has a husband and a very old cat, is always busy, which is exactly how she likes it.

Clare Barlow

A Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Clare is a HR Director with a breadth of experience across a wide range of sectors and international arenas.  Passionate about contributing to Organisational Strategy whilst having direct leadership accountability for delivery, Clare is recognised as a strong collaborative leader who can take complex strategic challenges and bring clarity of thought and pragmatic solutions.

Clare is currently Chief HR Officer for the National Nuclear Laboratory and has held previous senior HR and Operational roles in BAE Systems, Royal Mail and British Airways.  Married with a daughter, Clare also finds time to undertake personal development and has recently qualified as an Executive Coach.

Clare is proud to be a Board Trustee at Age UK Lancashire and contribute to the local community.

Sue Ferm

Sue is an experienced Procurement & Commercial professional with over 30 years experience at senior levels in Manufacturing, Professional Services and the Public Sector such as BAE Systems, WS Atkins and the Treasury and is now running her own Consultancy.

Sue brings her specific experience in strategy, business planning, process and cost efficiency as well as governance and assurance utilising her Lean Six Sigma training and Programme/Project Management skills as a Member of the Association for Project Management.

Sue lives with her husband in the area and has 2 children who live in London. In her spare time she loves to see her children!, go walking, attend gym classes in Zumba and Aerobics and travelling when possible.

As a Trustee Sue will support the CEO and the Senior Management Team to ensure the best wide-ranging outcomes for all beneficiaries of Age UK Lancashire together with the associated governance and assurance required for the Charity to operate.

Adil Patel

A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Adil works at the Co-op Group, supporting the business to optimise and meet its strategic objectives through robust planning. Over a relatively short career, Adil has developed specialisms in Finance, Investments and Property, across the Retail, Housing and Healthcare sector.

Adil possesses proven analytical, interpersonal and technical aptitudes, combined with a sound commercial awareness. Adil has experience of driving process improvements & efficiencies and enjoys delivering tangible change that makes a difference.

Outside of work, Adil enjoys travelling, playing sports and following his beloved Preston North End. His upbringing and beliefs have taught him to give back to the community through charity work and as a school Governor.

As a Trustee, Adil will aim to ensure any decisions consider the colleagues and people it serves.

Julie Gonda

Julie is delighted and proud to become a trustee of Age UK Lancashire from November 2021.   A Chartered Accountant by profession, Julie had 20 year career in social care management and leadership, where she was the Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) for Bury until July 2021.  She has led operational and commissioning transformation, recognising the importance of integrating health and social care for the real benefit of people receiving services, their carers and families.  She recognises, understands and values the role that Third Sector organisations can play in helping people to live independent lives within their community.

Julie lives with her husband and dog, loves walking, painting and drawing and travelling whenever possible. 

Tony Pounder

Tony was appointed as Trustee in September 2022 and will also be taking on responsibility as Board Safeguarding Lead for Age UK Lancashire in the coming months.

A Mancunian by upbringing, Tony has also lived, studied and worked abroad and in the Midlands for many years before settling with his family in Clitheroe back in the North West in 2005, chiefly to be closer to older relatives to be on hand to provide support.  His career has been almost entirely within the social care sector over a 40 year period of full time work.  He was initially a support worker in supported living, residential care and day services, before qualifying as a social worker at Lancaster University.  Subsequently, he worked in a variety of roles including with children and adults with a learning disability, managing sensory impairment services, mental health and then in commissioning roles.  His last full-time job was as Director of Adult Services for Lancashire County Council, retiring after 7 years in that role in January 2022.  However, he continues to be active in a part time capacity, supporting or leading a variety of programmes in social care for other organisations.

In his time working for LCC, Tony saw first-hand the huge and positive impact Age UK Lancashire’s staff and services made in the lives of so many older people across Lancashire, including during the intense challenges faced during the pandemic.  So he was enthusiastic about using some of his energy and time post-retirement to support its Board in its role to continue the development of the organisation and its services in Lancashire. 

Outside of his work commitments, Tony loves walking in the beautiful countryside of the North West, watching football at Turf Moor and going to see live music. 

Graham McConnell

Graham was appointed as a Trustee in January 2023.

He is a Chartered Accountant and spent the first 25 years of his working career with the major accountancy firms, Ernst & Young and KPMG.  During this time, he advised clients on Corporate Finance projects involving mergers, acquisitions and disposals.  More recently, Graham has worked with companies to project manage the initial public offering of their shares on The London Stock Exchange.  Consequently, he has extensive commercial experience of how different businesses operate across many sectors and the application of good Corporate Governance processes and procedures. 

Graham lives with his wife Debbie who is a chair and trustee for CPRE The Countryside Charity. They have a daughter, Holly.  When he is not working he enjoys skiing, growing veggies, gardening and is passionate about the beautiful game supporting Preston North End as a season ticket holder through thick and an awful lot of thin.  


Amrita Govindji-Bruce

Amrita was appointed as a Trustee in July 2023.

After spending a number of years as a commercial and corporate solicitor in Manchester city centre, Amrita made the decision to focus on HR. Focusing on ensuring continuous personal development and access to the widest and most challenging range of HR and Employment Law interventions, Amrita was employed by the largest international HR and Employment Law outsourcers.

Throughout the experience of working in the corporate world of outsourcing,  Amrita became agitated by the fact clients could easily become numbers rather than people. Decisions around support were based on profit rather than the required service. The human factor was lacking and decisions where less representative of the client’s circumstances or need and more in favour of the supplier. This was far from the type of HR and Employment Law we wanted to practice and have pride in providing.

In July 2019, 6 weeks after their daughter was born, and 2 weeks after their wedding, a decision was made to set up NORI HR and Employment Law. Since the inception of the business, Jason and Amrita have grown to an employee contingent of 11 people with over 70 years worth of employment law experience between them.

Amrita is focused on the operation and people development aspect of the business with the ability to move projects along and troubleshoot to realistic and manageable metrics.

Become a Trustee

Do You Have Skills & Experience That Could Help Us? Are You Values Driven & Want To Make A Difference?

Age UK Lancashire are a charity providing vital services to older people across Lancashire and they have never needed us more.  Our Trustees make a real difference and play a vital role in helping us to achieve our aims.

We have an opportunity for a new trustee and would particularly welcome applications from people with the following expertise;

  • Fundraising
  • Charity law & compliance
  • Volunteer management
  • Digital
  • Finance, audit & risk

There is a time commitment required, which will be greater in the first year as you get to know the organisation and then around 1.5 days a month.

If you’re interested, we would love to hear from you.  In the first instance, please email our CEO, Teri Stephenson ( and please include your CV if you have one.