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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.

Julie Edmonds

Julie Edmonds

Julie is retired and joined the Age UK Lancashire Board in 2016.  She has a degree in law and has worked in the financial services sector for more than 30 years advising on trustee, taxation, older clients and charity matters.  Julie held the position of trust and tax consultancy manager and was a member of the Association of British Insurers Investment and Tax panel.  She has also held roles involving compliance, and training & competency.

Originally from the West Country, Julie loves living in Lancashire with her husband.  Julie is passionate about Age UK Lancashire and is especially interested in Dementia Care.  When not helping Age UK Lancashire she enjoys cycling and is learning to speak to Polish.

Mark Blanchard

Mark Blanchard

Mark is a chemist who has developed his professional career of over 25 years in the Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals sectors.  Before setting up his own Leadership & Business Growth Consultancy business, he held increasingly senior positions across Operations, Procurement and R&D functions within AstraZeneca, a global pharmaceutical company.

His passion is helping organisations succeed through their people and he is proud to serve as a trustee for Age UK Lancashire.  He will use his skills and expertise including; leadership development, organisational change, culture transformation, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, procurement and business partnering, to help the charity achieve its purpose. 

Mark is also a Parent Governor at St John Rigby 6th Form College, enjoys salsa, guitar and long challenging walks.  Husband to Sarah and dad to Emily and Max the Sprocker Spaniel.

Paul Faulkner

Paul Faulkner

Paul is a Regional Manager with 27 years extensive experience operating in a variety of management roles within the retail sector.  He has experience in leading transformational change projects that have delivered significant improvements in business performance.

Paul has a strong sense of responsibility, leading his people to success through core values of trust, honesty and professional integrity.

He is currently a Regional Manager with the Coop, responsible for 170 food stores and 3000 colleagues throughout the North West.

Married with two teenage children, he enjoys spending time outdoors with the family and their two dogs and is a keen fly fisherman.

Paul is proud to serve as a trustee for Age UK Lancashire and will use his skills and experience to help the charity achieve its goals and objectives.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark comes to Age UK Lancashire with direct relevant experience of the third sector.  As a Capacity Builder with one of the UK’s leading homeless charities Mark has first-hand experience of working to alleviate the causes of social exclusion and isolation.

Before moving into the third sector Mark established a career working for both HSBC and NatWest as a Retail branch Manager.  Mark lives in Freckleton with his wife and two children, although originally from the Midlands, Mark has been proud to call Lancashire his home for the last twenty years’.

Miles Lloyd

Miles Lloyd

An experienced CEO, NED, Chair, Strategic Advisor and Business Improvement & Growth Consultant, Miles thrives on making businesses stronger and more profitable by creating positive change environments enabling businesses to achieve their vision.  Miles’ key strengths are; developing, implementing and realising effective ‘Business Strategy’, improving ‘Organisational Performance’ across the three critical facets of people, process and systems and driving effective ‘Business Development and Growth’ from a holistic strategic sales perspective.

With 14 years of senior leadership experience coupled with over 30 year’s business acumen, Miles highlight industry experience includes; 14 years in Business/Management Consultancy, 20 years in Recruitment & RPO/BPO environments, 6 years in the intermediary and finance supply chains for the recruitment & staffing sector and 11 years in Financial Services within and around  invoice & corporate finance, back office support services, regulated life & investment environments and commercial & domestic insurance.

Jean-Bruno Villete

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. 

Jon Lenney

Jon Lenney

Jon joined Age UK as a Trustee in August 2017.  Jon has worked in the NHS for 32 years, which includes over 20 years as a Board Director.  He is currently employed as Director of Workforce and OD of the newly-formed Manchester Local Care Organisation, which has been set-up to provide integrated health and social care services in the city of Manchester.  Jon has a keen interest in staff engagement, workforce development and leadership.  Jon also has a strong background in pay and reward, and has participated as an employers’ representative on the NHS Staff Council for a number of years.  He is currently employer’s-side Chair of the NHS Staff Council, helping to negotiate the pay and conditions of over 1 million NHS employees.

Jon lives with his family in Chorley.  Outside of work, he enjoys playing guitar, photography, gardening and watching Burnley FC

Catherine Wilkinson

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.

David Baker

Formerly a Divisional Chief Executive of a multi-national Plc in the chemicals sector, David is currently a Director/Trustee of a charity, (part of a large housing association), providing training in construction skills for young people, often excluded from school, as well as ex-offenders.  He is also Chairman of an educational charity providing grants to young people living within 30 miles of Lancaster, to help them further their educational and sporting needs and experiences of the world.

Since 2001 David has owned his own management consultancy business working with new and high growth business in all sectors to help them grow successfully, and assisting them with sourcing funding.  He lectures at Lancaster University, UCLAN and Warrington and Vale Royal College on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.  He also works with small charities, social enterprises and CIC’s to help them become more commercially aware, more efficient and better able to bid for tenders.

David joined the Age UK Lancashire Board to bring his experience of corporate life, coupled to his experience of working with SME’s and charities, to a local charity which has a positive impact on the older people in Lancashire.