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Our Board of Trustees are here to make sure that the best service possible is delivered in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Find out more about who they are and the work they do.

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Bernard Greaves

Bernard Greaves

Bernard joined the Board of Trustees for Age UK LS&R in 2007. He has considerable experience in non-executive leadership in the public and voluntary sectors, with particular expertise in equality and diversity, performance management, strategic planning, commissioning and procurement as well as community economic development.

Previously he has served as an Independent Member of Leicestershire Police Authority; Board Member for Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership; Chair – Voluntary Action Leicestershire; Chair – Leicester City West NHS Primary Care Trust and Director – Leicestershire Economic Partnership. He is a former Trustee of Age Concern Leicester. He has a degree and diploma in Architecture from Cambridge University and in 2019 received an Honorary Degree from University of Leicester.

 

David Hodgen

David Hodgen

David joined the Board of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland in 1992. He has several years of experience in marketing, planning and customer service in addition to general management. David was brought up in Bradford, Yorkshire and is married to Alison and they have two sons.

David has a degree from Keele University in Economics and American Studies as well as an MA from the Open University in Literature. His main interests include art galleries, literature, travel and walking.

Since retiring, David has developed a love of long distance walking and has walked several  thousands of kilometres on trails in Britain, France, Spain and Italy.

 

Gillian Austen

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As a trained secretary I worked in banking and in local authority education before taking time out with a young family. I was employed for 24 years as an Administrative Officer in a teaching department at the University of Leicester, and latterly as County Administrator for Leicestershire & Rutland Alzheimer’s Society.

Now retired, married with grown up children. I have always enjoyed involvement in local issues; 26 years a trustee of Oadby Educational Foundation. I read avidly newspapers and books, and support the locally based Bardi Symphony Orchestra in which my daughter is Principal Viola.



Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Director of Kirby & West Ltd which has been operating in the city for over 150 years.

Trustee on several Leicester based charities including:- National Forest Charitable Trust (Conkers), member of the Aerial Walkway Development Group, Forest Experience, and the Audit & Risk committee Hope Against Cancer, member of the Finance sub committee Attenborough Learning Trust and a Chair of Trustees for this newly formed Multi Academy Trust of Leicester primary schools.

Brings a wealth of business leadership, business finance and corporate and charitable governance experience.



Louise Blackman-Reynolds

Louise Blackman-Reynolds

Louise is a senior HR professional with over 20 years HR and leadership experience cross UK, US, Sweden, India and China. Louise joined the Board of Trustees at Age UK LS&R in 2018.

Having worked with FTSE 100 companies and in the public sector, Louise brings a wealth of expertise in all aspects of leadership, culture and people management. While running her own HR consultancy business, Louise relaxes through gardening, travel and yoga.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/louiseblackmanreynolds



Margaret Watts

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Margaret joined our Board of Trustees in 1999.

She went to the University of Wales in Cardiff and her career spans 12 years in London local government before she moved to Leicester. She was a magistrate on the Leicester bench until 2014 and was also a pre-school helper for many years.

Her interests are the local WI, where has a lot of experience of working in county committees. Margaret is now retired.



Paul Richards

Paul Richards

Joined the Board in 2008. Retired as a practising solicitor in March 2015. (Admitted 1980).

Specialised in: probate, estate administration, care of the elderly and mental capacity issues with the Court of Protection. An Equity Partner in Wilson Browne Solicitors. Formerly a trustee of Age Concern Leicester.

Experience of fundraising through the Round Table Association and Masonry. Involved both professionally and domestically with regards administering the affairs of older people.



Simon Lindley

Simon Lindley

Chief Development Officer Cambridge & Counties Bank Ltd Simon has over 30 years’ experience in financial services predominantly centred on business development and property lending for a number of financial institutions based around the Midlands.

After joining Cambridge & Counties Bank in 2012 to spearhead their business development in the Midlands, Simon took over responsibility for the national Property Finance team in 2015 delivering a service led and broker-centric business that continues to go from strength to strength.

In 2017, responsibility for the asset finance sales team was added to his duties with Simon joining the Board as the Bank’s Chief Development Officer.



Linda Dixon

Linda Dixon

Linda Dixon graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA(Hons) in French. She joined KPMG and trained as a Chartered Accountant, spending 11 years there and latterly specialising in forensic accounting.

After some years in industry as a Head of Finance, combined with bringing up two daughters, she took on the role of Finance Director in her family business until it’s sale in 2007. Linda has been a Trustee and heavily involved in supporting three charities focussing their attention upon supporting children in Africa.

She joined the Board of Age UK LS&R in 2018.



Chris Saul

Chris Saul

Chris joined the Board of Trustees for Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland in 1999. Since that time, he has built up an extensive amount of knowledge with regards to the work of the charity.

He recently retired as a practicing solicitor with a large firm of solicitors and has experience across a wide range of matters which are relevant to Age UK LS&R.

Chris recently ran the London Marathon and apart from running his main interest is golf. He is a past Captain and President of the Leicestershire Golf Club.



Dr Narayanasamy Vijayakumar

Dr Narayanasamy Vijayakumar

Dr Vijayakumar joined the Board of Age UK LS&R as a Trustee in 2015. He is a doctor specialising in older people and has a wide range of experience dealing with medical and social problems encountered by the older population.

He comes from a large family in India and hence has a high regard for family values and integrity, especially concerning older people. He enjoys looking after older people, not just treating them as a doctor but also ensuring they have a high quality of life.

His hobbies include reading and sports.



Dr Peter Neville

Dr Peter Neville

Peter joined Age UK LS&R as a Trustee in 2014. He worked as an NHS Old Age Psychiatrist for many years and is now retired from clinical practice.

He has experience in managing, assessing, evaluating and monitoring different systems of care. He has awareness of physical and mental health disabilities/illnesses.

A Londoner originally, Peter mainly worked in Leicester throughout his professional career, as an NHS Consultant and also Service Director for Leicestershire Partnership Trust. His personal interests include voluntary sector contribution to the care of older people with dementia and other mental health issues.



Barbara Freestone

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Barbara joined the Board of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland in 2005. She has over 25 years’ experience of managing residential, home care and day services for older people and strategic planning of services for older people, working across the health and social services sectors.

Currently, Barbara is involved in the National Recruitment process for police authorities in England and Wales. She is an ex Parish Councillor having served for 40 years, is a Trustee for The Grammar School Hall, Kibworth (community resource); a past school governor, guide/scout leader and her hobbies include travel and gardening.



Malcolm Lindsey

Malcolm Lindsey

Malcolm joined the Board of Trustees here at Age UK LS&R in 1999.

He has worked as a Senior Manager for Norwich Union and was a former British Army Warrant Officer. His interests are physical exercise and DIY.

 

 

 



Neil Kilpatrick

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Neil joined the Board in 2012 and has been a General Dental Practitioner working in Leicester for 33 years.

He has also been the Secretary of the Local Dental Committee for the past 20 years, Dental Advisor to Leicestershire Health Authority for 6 years, BDA Member and organises the Great Kilworth Run Charity Half Marathon.

Neil was educated in Sheffield and went to Edinburgh University. He is married with 3 children and his interests include sport and travel.



Janet Sheppard

Janet Sheppard

Janet is a senior HR professional with over 30 years experience, specialising in Employment law.

Having worked in the Brewing and Pub Sector, Janet brings a wealth of experience across a number of disciplines, including strategic planning, culture and values, learning and development and change management.

Janet enjoys walking, cycling, cooking and travelling.

Janet joined the Board of Trustees at Age UK in April 2018.