Our Senior Management Team
Chief Executive: Hilary MacDonald
Hilary has worked for Age UK Norfolk for 17 years and has been its Chief Executive for nearly 10 years. In her previous role as Head of Social Policy and Community Services, much of Hilary’s work focussed on issues relating to social policy, consultation and research.
Hilary represents the voluntary sector on a number of multi-agency organisations including Norfolk Independent Care (NIC) and she is Chair of the Age UK Eastern Region. Hilary also sits on the AEA (Age England Association) Executive Committee.
Hilary has a strong commitment to supporting the needs and aspirations of people in later life and is passionate about involving older people in the design and development of services. Hilary has maintained an interest in social gerontology for over 20 years independent of the workplace and is a member of the British Society of Gerontology.
Head of Finance: Stewart Branch
Stewart is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has previously worked in a large accountancy practice and in the glazing industry. He has a mathematics degree from the University of East Anglia.
Head of Development and Operations: Kate Rudkin
Helen Jones (Chair)
Helen Jones worked at Kingfisher plc for over 20 years and her roles included Director of Governance and Group Company Secretary. Helen is also a Trustee of Kingfisher’s pension scheme, a non-executive director of Westmount Real Estate Limited, a lay member of the Copyright Tribunal and a director of a family independent publishing business, specialising in author services, print on demand and e-publishing.
Helen applied to become a Trustee for Age UK Norfolk as she wished to make a contribution to Norfolk and Age UK Norfolk addresses the needs of older people, which Helen feels is important for the ageing population of the UK.
Helen enjoys all forms of dancing and has numerous amateur medals for Ballroom, Latin, Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing. She has recently also added Lindy and Salsa to her dance repertoire.
Roy Dickinson (Vice-Chair)
Roy Dickinson has a background of management at a senior level in the Public Sector having been the Contracts Manager for the London Borough of Redbridge for nearly eight years until he took early retirement.
In his role as Contracts Manager Roy had responsibility for procuring all the Authority’s residential, nursing, day and respite care, service planning and development, budgetary control and management.
More recently, Roy has run his own business as a specialist consultant in the care of adults. He was working in the private sector commissioning new nursing homes for a medium sized care home group. He was contracted to Local Partnerships (previously the Private, Public Partnership Programme) as an independent Senior Review Team Member. This involved completing gateway reviews of major social care developments across the country.
Roy brings a wealth of knowledge about the public sector, care, partnerships and contract work to Age UK Norfolk.
In his own time, Roy has served on a variety of boards and committees, including time as Chair of Governors at Beauchamps High School in Essex.
Roy also has his Private Pilot’s licence, enjoys carp fishing in the peace and quiet of the Norfolk countryside and spends a great deal of time at home gardening.
David Stonehouse (Honorary Treasurer)
Biography and photo are awaited
Paul Slyfield FCCA
Paul Slyfield qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1984. He worked in industry for most of his working life up until 2010, except for a five year spell in the accountancy profession.
From 1988 until 2010 Paul worked for the UK trading arm of ThyssenKrupp (formally Mannesmann Trading UK) as Company Secretary, Finance Director and finally as Managing Director.
In 2010 Paul and his wife moved to Norfolk and since that time he has worked in the not for profit sector. He was Finance Director of the drug and alcohol charity NORCAS for three years and is currently the Finance Director of Independence Matters CIC, a social enterprise working in adult social care.
Paul has run his own consultancy business primarily supporting not for profit organisation and is also an Independent Director of a Norfolk based Housing Association.
Paul’s interests include cycling, walking, films, theatre and politics.
Stephen Burke has been involved locally and nationally in a range of organisations concerned with older people and their families, health, care and housing, our ageing society and intergenerational issues.
He was chief executive of two national care charities and currently is director of two social enterprises.
Stephen wants to use his experience to improve the quality of life for all older people in Norfolk – from improving transport and broadband coverage to advice and advocacy about health and care options.
Stephen is a volunteer at Happisburgh lighthouse and enjoys walking his black Labradors on the beach, taking photos and swimming in the summer. Stephen is a lifelong fan of Brentford FC and enjoys live music and the movies.
Stephen Drake trained as a solicitor in London, qualifying in 1984. He joined Steeles Law in 1991 as a Litigation practitioner leading the company’s Dispute Resolution teams. He became a Partner in 1992. He became Managing Director in 2007 and now concentrates solely on overseeing the strategic and day to day management of the firm. As part of Stephen’s litigation practice he trained as a mediator in both family and civil matters. Stephen is a member of the Law Society’s Accreditation Appeals Panel.
Outside his work Stephen is a Governor of a local Academy School and Honorary Solicitor to the Diss Rugby Club.
Having graduated with an Economics degree, Simon Green spent the first 17 years of his career working in retail operations with Sainsburys Plc. In 2004, he moved to Kingfisher PLC where he has been in retail operations for the last 13 years. Within these two job roles, he has run various multi-site locations and also field roles in business development.
Two years ago, Simon was approached by a board member of Kingfisher PLC to assist in aspects of retail in Age UK Norfolk. Around about the same time, his in-laws were seeking advice from Age UK to assist them in coping with a period of ill health. Simon was impressed with the service they received and felt he would like to contribute more to the organisation and thus he became a Trustee for Age UK Norfolk.
Simon enjoys being a trustee for Age UK Norfolk and with his retail experience he’s trying to generate income streams that will enable the charity to continue with its great work.
In his leisure time, Simon enjoys running, visiting his children and dining out. However, recently much of his time is spent supporting his wife in caring for her parents and looking after his mother who lives in Cheltenham after the passing of his father last year.
Jeffrey Prosser is a qualified social worker who has worked in managerial settings in the UK in social services and the health and private sectors. His last major role was as Director of Housing and Social Services in the London Borough of Barnet; prior to that he was a general manager at The Royal London Hospital and before that, Director of Operations for Court Cavendish Ltd - a private nursing and residential care group.
Following retirement Jeffrey was appointed Chair of Flagship Housing Group and of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust in King's Lynn. He has also worked as a probation officer and as a social worker in Norfolk County Council Older Person’s team.
Jeffrey sees Age UK Norfolk as opportunity to continue public service in those fields where he has experience. He identifies his skills as being in the areas of practice, management and Governance.
In his own time, Jeffrey is a keen photographer, cyclist and member of the St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir.
Graham Robinson was a social worker by profession and worked in management posts in both Children’s Services and Adult Social Care in the voluntary sector as well as local authorities.
Throughout his career, Graham had a keen interest in the development of social policy and was responsible for both the commissioning of services and their operational delivery.
Whilst employed at Norfolk County Council, Graham experienced Age UK Norfolk’s work. He was impressed by our values and approach to delivering services and is extremely pleased to have become a Trustee, enabling him to continue contributing to the well-being of older people in the county.
Outside his work as a Trustee, Graham enjoys travel and keeping fit by cycling.
Judith Wildig (photo awaited)
During her early career, Judith worked in a variety of financial roles within a local authority in Yorkshire and effectively held responsibility for £multi-million operational budgets, meeting the strict reporting guidelines required of operating with public finances. She then used her experience and qualifications to move into private companies that had a social focus. Judith was a senior manager for over 20 years with companies aiming to improve local communities through regeneration, engagement and empowerment, and almost all of that time was with social enterprises. As Finance Manager & Company Secretary her primary focus was on financial management and forward financial planning as well as providing strategic, compliance and legal advice and guidance to the Board of Directors.
In addition to her paid employment, from 2006 to 2010 Judith was also a non-executive Director of a UK wide organisation that provided services to 350 member organisations. This provided her with the chance to work with fellow Directors on strategic planning for the organisation’s long-term sustainable future, resulting in a stronger organisation that was able to take advantage of opportunities to expand its membership and services.
Since retiring with her husband to Norfolk in 2015, Judith wanted to use the experience and knowledge gained over her career to give something back to society. Judith feels that, with an ever-ageing population, there will be even more challenges in the future and she wants to help Age UK Norfolk to shape the future, develop sustainable services, exploit opportunities for partnership working and build on existing services to improve the lives of older people.
Surjait Singh (photo awaited)
Surjait has worked as a doctor in Norfolk for 26 years, the last 23 as a consultant Surgeon at the QEH King’s Lynn. Caring for a predominantly elderly population in West Norfolk has provided valuable insight into their specific needs. He has been an advocate for the provision of accessible surgical services in rural areas.
Being a Trustee provides an opportunity for Surjait to use his experience to help build on the excellent services provided by Age UK Norfolk, and help develop further support services in co-operation with our sister organisations.