Senior Management Team
Chief Executive - Francest West
I am hugely looking forward to my new role with Age UK Plymouth as the Chief Executive Officer. It is a fantastic opportunity and I am excited at the prospect of working with a team of committed staff, volunteers and supporters who ensure the charity delivers such excellent services supporting older people to ‘love later life’.
I thought you may want to know a little bit about me. I joined the Help for Heroes Recovery Executive Team as the National Head of Welfare in April 2014, following a military career and more recent public sector experience. At Help for Heroes I’ve been responsible for developing and implementing the Charity’s national welfare strategy and delivery across multiple sites. Before this I was a member of the senior leadership team of Purbeck District Council where for 6 years I undertook a number of roles, initially running Legal and Democratic Services. For my final 3 years I led the Council's Public Health and Housing Services where we delivered a range of services which underpinned the Council's welfare agenda. I was also a member of the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board. I had left the army in 2008 after 20+ years where I finished my service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police.
In my spare time I am an enthusiastic Exeter Chiefs fan and love walking my dog through the fabulous Devon countryside.
Head of People - Nicky Watt
Nicky Watt joined the Charity in January 2017 as Head of People. Relocating from Scotland to Plymouth she brings with her a wealth of operational, HR & business experience.
Prior to moving to Plymouth Nicky worked within the Hospitality industry in Scotland, carrying out senior HR and regional roles, she also gained senior HR experience in the commercial sector in businesses located in Liverpool, London and Canada.
Relocating to Plymouth with her husband and family Nicky takes an active role within the royal naval community and has established great friendships and networks across the city. Nicky trained in counselling and previously volunteered with Plymouth Mind which helped her to settle into the beautiful City of Plymouth.
Nicky is excited to be working for Age UK Plymouth and thoroughly enjoys utilising her skills and knowledge to improve the working lives of both the staff and volunteers.
Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) - Kevin Aish
Kevin Aish joined the charity in December 2015 as Assistant Director (Admin & Support) and in October 2017 was appointed Deputy Chief Executive (Operations). Prior to joining the Charity, Kevin was the UK Operations Manager for an international Financial Services company and managed several major projects including Head Office relocations.
Before this Kevin worked at senior levels within the Retail Sector and the Contact Centre industry, specifically with Financial Services operations and Government contracts. Having lived in Plymouth for over 20 years, Kevin relishes working for a charity that directly helps to care for and work with older people and their carers in and around the City of Plymouth.