Dame Janet Fookes DBE, DL
Mr Brian Hillman-Liggett
All of our trustees are volunteers and give their valuable time and energy in the strategic planning and direction of the charity. The Executive Committee meet six times a year.
There are various sub-committees and special interest groups that are also held throughout the year focusing on different topics. These are investments, finance, care services, support services and training. Many of our trustees are members of one or more of these groups.
Chair - Mrs Elizabeth Edwards-Smith
Liz has been a Trustee with Age UK Plymouth since December 2015 and Chair since November 2017. She is an organisational development consultant, coach and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute with nearly 20 years’ experience working across the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has seen first-hand through family experience the difficulty of managing later life when dementia is a feature; not just those struggling with the condition but also the impact on those around them as they deal with circumstances they are not familiar with often without being aware of the help and support that is available. From the moment we are born we are ageing and as we progress through that continuum it is evident that less and less support becomes available. Liz is committed to providing charitable support that enables those in later life to remain active and independent and above all to have a choice in how they live their lives.
Vice Chair - Benny Wright
My first volunteer role within Age UK Plymouth was as a Befriender where I encountered first-hand the twin evils of an underfunded adult social care system and the chronic loneliness that some older people in our community suffer. It also became starkly clear how important small local charities like ours are in delivering services to tackle loneliness and to help the older people of Plymouth live active lives. Plymouth is a wonderful city, but like all cities the most vulnerable are beset by many challenges. When my befriending role came to an end, I wanted to put to best use my experience and commitment to help the amazing people working at Age UK Plymouth further the charity’s role within our local communities in facilitating active and happy living for those in later life.
Mrs Andrea Wright
Andrea started her career in finance working in the public sector audit team at Grant Thornton in 2004. Since qualifying in 2007 she has worked in a variety of financial roles across the NHS and she currently works as Financial Controller at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. Andrea is passionate about supporting people to maintain dignity, independence and avoid loneliness in later life and has been proud to be a Trustee of Age UK Plymouth since December 2016 and Chair of the Finance Committee since Sept 2017. In her leisure time Andrea enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and playing in the local netball league.
Stuart is a serving military officer, married to Naomi who is a lawyer. They have two young children and an elderly Jack Russell Terrier. When not working or spending time with the family, Stuart enjoys sailing, hill walking and tinkering with old cars. Stuart has previously been involved with several other charities at a local level and is now very excited to be a Trustee of Age UK Plymouth.
Elizabeth is a member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, with over thirty years of experience in the NHS. Elizabeth settled in Plymouth in 1995 and is currently the Falls Service Lead for Livewell Southwest. Elizabeth is committed to Age UK Plymouth's mission of making Plymouth a great place to grow old in; she intends to use her clinical and organisational experience to promote and support the work being undertaken by Age UK Plymouth, to enable the independence,dignity and wellbeing of those in later life. In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys hiking, travelling and reading.
If you are interested in becoming a trustee for Age UK Plymouth, please contact us.