Age UK Portsmouth is led by the Board of Trustees, who meet every two months. The role of the Board of Trustees is to agree strategy and provide overall governance and leadership for Age UK Portsmouth, ensuring that the organisation achieves its charitable objectives, abides by its core values and complies with both charity law and company law.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Margaret Geary started her career in practitioner roles in social services and the probation service. In 1989 she was recruited to lead the first Safer Cities team in Coventry. From there she moved into Government Office West Midlands, initially with a crime reduction focus. Subsequently she became a Director there, overseeing regeneration, housing and planning work alongside work with the voluntary/community sector and her crime reduction role.
She moved from the West Midlands in 2005 to take up the role of Director of Health, Housing and Social Care in Portsmouth City Council. She retired from that role in 2013 and is now Chair of Age UK Portsmouth.
Tim Gamester is a partner with local law firm Biscoes, specialising in Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, the administration of deceased estates, estate planning - including Inheritance Tax and care home fee advice, Court of Protection applications and the management of affairs for incapacitated clients.
Reverend Bob White
Bob White is the local vicar of St Mary's Church in Fratton and is actively involved in the local community. As Chair of Fratton Big Local Partnership he is committed to helping to build up a network of community groups, residents and others who can help to improve the quality of life for all who live or work in the area.
Paul worked for 40 years as a senior manager in manufacturing firms specialising in quality assurance and health and safety. He likes to join up a strategic view with effective day-to-day delivery of services.
Some personal circumstances attracted him to Age UK Portsmouth and he hopes to use his skills to develop value added services for Age UK Portsmouth and improve the quality of life for older people.
Originally from Scotland, Tom Jack has lived in Portsmouth since 1980. A former senior NHS manager, Tom has wide-ranging experience of service design and delivery to vulnerable people and more locally, pioneered the transformation of mental health services from hospital to community-based care. He has extensive experience of collaborative working with public and third sector bodies.
Tom believes passionately that services for older people should be designed around their needs, with a strong focus on choice and independence. Since his appointment as Trustee he has supported the organisation in having a more business-focused approach and establishing itself as a credible provider of local services.
Stewart Wooles TD
Stewart’s achievements across a range of businesses stem from the ability to understand concept and manage detail. In his early career he founded and grew several businesses in and around the financial services industry and successfully exited each of them.
His reputation as an effective NED/Chairman has resulted in positions at a diverse range of businesses including financial services, fund distribution, the trading company of a major charity, marine engineering and green energy.
Recently Stewart has mentored and coached a number of start-up and SME companies, guiding their leaders through his direct contribution. His success in these roles is based on a diverse and inclusive approach to the effective governance of a business as well as his team-building and leadership skills.
Amanda is the Director of Development at a human rights and legal charity called JUSTICE. She and her team are responsible for the charity’s fundraising, marketing and communications and she brings this knowledge and experience to her position on the Board of Age UK Portsmouth.
While originally from Canada, Amanda has been living in Portsmouth with her husband for over five years. She joined the Board in 2019 because of her interest in supporting and being a part of a charity that creates fulfilling lives and experiences for older and ageing populations in her local community.