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.
Jean Evans has been a Trustee with Age UK Portsmouth (formerly Age Concern) since 1997 and was until January 2015 Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is a solicitor with local firm Biscoes and specialises in Wills, Probate and Lasting Power of Attorney. Jean holds advice sessions every month at Age UK Portsmouth covering Wills, landlord and tenant issues and consumer law.
She became involved with Age UK Portsmouth because she felt strongly that older people were being deprived of dignity by the mixed wards issue. She believes in people having choices and being able to stay independent for as long as possible with appropriate support. Jean has lived in Portsmouth for 30 years and has a strong attachment to the city and a keen interest in its development.
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.