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Age UK Sheffield is a completely local and independent charity which provides information, advice, services and resources to people aged 50 and over in Sheffield.

We also have a trading arm, Age UK Sheffield Enterprises, which donates its profits to the charity.

We have links to the national Age UK charity, and other local Age UKs, but we are completely locally based, and governed by Trustees who are based in and around Sheffield.


David Campbell (Chair)

David was appointed to the role of Chair of Age UK Sheffield in February 2017, having previously served as Deputy Chair for three years.

David’s current roles are as Co-Owner/Director of a small growing engineering business, Iidea Limited, based on Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. He is also Chair of the Board at Tinsley Bridge Group Limited, a Sheffield based engineering group. He is President of the Sheffield & District Society of Chartered Accountants in 2016/17. His previous career spanned 34 years with the national/international accounting firm Grant Thornton, where he served in both regional and national leadership roles, concluding with a 3 year placement in a senior executive leadership role in the firm’s South African operation.

David is married to Jayne, and they have 3 adult sons. David moved to Sheffield over 40 years ago from his native city of Hull, when he came to study at Sheffield University.

Emma Challans

Emma Challans is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In this role she has day-to-day senior operational oversight and management across the Trust. She has worked for 20 years in health and social care roles in the statutory and private sectors. Emma is also a Non-Executive Director of Healthwatch Nonttinghamshire and Nottingham.

Graham Duncan

Graham Duncan is a Trustee and is also a Non-Executive Director on our trading arm board. He studied in Sheffield and, after spending 15 years running a homeless charity in London, he returned to Sheffield in 2000 as the Director at St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane. In this role he has developed their Community Centre into a thriving social enterprise, as well as launching the Timebuilders volunteer reward scheme.

Tim Furness

Tim became a Trustee of Age UK Sheffield in February 2017. He previously worked for the NHS since 1990, working in Sheffield for the Clinical Commissioning Group and its predecessors for 13 years, retiring as Director of Delivery in September 2016.

Tim held responsibility for leading strategic planning for the NHS in Sheffield, developing effective partnerships, public engagement, corporate governance, co-commissioning of specialised services. He also had a spell as Acting Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.


Melanie Perkins

Melanie is our Deputy Chair and Chair of our Finance Group, having become a Trustee in July 2015. She has a financial background and until her retirement was Investment Director at the British Business Bank, the state owned bank set up to support small and medium enterprises across the UK. As a member of the Venture Capital Solutions Team she had responsibility for the management of the direct investment portfolio.

Melanie originally trained with 3i where she was responsible for investing in a wide range of business situations and managing a portfolio of significant investments.  More recently she has been appointed a Non - executive Director at Key Fund (a social investment fund) and sits on the Finance Committee at Sheffield University.

Naomi Sampson

Naomi became a Trustee of Age UK Sheffield in 2020. Naomi has over 20 years’ experience of working in the charity sector enabling and facilitating positive community action, by strengthening the capacity of charitable organisations, and influencing funders, to collectively tackle socio-economic inequalities.

Most recently Naomi has managed a £3m Community Shares Booster funding programme, and crisis support services for community businesses, at Power to Change. Prior to that, Naomi spent 15 years developing and managing capacity strengthening services for start up and established voluntary, community organisations and social enterprises. She has direct experience of generating income through grants, contracts, trading and fundraising and facilitating positive collaboration between charitable organisations.

Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith is Age UK Sheffield’s Treasurer and a member of the Finance Group. He has over 30 years’ senior management experience in regulated public and private sector businesses in a range of Finance and HR senior positions. Since 2012, Nigel has been a Non Executive Director at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust where he is Chair of the Audit Committee. Earlier this year he also became a Non Executive Director at Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust where he serves on the Finance, Information and Performance Committee. He is a full member of both Boards.

Sarah Fulton Tindall

Sarah Fulton Tindall became a Trustee of Age UK Sheffield in December 2020 and is a member of its HR and Governance Group. Sarah has extensive experience of operating within complex, highly regulated and dynamic environments, which have public benefit as their primary purpose, underpinned by a diverse mix of public and private sector funding.

Sarah is currently a Non-Executive Director and an Independent Higher Education Strategic Change Adviser and Consultant.  Prior to this Sarah spent 20 years as a senior professional services leader at the University of Sheffield, spanning the areas of Medicine and Health, collaboration with the NHS, business and industry and not-for-profit sectors, Learning and Teaching, Governance, Quality Assurance, and latterly as Director of Research and Innovation Services.

Liton Ullah

Liton Ullah is the Founder and Director of Think Social Solutions, providing interim business development and operational support for organisations seeking to bid for and deliver modernised public services. He previously spent 10 years working in strategic and business development roles in the UK and internationally to develop services to deliver statutory contracts.

Steve Chu

Steve Chu is the Chief Executive and Company Secretary, a role he has held since September 2015.

He is also a Director of the Age England Association, representing the Yorkshire and Humberside Age UKs on the national executive committee. He sits on the Voluntary Action Sheffield Third Sector Consortium sub-committee, the Sheffield Social Leaders Network, and Sheffield's Active Support and Recovery Delivery Group.

Previously he spent eight years at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, becoming Head of Strategy and Engagement with responsibility for strategy and policy development, data and research, performance management, corporate communications and administration.

He also spent over six years as Communications Manager at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.