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Charity Trustee Vacancies

Due to forthcoming retirements from our Board, we wish to invite applications  from enthusiastic and motivated people who share our commitment to our charitable aims and core values and would like to become our new Trustees.

Our Board of Directors and Trustees comprises:

Chair: Anne Fraser
Treasurer: David Johnson
  Steve Holt
  Ann Van Vliet  
  Jill Knight                                   
  Tansin Benn
  Lizzie Hardy
 Honorary Trustee Brian Gibbs

Anne Fraser

Appointed: 27/06/2019

Anne has lived in Somerset since 1975 where she and her husband have brought up their two children. During that time she has held a variety of roles which included being a School Governor, Trustee of the Charity Brainwave, Member of North Petherton Town Council, Chair of Into Somerset (inward investment business for the County), and Chairman of Waterlinks

More recently Anne has been Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth at Sedgemoor District Council, member of the Somerset Rivers Authority, member of the Environment Agency’s Wessex Region Flood and Coastal Defence Committee and a member of the Parrett Consortium of Drainage Boards.

Since her retirement from local authority commitments Anne has been pleased to accept the role of Chairman of Age UK Somerset, become a Board member of Bridgwater and District Chamber of Commerce, serve on the small grants panel of Somerset Community Foundation and, on an ad hoc basis, assist in business developments across the County.

David Johnson

Appointed: 23/01/2014

David hails from Plymouth and after graduating from Cardiff University with an Economics degree moved to Taunton in 1987. He has worked at a local firm, BJDixon Walsh since qualification as a chartered accountant in 1992.

He deals with a wide range of clients from different sectors, mainly owner managed businesses and this breadth of experience in the commercial world brings a different perspective to the charity.
David is married with three children and has strong sense of family and community. He has been involved with a number of local charities over the years on a personal level or in a professional capacity. He has been honorary treasurer of Age UK Somerset since January 2014.


Brian Gibbs

Appointed: 29/08/2002

Brian is a former senior RAF Officer who, on leaving the Service, became Company Secretary at Taunton Cider. He was a member of the executive team that completed a management buyout and subsequent listing on the London Stock Market.

Brian was one of the founding directors of the charity’s trading company and has been a trustee of Age UK Somerset for over 15 years. He is a Chartered Secretary, member of the Chartered Management Institute and a former President of Taunton Chamber of Commerce. Brian is married with 2 grown up children and has lived in Somerset since 1981.


Steve Holt

Appointed: 22/01/2015

Originally from Manchester, Steve has lived and worked in Somerset for the past 30 years. He is married with 3 children and resides in Taunton. 

He holds a degree in Marketing from Lancaster University and has worked in several senior leadership roles in the areas of marketing, sales and international sales in a number of large commercial organisations. He currently runs his own sales consultancy business.

He joined as a Trading Board Trustee in January 2015, and as a Trustee on the main board in February 2020. 


Ann Van Vliet

Appointed: 01/02/2013

Ann Van Vliet grew up in the Cotswolds. She has a degree in history and received management training in the engineering industry. In 1978 she joined the NHS working firstly in Acute and then Mental Health Service Hospitals.

After two years managing Youth Training Schemes in Birkenhead and Liverpool, Ann managed community hospitals in Cheshire, followed by 24 years in various senior roles developing GP, Dental and Pharmaceutical and Ophthalmic services. She moved to Somerset in 2002 and retired in 2009. Ann chairs the Sedgemoor Health Walks Group. She keeps active with Yoga, Pilates and swimming.


Jill Knight

Appointed: 22/02/2018

She has lived in Somerset all her life. Jill has worked for Natwest for in excess of 30 years and is presently the branch Manager in Weston Super Mare.This role provides her with not only a financial background, but also a great understanding of the needs and vulnerability of our ageing population.

Before becoming a Trustee, Jill served as a governor at her local primary school for 8 years, particularly focusing on children with Special Educational needs ensuring that those children were fully supported and included in the school community. 

She is married with 2 sons.


Dr Tansin Benn (PhD, MSc, MEd)

Appointed: 12/04/2018

Tansin worked in Education for thirty-eight years, predominantly in Birmingham and at the University of Birmingham. She taught in schools, then higher education, teacher-training, lecturing, programme development, management and research. Her field was physical education, sport and dance with research interests in social science, notably equality, gender, religious and cultural diversity, that took her to many countries.

She has won several awards including a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2008, the Outstanding Contribution Ambassador Award of the UK's Muslim Women's Sport Association 2012, and the Research Award of the USA's Women's Sport Foundation, 2013.

She retired in 2012 and returned to her home town of Weston-super-Mare. As a carer for her mother she came in touch with several bodies such as the Alzheimer's Association and Age UK Somerset and starting volunteering with Age UK Somerset health and well-being, teaching a weekly class since 2015.

She has Chaired the Weston Winter Gardens Community Board since January 2016 and in the past has been a Director of two dance Company Boards — Kokuma (African Dance) and Chitraleka and Company (Indian Dance). Tansin served on the Executive Board of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women ( from 2005 — 2017, President from 2009 — 2013, leading the quadrennial Congress of that period in Havana, Cuba. She was awarded an Honorary Life membership of the association in 2017.

She continues to write when life allows, publishing several journal articles and book chapters since retiring.


Lizzie Hardy

Lizzie has lived in North Somerset since the age of 7 and is proud of the West Country and all that is holds.

A marketer by trade. Lizzie has worked for and promoted a number of well-known local businesses which are now national household names. 

In her spare time, she is an enthusiastic amateur singer, having performed with various local societies such as Weston Operatic, Worle Operatic and Wedmore Opera.

How we look after the welfare of older people in the UK is something that she is immensely passionate about and is so pleased to be able to help in some small way to improve lives by being part of the talented and dedicated team at Age UK Somerset.


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