John Dixon (chair)
Lived in West Sussex since 1997, and has worked in social care since 1973. Has worked in the voluntary sector and local government, in Surrey and in West Sussex. In Surrey was responsible for developments for all people needing care and support, including older people and their carers, and was Head of Commissioning and Deputy Social Services Director. Came to West Sussex as Director of Social Services in 1997, and was Director of Adults Services and later Director of Adults and Children’s Services following reorganisations.
Both locally and nationally have been closely involved in the development of personalisation. West Sussex was one of the lead pilots for personal budgets for social care, and also for personal health budgets. John worked with the Department of Health on their national shaping and introduction, especially during the time when he was President of the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services.
John has been a Trustee of Age UK West Sussex since 2011 and Chair since 2014.
Amanda Latham - Vice Chair
Amanda joined the board of Age UK Brighton & Hove in 2018 and is also a policy lead at The Pension Regulator (TPR). She joined TPR in 2011 working on areas including trustee governance and investment leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering complex projects. From 2017-18 Amanda sat on the industry body setting standards for professional pension scheme trustees to enable demonstration of sufficient expertise, knowledge and skills to perform the role, and help improve the governance of pension schemes in the UK.
A policy and research professional with a Master of Science (MSc) in public policy and management focused on sustainability and governance in UK pension funds, prior to joining TPR, Amanda was a policy officer at the British Medical Association and has previously worked for the Environment Agency and in local government.
Joe attended William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester followed by Birmingham University from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1971. Having trained in Manchester, he qualified as a solicitor in 1974.
He practiced until 2006 specialising in non-criminal court work and, for some 15 years, in employment law. He spent most of his career in the Legal Services Department of Royal Mail finishing as the Head of Litigation running a department of some 40 lawyers.
Having retired from legal practice in 2006, he has since worked with 5 charities.
Bob trained as a Commercial Vehicle Engineer and joined family run Transport Company in 1961. He took over the management in 1967 and semi retired in 1996 but is still working in the industry.
Bob served as Magistrate from 1981 to 2001, during which time he was Chairman of Youth Panel and the Licensing Panel, as well as deputy chairman of the Family Panel and Arundel Bench. He was a Member of SARO (Sussex Association for the Rehabilitation of Offenders) later CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives) and was Chairman of youth offender’s car project from 1995 until 2002. He was a Member and Chairman of Littlehampton and District Crime Prevention Panel, for 8 years.
He was an advocate for infirm and disabled clients for seven years with ASAP.
He has been a Trustee of Littlehampton and Rustington Housing Society since 1997 and is a Trustee of Age UK West Sussex. Bob is a member of Age UK West Sussex Enterprises Ltd, our sister Trading Company, since 2003.
Len Barnett - Chair of Financial Sub-Committee
A Chartered Insurer by profession having spent over 30 years in the Insurance Industry until taking early retirement. Len was also an Examiner and Assessor for the Chartered Insurance Institute. He was also involved in producing a textbook on Personal Lines Insurance. He is Director and Chair of the trading company Age UK West Sussex Enterprises Ltd. Len is also Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Len was a Magistrate for nearly 19 years. He sat in many courts in Sussex dealing with criminal and family cases. He was an approved Court Chairman, Chairman of the Family Panel and Chairman of the West Sussex Magistrates’ Association.
He was a local Councillor with East Preston Parish Council for 8 years and was Chairman for 3 years.
Len has been a Trustee since 2005.
Linda graduated in Fine Art and History of Art at Leicester University with a post-graduate degree in Environmental Design/Light Sound Development at Hornsey College of Art. She later gained a Masters in European Cultural Policy and Planning at De Montfort University. Her long career in the arts and creative industries as a funder, consultant and project manager has also covered urban planning, cultural regeneration, public lighting, tourism and filming locations working with local authorities and the London Docklands Development Corporation.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacture and has served on many Boards and Committees. She currently chairs the Centre for Urban History Advisory Board at Leicester University, sits on several local committees, and is a Parish Councillor and freelance cultural consultant.
Linda has been a Trustee for AUKB&H since 2010 and has served on its Finance and Governance Committees for a number of years as well as being a Director of its Trading Company. She is keen to use her knowledge and experience to encourage older people to enjoy and participate in the arts more fully.
A business strategy and marketing specialist, Peter started his career at IBM and Bayer before moving to Barclays, where he spent 8 years in roles covering strategic marketing, new product development and product management. He then joined a start-up marketing agency and as CEO grew the business into a specialist customer marketing group, with clients including AXA, Barclaycard, Glenfiddich and IKEA. Winning numerous awards for his work, the agency was also recognised as Agency of the Year and Marketing Employer of the Year. Peter was then recruited by Chime Communications PLC, as Business Director before founding Conduit, a customer loyalty and CRM consultancy, with clients including the AA, Avis, NFU Mutual and Omega Pharma.
Peter joined the Board of Age UK Brighton and Hove in 2016 and held positions as Treasurer and Chair. He is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has a degree and post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies.
Senior management team
Helen Rice - Chief Executive
David Newton - Commercial Director
Sarah Watson - Chief Operating Officer
Jo Clarke - Director of Partnerships and Localities
Susan Brigstock-Parker - Head of Health
Parul Chatterjee - Head of People
Claire Long - Head of Relationship Management