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Board members 

John Dixon (chair)

John has worked in Social care since 1973, in the voluntary sector and in local government.  He worked in Surrey, West Sussex, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. In West Sussex and Warwickshire he was Director of Social Services/Adult Services.

Both locally and nationally he was closely involved in the development of personalisation and control of services and funding by service users and carers themselves.  He worked closely with the Department of Health on the introduction and implementation of personal social care and health budgets, especially during the time when he was President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

In retirement from paid work and now as a charitable trustee John retains these interests, along with safeguarding and managing risk in provider services.

Amanda Latham (Vice-Chair)

Amanda is Vice Chair of Trustees and has a focus on strategy, governance and inclusion. Previously she held the roles of Vice Chair and Chair of Governance Committee for Age UK Brighton & Hove. From 2011-2013 Amanda was a trustee of the Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service, a local charity providing independent mediation in neighbourhood disputes.

Amanda is Policy & Strategy Lead at Barnett Waddingham, a leading independent UK professional services consultancy across risk, pensions, investment and insurance. She leads on development and delivery of firm-wide policy and strategy on key industry issues.

Amanda joined Barnett Waddingham in 2020 from The Pensions Regulator, where she spent nine years in policy and stakeholder engagement roles. Prior to this, Amanda has held positions at a number of well-known organisations, including the British Medical Association and the Environment Agency.

Amanda chairs the Stewardship workstream of the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group, a collaborative effort of investment consulting firms driving sustainability in the investment industry. She undertakes regular speaking engagements on governance, trusteeship, inclusion & diversity, sustainable investment, fiduciary duties and stewardship of investments.

She also co-founded the Young Pension Trustee Network in 2018, creating a place for young and aspiring UK pension trustees to share experiences and build their networks to improve inclusion and diversity in pension trusteeship.

Amanda became a trustee to bring current knowledge and experience of governance and investment to the organisation, and help focus on providing safe and sustainable services to older people for the long term.

Caroline Instance

Started her career as a graduate trainee in HR for the Rank Organisation and worked in a number of companies including Butlins. From 1982 to 1996 she was with United Friendly Insurance working up to become HR Director.

In 1996 Caroline became the first CEO of the newly formed Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority in Brighton. In 2002 she moved to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries as CEO.

Caroline has been a pension scheme trustee and a trustee of the charity ShareAction. Currently, she is Chair of the Appointment Panel of IMPRESS: the independent press regulatorgovernor of the Pensions Policy Institute; a non-executive director of Omnilife, part of the RGA Group and Chair of Thakeham Parish Council.

Caroline was a trustee with Age UK Horsham District on its merger with West Sussex.

Caroline enjoys the theatre and the visual arts and is interested in all aspects of longevity and healthy ageing.

“Good governance is important to me.”

Paul Allen

Until his retirement in 2016 Paul spent most of his career working for a major bank in Bristol, Oxford, Farnham, Guildford and London. He specialized in banking and wealth management for high net worth private clients.

Paul served on his local parish council for ten years, the latter five as vice chair and still does occasional work for them.

Paul is also a Community Ambassador (Strategy) for Sussex NHS Commissioners.

In 2017 Paul joined the board of Age UK Horsham District where he chaired the governance committee and was a member of the finance committee. He was also the link trustee to the information and advice team. At Age UK West Sussex Brighton and Hove as well as sitting on the main board he is a member of the finance committee.

“People deserve to enjoy and be supported in later life. Age UK really helps them to achieve this, and I wanted to play a part in this.”

Paul’s interests are reading, music, family life, travel, current affairs, theatre and cinema. 

Linda Dyos

Linda graduated in Fine Art and History of Art with a post-graduate degree in Environmental Design and Light/Sound Development at Hornsey College of Art. She later gained a Masters in European Cultural Policy and Planning at De Montfort University whilst developing a long career as a major funder, project manager and consultant, working mainly in London’s arts and creative industries as well as urban cultural planning and regeneration, tourism and filming locations in conjunction with local authorities, public and private sectors and the London Docklands Development Corporation.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacture, Linda has served and chaired many arts-related Boards and Committees. She is currently working as a freelance cultural consultant, is a Director of the Centre for Urban History at Leicester University and a Parish Councillor.

Her interests include music, art, politics and the conservation of the natural world. Linda has been a Trustee for Age UK Brighton and Hove for the past 10 years. She is keen to use her knowledge and experience to encourage older people to enjoy and participate in arts activities more fully.

Maureen Vallon

Maureen has been a board member of Age UK for eight years after retiring from a career in health and social care services.

Her work experience was at both practitioner and Senior Manager level including as a Social Worker and Social Work Manager, as the Acquired Brain Injury Coordinator for West Sussex,  Head of the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) for West Sussex Primary Care Trust and then Customer Service Manager for West Sussex Primary Care Trust leading a service covering PALS, Complaints, Claims and MPs queries about local health services.

Previous voluntary experience includes being a founding Board member for Mid Sussex Cruse and a Governor, then Chair of Governors at Millais School in Horsham.

Maureen is very pleased to work with an organisation that puts the physical, emotional, financial and social health and well-being of older people at the centre of everything that it does in both a practical way through services that we provide, and also through influencing and campaigning to raise the profile of the needs of older people in the wider community.

Maureen has a particular interest in how we use feedback from customers to improve the relevance and quality of services that we provide and in safeguarding.

Peter Worster

A business strategy and marketing specialist, Pete 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.

Pete was then recruited by Chime Communications PLC, as Business Director before founding Conduit, a customer loyalty and CRM consultancy. Currently he is Chief Operating Officer at Boundless by CSMA, the membership club for current and ex-public service workers.

Pete has been a member of the Skills Exchange at Community Works and joined the Board of Age UK Brighton and Hove in 2016, holding positions as Treasurer and Chair before joining Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove when the two organisations merged.

He is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He lives in Brighton with his partner and two young children, who take up most of his spare time.

Philip Lansberry

Phil Lansberry is a family wealth transition adviser practicing from offices throughout the home counties. He has been in legal practice since 1974 advising on Wills and Trusts, probate and Inheritance Tax, Powers of Attorney and other later life issues.  He has always specialised in helping clients to protect their own interests as well as the best interests of their relatives notwithstanding the complexities of modern family life (divorce, step-children, common law partners etc) and also vulnerable beneficiaries and those with a disability. As both a partner and Head of Legal at Kreston Reeves Phil can blend the law, accountancy, tax and wealth management for the benefit of his clients.

This reflects his personal interest in bringing the law into the homes and families of those who often regard lawyers as expensive and unapproachable.  Having been a direct carer for an Aunt and helping his wife care for her elderly parents for many years has given him a wonderful insight into making the law work for those who need support.

“I am very grateful to Age UK for the opportunity to support this wonderful charity as a trustee.”

Recreations include his family, the environment, antiques, gardening and visiting places of interest in the UK.

Sam Jones

After qualifying as a teacher in 1978 Sam worked in Civil Engineering as a banksman and heavy machine operator before joining L.B.Lambeth as a peripatetic support worker in 1979. He worked in services for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs before joining L.B.Wandsworth as the manager of a Social Education Centre in 1987, working with members of the multidisciplinary team to change the existing health based service to a social care model.

In 1989 he was appointed Policy and Development Manager for Learning Disability services for Surrey County Council and undertook a number of senior roles, including Quality Audit Manager and Strategic Commissioning Manager for learning disability services, before being seconded to the NHS to lead the closure of a long stay hospital.

During this time he also became a Non Executive Director of an accommodation and support organisation and joined a DoH working group to develop nationally agreed standards for Supported Living. He went on to lead a further change programme to respond to the needs of older people with learning disabilities who had previously lived in long stay hospitals. Since then he has worked as a consultant to independent sector organisations in the field of Learning Disability, specializing in ‘troubleshooting’ and investigating Serious Untoward Incidents where a third party perspective is required.

He moved to West Sussex in 2017. His other interests include being a grandparent, music (both listening and playing), birdwatching and walking.


Senior management team

Helen Rice - Chief Executive
Sarah Watson - Chief Operating Officer 
Jo Clarke - Director of Partnerships and Localities
Susan Brigstock-Parker - Director of Health
Parul Chatterjee - Director of People
Angela Croucher - Finance Director
Simon Dowe - Interim Director of Income Generation