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Our board of trustees volunteer their time to the charity to help govern and direct the activities of Age UK Wiltshire and ensure that the organisation is well managed and operates within the law.

You can contact our trustees by contacting our office 

Pauline Oliver

Pauline Oliver (Chair)

Pauline has over thirty years’ experience of strategic and operational and management in public sector social protection and care for vulnerable people. She has developed partnership working with health, voluntary sector and private sector organisations, and advised on policy development and implementation of good practice at regional, national and international level.

Pauline has held chairperson, trustee and honorary secretary roles in various organisations and was Vice Chair at Age UK Salisbury before taking up the same position with Age UK Wiltshire in 2016.

 

Beth Gardner

Beth has 18 years’ experience of working within the voluntary and private sector. An enthusiastic leader, she has spent much of her career leading and transforming programmes, making a positive change by motivating and inspiring people to support their local communities.

Beth is currently CEO for the Swindon MS & Neuro Therapy Centre. The Centre is a one stop shop for people with MS and other neurological conditions, and their families - offering mutual understanding and support, providing services which help to manage physical symptoms and reduce the progression of conditions.

Previously, Beth was Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community for an international energy company leading their fundraising and volunteering strategy for 7,000 staff and their local communities. She also led the strategic development and operation of their long-standing vulnerable customer programme - Health Through Warmth, providing a lifeline to people with long term illnesses, who are unable to fund repairs or afford new heating systems and have often been without heating and hot water for several years.

Beth has also worked for a number of charities: Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and Wiltshire Air Ambulance developing their fundraising strategies and holds Trustee roles for Age UK Wiltshire, Inn

 

David King

David was previously a board director for computer chip world leader Intel Corporation specializing in Sales and Marketing assignments around the world. He joined Intel in 1981 and retired his position in 2009. Subsequently he has been a Non-Executive director for community services company Seqol in Swindon and the Isle of White NHS Trust, at both organizations he chaired the audit committee. David also served for four years as a charitable trustee at UKSA a sailing charity based in Cowes.

David lives in Marlborough and originates from Warminster so has an extensive knowledge of the county and the challenges that its older people face.

He is married with two children and two grandchildren.

 

Emma Taylor

Emma works as a solicitor in a local firm specialising in Wills, Trusts, Probate and other areas of the Law which effect elderly people. Emma is a fully accredited member of ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’ and is committed to ensuring that elderly people have access to the help and services they may need, especially those who are lonely or vulnerable.

Emma joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 and is looking forward to contributing to the development of the Charity.

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Kevin Fairman (Acting Treasurer)

Kevin is the former Chief Executive of the Bristol based charity and housing association, Brunelcare.  He currently works part-time as the CEO with The Independent Living Centre in Semington and as the Finance & Commercial Director for Alabare in Salisbury. He is also a trustee of several other charities: Crosspoint, Teign Housing, White Horse Housing and Wiltshire Mind. 

Kevin is a qualified accountant and has worked as an operational and finance director at a number of charities and housing associations with strong reputations for the quality of services provided; Dimensions, Action on Hearing Loss (RNID), and SeeAbility (The Royal School for The Blind).

He lives with his wife, Nina, and golden retriever, Hamish, in Bratton.  He has three grown-up children and his main interests are watching cricket, reading about cricket and playing cricket until the latest muscle injury puts paid to his season!

Melissa Hillier

Melissa has over 18 years’ experience of working within the voluntary and public sector in both communications and management positions. She has extensive experience of communicating with a variety of audiences involved in healthcare, including patients and families, support group staff, health and social care professionals, industry representatives, academia and policy makers.  With a master’s degree in Public Communications and Public Relations her most recent roles have been in senior management within the voluntary sector.

She is currently Director at We Hear You (WHY), a charity that provides counselling and emotional support to patients and families affected by cancer and other life- threatening conditions living in Wiltshire as well as Bath and North East Somerset and Somerset.  

Melissa lives in Chippenham with her young family and is looking forward to helping to support older people locally to access the support and services they need.

Stewart Ruston

Stewart has over 40 years’ experience of working in Adult Social Care, initially qualifying as a Social Worker before moving into senior operational management posts in several local authorities (including Wiltshire). He has been involved in developing partnership working through creating integrated Health and Social Care teams, thus he has a particular interest in effective collaborative working to provide best quality services for older people in the community.

Stewart has previously been a trustee for a small charity (Guildford Besom) and is currently a trustee for Downton Link. He has been a volunteer for AUK Wiltshire in the Information and Advice service since 2018.

Stewart loves running, and lives with his wife and two cats in Downton. He has two grown up daughters and one grandson.