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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 or by emailing them at their email addresses below.

Daphne Pullen

Daphne Pullen OBE (Chair)

Daphne has worked in the charity sector for 35 years. Her roles have included national Chair of the Samaritans and CLIC Sargent - a leading UK children’s cancer charity. She has been a trustee and chair of a YMCA in Hertfordshire for eight years. She joined the Board at AUKSD in February 2014, and was elected as Chair in September that year. In October 2016 Daphne was elected Chair of Age UK Wiltshire following the merger of AUKW and AUKSD earlier in 2016.

Daphne is an expert in Charity governance and is a regular speaker on the subject at national conferences and seminars. She is a passionate advocate for and on behalf of charity volunteers. Daphne was awarded on OBE in 2013 for services to charity.

Pauline Oliver

Pauline Oliver (Vice Chair)

Pauline has over thirty years’ experience of operational and strategic 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 chairmanship, trustee and honorary secretary roles in various organisations and has been a Trustee at Age UK since February 2014.

Peter Backhouse

Peter Backhouse (Treasurer)

Peter joined the board of trustees for Age UK Wiltshire as honorary treasurer in 2013.

Following the merger of Age UK Wiltshire and Age UK Salisbury District in 2016 Peter has remained Treasurer for the newly merged charity.


Beth Gardner

An enthusiastic leader with strong strategy and governance skills and significant experience in motivating and inspiring people to support their local communities. Beth has substantial experience in the corporate sector, progressing to a senior level.

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.

More recently, Beth has been working for two charities: Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and Wiltshire Air Ambulance developing their fundraising strategies.


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.

 Alaina Harle

Alaina Harle

Alaina has many years of administration, business support and project management experience working for large IT and Telecommunications companies. More recently, Alaina built her own successful bespoke cake company in West Berkshire before moving here to Wiltshire.

Alaina joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 and is looking forward to being part of the team.

Alaina is passionate about the elderly and the wealth of knowledge and insights they bring to society. Creating a culture of inclusivity and ensuring our elderly receive the support that they deserve, they can live without worry, enjoy the rest of their lives and fulfil the goals they have.


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.