Les worked in several jobs with food companies in management roles, with the last twenty four years up to retirement spent with Unilever. Les lives in Cheltenham and in addition to helping and enjoying a large, and thriving, extended family he also has an active role in the community, organizing fundraising events. Les has been a school governor for Dunalley Primary School since 2001 and chair of St. Vincent’s and St. George’s Association since 2009.
Alan currently works as an Educational Consultant and prior to this he was a Head teacher. He has also been Chair of the Glos. Association of Secondary Head teachers. He is currently Vice President and Chair of the Trustees of the National School Band Association which aims to facilitate days sources for young bands, commission new music for them and provide professional development opportunities for music teachers.
Mr. Draper has been a chartered accountant since 1958. In general practice he worked with a wide range of organizations including Manufacturing, Agriculture and Property management. Mr. Draper currently works as a private consultant to a range of existing care providers with budgets of between £250,000 and £5m.
Jean trained as a registered general nurse at the Middlesex Hospital, London and continued her training at Gloucester Maternity Hospital becoming a midwife. Jean’s main responsibility on the board is monitoring service provision and care standards, but also keeping in regular contact with staff and service users. She is also involved in the administration of association policy documents. Jean is fully involved as a member of Highbury Church in Cheltenham and plays badminton and bridge.
Peter has been a practicing registered architect for over 20 years both for both his own practice, and on a sub-contracted basis for others. He also works in theatre design which has involved producing sets and performance environments for events, performances and installations. In addition to his work for the Charity Peter is also Vice Chair of Berkhamstead School PTA and on the Fabric Committee of All Saints Church, both serving the local community.
Lisa is a solicitor practising and specialising in employment law. She has specialised since qualification and worked for a variety of firms and organisations, delivering employment law advice and solutions to a range of businesses as well as the NHS, local Government, charities and the not-for-profit sector. Additionally Lisa is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, having completed her flexible learning course 2000 – 2003. Lisa is also a Policy Advisor – CIPD (Gloucestershire branch) She enjoys Mountain biking, walking particularly with her dog, being outdoors and attempting tri-athlon events.
Peter is currently Managing Director of IDM Ltd. an internet design consultancy. Peter has a long career as a filmmaker and photographer with numerous published works. His electronic theatre set model has been exhibited worldwide, most recently in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has previously worked as a University Dean and Head of two Art Colleges, here in Cheltenham and in Wales. Peter was recently, for 6 years, a ministerially appointed Commissioner on the Human Genetics Commission and prior to that chaired the Telecommunications Advisory Panel at OFTEL for 5 years and was chair of Communications for Business, a statutory UK Advisory board for small businesses. He has served on a National Health Board and as well as chair of the Audit Committee was responsible for hearing County wide appeals for medicines and treatments not normally funded.
Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 and then specialising in Corporate Finance in the early 1990s, Andrew has a wealth of experience in the social care sector providing proactive accounting, tax, business and corporate finance advice to many care providers. With extensive experience of long term care gained over the last 20 years, Andrew is nationally recognised for his knowledge of the sector.
Lauren is a ACA chartered accountant, who trained and has been working in practice for the last four years. During this time Lauren has been working within the Audit department and has begun to specialise in auditing charities within the UK and overseas. Lauren has specific knowledge not only of the charity sector, but the charity SORP and the financial requirements of charitable companies.
Maralyn Reynolds, Fundraising & PR
Maralyn is a retired civil servant and has served on the charity committee for several Mayors of Cheltenham. Within the role of Trustee, Maralyn is also the lead contact for all of the charity ambassadors. When Maralyn has a spare time, she enjoys singing in a local group called The Tuesdays.