Action Hampshire Trustees

Alex Shapland (Co-Chair) – Alex retired from corporate life in 2011 having spent over 30 years in financial services as a regulator, board director and partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has recently established a mentoring business for SMEs in the south. Alex has always had an interest and desire to be involved in the third sector and is “proud to be a trustee of Action Hampshire”. Alex is a member of the Action Hampshire Finance Committee.

Oliver Rowe (Co-Chair) -I heard about the great people that Action Hampshire has and the excellent work it does and wanted to be part of this. I am an accountant and thought being a trustee would be a really good opportunity to assist in the voluntary sector and to use and develop my skills. I have been part of the Board since 2007 and am currently Action Hampshire Co-Chair and also Chair of The Finance Committee. The staff and my fellow trustees are always looking at how Action Hampshire and the sector can move forward and my time with the organisation has more than met my expectations.

John Bonney CBE – John joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 2001 as Deputy Chief Officer and took on the role of Chief Officer in July 2004. He retired from the Service at the end of 2014. He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in 2007 and a CBE in the 2015 New Year Honours. John had been aware of the work of Action Hampshire for a number of years, and indeed the Fire service had partnered with Action Hampshire with great results. As a result he was really interested in the work they do and the huge support they offer to the sector. He was particularly drawn to the School for Social Entrepreneurs as he sees that as an important way forward for the sector in times of austerity. He is delighted to have joined the Board and to chair the trading arm of the organisation “Activate”.

Colin Brown – Colin works as Operations Director for the British Red Cross and has been a trustee of Action Hampshire since 2013. Colin has had a varied career, predominantly in regeneration. He has been Head of Region for the RNIB; headed a Lambeth based employment and skills unit for young BME people and lone parents; been director of a Sussex charity supporting community based initiatives; and a Director of East Brighton for You (eb4U), working to break the cycle of community deprivation. Colin also volunteers in his local community having been a trades union elected officer, school governor, and youth group leader for Woodcraft Folk.

Martin Collett – Martin has a particular interest in rural issues which are influenced by his farming background. After working for a number of small private and charity organisations, he is now Operations Director at English Rural Housing Association; one of the leading providers of affordable homes in rural communities. He is a History and History of Art graduate (BA Hons. Goldsmith College, University of London) and Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Martin volunteers his services as a Trustee for Action Hampshire to help develop his own experiences, but most importantly so Action Hampshire can benefit from his expertise developed in affordable housing and a broad rural network.

Margaret Geary – Margaret was keen to become a Trustee of Action Hampshire because of a longstanding desire to support the development of a stronger voice for the voluntary sector within Portsmouth and because Action Hampshire has been the sector support body within the city since 2011. She was previously a director of local government services in Portsmouth and has always worked closely with voluntary and community groups in the areas of probation, community safety, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal at local and national levels.

Jenny Meadows – Jenny has worked in publishing and as an IT software trainer. She first joined the voluntary sector as a volunteer Citizens Advice Bureau adviser in 1988, holding various voluntary and paid positions in the service until her retirement from being Chief Executive of Winchester District Citizens Advice in 2014. Along the way she also worked in paid volunteer sector support. She joined Action Hampshire as a Trustee due to her interest in supporting the third sector, having used the services of Action Hampshire in her role. Jenny is now retired from paid work but continues volunteering in various roles including as a governor of her local junior school. Jenny is a member of the Action Hampshire Finance Committee.

Richard Osmond – Richard is retired, following a career in public sector personnel and industrial relations. Having an interest in voluntary sector governance, Richard finds an ideal base in Action Hampshire, where he has had the opportunity to help several member organisations. His previous voluntary activities have include being Chairman of Governors at Peter Symonds College in Winchester and of Winchester NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies). He is also a former Diocesan Governor of the University of Winchester. Currently, as well as being a trustee of Action Hampshire, Richard is also a committee member of Hampshire Historic Churches Trust. He is particularly interested in the arts and rural issues. Richard is a member of the Action Hampshire Finance Committee.

Rosalind Rutt – Now retired, Rosalind worked in rural and town planning for many years, particularly in local government. As a lifetime volunteer she wanted to use her skills and experience to support Action Hampshire in its work. She especially helps with rural and planning matters and represents Action Hampshire on the Hampshire Affordable Housing Group.

Liz Trevor – Liz was delighted to become a trustee for Action Hampshire. She enjoys helping organisations across sectors to build better partnerships and strategic collaboration. Liz founded Drumainn Limited two years ago; a management consultancy based in Hampshire, specialising in business strategy, communications and stakeholder engagement. She previously worked within the aviation sector where she held several senior management roles in strategy and stakeholder relations for BAA airports and Gatwick Airport Limited. Liz has recently been working for the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and set up a new way of working between the LEP and not-for-profit organisations, through the development of a ground-breaking MOU agreement and action plan. In 2013, Liz co-founded a charity called 3Women to encourage local women leaders from all sectors to share ideas about working more effectively together through fundraising events. Liz is also a mentor for the Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs and a member of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce committee.