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.

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.

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 been active in the voluntary sector since 1981 initially helping run her local community care group. She joined Citizens Advice as a volunteer adviser in 1988 and became Deputy Manager at the Winchester branch in 1991. She then worked for Business in the Community and Winchester’s Council of Community Service before becoming CEO at Winchester Citizens Advice. Jenny retired from this role in 2014. Jenny is also a trustee of Winchester Welfare Charity, and an Independent Advisory Group member with Hampshire Police. Her particular interests are in community development and support, and Information Technology. She is a member of the Action Hampshire Finance Committee.

Richard Osmond – Richard is retired, following a career in public sector personnel and industrial relations. 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.

Our Vice Presidents are:

  • Brian Challis
  • Janet Chierchia MBE
  • Lindsay Fox MBE JP DL
  • Susan Glasspool
  • The Rt Hon the Earl of Malmesbury DL