Action Hampshire Trustees
Oliver Rowe (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 not-for-proft 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 retired as Chief Officer from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue 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 Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB); headed a Lambeth based employment and skills unit for young black and minority ethnic 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.
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.
Savannah King – Savannah has been a Trustee of Action Hampshire since February 2017, having been attracted to the diverse, positive work of the organisation and its members. Currently Savannah is the Student and Alumni Communications Officer at the University of Winchester, a role which involves working with people aged from 18 to 100 years old, living in 90 different countries. Previously Savannah served as a Governor of the University of Winchester and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Winchester Student Union during her time in office as President of Winchester Student Union. She has also represented and supported international students as the elected International Students Officer at Winchester Student Union. Savannah is honoured to be the Trustee lead for the School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire.
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 excellent work supporting the not-for-profit sector. She especially helps with rural and planning matters and represents Action Hampshire’s Board on the Hampshire Rural Forum and the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH). Rosalind is the lead trustee on rural issues.
Mike Southgate – Mike had a successful executive career in the television programme and broadcast businesses. He joined ITV as a finance clerk and worked his way upwards, becoming Commercial Director of ITV before moving to Pearson Television and the European Broadcaster RTL in CEO and HR roles. He finished his full time career as CEO of BBC Resources and a member of their commercial board in 2008. He specialised in business leadership and turn arounds, empowering staff and change management. In 2009 he set up his own consultancy business whilst establishing himself in the charity sector and has concentrated on three different charities. In 2012 to 2016 he was elected as a Winchester City Councillor and was a cabinet member in 2015. He joined Action Hampshire in 2018 as he was impressed by the passion of the team, and their social purpose as demonstrated by the School for Social Entrepreneurs.