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.

Alex Shapland – 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 small and medium sized enterprises in the south. Alex has always had an interest and desire to be involved in the not-for-profit sector and is “proud to be a trustee of Action Hampshire”.

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.

Steve France-Sargeant – Steve retired from a 30-year military and Hampshire Police career in 2014 and established a training and management consultancy company working mainly overseas. He has travelled extensively in Africa and the Americas conducting training and multi sector workshops for organisations including UNICEF and UN Women in child protection and gender based violence and has worked at ministerial level in reviewing and restructuring public sector organisations in the Caribbean. Having been deeply involved in Southampton and Winchester Community Safety Partnerships in his Police command roles, Steve is keen to re-engage with voluntary organisations and support charities in Hampshire and is thrilled to become a trustee of Action Hampshire.

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.

Jenny Meadows – Jenny first joined the not-for-profit 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 not-for-profit 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.

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.