I became Chair in April 2021, and have over 30 years experience working in the local government and voluntary sectors across Hampshire and The Isle of Wight. I ran a business based in the New Forest for more than 20 years before an interest in criminal justice prompted a career change in 2005.
I studied Criminology and Social Policy, attaining a BSc degree. I work with an interest in preventing offending and re-offending, particularly associated with crimes linked to drug and alcohol abuse. I became the first Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight in 2012.
I am the Founding Director of The Social Change Society CIC, a social enterprise established primarily to tackle social problems, reduce the risk of offending through the use of an evidence based early intervention approach, delivering alternative ways of behaviour and attitudes, away from offending tendencies and influences. I am committed to this process of social change by supporting young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health challenges with an emphasis on preventing crime, reducing re-offending and protecting the vulnerable.
I have devised and influenced effective governance structures and overseen change within statutory, charitable and business organisations, recognising the importance of credible structures to deliver legitimacy, efficiency and innovation.
Prior to being Police Commissioner, I was a National Board member of CrimeStoppers and Chairman of the Charity’s Hampshire & the Isle of Wight Committee. I am also a past Chairman of the Hampshire Police Authority, Leader of the New Forest District Council and a County Councillor for Hampshire. I’ve previously been a Samaritan Volunteer in Southampton, Trustee of The Blue Lamp Trust, FootPrints Project and New Forest & Southampton Mediation.
I’m President of Romsey St John Ambulance, Ambassador for UK Shaolin Centre, Advocate for Trinity Winchester, Trustee with The Hampshire Gardens Trust and the newly formed DayHab Project in Winchester.
I began my professional life as a Social Worker in an Inner City area, tending to specialise in Family work and Child Protection. My managerial career took me to three other Counties, culminating in an Assistant Director role with Hampshire. Through various reorganisations I had responsibility for all care groups and service functions.
I joined the Hampton Trust in 2007, and am now Vice-Chairman. I remain very proud of the work it does, in helping to enable women to be safe.
I am the Treasurer for the Hampton Trust. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant who has been involved in finance for over 25 Years at JP Morgan Chase, HSBC and Zurich Insurance. In the last few years I held senior financial positions in local organisations with a greater social impact, including a group of schools, a Southampton charity supporting homeless people and currently at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.
I bring a commercial experience in finance at board and senior management, especially in the areas of business management, cash flow and grant submissions. I have been involved with Hampton Trust since 2014.
I got to know the work of Hampton Trust when I worked for the Church of England as Archdeacon of Bournemouth. I continued that involvement when I served as a consultant to Lambeth Palace in London, and now also as CEO of the Church Army, which is a charity working across the UK and Ireland. Domestic abuse has touched my work at numerous points – as a vicar in a heavily deprived area of East Manchester where involvement with troubled households was a daily part of my life, as chair of governors in a local school, and in more senior roles where safeguarding has been a specific responsibility. Amongst a range of other community focused activities, Church Army with whom I now work operates one of the largest women-only homelessness centres in the country and also a 24/7 drop-in centre for women. My previous experience includes serving as a voluntary sector board member for several charities, and academic work as a research fellow at Oxford University. Before my ordination as a member of clergy I worked as an Assistant Director of Barclays Bank.
I have a personal interest in wanting to assist the innovative work of Hampton Trust in preventing relationship violence.
I was appointed as a Trustee in January 2018. After 24 years administrative experience in local government housing, I became consultant for an IT specialist using my experience to implement business systems for local government housing organisations and associations in the UK and abroad.
I am now enjoying a busy and rewarding retirement includes sport, gardening and my local WI group which is very active in my local community.
I am Partner at national law firm Clarke Willmott, running their London & South Real Estate team and a member of the Management Board. After working at Bevan Ashford Solicitors and Shoosmiths LLP I joined Clarke Willmott in 2011.
I became a Hampton Trust Trustee in 2015 and value the opportunity to support the extraordinary work that they do.
My first job was in managing acute and community NHS services in London and then Portsmouth. This led to Community Health development roles with Hampshire, then West Sussex Social Services and then the voluntary sector. I have previously provided governance support to Hampshire schools, and was the Designated Governor for Safeguarding on a school governing body. I hope to bring some of this wide-ranging management experience to support the Trust’s future development, particularly in developing robust and sustainable systems. I am particularly interested in Organisational Sustainability; Business Development, Governance, Current Affairs, Social Policy and Gender Equality.
I held the position of Chair of Trustees for Hampton Trust between 2012 and March 2021, six years after joining the Board. Following ten years with J. Walter Thompson London Office, the rest of my working life was as CEO and Chairman of Spinlock Ltd. a medium-sized specialist manufacturer of marine personal safety and load control equipment. The company received the recognition of Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Export (2016) & Innovation (2017).
I am a Trustee of the Friends of Newport Minster, a keen sailor and aspiring amateur blacksmith.