Our Trustees are all volunteers from the local community who have gained considerable skills, knowledge and experience in their working lives. They work with the Chief Executive and other staff to guide, govern, shape strategy, and give direction.
These are our current Trustees:
|Peter Edwards, Chair
Peter has over 20 years’ senior management experience in various public sector appointments. As a senior manager with Surrey County Council he led its democratic and civic services, managing the election and induction of councillors, the transition to new systems of governance, and the scrutiny of changes to NHS services in the county. He has also held positions with the Surrey Police Authority and the Surrey Probation Board, and has more recently carried out a number of projects as an interim manager in local government.
|Elizabeth Cannon, Treasurer
Elizabeth is a Chartered Accountant. She trained with the National Audit Office and spent her career in the public sector - latterly as a senior manager with Surrey Police, retiring in September 2014.
She has undertaken a number of voluntary roles over the years including serving both as a Magistrate and a member of the South West London Advisory Committee for the appointment of magistrates. She has also been a College governor. She currently volunteers for the Surrey Wildlife Trust working on their Riversearch project.
Alison is a solicitor and Financial Ombudsman. She leads our work on Research and Campaigns.
Ian has 35 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry, primarily with BP, where he held a number of senior commercial management roles. He has worked on major energy projects in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He is currently Director of Consulting at RPS Energy, a leading independent oil and gas consultancy. He is also a business mentor at UnLtd, a charity providing support to social entrepreneurs.
Charlotte has resided in the Borough for over 25 years and is a retired civil servant. She chaired the Board from 2013 to 2017. She was a member of the Senior Civil Service between 1984 and 2010. Most of her career was spent in the Department of Transport and its agencies, but she also worked in the House of Commons and the Prime Minister’s Office. She has also held Trustee roles with Leatherhead Samaritans and with Banstead Musical Society.
Ann was our chief executive for 8 years (2000-2008) and is currently a volunteer at Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead. She shares responsibility for HR and Health & Safety, and the role of Client Champion, with Christine Key.
Shaun is a retired tax director. He was an Inspector of Taxes before joining oil major BP in 1985. After 20 years with BP in senior leadership roles in London, Glasgow, Brussels, and Singapore, Shaun took early retirement in 2005. He has been a trustee since 2006, Chair from 2007 to 2013, and was our company secretary from 2008 to 2015. He is also a trustee of Carers of Epsom and of Epsom Parochial Charities.
Christine is a former borough councillor. She shares responsibility for HR and Health & Safety, and the role of Client Champion, with Ann Flower.
After gaining a B.Sc in Economic and Social Studies at the University of Sierra Leone in 1976, Mohammed pursued a career in audit and accountancy. He is both a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Internal Auditor and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick. Mohammed worked for a number of accountancy firms both in Sierra Leone and London before setting up his own accountancy practice in 1992. He joined the Home Office as Internal Audit Manager in 2000 where he also represented the Internal Audit Unit on the Directorate’s Equality and Diversity Working Group. He joined Relate Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow as Treasurer Trustee in November, 2015. Mohammed’s other interests include current affairs and politics.
Alan is a retired bank manager. He was a borough councillor for many years and is a former Mayor of Epsom & Ewell. He is a keen archer and is Chairman of Surrey Bowmen.
Angela is our Equality and Diversity champion, and a management consultant with BSc, MSc and an MBA. Her extensive experience of over 35 years across different industry sectors include: university administration, banking, policy & strategy, vocational national occupational standards, qualifications & skills development, business and management practice in the UK and Africa. She is a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management. She has undertaken a number of volunteering roles with different charities.