Our Board of Trustees are the valuable driving force behind Action East Devon.
Our Chief Executive provides regular reports to the Board of Trustees in relation to business planning, work programmes, budgets and staffing and the Board oversees operations and provides leadership and scrutiny through our robust governance arrangements. Our Trustees have brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation and are fully committed to Action East Devon's vision, mission and values.
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I came into the voluntary sector in 1991 working for the then Age Concern in Tiverton, running a day centre.
I was a young Mum with two children, one at school and the other in Nursery, so the hours suited me. I continued to work for them until 2003 during which time I took over as first Manager then Chief Officer in my time with the organisation it went from £35 thousand a year to approximately £287 thousand per year. We purchased two buildings, converting them to day centres in two of the towns on our patch. I opened an Advice & Information Centre in the town, with outreach to another two and set up an advocacy service working with people in their own home.
I moved to the Blackdown Support Group in 2003 and have worked there since then. We help the community with a variety of tasks: volunteer driving, visiting, mentoring, foot care, advocacy, lunch & tea clubs and coffee mornings.
I joined EDVSA (Action East Devon’s predecessor) as a rep for the voluntary sector, became a trustee when the organisation was struggling to find Trustees and took over the Chair when our current chairman stepped down midterm. I stepped down in 2016 but remain a Trustee.×
My career was in Human Resources with experience in the UK and overseas working in blue chip companies, mostly in the pharmaceutical industry. More recently, I worked independently as a consultant. When I decided to retire, I was keen to do some voluntary work and looked for an opportunity that could utilise some of the skills that I had gained. I didn’t specifically look for a trustee position but was easily convinced by an enthusiastic volunteer coordinator. For me, it ticks all the boxes. Not only do I get satisfaction from knowing that I can add some value to the organisation but I am learning new things all the time and dealing with new challenges which must be good for me. Action East Devon supports some interesting and much needed projects. It is a privilege to be involved with the organisation and to be able to interact with such enthusiastic, committed and hard-working individuals.×
Jeff worked in Social Services across the UK for over 30 years managing and developing the full range of Adult Social Care services. This was complimented by active involvement in churches and charities working with young people, rough sleepers and establishing food banks. Jeff left local authority work in Social Services to become CEO of a large Christian based charity in Dorset and retired from that in 2015 to enable a move to Devon. In addition to his trustee role in AED, Jeff is a trustee of a retreat centre in Dorset, trustee of a national Christian youth organisation, Churchwarden and secretary of Lympstone Anglican church and a driver for the local surgery.
Jeff joined AED to make a wider contribution to the voluntary sector and oddly enjoys the bureaucracy that goes with being a Trustee. Jeff is married, lives in Lympstone and has two of his three married children also living in Devon. He is often to be found walking on Woodbury Common which he loves.×