Our Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees ensures that assets and resources are only used for the strategic purposes of the Charity and that the Charity is run in accordance with its constitution, charity law and other applicable laws and regulations. We are fortunate to have a Board with a broad range of skills including healthcare and business.
Neil Holbrook (Chair)
Neil Holbrook is the Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology, a Cirencester-based charity. During his tenure, the charity has grown from very small beginnings to a current staff complement of over 250 professionals based in four offices. This experience provides Neil with a broad understanding of charity governance and the issues associated with growth and regional diversification. Neil has written many academic papers and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading and Chair of the Roman Research Trust, a grant-giving charity. He has also led collaborative research projects with several UK universities. Neil has lived in Cheltenham for over 25 years.
A Chartered Accountant having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ruth has 30 years of strategic, commercial and finance experience. Originally from Cheltenham, Ruth moved to London to pursue a finance career initially with BBC Worldwide and advertising agency, TBWA, before holding Finance Director roles at branding consultancy Identica and architecture and planning practice tp bennett. Ruth is Finance Director for property consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP based in Oxfordshire where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
Dr Susan Owen
Dr Owen is Executive Chair of Phoenix MRC Limited comprised of Phoenix Market Research & Consultancy, a full-service market research provider and Phoenix Rising, a CX & brand consultancy for innovation, insight, customer journey and brand development. Previously a Partner at Consumer Profile Ltd and an Account Director for Nielsen Consumer Research.
Dr Owen was a founding member of the Age UK Policy Panel, Board member of Age UK Gloucestershire from 2004-2012 and Chair there from 2005-2009. Dr Owen is currently Chair of Watermoor House RCH, an independent charity that provides residential care to the highest professional standards for frail older people in a friendly, homely atmosphere.
Dr Janet Ropner FRCP FRCPath
Janet Ropner trained in Medicine at University College Hospital, London. This was followed by Haematology training in Oxford. She was a Consultant Haematologist at Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from 1984 until 2008. During this time she held several managerial posts including Clinical Director for Medicine and Associate Medical Director.
She continued as Associate Medical Director part-time from 2008 until 2018 when she retired. Her particular interest was patient safety.
Janet is also a trained Mentor, Executive Coach and Mediator. She lives in Cheltenham.
Dr. Valerie Udale
Valerie began her career as a scientist and has a DPhil in Developmental Neurobiology. She then pursued a variety of roles in corporate finance and management consultancy and later trained as a mathematics teacher. She currently enjoys a range of professional interests in financial modelling and delivering corporate finance training.
Valerie is a member of Council at Cheltenham Ladies College and is currently Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and a member of the Land and Buildings Committee. She is also a trustee of Winchcombe School.
Valerie has lived in the Cheltenham area with her family for 25 years and enjoys long walks and tennis.
Gordon Wilcock DM, FRCP, (Hon) DSc
Professor Wilcock, DM, FRCP, (Hon) DSc, was an Honorary Consultant Physician at the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire from August 2015 until June 2017, and is Emeritus: a) Professor of Geratology, and b) Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, at the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford to where he returned in 2006 after 20 years as Professor of Care of the Elderly at the University of Bristol.
He has been a Trustee with special responsibility for Research for the Alzheimer’s Society, of which he was the Founder Chairman, and is a Trustee of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust.
He has been involved in research into Alzheimer’s disease for over 30 years, including the development of some of the current treatments and diagnostic protocols.
Gordon Wilcock has received Lifetime Achievement awards from two international organisations for his work in Geriatric Medicine and Dementia.
Pam began a career in insurance and risk management working with clients in a variety of sectors. Originally from Yorkshire, she moved to Gloucestershire 25 years ago and completed a degree in business management and HR. She joined engineering conglomerate, Glynwed International plc and served as company secretary of Aga Rangemaster Group plc in 2004 to 2016. She has strong governance, financial and commercial experience. Pam is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Pam is currently a council member at the University of Gloucestershire and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee; a trustee director of the Aga Rangemaster defined benefit pensions scheme; a trustee of Winchcombe School and chairs the Resources Committee. She is also treasurer of the National Garden Scheme in Gloucestershire.
Pam lives in Cheltenham with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys most sports and exploring the great outdoors.
Claire Morris is a solicitor with over 25 years business experience working at Board and Executive levels in a variety of financial services organisations including insurance, building societies, tech start-up and banks. Claire has a broad range of expertise in legal and governance matters and has also been responsible for procurement, data protection and IT functions. Claire has always been based in and around Cheltenham and currently works for a specialist lender where she is General Counsel and Company Secretary.