We currently have a few places available on our board and would welcome applications from people interested in making a difference to the people we support by becoming Trustees. Please contact us for more information or download the job description and application form.

Who are Trustees?

Trustees are unpaid volunteers who exercise ‘stewardship’ of the Trust. Their main responsibilities include ensuring that the Trust finances are properly administered, appointing senior staff and overall strategy of how the Trust is run and developed for the future.

The Board of Trustees consists of ten Trustees with a Chair voted for on an annual basis.

Our Current Board Members


Peter CollinsPeter Collins

Peter practiced as an architect, moving on to specialising in business development in the design & construction sectors, focussing on ‘social infrastructure’ including healthcare and education. He is keen to use these skills to assist the Trust to develop in a sustainable manner. Peter lives in Bristol and is married with two adult children. He enjoys swimming and running.



Michael Bennett

Milestones Trust

Michael managed a counselling charity for 25 years. He has also been a trustee of a large national charity, as well as two local charities. Michael is particularly interested in the services that we deliver and how we can continue to both develop and improve them.



Jill Broadhead 

Jill qualified as a solicitor in 1978, breaking through traditional barriers to become the first female equity partner in any substantial Bristol practice in 1986. She acted for many healthcare providers nationally, becoming recognized as a leading expert in health law and developingJill Broadhead a particular interest in governance, which she retains. She ceased practice in 2006 and was appointed a Trustee in late 2010. She is also a Director and Trustee of Crossroads Care North Somerset.

Jill and her husband farm in Somerset, producing pedigree breeding stock. Jill continues her family tradition of service to her local church, through which she is heavily involved in her local community. 


Jane Buswell

Photograph of Jane Buswell

Jane has been a registered nurse for over 40 years, and since completing her training in Oldham, and working abroad, settled in Weston super-Mare in 1986. Her nursing career focussed on older people and people with dementia. After working as Consultant Nurse for Older People at  University Hospitals Bristol for 10 years, she is now an independent consultant nurse, mainly  teaching, and providing best interest reports for the Court of Protection She tries to find time for her enormous but neglected garden,  family history and enjoying time with her husband.  


Ken Guy

Ken GuyKen recently left the Soil Association where he had held the post of Business and Finance Director for six years. Previous to this post, much of Ken’s career was spent with Royal Mail, where he held posts including Finance Manager, Management Accountant, Project Manager and Divisional Finance Director.

Ken spent his early life in Derbyshire but has lived in the South West for over thirty years and currently lives in Clifton. In addition to participating in and watching a variety of sports, he is a keen walker and cyclist and also enjoys travel and history, which he sometimes is able to combine.



Lydia Henderson - Chair

Lydia HendersonLydia was born and educated in Scotland before moving to Bristol, where she has lived for over 20 years. She worked as a Research Biochemist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, where she was a member of University Senate and University Court and the SRC Wine Steward. She is current Chairman of the EU club at Bristol. At present she works as a freelance consultant and, in addition, is studying part-time for an MBA at Warwick University. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and an allotment, skiing, trekking, photography and her MG Midget motorcar.


Robin Nash

Robin NashRobin was a Bank Manager for 40 years, 30 of which were spent at Barclays Bank. He was also Treasurer and then Chairman of the Abbeyfield Bristol Society for over 30 years. Abbeyfield provides supported sheltered housing and registered care for older people. He has served on a number of national Abbeyfield committees and working parties. He was a leader in the Scout Movement for over 40 years in Bristol and Avon and was an Assistant County Commissioner for 30 years. He is currently the Treasurer of The Care Forum and a Director of Bristol Care and Repair together with chairing the Bristol Festival of Music, Speech and Drama.


Margaret ShoveltonMargaret Shovelton

Margaret has served as a Bristol City Councillor for four years and has lived in St George for 30 years. She is married with two children and four grandchildren and is an active member of her local community.



Honorary Members

We also have Honorary Members who are retired Trustees and who have been lynchpins of the Trust throughout its development. They are welcomed to the AGM and other events at the Trust for their respected knowledge, insight and experience.


Barrie Davis

Barrie DavisBarrie joined the Frenchay Community Care Trust in 1988 and acted as chair of the Trust for four years between 1995 and 1999. Barrie also has strong links with Mencap. Barrie is Managing Director of a group of engineering companies. His professional qualifications are in business studies and production engineering. He has served on Avon’s guardians’ committee and was the national Treasurer of MENCAP.


Doug Knapp

Doug KnappDoug formerly worked for Rolls Royce in Bristol and prior to his retirement was a Trustee of the Rolls Royce Pension Fund for 8½ years. He has been a member of the Hortham and Brentry League of Friends and has been Vice Chairman of Avon County League of Friends. With his wife, he was a carer with a daughter who had learning disabilities.


Ruth Slinn

Ruth SlinnRuth formerly worked in the NHS, with subsequent experience of running a small privately owned company. This is currently engaged in manufacturing a medical device for vitreo retinal surgery, having obtained FDA approval in 1996. She has worked in the voluntary sector during the last 14 years with special interest in stroke support and Christian counselling. One daughter works as a Consultant Psychiatrist and another as a Superintendent Physiotherapist at a London hospital. She was Director of Southmead Community Care Trust.


Ruth Weaver

Ruth WeaverRuth has experience in Personnel and was Secretary to a Consulate General overseas. She was a member of the Community Health Council for 8 years, and chaired a Working Party on services for the Older People with Mental Illness. Following this she was a Director of Southmead Community Care Trust.