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Milestones Trust

Time. Patience. Understanding. Respect.
The building blocks of trust

Our Trust

More than ever, people in our society need what we have to offer: the expertise, experience, and empathy to bring about real, lasting, positive change.

Trust is at the core of all that our staff achieve, with each person bringing their own unique expertise and experience to the support that they provide. Whether that support is given in the homes or in the community, or from our head office functions in Bristol, each person has a valued role in ensuring that we can continue to provide the vital services to the people we support.

Senior management team

Our SMT oversees and directs Milestones Trust’s operations. The team is led by our Chief Executive who reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

John Hoskinson OBE

Chief Executive

John Hoskinson OBE

Chief Executive

I spent 35 years in the British Army, reaching the rank of Brigadier. I received an OBE for commanding the engineering effort in Kosovo in 1999, and as Executive Director of Human Resources, was responsible for the personnel issues of some 70,000 servicemen and women. I left the Army in 2005 and became Deputy and Acting COO at Liverpool University, before moving to the University of Northampton to become Pro Vice Chancellor (Strategic Planning & Resources).

I’d always harboured ambitions to work in the charitable sector so was delighted to join Milestones Trust in October 2012. I’m determined to make a positive contribution to the organisation and to the lives of everyone associated with it. My other charitable commitments include being a voluntary Director with Care and Support West and a Trustee of VODG.

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Paul Butler

Company Secretary/Director of Finance

Paul Butler

Company Secretary/Director of Finance

I’m a chartered accountant and chartered secretary, and joined the trust in 2001 as head of finance. I originally trained in local government and worked for direct service contractors, providing a range of services from civil engineering and build maintenance, to catering and cleaning. I also provide accounting and independent examiner services to a variety of small charities on a voluntary basis.

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Jan Gresham

Director of Operations

Jan Gresham

Director of Operations

I joined the Trust in September 2009 as Head of Operations. I’ve spent my career working to provide the best support possible to help people lead independent and fulfilling lives. It’s what I like most about my job, along with the great people I work with.

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Naina Mandleker

Director of Business Development

Naina Mandleker

Director of Business Development

I joined the Trust in June 2012. I have a Masters in Business Administration and have worked in the private sector and run my own export trading company. With 17 years experience working in the charity sector I’ve had a range of roles including a women’s centre manager and Head of Income Generation. I led income generation and business development at Platform 51 (formerly YWCA England & Wales) for over 7 years. I’m also a Trustee for The Nelson Trust, a charity supporting people with alcohol, drug and other dependencies.

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Geralyn Meehan

Director of HR and Staff Development

Geralyn Meehan

Director of HR and Staff Development

I joined Milestones Trust as Director of HR in 2016. Previously, I provided HR support for social and health care providers, in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. In my last role at Smith & Williamson, I provided client-facing HR consultancy services. I bring a wide range of skills to my role and am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel in recognition of my work as an HR strategist. I also hold a postgraduate qualification in business strategy.

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Trustees

The role of the Board of Trustees is to support the SMT to help shape and develop our strategic direction. Their unique mix of skills and wide commercial and sector experience allows us to operate effectively as a charity, business, and care provider.

Lydia Henderson

Chair of Trustees

Lydia Henderson

Chair of Trustees

I was born and educated in Scotland before moving to Bristol where I worked for 20 years as a Research Biochemist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol. Having completed an MBA at Warwick I’m now a Company Director (Finance & Operations) and also work as a freelance consultant with small businesses and charities. In my  spare time, I run a small company making home-made preserves. I’ve been a Trustee of Milestones Trust since 2008 and have personal experience of supporting young people with learning difficulties.

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Jill Broadhead

Jill Broadhead

I qualified as a solicitor in 1978, breaking through traditional barriers to become the first female equity partner in any substantial Bristol practice in 1986. I acted for many healthcare providers nationally, becoming recognised as a leading expert in health law. I’ve developed a particular and ongoing interest in governance. I stopped practising law in 2006 and was appointed a Trustee in late 2010. I’m also a Director and Trustee of Crossroads Care North Somerset. My husband and I farm in Somerset, producing pedigree breeding stock. I continue my family tradition of service to my local church, and am heavily involved in my local community.

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Jane Buswell

Jane Buswell

I’ve been a registered nurse for over 40 years, and since completing my training in Oldham, and working abroad, I settled in Weston super-Mare in 1986. My nursing career focused on older people and people with dementia. After working as Consultant Nurse for Older People at University Hospitals Bristol for 10 years, I’m now an independent consultant nurse, mainly teaching, and providing best interest reports for the Court of Protection. I try to find time for my enormous but neglected garden, family history, and enjoying time with my husband.

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Peter Collins

Peter Collins

I practised as an architect, before specialising in business development in the design and construction sectors. I focused on ‘social infrastructure’, including healthcare and education. I’m keen to use these skills to help the Trust develop in a sustainable way. I live in Bristol and I’m married with two grown up children. I enjoy swimming and running.

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Samantha Griggs

Samantha Griggs

I’ve worked in the recruitment Sector for over 20 years, since graduating in 1996. Specialising in Health and Social Care, I’ve witnessed the changes in the H&SC staffing sector over the last decade and the pressure this has put on services. It’s my interest in this sector that drew me to apply for the Trustee role at Milestones Trust. With a young family, I don’t have a lot of spare time, but when I do I enjoy reading, baking and photography.

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Ken Guy

Ken Guy

I currently operate a portfolio of non-executive and Trustee roles, and have recently completed a six-year term as a non-executive director with North Bristol Trust. My last full-time employment was at the Soil Association where I was Business and Finance Director for six years. Before that, I worked for Royal Mail where I held posts including Finance Manager, Management Accountant, Project Manager and Divisional Finance Director.

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Robin Nash

Robin Nash

I was a Bank Manager for 40 years, 30 of which were spent at Barclays Bank. I 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. I’ve served on several national Abbeyfield committees and working parties. I was a leader in the Scout Movement for over 40 years in Bristol and Avon and was an Assistant County Commissioner for 30 years. I’m 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.

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Margaret Shovelton

Margaret Shovelton

I served as a Bristol City Councillor for four years and have lived in St George for 30 years. I’m married with two children and four grandchildren and am an active member of my local community.

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David Wilson

David Wilson

I’ve spent 40 years working in the voluntary sector, 25 of them with first-hand experience of senior executive management and board level governance. In 1990, I set up the Robert Owen Communities (ROC) charity for people with learning disabilities, which grew into a highly regarded organisation. ROC merged with a national charity in 2016 and I changed career to train and qualify as an Executive Coach and Mentor. In fact, it was my commitment to helping people with learning disabilities to discover and realise their aspirations that led me into coaching. I bring this same commitment to the board of Milestones Trust.

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