Board of Trustees
Meet our Board
Jan Wilson (Chair)
After leaving university I joined the County Clerk and Chief Executive's Dept at Staffs CC before changing direction for the teaching profession. On retirement a chance meeting between my husband and the Chief Officer of Chase CVS led to me being 'volunteered' as a Trustee, representative on Scio, TLI Champion, TLI Steering Group, Support Staffordshire Development Group and finally the Support Staffordshire Board. Throughout my working life I have developed research skills, administrative good practice and the ability to prioritise, whilst dealing with truculent teenagers certainly honed skills of conflict resolution!
Working with young people also raised awareness of the social, economic, health and aspirational issues which affect families and communities, bringing me into contact with numerous agencies and charities trying to address these problems. I was particularly interested in the support available for child carers who sacrifice their childhood and often their education and future for the sake of their parents.
For me being a part of Support Staffordshire means being able to support these front line organisations in their work of facilitating better community engagement, access to services, health and well being and economic prosperity. What could be more challenging or rewarding than that?
Shaun Elliott (Vice Chair)
My name is Shaun Elliott and I was compelled to become a Trustee of Support Staffordshire because I wanted to use my skills and experience to make a positive difference to the people and organisations of Staffordshire, where I now live.
Originally from Bakewell, Derbyshire (so I share the same love of the traditional oatcake, albeit there are differences between them - I love them both!), I was trained as an accountant and have gone on from there to be involved in a number of industrial sectors including finance & commerce, IT, financial services, telecoms, CAD, amongst others, and am now a Sales Director of a major IT Solutions Company.
I am a player and Chairman of The Staffordshire Band (one of the top brass bands in the country and also serve as the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Fusion Credit Union in Lichfield.
Finally if I were to condense my skills into two, I would say that I listen twice as well as I talk!
John Downie (Treasurer)
I have recently retired after ten years as an Executive Director of Community Regeneration Partnership, a housing and regeneration consultancy. Prior to my work in the private sector I spent thirty five successful years in local government. In that time I was responsible for the management and delivery of many innovative urban regeneration programmes. Working “with” and “for” Communities and the voluntary sector has been central to my work in both the public and private sector. I have led and delivered significant urban regeneration projects in the most challenging environments, I have a track record of delivering complex housing and regeneration solutions in partnership with communities in crisis.
I have presented papers on private sector housing renewal and urban regeneration to international conferences in Chile, Finland, France and South Korea.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers and an honorary lecturer to the Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management at the University of Birmingham, lecturing to students on a MSc programme on housing and regeneration law and practice.
I have served as a non executive board member for two Housing Associations, chairing both boards.
I firmly believe in the value of empowering individuals and communities to achieve the most appropriate solution to their circumstances to enable them to be the best they can be.
I have nearly 30 years of experience working in the public sector, initially with the NHS, then local government in Walsall and Lichfield. I have undertaken a range of senior management roles within social and community services, housing and environmental health and have identified and promoted opportunities for the community and voluntary sector to work alongside and support statutory services. As the demands on the public sector are increasing, there is a clear need for a stronger and more diverse voluntary sector to emerge; I believe that Support Staffordshire will help the sector 'step up to the plate' and ensure that the local community can adapt and thrive.
I have been a Staffordshire resident for 30 years and have a good knowledge of the local area. I am a driver with the voluntary car scheme and a member of the Lichfield Community Choir. Through the work of Support Staffordshire, I would like to encourage more residents to take an active role in their community and get involved - for the skills and time they can give to others and for the 'feel good factor' that they can gain for themselves as a result!
Martin has just been appointed the part-time Administrator of the Roman Catholic parishes of Cheadle and Tean. He gained recent experience at the Newcastle Business Improvement District and Brighter Futures. For 20 years, Martin ran local charity ‘Beat the Cold’, active at all levels in the fight against fuel poverty, from giving evidence to a Select Committee at Parliament to talking to community groups. He knows what it is like to search for funding and to employ staff in a voluntary agency. He is a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway, as a Blockman (signalman) and as a member of their fundraising group.
I found Support Staffordshire through a mentoring client who is a member. My experience in large corporate business and then running my own business enabled me to help other small businesses through offering my skills and experiences as a Business Mentor.
Through mentoring my clients included some small local charities; I never cease to be amazed at the energy and enthusiasm shown by volunteers so when I was approached by Support Staffordshire it “fitted” with my corporate social responsibility.
I am currently a Board member for Chase Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of an Academies Trust. My interest in communities grows daily as we see the changing landscape develop and the need to recognise the important work local people do.
I believe I can bring business experience and knowledge both to the board and our actions on behalf of our members. My specialist skills are HR and Employment Law, and Developing leaders.
Adrian has been a resident within Staffordshire since 2002 and has a passionate interest in contributing to the work of community, educational and charitable institutions. He has worked within both the commercial business and charity sectors himself, holding very senior management and creative leadership positions. He is delighted to have been appointed a Trustee of Support Staffordshire, and has particular interests around public profile and awareness of charitable organisations, and indeed encouraging both the public, and commercial businesses to fully engage and interact with the charity sector.
Adrian’s experience over several decades has included; school governance, roles within the Magistracy, charitable trustee experience of both local and national charities and working in the community on high profile arts led initiatives.
Adrian always enjoyed being a very active member of “We Love Lichfield” and continues to support whenever possible. He is very committed to working with Support Staffordshire and responding to the ever increasing demands being placed upon charitable community organisations.
On graduating from Loughborough University in Mechanical Engineering I have spent over twenty years in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, most recently as the Chief Executive of Brandauer, one the largest precision stamping and toolmaking subcontractors in the UK, where I have had the opportunity to work with my team to deliver positive cultural change, increase revenues and deliver improvements in internal efficiencies to secure the companies long term future.
In addition, I voluntarily chair a manufacturing business network call MAN Group which exists to collaboratively share best-practice, revenue opportunities and marketing and communication overheads to drive the growth of UK manufacturing in the Midlands region.
My commitment to CSR has introduced me to the 3rd sector in terms of fund raising through challenges and special events and more recently discover the vital role volunteers play in everyday society. This coupled with a family passion for volunteering has inspired me to proactively seek a volunteering role where I might be able to do my bit and add some value.
Support Staffordshire is the 3rd sectors best kept secret, an organisation that exists to guide, steer, advise and support the county’s charitable organisations……you might say a charity that helps many 100s of charities! What a fantastic story to tell. I hope, by applying some of my more transferrable skills, I can help to spread the word on the organisation and its offerings to the benefit of Support Staffordshire, its members, volunteers and staff.