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.