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We are a user-led organisation governed by a Board of Trustees


Some of our trustees use our services, some of them support people who use our services, all of them are keen to help disabled people and people with long term health conditions to get on with their lives . Between them they provide a broad spectrum of skills, knowledge and experience.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals to join our Board of Trustees.  Currently, we are particularly keen to find a trustee with a financial background. For more information and an application form, please see our Trustee Recruitment pack or contact pwalkington@penderelstrust.org.uk by email or on 02476 511611. 

Veronica Cotterill (Chair)

My background is in the NHS, mostly in London, where I worked in a variety of roles at Director and Chief Executive level in Mental Health, Community and Acute Hospital service provision and in Health Care Commissioning. After 27 years of NHS service, I decided to make a career change, moved back to Warwickshire and obtained a horticultural qualification to enable me to pursue my passion for gardens and plants. I have worked as a free-lance garden designer since 2007.

In 2008, I returned to the NHS as a Non-Executive Director for my local Hospital Trust, where I served until 2013. I am currently also a Trustee for two small charities which focus on my local community.

I have gained a range of skills and experience at Board level in a number of complex care organisations, and I hope to use these to benefit Penderels Trust as it continues to develop to meet the needs of the people who use its services.

Yvonne Barnes (Vice Chair)

Having carved out my full-time careeer driving business transformation and developing and delivering corporate and operational strategy within life science and healthcare organisations, I took the decision to move to a part-time professional career in early 2017. The sole purpose of this change was my desire to release some of my time and use my diverse range of skills and experience to benefit charitable organisations. I am passionate about using my knowledge, skills and experience to improve the lives of others; I was drawn to Penderels Trust because of this shared vision. It is a great privilege to be working with my fellow Trustees and the highly committed and dedicated Trust staff and to support the ongoing success of Penderels Trust.

Andrew Ford

I am a recently retired corporate and public affairs professional who has operated at UK, EU and international levels within the environmental and energy sector. During my career, I have sought to influence legislative and reputational change through the design and delivery of effective political and media campaigns.

Having operated at a senior level within a major international energy company, I have also shaped major corporate communication agendas and strategy both at company and industry association levels. 

I am really looking forward to working with Penderels Trust and I hope I can use some of my experience to support them in their ambitious and worthy goals.

Phil Collis

I am a stroke survivor with a keen interest in patient and public involvement.  My skills and experience continue to grow, particularly in improving research and services for people affected by cardiovascular conditions.  I work with many organisations, both nationally and internationally, including NHS England, NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) and European Respiratory Society along with educational and charitable organisations.  I look forward to contributing in meeting the challenges ahead for our services, organisation and people.

Andrew Reece

I am a qualified Social Worker and have worked in Adult Social care with disabled adults of working age or disabled children since I qualified in 1996. I am committed to the Social Model of Disability and see Direct Payments as central to delivering choice and control to disabled people and I am proud to have developed the first direct payment in two local authorities in London in the late 1990s.

I am currently Head of the Integrated Learning Disability Service in Camden, working to support people with learning disabilities in Camden to live fulfilling lives as active citizens in their local communities, with Direct Payments and Personal Heath Budgets at the centre of making this real for Camden Citizens and their families.

Kire Jordanoski

Originally from Australia, I am a Chartered Accountant with experience in a variety of sectors including chartered practice, banking, pharmaceuticals, government and information technology. I first worked in audit and corporate governance roles and then later moved to finance and accounting positions. I have worked in the information technology sector for the past 10 years and have a keen interest in technology.

I was inspired to join Penderels Trust as my son has cerebral palsy and the organisation supports independence for people with disabilities.

Jane Heppel

My background is in local authority and local services where I have worked as a finance professional up to Director level and as a consultant. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and am currently the Chief Finance Officer for the Gloucestershire Police Force.

My interest in supporting Penderels Trust is in ensuring that everyone with care needs can be financially independent in sourcing and managing their own care delivery, which is vital to ensuring that they receive a package of care which represents value for money for them. I heartily subscribe to a vision of the world where disabled people can just get on with their lives and want to be an active part of removing any hurdles in the path of that vision.

The role with Penderels Trust is my first as a Non Executive Director and I look forward to working with the team.

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