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    Graham Faulkner

    Graham is a qualified social worker by profession. He has had 40 years experience in the charitable, private and local government sectors spending the last 30 of those in senior positions. He was Chief Executive of the Epilepsy Society for 13 years, retiring in September 2013.  Prior to that he was General Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive with the Leonard Cheshire Foundation (1992-1998) and Chief Executive of Rehab UK (1999-2000), a charity that specialises in vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities.

    In his earlier career Graham was involved in establishing a private company, Retirement Security Ltd that provides very sheltered housing in the private sector, where he was a main Board Director.

    Graham was a Governor of the UCLH NHS Foundation Trust in London (2004 – 2011), and now chairs a private company, Queen Square Enterprises that undertakes MRI scans and gift aids its profits to the NHS. He also chairs NCS, a company established by the MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association to improve commissioning of health services for people with long term neurological conditions. He is also a Trustee of the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity and the Daisy Garland epilepsy charity.

    Graham was appointed as Chairman of the Board of St Loye’s at the AGM in November 2013.


    Mike Westerman

    Mike is a fundraising consultant, mentor and business advisor, with over 25 years experience working in both the voluntary and corporate sectors, holding executive and director positions. A former chairman of both the Institute of Fundraising and Association of Fundraising Consultants, currently he is an honorary trustee of The Community Foundation in Wales, Sefydliad and St Loye’s Foundation. He is also Chair of The Midas Partnership and Hon Sec of the Royal British Legion, Tenby.

    He is one of a group of three who created and developed the now international charity Action Aid. Has experience of Chair, CEO, and director roles across a wide field and has gained a wide knowledge of governance procedures. In addition he has organised many major international events including such venues as Clarence House, St James Palace and Sydney Harbour.

    Mike was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2008.


    Hywel Rees

    Hywel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Hywel retired from paid employment in September 2009, after more than 25 years with Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port-operator. Hywel was appointed Company Secretary at ABP in 1989, additionally taking the position of Head of Group Personnel in 1999.

    In his time at ABP, Hywel: devised a Corporate Governance system; brought in Board Evaluation; formalised Succession Planning (including a Mentoring Programme); created an Employee Forum structure; extended Personnel Policies, making them more family-friendly; introduced Employee Share Schemes, winning the Proshare award for best new plan; developed working links with a historically antagonistic trade union; smoothed the sometime fractious working relationship between Executives and Non-Executives; and ensured personnel decisions were defensible (winning all Employment Tribunal cases).

    Earlier in his working life, Hywel worked as a clerk in the civil service, warehouseman and van driver, as well as in management roles with a trade union, a life-assurance company and a major newsagent chain.

    Hywel’s leisure-time interests include: following the fortunes of Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Newport County Football Club (of whom he was for some years a Director and Secretary); involvement with Monmouthshire Mobile Movies, a group providing films and facilities for those unable to travel to cinemas by reason of their age, disablement, rural isolation or economic status; acting a trustee and member of his home Village Hall Committee; and being a member of local pub’s quiz league team.

    Hywel was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2008.


    Cathy Summers

    Cathy is a professional development consultant and coach with over 20 years’ experience in the public, private and charity sectors. Cathy started her career as a personnel officer in retail before joining the Royal Air Force as an Air Traffic Control Officer and later a leadership instructor at RAF College Cranwell..

    After leaving the RAF, she spent 3 months as a volunteer team leader on a youth development expedition in South America with Raleigh International. She then joined Raleigh’s head office to recruit adult expedition staff for all overseas expeditions.

    Following this Cathy was a consultant with Mercuri Urval, a management consultancy specialising in employee selection and development. She later returned to the expedition world as a programme manager for a small charity running overseas conservation projects, before re-joining Mercuri Urval.

    Following redundancy, Cathy joined the NHS and spent 5 years as a senior manager working on workforce development, organisational change and leadership development in a hospital, primary care trust and strategic health authority. In 2005 Cathy set up her own business providing coaching and consultancy in leadership development, leading change and career development. Cathy also helps individuals to find or regain their purpose and direction in life and achieve their personal goals. Cathy is married, lives near Shaftesbury in Dorset and enjoys playing hockey, outdoor activities and the theatre.

    Cathy was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December 2009.


    Edmund Probert

    Edmund is a practicing solicitor who has worked in the commercial sector for the whole of his career. After founding a commercial department in the 1980s at Sargent and Probert he was tasked with setting up an employment team in the 1990s. Upon merger with Foot and Bowden in 2000 Foot Anstey was created. Edmund was able to return to his first love of intellectual property and technology and became the IT & Technology Law Partner for Foot Anstey. In 2013 Edmund decided to set up his own practice Probert Legal.

    He has served as a member of the Devon Air Ambulance Management Team for a number of years and Edmund is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law and Chair of Wired West. He is a director of Devon Renaissance and advises the boards of The Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry Foundation.

    After some time volunteering his services to St Loye’s Foundation as a legal adviser to the board Edmund was appointed to the Board of Trustees in May 2013.


    Sarah Pearce

    Sarah originally trained to be a nurse before going to university to read law both as an undergraduate and then as a post graduate.

    Sarah then worked with adults with a learning disability in a citizen advocacy and then more generally for the Royal Mencap Society. Since then Sarah’s experience has been within the charity sector (having worked in the commercial world early on), as a senior manager. Her roles and experience have included: working with service users/stakeholders, strategic management, operational and change management, partnership working and project management.

    Sarah joined the Board of Trustees in March 2014 (to be confirmed at the next AGM).


    Mark Taylor

    After graduate management training in the NHS Mark spent several years in the motor industry and as a university teacher. He then joined the Aga Khan’s health services as Administrator of its in hospital in Nairobi. From there he moved to Canada, where he spent most of the 70s, 80s and early 90s in management consulting and as Chief Executive of two hospitals in Toronto.

    The lure of the NHS brought him back to Exeter as Chief Executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. His final full-time position was leading the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals for seven years through their merger and through a major restructuring of academic medical services in west London. Since 2003 he has undertaken a number of consultancy and investigative assignments for the NHS and has been Vice Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a Governor of Plymouth University and Chair of Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

    Mark was recruited to join the St Loye’s Foundation Board of Trustees in November 2014.


    Dave Hodgetts

    Dave Hodgetts spent most of his working life with British Gas South Western. He started in 1968 as a production trainee at Penzance gas works, worked in Sales and Marketing in the industrial and commercial sectors, with his last role being the Con-tract Administration Manager for non domestic gas sales in the South West. In 1995 he was seconded to British Gas Trading as the Network Code Project Manager and a year later became a Regulatory Issues Manager at Staines, part of the British Gas Trading team dealing with the Utilities Regulators (Ofgas and Offer) and the Electricity and Gas Consumer Councils. In 1997 Dave took Voluntary Redundancy.

    In 1999 Dave and his wife Christine bought Furzeham Lodge Care Home in Brixham, and ran it for some 5 years, selling it in 2005. Since moving to Brixham, Dave has become an active member of the local community. Amongst many roles, Dave was a director of Brixham 21 Limited (a not for profit community company set up to co-ordinate the regeneration of Brixham) (2005-2009), Chairman of Brixham Community Partnership (2008-2014), Chairman and Trustee of Torbay Community Partner-ship (a charity that oversees the 16 Community Partnerships in Torbay) (2012-to date). Over the last 4 years Dave has helped his wife in running the highly popular Brixham Fish Market Tours. In 2009 he became a trustee and vice-charirman of the Community Care Trust (South Devon).


    Peter McCann

    Peter McCann Has a strong interest in Charity developments, he is a business coach (operated as a Growth Accelerator coach for SMEs in Devon) and a Charity CEO coach.

    Has worked for multi-nationals and also as a self-employed coach and mentor. Be-fore moving to Devon, was an employment adviser to St Albans Council and a local college, ran a successful career recovery service for senior executives, and a coaching service for young graduates and school leavers.

    Peter has a keen interest in learning disabilities and charitable activities.

    Peter joined the St Loye’s Foundation Board of Trustees in April 2015.