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Our trustees

This is our board of trustees.  We currently have two vacancies on the board and would welcome applications especially if you have a background in media or marketing or an academic background related to care.

People with experience as carers would also be very welcome.

Keith Richards, chair of board of trustees

Keith richards 2

Keith worked in the electronics and defence sectors early in his career, coming to live in Dawlish and work in Exeter for South West Water in 1989, initially as Chief Accountant and latterly as Director of Regulation.  On retirement in 2010, he became a Shared Lives Trustee.  Keith is married with a daughter, son and grand-daughter.  He is a Teignmouth Harbour Commissioner and occasional tennis player

Sue Joseph, vice chair of board of trustees

Sue Joseph

When did you become a trustee? 
2009

Why did you want to be a trustee with Shared Lives South West?
I had the time following retirement, and the skill set and felt I could usefully contribute to the great work that Shared Lives South West does.

Tell us about the experience and skills you bring into the organisation.
I started my career on a one year job in a psychiatric hospital , and then spent time dealing directly with the public with the Department of Work and Pensions.  Later I became involved in operational, financial and strategic work at all levels.

Tell us a bit about you as a person.
I have lived in the South West for over 20 years.  I am now retired but volunteer for a number of organisations.

Tell us three words that sum you up.
Resilient, resourceful and robust.

Louise Beard, trustee

Louise Beard

When did you become a trustee? 
September 2014

Why did you want to be a trustee with Shared Lives South West?
I was interested in a voluntary role where I could use my business skills to give something back.  It was suggested by a colleague.  I love the values and vision of the organisation.

Tell us about the experience and skills you bring into the organisation.
I have worked in social housing for 24 years. I have knowledge about care and support, financial and business management and performance management.  I am a nominated individual with CQC in my own professional role which is very relevant to SLSW.

Tell us a bit about you as a person.
I live in Cornwall and breed Maine Coon cats, and have 16 at home!  I enjoy NFL and try to get to a game in the USA every few years.  I have worked with the GB Paralympic Archery team.

Tell us three words that sum you up.
Driven, supportive and organised

Edward Jackson, trustee

Edward Jackson

When did you become a trustee? 
July 2015

Why did you want to be a trustee with Shared Lives South West?
I was introduced to the organisation by a colleague, and was impressed with the team’s professionalism and saw remarkable people achieving remarkable things.

Tell us about the experience and skills you bring into the organisation.
I have a financial and commercial background which I hope will contribute to the organisation’s success. I have chaired the regional strategy board  of the Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Wales, and am a member of the Charities faculty.   I retired from the Pennon Group in 2014 where I was Group Financial Controller.

Tell us a bit about you as a person.
My hobbies are sailing and travel.  We have a grown up son who lives in Holland.

Tell us three words that sum you up.
Team player, focussed and results oriented.

Janet Regan, trustee

Janet Reagan

When did you become a trustee? 
September 2011

Why did you want to be a trustee with Shared Lives South West?
I was the lead commissioner for the Shared Lives service for Devon, so knew Shared Lives South West well.  When I retired I wanted to be able to volunteer for an organisation I felt was doing great work.

Tell us about the experience and skills you bring into the organisation.
I worked for Devon County Council for many years as an operational and commissioning manager prior to retiring, so can bring the care management and commissioning perspective of the local authority purchasers. I am also a trustee of VOCAL, a local advocacy service which is very relevant to the work that Shared Lives does.

Tell us a bit about you as a person.
I like to travel and have been doing some long trips to various parts of the world since retiring.

Tell us three words that sum you up.
Practical, committed and knowledgeable

Cheryl Lewis, trustee

cherylWhen did you become a trustee? 
July 2015

Why did you want to be a trustee with Shared Lives South West?
I have a passionate interest in supporting people to live their lives well through personalised services.

Tell us about the experience and skills you bring into the organisation.
I have previous experience of managing business support services in the social care within the local authority, and supporting small third sector organisations as a freelance consultant.  My specialisms are project management and HR.

Tell us a bit about you as a person.
I enjoy meeting people and travel and I am an avid reader.

Tell us three words that sum you up.
Committed, interested and energetic.

Julia Bell, trustee

Julia Bell

When did you become a trustee? 
I was co-opted in February 2013 and formally joined the board in September 2013.

Why did you want to be a trustee with Shared Lives South West?
I wanted to get involved in local community organisations having moved back to Devon, and really liked the concept of Shared Lives and the energy of the organisation.

Tell us about the experience and skills you bring into the organisation.
I have a business background in senior management within large financial organisations This usually involved managing widely dispersed teams, so people management and motivating staff would be something I can offer to Shared Lives South West, as well as a business perspective and my experience as an executive coach.

Tell us a bit about you as a person.
I went to school in Torquay, and am pleased to be living back in my home town!

Tell us three words that sum you up.
Strategic, people focussed, confident.