Meet The Trustees
Jo Trigg has been the Chair of Trustees since July 2020. She is a Wiltshire Councillor for Trowbridge including the Studley Green area as well as a governor at both the Studley Green primary and John of Gaunt secondary schools.
Studley Green is the only community in Wiltshire within the top 10% of the UK Deprivation index.
Jo was the Head of Marketing at The Consortium, one the UK’s largest suppliers of resources into schools across the UK as well as working with nurseries, care homes and local authorities. She is also a qualified workplace coach.
Pat's career has covered a range of positions, amongst which she was instrumental in setting up The National Association of Volunteer Bureaux UK.
For over 25 years she worked with her husband in one of their training companies, in schools and colleges all over Wiltshire, helping young people gain the confidence to enter the world of work and to achieve and follow their dreams. On their retirement they set up GoFish doing the same work but as a non profit making organisation.
This has now been renamed The David Baker Foundation of which Pat is the Chair.
Verena Buchanan has worked in the affordable housing sector in the south west for her entire career. She is Operations Director at Selwood Housing Group.
Verena is responsible for all Selwood Housing Group’s front-line services to customers, which includes ensuring the group’s 7,000 homes are safe and well maintained.
Georgina Brown has dedicated herself to behavioural change for over 22 years, working on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) projects with leading organisations. She is a TEDx Speaker, Head of EDI at the University of Bath, a qualified positive impact performance coach and founder of BARDO Inclusive. Graduating from the University of Bristol with a Masters degree in Strategic Management in 2006, she went on to work for Europe’s leading change management company for over 10 years. Passionate about removing barriers to success and providing access to opportunity,
Rob James is a qualified accountant and has worked in finance for a range of industries during a career spanning over 20 years. He is Financial Controller at Banner, a local leading provider of school uniform and sportswear, where he is responsible for overseeing the accounting operations and the financial and regulatory compliance of the company.
A Trowbridge resident for all his life, Rob is thrilled to be involved with a local organisation with its community focus and incredible desire shown across the team.
Colin was Headteacher at Clarendon School from 1996-2011. He is now semi-retired and working as an Education Consultant. Colin is Vice Chair of Trowbridge Town Hall Trust and a trustee of TOP UK, based in Bath. He is Chair of the Trowbridge Child Wellbeing Partnership and the Wellbeing Centre Development Group. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Colin has been involved with Trowbridge Future since the early 2000s and is secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Ali Jones is a communications professional with experience in public relations in the charity sector, local government and higher education.
Ali has also worked at South Gloucestershire Council, creating accessible information for people with learning disabilities and now works for the University of Bath as Media and PR Manager in the University’s Department of Marketing & Communications.
Ali became a Trowbridge Future trustee in 2019 and is passionate about bringing her communication skills to support and promote the charity’s projects and mission.
Margaret Howard trained as a nurse, a midwife, and a nurse teacher. Years later as Director of Nurse Education for the Bath Health District, she was able to put into practice physiology, psychology, sociology, education and management studied during an Open University degree course. From the age of 14 years, until 2 years ago, she has worked with children and young people. Since retiring she has been active in many aspects of Trowbridge life, including St James Church, Trowbridge Civic Society, Trowbridge Museum, Trowbridge Philharmonic Society, and Trowbridge Future.
Stewart Palmen worked within the electronics industry for many years and spent some time living in South East Asia. Before joining Clarendon College in Trowbridge as a teacher for 6 years.
Stewart has been a Town Councillor for the Trowbridge Central Ward for 10 years and a County Councillor for the last 4 years. He was involved in setting up the Street Pastors, rebuilding the Civic Centre and setting up the first Trowbridge independent traders market. “The Weavers Market” (Chair of the organisers group).
Tracy’s relationship with Trowbridge Future began 12 years ago as a board member.
Throughout her working life, Tracy has been driven by a desire to support young people and put youth support and activity at the centre of plans for the Arts Centre Project as she did as Director of the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge prior to this. Tracy left the Town Hall in 2019 to focus on Mental Health First Aid Training.
Tracy wanted to continue to be involved with the community and was thrilled to be able to become a Trustee of Trowbridge Future, an organisation she has always been really inspired and impressed by.
David is semi-retired, previously occupying the role of Head of Young People’s Services with Wiltshire Council. He is a Trustee and Chair of Governors of the John of Gaunt School and has retained a commitment to young people’s services by his membership of the Executive Board of the Federation for Detached Youth Work, a small national charity. With over 40 years of delivering and/or managing youth services David has gained substantial experience of finance, personnel and strategic management and was previously an Ofsted Inspector of Connexions and Youth Service