MEET THE TRUSTEES
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.
Annali Bamber Jones
Annali has lived and worked all over Europe. She is a Chartered HR professional through the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has developed a specialism working in research organisations. She is particularly interested in work-life balance which she made the focus of her research during her masters degree in Human Resource Management 2018. Before this, Annali was an environmentalist, working for a number of conservation organisations such as WWF European Policy Office. Since then, she has always been interested in the interactions between the environment, the economy and social need and cultural values. She took a career break in 2003 and worked as a professional yacht skipper. Whilst she misses the sea, Wiltshire is now very much her home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebecca has worked in various roles within Wiltshire Council since leaving school, most recently having a focus on supporting communities to thrive, provision of services for care experienced young people, and specialist education and residential provision. Rebecca is also a Chair of Governors for a Trowbridge primary school and is the link governor for Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding. Through her employment and voluntary roles, Rebecca has experience of working with, and for, grant and charitable funded organisations.
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).
Jo is a Wiltshire Councillor for Trowbridge including the Studley Green area as well as a Governor at both Studley Green Primary and the 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 of 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 a qualified workplace coach
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