Meet Our Mentors

Brigadier (Retd) Nick Baveystock DL

Nick is the Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers: a global charity with over 95,000 members;  and Vice Chair of Thomas Telford Ltd, the ICE’s commercial trading company.   He is a trustee of Engineering UK, Chair of Mid Kent College Training Services, and a Governor of Mid Kent College.  He has in the past been a trustee of the Institution of Royal Engineers, and a Non Executive Director of the CIC Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

Nick has extensive experience of running charities both big and small; and has dealt personally with many of the governance, financial and leadership challenges that charities face on a day to day basis. 

He has a long association with Kent and Medway, having  served as a Royal Engineer in the British Army for over 25 years finishing his service as Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham. 

Pim Baxter OBE

Pim Baxter is an accomplished senior leader with over 30 years executive experience of strategic leadership in the arts, heritage and the creative industries.

Pim has recently stepped down from the National Portrait Gallery after twenty-two years, since 2008 as Deputy Director. She began her career in the Arts with the mid-scale touring opera company, Kent Opera, and spent nine years in senior marketing and fundraising roles at the National Theatre.

As well as an arts adviser, mentor and coach, Pim’s non-executive roles include being a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at St Paul’s Cathedral and a Governor of the Cathedral School. She is also a Board member of Central School of Ballet.

Pim lives near Faversham in Kent and has a range of local interests. She is the Patron of the Alexander Collection, a year-long exhibition of work by local artists and is the Chair of Faversham Counselling Services, For some years she has been a Governor at MidKent College of further and higher education, and she is a Kent Ambassador.

This year she became a Trustee of Strawberry Hill House and Garden, near Twickenham.

Pim was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours for services to the Arts.

Louise Bryant JP DL

Louise is currently studying for an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management at Bayes Business School and has previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as a Barrister.  Louise has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 30 years in a variety of roles.  She is currently a trustee of North West Kent Citizens Advice and has previously volunteered as an advisor.  Louise currently sits as a magistrate in the Adult Criminal Courts and on the Family Panel and has had a variety of leadership roles in the magistracy including as the magistrate member of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee.  Louise is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.  

Deborah Cartwright

Deb has worked in the social sector for 30 years from supporting people in need and running multi-site operations in London to acting as the CEO for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service in Kent. She holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and delivers coaching, mentoring, training and consultancy via her company SociaLed

Marion Dinwoodie

Marion’s whole career has been based on all elements of health and social care both locally and nationally.  Her last position was that of Chief Executive of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Since retiring Marion has become a business advisor and mentor to a number of charitable organisations and small businesses supported by the Kent and Medway Business Fund and The Kent Foundation.

She is President of Friends of the William Harvey Hospital and is a trustee and Vice Chair of the Ashford, Wye and District Branch of the University of the Third Age.  She is also Programme Coordinator of the Rotary Club of Ashford, and a Kent Ambassador.

Rosemary Dymond DL

Rosemary has worked for Kent Education for over 40 years , 27 of them as Headteacher . She is involved with many Kent initiatives and is a Trustee of several county organisations . As a Parish Councillor and Area Chairman of KALC , community involvement is a priority in her portfolio . Though an active trustee of several charities in the county she is especially involved with her patronage of Diversity House . This large and successful Kent charity promotes integration , social inclusion and cohesion ; it has won various awards for its successful mentoring and training programmes to provide opportunities for employment for those less advantaged .

Stephen Elsden

Stephen Elsden has over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. Before joining Compaid as CEO in 2009, he was in charge of service marketing for Leonard Cheshire Disability. He was a founder of Professional Fundraising magazine which he edited in the early 1990s before moving on to the British Red Cross to co-ordinate their publishing and above and below the line marketing. Stephen has written and spoken extensively on charity issues in the UK and internationally.

Stephen is a former Trustee of both the Institute of Fundraising and the Small Charities Coalition, and has served on many other charity Boards throughout his career. He is currently a Pilotlighter and through that scheme is working with a charity in the West Midlands.

Eva Jolly

Eva is an experienced senior leader with over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary and not for profit sector predominantly in the social care field.  With extensive experience in strategy, team development and change management within large national/international charities including: The Children’s Society, National Deaf Children’s Society and Carers Trust. Eva has also held a Trustee position at Demelza Children’s Hospice in Kent. Eva holds a Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), is a member of ILM, and a member of the Association for Coaching. In addition, Eva holds a MA in Social Work, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, DMS, Prince 2 qualified and is a NLP practitioner.

Eva currently works independently as a leadership coach and mentor where she specialies in supporting charity and public sector leaders to reach their full potential. Eva has previously been a mentor for a national multi agency charity mentoring programme and values the benefits that mentoring brings to both the mentor and the mentee.

Having lived in Kent for over 30 years and after a long and established career in charity leadership, Eva is passionate about utilising her experience and knowledge to support charity leaders in Kent.

Chris Munday

Chris is the Chief Executive of the Rockdale Housing Association in Sevenoaks. 

He was previously CEO of Cossways Community, a mental health charity, and before that spent over twenty years as a partner of a law firm in the City of London providing property development and governance legal advice to housing associations and charities. Within the firm he was also responsible for leading and developing the firm’s social responsibility role, especially around improving access to the legal profession for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

He has been a trustee of Golding Homes, a Maidstone based housing association; of Crofton Schools Multi Academy Trust and his local nursery school.  He is currently Chair of trustees for his local church. 

He holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School, City University.

Robert Shanahan

Robert is Chief Executive of Aspens, a charity helping young people and adults with a range of disabilities and complex needs, as well as those on the autism spectrum. 

Starting out as a registered nurse for people with a learning disability, he has worked in this field in many parts of the UK for over 30 years, and in organisations including charities, local authorities, private companies, and the NHS. Robert has a daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Victoria Wallace DL

After 15 years with the Diplomatic Service, Victoria was the Chief Executive of Leeds Castle for ten years and then Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for six.  She has recently become the Under treasurer (CEO) of Middle Temple.   She is active in heritage and youth charities.