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.
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’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 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.
Sir William Fittall
William Fittall grew up in Dover. After university he joined the Home Office and spent 27 years in Whitehall. His civil service career included two spells in the Northern Ireland Office, one in the Cabinet Office and a year at the ENA in Paris. Three times a private secretary to ministers he did a wide range of policy and programme delivery jobs in relation to crime reduction, counter terrorism, intelligence, criminal justice, the voluntary sector and the Northern Ireland peace process. In 2002 he was appointed Secretary General to the General Synod and Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. He was knighted at the end of 2015 following his retirement.
He and his wife, who have two sons and three granddaughters, now spend a good deal of their time Saltwood (where he is a Reader and relief organist at the parish church). He chairs the Folkestone Rainbow Centre- a charity established by the Folkestone churches to meet social need in Shepway- and a village charity in Saltwood which runs eight almshouses and the village hall. He is a member of the English Baroque Choir.
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 is the Chief Executive of Crossways Community a mental health charity based in West Kent.
Before that he 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.
Victoria Pomery has worked in the arts all her life. In 2002 she was appointed as the founding Director of Turner Contemporary to develop an arts organisation in Margate as part of a strategy of cultural-led regeneration. Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has welcomed more than 3.5million visits. Victoria is responsible for the artistic and strategic vision of the organisation. In 2012, Victoria was awarded an OBE for services to the arts. Victoria is Vice-Chair of the Cultural Transformation Board in Kent and a Kent Ambassador.
A qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience, initially in audit practice, and then across a range of sectors including the food industry, construction and manufacturing, most recently in Finance Director roles. Catherine is currently working for a print group as their Chief Strategy Officer. Catherine has previously been a Trustee of ellenor (hospice care) in Gravesend, where she also chaired the Finance & Investment Committee.
CEO of Kent based charity with over 20 years’ experience in the sector. Gurvinder works extensively across Kent in partnership with both voluntary and statutory sectors to promote community cohesion and to eliminate discrimination. He has a breadth of knowledge around developing innovative events for diverse communities, leading on community issues, and providing support to those in need.
Gurvinder also sits on a number of strategic boards including County Chair of the Independent Police Advisory Group for Kent, Vice Chair of the Kent Police and Crime Panel (Independent Member), Trustee Citizens Advice North and West Kent, Vice President of KALC (Kent Association Local Councils), School Governor and South East Area Council Member for Arts Council England.
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.
Brigadier (Retd) John Meardon DL
John served in the Royal Marines from 1965-1998. He was Receiver General, Canterbury Cathedral from 1998-2016. He is Chairman of Canterbury Choral Society. President of the Royal Marines Association, Canterbury, and the Herne Bay Sea Cadets. Chairman of Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and Chairman Royal Marines Heritage Trail, Deal.