Vitalise Board of Trustees
Vitalise is governed by a board of volunteer trustees. It is the role of the Board to work with senior managers to determine strategy and to ensure that the work of the organisation meets its charitable objectives effectively and efficiently. The Board is assisted in its tasks by three sub-committees: Guest Experience, Income and Market Development, and Finance, Audit and Risk. In addition, two trustees also provide portfolio leadership in the areas of people and property. Vitalise charity shops are overseen by Vitalise Enterprises, a trading company owned and operated by the charity.
- Fran Woodard
- Gavin Wright
- George Duncan
- Kirstie Galbraith
- Linda Beaney
- Mohinder (Mindy) Sawhney
- Nick Buckland
- Philip White
- Rebecca Mauger
- Richard Poxton
- Shaun Meadows
- Tim Prideaux
Fran Woodard is a Director of Strategy and Transformation in healthcare and academia in London. She works on large-scale multi-organisational transformation incorporating the enhancement of quality clinical service delivery, integrating research and clinical practice, capital and information technology solutions, income diversification strategies and the delivery of patient centred care. Fran is an experienced healthcare senior manager with a clinical background.
Fran’s favourite pastime and breaks are those that involve being outside in the fresh air in beautiful countryside
Gavin joined the Vitalise Board in 2011. He is a member of the Guest Experience committee. He is currently Director of Human Resources at Hampshire County Council and has had a varied career in both the private and public sector specialising in HR and people development. Gavin lives near Chichester on the South Coast with his partner Tara and their two children. In his spare time, Gavin is a keen rock climber, runner - and frustrated surfer!
George has been a trustee of Vitalise since 1999. He is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. He is a solicitor practising in Central London in areas including charity law.
George has three children, including twins, and lives with his family in Guildford. George’s ideal break is walking in the Scottish Borders.
Kirstie has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2007 and is chair of the Guest Experience Committee. She started her career as an Occupational Therapist before moving into general management in the NHS holding a variety of senior executive positions. Kirstie now works as an independent consultant in the health and charitable sectors.
She loves all things creative, travelling and eating out. Kirstie's favourite break is a weekend in Trevonne in Cornwall.
Linda has been a trustee of Vitalise for four years since it took over London Care Connections, of which she had been a trustee for four years. Her day job is as Chair of a firm of London residential estate agents which she started twenty years ago. Before that, she was the partner responsible for the London residential and development operation of Hamptons and for four years was Co-Chair of the Chelsea Harbour Residents Association. Additionally, Linda has for many years devoted part of her spare time to charitable causes and was formerly a director of the Hornchurch Theatre Trust and a member of the development council of Shakespeare’s Globe. In 1984 she was made a Freeman of the City of London. Linda’s hobbies include tennis, golf and the theatre. Linda likes to spend any precious quality time she can at her house in Madeira.
Mohinder (Mindy) Sawhney
Mindy joined the Vitalise Board of Trustees in 2003, becoming Chairman in September 2010. She runs her own consulting practice, advising clients in the private, public and voluntary sector on strategy, change and organisation development, both in the UK and overseas. Mindy lives in London with her husband Ben and two young children. She is also a trustee of the British Scholarship Trust, and is a keen (if haphazard) gardener and baker of cakes. Mindy’s ideal break is a day at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Nick joined the Finance & Administration Committee in 1997 and became a trustee in 1999. He has spent over 35 years as a consulting actuary and now acts as an independent trustee for pension schemes. His voluntary work has included being a church warden, a trustee of a charity supporting people with learning difficulties, a non-executive director of a national housing association and giving a day a week as a volunteer adviser at his local Citizens Advice Bureau. He is married with a daughter and two young grandchildren. Nick’s ideal break is a walk by the sea (preferably when it’s rough) in Dorset.
(Vice Chairman and Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee)
Philip joined the Board in 2009 having previously served as a committee member. He is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. He is an accountant and has worked in the finance sector for 25 years across a wide range of disciplines, specialising in risk for the past six years. Philip lives in Kent with his wife Melanie and their four children, two cats and a selection of chickens. Philip’s ideal holiday is something active and mad like climbing Everest or canoeing the Amazon - but nothing scary!
Rebecca has over 10 years’ fundraising experience at the Children’s Society, Action for Children and has been at the British Red Cross since 2003. She is a member of the Income and Market Development committee. In her current role, Head of High Value Giving, she manages the teams raising money from companies and trusts through government grants, major gifts from individuals and events. Rebecca was a voluntary sector scholarship student on the Cranfield MBA programme 2009-2010. Rebecca lives in London but she loves to get out of London and get active either walking, skiing or cycling. Her ideal break is in the Lake District walking up the hills.
Richard joined the Vitalise Board early in 2010 and is a member of the Guest Experience Committee. He has worked on the policy and development side of social care for much of his working life, most recently on a self-employed basis. He has spent much of the past few years working on issues to improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities (he is also a committee member of Dimensions). Richard lives in Twickenham with his wife, a senior NHS manager, and intends to spend more time on sporting and cultural interests. Richard’s ideal break? Always the next one! He particularly enjoys walking up Snowdon with his wife and friends.
Shaun utilises the skills and knowledge gained form an extremely successful career at Aviva, where he held roles form Chief Executive (Singapore) and Marketing Director, UK to develop business and providing marketing solutions to business.
His ideal break would be a short trip to Chamonix, either in winter for some extreme skiing or in summer for walking or mountain biking.
Tim has been a Trustee of Vitalise since 1994 so he has seen many changes! He had a 35 year career with WH Smith and then worked for Business in the Community. A magistrate for 25 years, he was on the Surrey Police Authority for eight years and is now Chairman of Surrey Crimestoppers, a Trustee of Lord Wandsworth College and Chairman of St Aubyns School near Brighton. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey. Tim has been married to his wife Di for over 40 years and has four children and six grandchildren. Tim’s ideal break is fishing - closely followed by a day at Lords!