Who's Who on the Board
Trustees – 2013/14
Malcolm Wright - Chairman
Ken Hedges - Vice Chairman
Ken has lived and worked in Hampshire all his life. Since taking early retirement, due to ill health, he has been involved in local community work. In 1997 he was elected to the Board of Trustees for Age Concern Bishopstoke, joined the Board of Age Concern Hampshire in 1998, became Vice Chairman in 2002 and Chairman in October 2005. He stood down as Chairman in 2013 and became Vice Chairman. Ken visited every one of the services provided by Age Concern Hampshire on a regular basis on public transport as he cannot drive. He also represented Age Concern Hampshire on the Assembly of Age Concern the Federation during his time as Chairman
.Colin Godber,TrusteeDr Colin Godber was born 1940. Lived in Hampshire since 1971. Helped to develop the mental health services for older people in and around Southampton with emphasis on treating and supporting patients and their families at home. Closely involved with Padwell Road Day Care Centre and its special role in the support of Alzheimer sufferers.
Retired in 2005 but served as a non executive director in the provider side of Hampshire PCT from 2006-11. Advocate for close working between the NHS, local authority and voluntary services, for a fairer system for the funding of social care and a more compassionate approach to the care near the end of life. Dr & Mrs Godber live in Winchester; she also worked in the NHS, mainly with children, and has been active for many years as a bereavement counsellor with Cruse. They have three sons and are kept busy by their five grandchildren.
Tony has worked in the financial services sector since 1983 but took a ‘sabbatical’ in 2007.With more available time, he has become deeply involved in his local community, particularly activities supporting older people.He organises events and outings, has trained as a ‘Village Friend’, volunteers as a driver for his local Neighbourcare group and became the Age Concern Hampshire ‘Village Agent’ for Crondall and Ewshot at the end on 2011.Having decided to focus his time and efforts on his voluntary work rather than return to the business world, we are very pleased Tony is joining the Board of Trustees of Age Concern Hampshire. His hands on experience of helping older people, together with his business background, will be a valuable asset to the team."
Janet was born in North Wales in 1951 and after obtaining a degree in English and Sociology from Birmingham University, began a teaching career in Birmingham schools. Following a move to Reading, Janet and her husband settled in Hampshire in 1982 and have lived here ever since.
Janet’s professional life has been spent teaching in a wide variety of schools, culminating in a successful primary headship in North East Hampshire from 1994-2011. She credits working with the local community in a positive and productive way as an essential element contributing to the success of the school. During her time as headteacher, Janet also volunteered with a number of organisations including a community pre-school and Sure Start Children’s Centre.
Since her retirement in 2011, Janet has channelled her interests in a new direction and joined the Board of Odiham Cottage Hospital Charitable Trust. The hospital is committed to being a centre of excellence for community health and wellbeing.
Janet is very pleased to be on the Board of Age Concern Hampshire and actively support its work in the community.
Rick Smith, Director
Rick started his career in the British Army (Royal Signals), where he developed a love for communications. He then worked for various new and established telecommunication companies. This was followed by a spell crewing in a non stop sailing race around the UK. After which he bought and ran a restaurant just outside Bath.
Although originally from Yorkshire, he has now settled down in Hampshire and is delighted to be working for Age Concern Hampshire. In the recent past he has worked for a variety of local and national charities, always with two main focuses; volunteering and health & wellbeing.