Trustees

Governance of Whiteley Village

To ensure the money he bequeathed was used in accordance with his wishes, our Founder William Whiteley, nominated “eight trustworthy persons” to act as Original Trustees, two of whom were his sons, Frank and William.

Today, the stewardship of Whiteley’s legacy is entrusted to 11 independent, unpaid Trustees, chaired by Rod Bennion OBE and supported by Board Secretary, Barbara Wadley. The Board of Trustees administers the Trust and is responsible for the wellbeing of the community.

Rod Bennion OBE

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Rod has extensive experience across the residential property and care sectors and is passionate about providing choices in housing and care which gives respect to all.

He previously served as Group Chief Operating Officer for The Wates Group and as non-executive Chairman of Home Group, the largest housing association provider of care and housing to vulnerable people in the UK.

Rod has a long-standing commitment to the not-for-profit sector and was Chairman of St Christopher’s Hospice in south east London – the founding hospice of the modern hospice movement. He was also Chairman of The Construction Youth Trust from 2000-2014 and is a trustee of The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers Charitable Trust, which supports people with sensory deprivation.

Kate Beauchamp 

Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Kate started her career 25 years ago as a property lawyer for institutional investors and social housing providers at leading regional and City law firms, followed by a period lecturing on property, equity and trusts for the Open University. More recently, Kate moved in-house and since 2013 has been with the Mabey Group, first as Group Chief Legal Officer and currently as CEO of Mabey Holdings Limited.

Specialising in stakeholder relations, governance, risk and strategy, Kate also has extensive experience of high value property portfolio management and development. Alongside her main CEO role, Kate is a Non-Executive Director of JTC PLC and a Senior Advisor with Warwick Court Advisory Limited.

Whiteley Village is of particular interest to Kate as she is passionate about historical property conservation, having delivered several Listed Buildings projects, with a focus on sustainable and sympathetic repurposing and custodianship.

Craig Bryant

Craig started his career as a project finance lawyer at a magic circle law firm, where he got his passion for the provision and operation of infrastructure and real estate.

Subsequently he has worked in legal, commercial and governance functions across all sides of the residential equation – as owner, developer, contractor, operator and funder advisor. He has worked extensively in the purpose-built student accommodation, Build to Rent (BTR) and Co Living sectors, as well as public infrastructure, and now provides legal and commercial advice through his own advisory company.

Craig is a strong believer that the provision of safe, high quality, well-designed accommodation and amenities can significantly improve people’s daily lives and will use his experience and expertise in this area to benefit the residents of Whiteley Village.

Dr Beverly Castleton

Chair of the Care & Community Committee

Beverly’s specialist expertise is in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders which gives her experience in managing chronic disease and working with patients and carers to enable them to become experts themselves. As a Consultant Geriatrician, Beverly has encouraged the development of integrated services for Older People and those people with long-term conditions. As a Change Agent Team expert she has helped to develop the concept of Intermediate Care in the UK and lectures extensively at National Conferences on Telehealth, Telecare, Assistive Technology and IT.

Beverly has held positions in several advisory groups for the Department of Health and has been a Health Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee. She was a member of the Championing Single Assessment Process (SAP) Group, and has held posts at SEC Strategic Health Authority (SECSHA) which included an appointment as Clinical Adviser for Long Term Conditions from 2009 – 2011. Beverly was elected President of the Tele-medicine and E-Health Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2012 for one year and was recently appointed as a Clinical Advisor to SEHTA (South East Health Technologies Alliance).

Mark Henderson

Mark is Chief Executive of Home Group, with 55,000 homes under management across Scotland and England and one of the largest providers of supported housing, working with 26,000 vulnerable people in nearly 500 services. Home Group is also one of the largest developers of housing in the UK.

Mark previously ran his own business before joining Home Group, before that he had worked with the RDA as Operations Director and a variety of regeneration and economic development jobs across the country in local government, most recently as Chief Executive of one of the largest County Councils in the country. He is a former Board Member for the National Housing Federation as well as a former Chair of Homes for the North. Mark is currently a Board Member of Homes England and Chair of their Change Committee.

Mark is a `petrol-head`, and  races a Yamaha in classic motorcycle races and is a season ticket holder at Newcastle United.

Ali Kennedy

Ali is an experienced finance professional, strategist and company director working in the defence industry. She has over 30 years’ experience gained in the defence, cybersecurity, oil & gas and engineering industries including BAE Systems plc, Sophos plc, BP plc and Wood Group plc.

She holds other non-executive, trustee and committee roles including a pension fund and a further education college. She chairs the Confederation of British Industry Tax Committee, is a CBI West Midlands Council member and is on the Economic Growth Board. These roles involve regular communication with government on fiscal policy.

Ali is a past director of the UK chapter of International Women’s Forum, a global organisation advancing leadership across careers, cultures and continents. She leads on initiatives to encourage women and girls to pursue careers in the technology sector and supports STEM education in schools.

Ali holds a BSc (Hons) in Genetics from University of Aberdeen and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Outside of work, Ali is mum to a very sporty family and is a keen parkrunner and marathon runner.

Melanie Lindsay

Melanie has extensive experience of working with executive leadership and boards of medium and large organisations, and has served clients in both the public and private sectors. Her work has spanned multiple industries including financial services, media, healthcare and retailing.

With proven expertise at creating consensus amongst internal and external stakeholders, Melanie has helped deliver significant, sustainable change and greater profitability through performance and organisational improvement, strategy development and change management.

She has held senior executive roles at media giant Reuters and global strategy consultant, McKinsey & Co and worked with high profile not for profit organisations such as The Prince’s Trust’s Business in the Community programme and with the Cherie Blair Foundation.

Fiona McAnena

Fiona is a strategic marketer with thirty years’ experience, gained in brand management and innovation roles at Unilever, PepsiCo and Bupa, and as a marketing consultant and business leader with Added Value and WPP.

She has worked with a wide range of organisations and sectors, and with a multiplicity of stakeholders. Fiona is also an experienced non-executive director. Her board roles include CityWest Homes (past) and Cafedirect plc (past), British Rowing (current) and Norman Broadbent plc (current).

Fiona has a degree in Natural Sciences from St John’s College Cambridge, where she also won a rowing blue. She is still an active rower and a keen runner.

Nathan Rees

Nathan is a solicitor specialising in commercial real estate and is a Partner at Shoosmiths, a major UK law firm with over 1,500 employees. Prior to joining Shoosmiths in 2012, he spent around 10 years working for a major City-based firm.

Nathan’s role often involves advising boards and other senior stakeholders. One of his strengths, which he brings to the Trust, is analysing issues and making strategic decisions to best serve the long-term future of the charity. His natural interest in all things relating to buildings and history attracted him to the Trust, as well as the opportunity to support such a worthwhile cause.

Nathan has three teenage children which take up much of his “spare” time and is also a keen cyclist.

Robbie Young

Robbie is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAS, CA) currently working in the UK’s largest municipal bus company, but his previous experience includes large charities and university. Robbie comes from an audit background and has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors and industries, including many well-known charities in Edinburgh.

Trustee Responsibilities

The Trustees are responsible for preparing the Trustees Report, which incorporates the Strategic Report, and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the Trustees to prepare financial statements for each financial year in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (United Kingdom Accounting Standards and applicable law).

Under company law the Trustees must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the group and charity and of the incoming resources and application of resources, including the income and expenditure, of the group for that period.

In preparing these financial statements, the Trustees are required to:

  • Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently
  • Make judgements and accounting estimates that are reasonable and prudent
  • State whether applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements
  • Prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the charity will continue in business.

The Trustees are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the charity’s transactions. They must disclose with reasonable accuracy, at any time, the financial position of the charity and ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006.

They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

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