Trustees

Governance of Whiteley Village

To ensure that the money he bequeathed was utilised in accordance with his wishes, William Whiteley, the Village’s founder, 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 14 independent, unpaid Trustees, chaired by Rod Bennion, OBE and supported by the Governance and Compliance Officer, Jane Simpson. 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 

Kate started her career over 25 years ago as a property and construction lawyer for leading regional and City law firms, Hugh James and CMS.  This was followed by a period lecturing on property, equity and trusts for the Open University’s LLB Law degree course, and running her own legal consultancy, whilst raising her two children.

More recently, Kate moved in-house and has spent the last seven years with the Mabey Group, a specialist engineering solutions provider, first as their Chief Legal Officer and currently as CEO of Mabey Holdings Limited. During this time Kate has held responsibility for corporate governance and compliance, shareholder relations and management of the Group’s extensive property investment and development portfolio.

Kate is passionate about historical property conservation with experience of delivering several Listed Buildings projects with a focus on sustainable and sympathetic repurposing and custodianship.

Michael Berry

With qualifications in architecture and property development, Mike has spent most of his career working in the Higher Education (HE) sector – most recently at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specialises mainly in master planning, property maintenance and the delivery of capital projects and programmes.

Mike is drawn to organisations with a strong sense of history, place and purpose. He is a passionate advocate of using the built environment to improve the experience of all that use or come into contact with the estate and its services, ensuring investment is targeted to foster a strong sense of community and delivers sustainability in the widest sense.

Dr Beverly Castleton

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 and will build over 10,000 new homes of all tenures by 2022. Home Group has a turnover of some £350 million per annum and was voted the UK’s best Landlord and best Housing Association in 2014 and 2016.

Mark previously ran his own business before joining Home Group, before that 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 a `petrol-head`, and  races a Yamaha in classic motorcycle races and is a season ticket holder at Newcastle United.

Keith Hiscock

After reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University Keith started as a stockbroker in the City of London where he has been ever since. Keith is currently the Chief Executive of an equity research firm called Hardman & Co, of which he is also the major shareholder.

Keith supports three charities: SnowCamp (which takes disadvantaged inner city teenagers life skills in a completely different environment from which there are used, i.e. whilst on a skiing holiday), he is a member of the Board of Benefactors of his Oxford college and finally Whiteley of course.

Before being appointed a trustee at Whiteley Keith was a special advisor on the Fundraising and Marketing Committee and has been particularly involved in the Alms Race and offering advice on financing future developments in the Village. Outside work Keith enjoys skiing and Arts & Crafts architecture.

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.

Liz Peace

Liz Peace has more than 35 years’ experience in government and the property sector. She spent her early career in the Ministry of Defence, eventually becoming a key player in the creation of QinetiQ plc. She subsequently served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry.

Liz now has a non-executive portfolio career including at Howard de Walden Estates, RPS Group plc, and RDI REIT plc. She is Chairman of the Government Property Agency, the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Centre for London and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. Most recently, Liz was appointed Chairman of the Shadow Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

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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