At the end of 2018, Belinda Southwell stepped down from the role of Chair after 7 successful years. Angela Hughes, who supported Belinda in founding the charity in 2011 and has been a trustees since then, was appointed Chair in November 2018. Belinda has remained on the board of Trustees.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn Deverall, the newest addition to our trustee group. Carolyn is passionate about rehabilitation in the criminal justice system and brings a wealth of experience from working in law and public service. She has worked on many charitable fundraising events and also volunteers as a Samaritan. Carolyn will focus on our work with younger offenders.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Part, as our newest Trustee. Carol will be responsible for the charity's fundraising strategy and policy; she has a wealth of experience in developing national and local charity potential and securing funds. Carol is a real asset to our team and we are delighted that she has agreed to join us as a Trustee.
We are pleased to announce that we appointed two new trustees in June 2016: Sarah Gooch and Judith Squarey.
Sarah was appointed to the Bench in Wiltshire in 1991and during her time as a magistrate, worked closely with the probation service. Sarah has always been interested in promoting the care and rehabilitation of offenders and is also involved in a Wiltshire Initiative which monitors and encourages Restorative Justice in the community.
Judith ran her own physiotherapy practice for 45 years and was married to an Anglican priest for 41 years. Her husband was involved with prisons and inevitably Judith became interested through his work. Judith has worked with several other charities including Riding for Disabled and has been involved in training sessions for the Clergy.
We welcome both Sarah and Judith to our trustee team.
We are pleased to welcome Simon Petchey to our Board of Trustees. Simon replaces Juliet Cooper who was a trustee from the launch of the charity in 2011 to July 2015. Thank you to Juliet for all her support and work which included leading the two, highly successful Christmas fundraisers in 2012 and 2014. Simon has been working with the Friends for several months and knows HMP Erlestoke well as he has previously been Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board.