Board of Directors
Tony Hopkins - Chair of the Board
Tony has worked in the financial services sector since 1983 but took a sabbatical in 2007 which prompted him to leave the world of business and dedicate his time to working with older people.
As well as providing his expertise to the Board, Tony is actively involved with older people in his local community and helps organise events and volunteers as a driver. He became the Age Concern Hampshire Village Agent for Crondall and Ewshot in 2011
In his spare time he enjoys cycling, golf and squash.
Dr Colin Godber - Vice Chair
Colin has lived in Hampshire since 1971 and has been instrumental in the development of mental health services for older people in and around Southampton, with emphasis on treating and supporting patients and their families at home.
Retired in 2005, Colin provides advocacy between the NHS, local authority and voluntary services, for a fairer system for the funding of social care and a more compassionate approach to care near the end of life.
Colin has three sons and six grandchildren and enjoys reading and keeping fit.
Jeff Wearing - Vice Chair
Jeff originally trained as an Electronics Engineer with the Ministry of Defence, he then spent the next 20 years working in the commercial Telecommunications sector. For the past 9 years he has been a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Hampshire
Hospital which recently became part of Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust and now includes Basingstoke and Andover hospitals. During this time he has focused on care of older people together with the quality and safety of services. He has also been a Trustee of Hope for Tomorrow which raised money to provide Mobile Chemotherapy Units to the NHS which allows patients to be treated closer to home.
Jeff has lived in North and Mid Hampshire for the past 30 years, in his spare time he enjoys motorcycling, boating, DIY and being with his family.
Janet moved to Hampshire in 1982 and spent her professional life teaching in a wide variety of schools, culminating in a successful primary headship in North East Hampshire from 1994 to 2011.
Since her retirement in 2011, Janet has channeled 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 joined the Board of Age Concern Hampshire in 2012 and has a particular interest in day care.
Her hobbies include Salsa dancing, gardening, wildlife and travel.
Ian is the Senior Director of Bates Solicitors where he specialises in Commercial Law and Asset Management. He is also a trustee of Odiham Cottage Hospital.
He is married to Ester - a careers adviser at Peter Symonds College and a magistrate - and they have four grandchildren.
Having recently retired as a rugby referee, Ian now enjoys the more passive pleasures of watching sports in his spare time.
Graham worked for fifteen years in the City of London for BT and went on to manage the Telephone Exchanges in Cosham and Chichester. Graham then had various management roles within BT including Quality, Training and Security.
Graham left to become a Chiropodist in 1992 and qualified 2 years later and has been self employed since then. He has been the Chairman of his local group of Chiropodists, Southern Chiropodists and Foot Health Professionals, for the last 15 years and regularly meets at the Lockswood Day Care Centre.
Graham became a Trustee of the Day Centre in 2014.
He has 2 sons and 2 step daughters and has been married for nearly 3 years. At the weekends he enjoys walking around the countryside and riding his bike.
Fiona spent over 13 years in the retail sector, from running the UK’s largest men’s formalwear hire business to an International business manager, specialising in partnerships and franchise management. Upon leaving the retail sector, a move into the charity sector managing charity shops and business development for charities and not for profit social enterprises means that Fiona has a wide variety of skills including procurement, retailing, fundraising, strategic planning, partnerships and direct marketing.
Fiona enjoys travelling (when work allows) sewing and gardening.
Dave has spent 30 years working for NatWest/RBS and was a Senior Relationship Manager for 10 years in the Charities & Not for Profit Team in London. Here he looked after a broad range of charities with a specialism in Social Enterprises & lending to the sector. On leaving the bank Dave went to work for the Social Investment Business as the Head of Investments. SIB managed a number of government funds and he gained first hand experience of dealing with the civil service.
Dave has been a self-employed consultant since 2010, working within the financial services sector at a number of different banks. He has also spent time working at Big Issue Invest where he was an Investment Director looking after an existing portfolio of clients as well as generating new business.
Outside of work Dave is married to Helen and they have four daughters. His interests include cycling and he is also a season ticket holder at Bristol Rovers.
Maggie had a first career as a consultant in the field of commercial analytics within the pharmaceutical and vaccine sector.
In 2013 she studied for a master degree in Gerontology to further her long term interest in older age. That interest, in part, has developed through involvement in the care of her parents and aunt. Maggie now plans an "encore" career continuing her academic study in Gerontology.
She also enjoys those key activities for older age: connecting with family and friends, keeping fit and good nutrition.
After working for nearly 10 years in BT managing contact centres, Helen left in 2000 to become a Management Consultant.
Her roles since then have been varied and have taken her to some far flung places including Kabul and China.
Most recently Helen has delivered Organisational Transformation for Oxford County Council and projects at Bristol City Council and the new West of England Combined Authority.
Helen is married to Andy, she has two daughters and three stepsons as well as two dogs and the house is rarely quiet!