Our Trustees


 Irene Kohler – Chair

Irene has nearly 40 years' experience as a manager. She worked for many years in adult education facilitating access to education for older people, people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities and people with mental health issues. Irene is a qualified teacher and has an MSc in Human Resource Development. 

In 2007 she joined the Board of Swan Advocacy which she has chaired for the past five years.

Irene works independently with advocacy charities. She has been nominated  for the Salisbury Area Board’s Older People’s Champion and represents Swan Advocacy at the Health Select Committee of Wiltshire Council.

Alan Mitchell

Alan started his career in the Civil Service holding a variety of administrative, management and training posts. Prior to leaving the civil service and joining the private sector, Alan became involved in the implementation of major IT systems and organisational change. His private sector career has developed from implementing technology to helping organisations define strategy, plan implementation and manage change.   Alan has extensive line management experience and project/programme management experience. He is currently working with a company specialising in organisational health. 


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Liz Garrett

Prior to retirement in 2010, Liz worked for 40 years in a number of roles in Local Authorities, the Civil Service and national and local voluntary organisations.  Liz was a front line social worker and then moved on to management roles concerned with service and policy development. 

Liz's areas of expertise and experience span: activity to reduce the impact of poverty and disadvantage, children’s rights, support to vulnerable parents and families, organisational change and partnership working across public services and the voluntary sector.

Since retirement, Liz has been involved in voluntary work as the Chair of Trustees for a local organisation working with parents and families and as a research and campaigns co-ordinator at Mendip CAB.

Peter Curbishley

Peter has worked in a variety of management positions and has considerable experience of grant funding having been involved in several hundred projects totalling some £70 million.  He has a masters degree from the University of the West of England and post graduate diplomas in marketing; management and town planning.  He was chair of the Salisbury Amnesty group for 10 years and is Chair of Wessex Community Action.


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Ken Howard




Ken Howard

Ken has over 37 years working in social care, in three local authorities and began his career in social work with a belief that if we could help and protect the vulnerable, the less fortunate and the disenfranchised we could create a better society for new generations.

Ken first worked with all client groups and later concentrated on mental health and children and family work. He then moved into management, but continued his involvement in casework and also worked on developing and improving a range of community and professional services. 


Alan Guyver

 During his career Alan has been involved in teaching (Economics, Accounts, Mathematics) for 30 years in several schools in Somerset and Essex. In recent years he has worked in financial advice for an American company and as finance officer for a small publishing company. Alan lives in Somerset and is married with two children who have embarked on their own careers and started families.