Our Board of Trustees work with the leadership team to maximise SWAN’s reach and impact across the South West.
The Board sets the overall strategic direction and provides scrutiny to our processes and decisions. Trustees ensure standards of governance are upheld as well as assessing business development, risk management, performance management and internal control.
We are currently recruiting new Trustees – if you are interested in joining us find out more here.
Learn more about our current Trustees below:
Claire has a background in social housing. Her areas of expertise include strategic leadership; change management; housing management and customer services.
She’s held both strategic and operational roles and through her management of multi-disciplinary housing teams she has improved service and operational delivery. Claire has connections and partnerships with statutory, voluntary and support agencies.
Claire is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds a Practitioner Certificate in Governance. She is also a Trustee for Young Somerset and currently volunteers at the Cinnamon Trust.
Alan is our Treasurer. He has extensive experience in the education, finance and financial services sectors.
Alan and his wife live in Somerset. They enjoy spending time with their two children and four grandchildren.
In his early career Peter was trained in the R.A.M.C. as an R.M.N., Nurse Tutor, Behaviourist and in Abnormal Psychology. He left the Army after 12 years, moved to Southern Africa and changed disciplines to Industrial Psychology.
Peter was the longest serving President of the Chamber of Industries in Zimbabwe, spanning some 18 years. He returned to U.K in 2001 and worked at an executive level in Human Resources, specialising in Employment Relations until joining SWAN as a Trustee.
Lynda started her career in CRM (Customer Relationship Management) with a UK company. She became a director and worked with large organisations such as Mercury Communications, Shell and Prudential.
After working in the USA and Singapore Lynda decided to take a completely new career direction and she and her husband set up an up-market therapy and B&B business in Ireland.
Following a diagnosis of Parkinsons Disease Lynda trained and qualified to teach Clinical Pilates as an aid to dealing with the symptoms. Lynda set up a successful Pilates Studio where she specialised in helping clients with neurological problems.
Lynda is now retired from commercial and therapy work and hopes to be able to use her skills as a Trustee for SWAN.
Mahrus is currently a student at the University of Bristol.
Beyond university, Mahrus has immersed himself into the world of activism for several years. His passion for driving positive change has led to the active involvement in various causes, advocating for important social and environmental issues.
Moreover, Mahrus dedicates his time and expertise as a pro-bono consultant, offering valuable insights and guidance to local organisations.
Richard is a barrister (Kings Counsel) specialising in intellectual property. He mostly litigates patents in a range of technologies including mobile phones, pharmaceuticals and a variety of mechanical inventions.
Richard was appointed a part time criminal judge of the Crown Court in 2019 giving him a very different and judicial insight into the conduct of proceedings. He has spent much of his recent spare time building his own aeroplane which took to the skies in 2020.
He divides his time between London and the Isle of Wight.