Meet Swan Advocacy’s Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees work with the leadership team to maximise Swan Advocacy’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:


Our Trustees

Ken Howard

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Ken joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 after an extensive career in local government spanning operational and strategic management in a number of areas including social services, IT and property services. He has substantial experience of project/programme management and organisational and service development.

He holds a qualification in social work and an MA in Public and Social Administration. In his spare time he enjoys DIY construction projects, classic cars and attending the theatre.

Our Trustees

Alan Guyver

Chair of the Finance, Risk and Income Generation Sub-committee

Alan chairs the Finance, Risk and Income Generation sub-committee of the Board. This sub-committee oversees our finance and income generation departments.

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.

Our Trustees

Peter Curbishley


Peter has a background in rural development and regeneration and has worked in a variety of management posts. He has qualifications in management, marketing and town planning.

Aside from his involvement with Swan Advocacy, he is a trustee of Wessex Community Action and is a member of the Salisbury Amnesty and Compass groups. His interests include music and economics.

Our Trustees

John Leyden


John joined as a Trustee in the summer of 2019.
He recently retired after 37 years in the NHS,working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with special interest in treatment resistant depression.
John will be working with SWAN's safeguarding team.

John is a keen photographer, hosts a hospital radio show, enjoys music, cricket and travel and spending time with his wife, Hannah, and son and daughter.

Our Trustees

Claire Tough


Claire has a background in Social Housing and experience of working for an Arms Length Management Organisation and local authority. Her areas of expertise include Strategic Leadership; Change Management; Housing Management including tenancy management & enforcement; income recovery; empty homes management and customer services as well as housing for older people.

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 is a keen networker and has connections and partnerships with statutory, voluntary and support agencies across the industry which help her deliver outstanding services to tenants and communities.

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 (which supports the elderly and terminally ill to remain in their home with their pets).