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Age UK has a Board of Trustees to monitor Age UK's strategic objectives. The Senior Directors work closely with the Trustees to carry out the day-to-day running of Age UK.

Who are our trustees?

Toby Strauss

Toby Strauss.jpgToby joined Age UK as Chair of the Board in January 2022.

Toby is the Chair of Brewin Dolphin, a wealth management firm. He served as a Trustee of Macmillan from 2013 – 2022, during which time he supported the organisation to drive significant change as it evolved its services to be ever more effective for people affected by cancer, particularly people in groups that are seldom heard. Toby also served as a non-executive director on the board of Legal & General until April 2022.

Toby has had a varied career that included digital transformation, technology, strategic consulting - including at McKinsey - and wealth management. Most recently, before shifting to a non-executive and charitable focus in his career, Toby was Group Director for Insurance and CEO of Scottish Widows, part of the Lloyds Banking Group, and UK Life CEO at Aviva.

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Martin Jones

Martin Jones, Age UK TrusteeMartin joined Age UK's Board of Trustees in March 2020.

Martin is the CEO of Home Instead Senior Care and is responsible for leading their UK operation. This experience has led to a strong interest in making a difference to the lives of other people and their families.

Martin is the Chair of Age UK's subsidiary charity, The Silver Line, and holds other trustee positions including at The Care Workers Charity, which exists to support the welfare of current, former and retired care workers, and Home Instead's dedicated charity, the Bring Joy Foundation. 

Martin sits on the board of the UKHCA, the professional association of home care providers and is an active member of Business in the Community's Age at Work leadership team, championing the role of older workers.

Martin is also a non-exec for the TSA, the voice of technology-enabled care, and is passionate about promoting technology to enhance person-centered care.

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Sharon Allen

Sharon Allen, Age UK TrusteeSharon became a trustee of Age UK in September 2017.

Sharon brings to the role over 30 years' experience of working in the voluntary, social care and supported housing sectors.

Sharon is chief executive officer of Cambridge-based Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. She was previously chief executive officer of Skills for Care, the charity that works with social care employers and other partners to create a well-led, skilled and person centred workforce and is the delivery partner of the Department of Health and Social Care.

A qualified social worker and housing professional, Sharon is also board member and chair of the Operations Committee of the CHS Group (housing association) in Cambridge.

Sharon has held a wide range of non-executive roles across the voluntary and housing sectors, including being vice-chair of ACEVO, the network for charity leaders, and a Trustee of a number of charitable organisations and housing associations.

Sharon was awarded an OBE in June 2015 for services to social care, homeless people and housing.

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Mike Dixon

Mike Dixon, Age UK TrusteeMike Dixon has been a trustee of Age UK since October 2017. Mike is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Strategic Finance Committee.

Mike has a background in finance and charity finance that enables him to bring to the Board a keen interest in strong financial governance.

Since 2008, Mike has been the finance and operations director of the Charities Aid Foundation, a charity set up to help people and businesses support the causes they care about, and to provide banking and fundraising support for charities. He is also a trustee of Future Care Capital, a charity focused on transformational work in the health and care sector.

Until recently, Mike was a trustee of Addaction, one of the UK's leading specialist drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charities. Whilst at Addaction, Mike chaired their Audit and Risk committee. He has also been a non-executive director of Surrey Community Health.

Mike is a qualified accountant and has worked with a range of major international businesses. He was previously chief executive officer of HSBC Insurance Brokers, a large international insurance broking group.

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Julia Scott

Julia Scott, Age UK TrusteeJulia joined Age UK as a Trustee in 2020.

Julia started her career as an occupational therapist in the NHS and subsequently went on to work with GPs and practice nurses on a heart attack and stroke prevention project. Having moved into social care, Julia’s career has developed across a variety of roles and in 2001 she was seconded to the Department of Health to complete policy guidelines relating to Integrated Community Equipment Services. Prior to joining the Royal College, Julia was Head of Disability Services at Kensington and Chelsea Social Services in London, managing a range of social care services.

Julia has been Chief Executive at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) since 2006.  Prior to this, she held the position of Vice-Chair of the RCOT Council.

Julia was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Brunel University in 2006 in recognition of her contribution to undergraduate Occupational Therapy education.

In March 2011, Julia was awarded a prestigious Social Care Fellowship from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). Julia is one of only six recipients of this Fellowship and the only Occupational Therapist to receive such an honour.

In March 2016, Julia was awarded an inaugural Fellowship from Skills For Care, in recognition of her leadership and support of the social care workforce.

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Roy Shubhabrata

Roy Shubhabrata, Age UK TrusteeRoy joined Age UK as a Trustee in 2020.

Roy has spent the last two decades focused on digital transformation in healthcare across Europe, North America and Asia. His interest lies is in the collaboration of government, academia, charities and providers in the adoption of innovative technologies in health and care settings.

Roy’s past experience includes leadership roles in GE Healthcare, Microsoft, the World Health Organisation, Epic and Telstra.

Roy is the Chief Executive of Healthinnova, a global healthcare consultancy. He is a Trustee of Age UK Bath and North East Somerset and chairs their Finance and Audit Committee. He is also a Governor of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and NExT Director at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

He holds degrees in mathematics, computer science, health economics and international health policy.

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Carol Cole

Carol Cole, Age UK TrusteeCarol joined Age UK as a Trustee in 2020.

Carol has worked in the field of organisation development and transformational change for over thirty years. She began her career as a psychologist in the NHS before running her own successful consultancy, applying psychology to enhance individual, team and organisational effectiveness.

Carol has worked in the public and private sectors across Europe, North America and the Middle East, from the NHS to multinationals, smaller enterprises and UK charities.

Carol is the Chair of Together for Mental Wellbeing, one of the country’s oldest mental health charities, and Vice-Chair of Central London Community NHS Trust. She is a Trustee of the RAF Museum and is a member of Council at the University of Roehampton.

Previous board appointments include Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS Trust, Vice-Chair of Deafness Research UK, a Trustee at Action on Hearing Loss and Vice-Chair of the Association of Business Psychologists. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and the King’s Fund as well as a senior associate of the National School of Government. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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Jackie Freeman

Jackie Freeman, Age UK TrusteeJackie joined the board of Age UK in May 2021 and is the Chair of the Strategic Finance Committee.

Jackie is a Chartered Accountant bringing over 30 years commercial and third sector experience having worked in the retail, hospitality and not for profit sectors.  She was formerly the Finance Director of PizzaExpress and her last senior appointment was as Executive Director of Corporate Services for the charity Marie Curie.

Jackie is also a trustee of Shape Arts and The Roundhouse Trust and chairs their Finance & HR committee and Business, Audit and Risk committee respectively.

Jackie now combines her governance roles with interim and consultancy projects in both the commercial and not for profit sectors.

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Dawn McNally

Dawn McNally.JPGDawn has worked within the Age UK network for 25 years and is passionate about making more of later life.

Dawn started her career in accountancy with Grant Thornton where she quickly became the in-house charity expert which led to her being headhunted to work for one of her charity clients, she has now worked in various charity sector roles for over 29 years.

Dawn is currently the Group Chief Executive for Age UK North Tyneside where she provides leadership to the Group which includes the charity Age UK North Tyneside and its two subsidiary companies specialising in care and housing. She represents older people as a member of the North Tyneside Cabinet, North Tyneside Health & Wellbeing Board, North Tyneside Ageing Well Board and North Tyneside Mental Wellbeing in Later Life Board.

Dawn is a Non-Executive Director and Co-Deputy Chair of the Age England Association, previously North-East Representative, and Non-Executive Director for EveryDay Homes.

Dawn believes that “Together Everyone Achieves More” and with the right support and training anyone can achieve anything. Age UK North Tyneside has been recognised for its achievements, nationally, regionally and locally, particularly during Covid-19, and most recently winning the North East Registered Home Care Manager Award at the Great British Care Awards.

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For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 169 65 65 (8am-7pm, 365 days a year).  

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Last updated: Mar 01 2022

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