We are fortunate in having a broad mixture of Trustees with people with knowledge of large and medium sized voluntary organisations as well as disabled people able to draw on their personal experience and expertise in leading the organisation.  We meet bi-monthly and receive up to date reports about the financial situation and organisation’s activities as well as set the strategic direction of CIL.

We have up to 12 trustees a third of whom are elected for a 3 year period at the AGM each year. 75% of the Trustee Board must be disabled people.  We are committed to making our meetings as accessible as possible and reimburse all costs to attend. We are happy to assist in arranging transport, if necessary.

Sue Denmark : Chair

Sue has a long experience of working in social care, and more recently health.  She has experience of setting up new projects, obtaining funding/fundraising, recruiting and supporting volunteers, recruiting and managing paid staff, publicity, working with the media, managing redundancies, project management and re-organisation.   Sue has been a trustee for several organisations including Relate, Avon Youth and has in the past, served as Chair of Carers Support Wiltshire and Bradford on Avon Leg Club. Sue loves working with people and setting up projects in the community and she is passionate about person-centred/personalised care and supporting people to achieve the things in life that are important to them.

Robert Dickenson: Treasurer 

Robert DickensonRobert started his career as a Farm Manager in Southern England and is now a Management Accountant specialising in charity finance.  He has ten years’ experience of working in the charity sector; firstly, with Concern Worldwide in Ireland dealing with overseas development and humanitarian aid to 30 of the world’s poorest countries.  More recently as the Head of Finance and Operations for a Frome based charity – Action on Disability and Development – which promotes the needs of disabled people in 8 developing countries in Africa and Asia.  Robert has recently finished a 12 month assignment with the Wiltshire based training provider – The Learning Curve.  He has Master’s degrees in Development Finance from Reading University and Rural Development from University College Dublin.

Brian Hollands: Trustee

Brian Hollands

Brian spent most of his working life in the water industry mainly on the contracting side of the business. From this he has had experience in managing projects, controlling budgets and procurement and hopes this experience will be able to be adapted to be of use to the committee.  Having managed his late mother-in-law’s direct payments to allow her to employer carers he hopes this knowledge will be useful in assisting new clients to direct payments.

Geoff Woollan: Trustee

Geoff WoollanGeoff has recently retired from a career in local government social work in London and Hampshire. For the past 15 years he worked as a service commissioner for Hampshire Adult Services commissioning services for people with physical, neurological and sensory disabilities. A former vice chairman of Carers UK, also a school and college governor he has worked as a trustee/governor within the voluntary sector both nationally and locally in Hampshire and now Wiltshire. A committed advocate of the principles and practice of user led governance and management, he lives by the concepts of user led independence, choice and control as delivering the best future for each and every individual in society.

Carol Shirley: Vice Chair

Carol worked for Wiltshire CIL for 3 years before taking retirement.  In the past she worked in the Australian Public Service for 21 years and studied for a Batchelor of Business in Accounting.  Carol is also a qualified teacher.  Currently Carol volunteers in a local charity shop and is Treasurer for another local charity, as well as being Secretary of the Residents Committee where she lives.

Pat Putland: Trustee

Pat has been involved with Riding for the Disabled since 1974 and has served on group, county and national committees.  She is also involved with the carriage driving group, Devizes PHAB and Urchfont Workers’ Education Association (WEA).  Pat enjoys all committee work and discussions, and gets great satisfaction when problems can be resolved.