Philip May, Chair of Trustees is a solicitor with 30 years’ experience specialising in commercial litigation, insolvency and business breakdown. He is a consultant and former partner with leading regional law firm TLT LLP. Now Philip's legal practice is focussed on work as a mediator or arbitrator in relation to the resolution of commercial disputes.
In 2009 Philip collaborated closely with Tim Lloyd-Yeates in setting up Alive! and did much of the associated legal work. Since the outset he has been Chair of the Board of Trustees and has remained involved in the day to day running of the charity throughout.
Liz Hughes worked in adult mental health for Warwickshire Social Services Department and also taught psychology in further and higher education. She moved to the voluntary sector to work in development and training for Rethink.
Liz believes in the joy and interest Alive! brings to those in residential care should be the norm for a civilized society.
Phil Hughes started work as a structural engineer but soon moved into occupational health and safety. He chaired the National Examination Board (NEBOSH), was President of IOSH in 1990/91 and a Director and Trustee of RoSPA for over eight years until 2010. Phil received an MBE for services to Health and Safety in 2005.
Catherine is a qualified Occupational Therapist and Student Educator who has been an Alive! Trustee since 2009.
She currently works in adult mental health on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Areas of experience include working with older people, supporting people who live with a learning disability and a mental health diagnosis, and psychiatric intensive care.
Catherine is a strong advocate for older people, believing that our health and well-being are directly linked to our occupational engagement; everyone, regardless of age, should have access to meaningful, interesting and stimulating activities.
Following a career in social work and social care management, Ken retired in 2008. He became a volunteer organiser with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Programme) setting up a range of volunteer schemes in care homes and sheltered housing units. He has extensive experience of working with care homes, both professionally and with volunteer programmes for RSVP. He is also a school governor, a trustee for a local advice centre and has undertaken advisory/mentoring work for several national charities in Bristol.
Andrew Wood is a chartered accountant, who has worked as a Finance Director for over 15 years in a number of sectors, including the Care sector for the last 3 years, and currently with a national domiciliary care business which covers specialist dementia care. He has also acted as a charity Trustee for over 20 years and is currently Chairman of Trustees of a charity working with prisoners and ex-prisoners.
Suzy Webster has a professional background of Social Work and Dementia Care. She currently works as the Programme Officer for My Home Life Cymru, a project that highlights good practice in care homes for older people in Wales. She has been an Age UK Expert by Experience for 7 years, a role that involves accompanying the Care Quality Commission on inspections of care homes, hospitals and Domiciliary Care Agencies.
Suzy has a heart for care homes with a particular interest in supporting the quality of life for those who live, visit and work in them. She opted out of the usual toddler groups with her second child choosing to watch her daughter light up the lounge in a local care home bringing joy to the residents there. Suzy is an advocate for multi-generational work informed by living with her Mum, Dad, husband and two children in Chepstow.