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Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Shadow Trustee

Ashley Smith

Shadow Trustee

I was born in Ipswich and have lived in Suffolk most of my life. A graduate of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, my career has developed from working as a police officer with the West Midlands Police to working in education within Suffolk.

Since moving back to Suffolk I had the desire to get more involved in my local community and that’s how I came to be a shadowing trustee for Community Action Suffolk, through the Young Leadership Project. I think it is important that trustee boards reflect the diversity of their community.

Having been appointed a shadowing trustee it has proved to be a fantastic experience so far and I am passionate about building a future for myself as a trustee and engaged member of the community.

Ben Matthews

Ben Matthews

Ben is a finance professional with a wealth of experience gained in the commercial insurance sector. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the financial services division of a major accountancy practice, he moved into industry. Also a Chartered Insurer, he has worked with various organisations across the Lloyd’s and London insurance markets, including senior positions at several Lloyd’s Syndicates. These roles have covered a variety of areas ranging from operational to commercial and strategic decision making.

An advocate of the important social benefits of insurance, Ben is also committed to the development of strong and engaging community and voluntary sectors. He has previously been involved in community volunteering projects in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and has taken part in professional mentoring schemes.

Ben is a keen nature enthusiast and enjoys walking and other outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

Brian Parrott

Brian Parrott

Brian has lived in Suffolk since he moved here in 1985 initially to be Assistant Director of Social Services for Suffolk County Council with responsibility for Ipswich, and later Deputy Director across the county. Subsequently he was Director of Social Services in Surrey and three other local authorities, Chair of an NHS Primary Care Trust and Chair of Suffolk Family Carers, and more recently has been a Non-Executive Director of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Brian is currently Independent Chair of a London Borough Safeguarding Adults Board, a Trustee of Suffolk User Forum (the mental health charity), and continues to be involved with national policy developments through the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

Brian has a longstanding commitment to advancing the voice of people who use services across Health and Social Care and learning from people’s experiences. Equally he is passionate about the need for Councils, NHS and the rich diversity of voluntary and community organisations in Suffolk to work together for people of all ages and to be innovative about opportunities & developments. For CAS he brings a history of good relationships with people across services and organisations in Suffolk, and valuable knowledge and networks not just about Suffolk but also nationally.

John Shaw

John Shaw

John is now retired, however he continues to be kept busy in the local community. After a long career in engineering, holding a variety of managerial positions, with responsibility for quality assurance for all Crane Ltd. sites in the UK, John was also involved at national level with standards work and chairing a sector quality assurance committee.

Changing career focus, John spent time with Business Link which gave him experience of working with business sectors in Suffolk, advising on project specification and funding. He has been responsible for several projects supporting businesses in rural and disadvantaged areas of the County and is familiar with and has been involved in the approval process of both ESF and ERDF European Funding practices.

He has been active in his local communities at town and parish council and local community council and was a councillor in Stowmarket and Mayor of Stowmarket in 1989-90. John was Chair of trustees during the development and establishment of The Mix, an innovative youth hub based in Stowmarket.

John is currently Vice Chair of Stowmarket District Scout Council, which supports the local Scout movement in helping make a difference to the lives of young people.

Julie West

Julie West

Julie joined New Anglia LEP in 2013 to develop a range of support for businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. Her previous roles include Chief Executive of Tastes of Anglia, a regional food marketing group which offered bespoke business development help to the food and drink sector, and Julie was voted as a Top 100 Influential Business Leaders in Suffolk by the EADT. Other roles include Operational Director for a local business, providing strategic support on core business activities; mentor and panel member with the Princes Trust, and many years’ experience working with SMEs at both operational and strategic levels. Julie lives locally with her husband and 2 sons.

Kevin Ward

Chair of Trustee Board

Kevin Ward

Chair of Trustee Board

Kevin was born just outside Woodbridge and has lived in or around East Suffolk all his life. A former corporate banker who is now a Director of two specialist financial services companies as well as sitting as a Director or board adviser for a number of other local companies. Prior to working in the banking sector, Kevin started his work life in the hospitality sector and then in the motor trade where he worked in various roles from cleaning cars as a teenager through to running a dealership.

Within his current role, Kevin often works with companies who are either going through change, rapid growth or are in distress. Through this work, Kevin has had exposure to many sectors and various areas of business and brings a broad spectrum of skills, experience and contacts to the board of trustees. He has also been a governor of a large local primary school for a number of years and enjoyed a journey where the school has moved from a challenging situation to gaining Outstanding status from Ofsted.

Kevin is married with two children. He is a keen participant in local sports activities and clubs in Kesgrave and Woodbridge.

Lin Homer

Lin Homer

Lin is a qualified lawyer and has had a distinguished career as a leader of large, complex operational and political organisations in local and central government, including Suffolk County Council, Birmingham City Council, the Home Office, the Department for Transport and latterly, until 2016, as Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary at HMRC. Lin is also a Trustee of the Centre for Ageing Better, Stefanou Foundation and University of Birmingham.

The Baroness Scott of Needham Market - Source: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/LnJg0PR5 Author Chris McAndrew

The Baroness Scott of Needham Market

The Baroness Scott of Needham Market

Ros Scott has lived in Suffolk for over 30 years and has been elected to Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council, representing the area around Needham Market.

In 2000 she was awarded a life peerage and sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Scott of Needham Market. An active member of the Lords, she has been a front bench spokesman on transport and local government & housing. She has served on a number of Select Committees, including the 2016/17 Committee on Charities. Ros is an active advocate for the voluntary and community sector, serving on the Advisory Board of NCVO. As well as being a Trustee of CAS, Ros is also a Trustee of the Industry Parliament Trust.

Photograph reproduced from https://beta.parliament.uk/media/LnJg0PR5, author Chris McAndrew, reproduced under creative commons licence.