MIKE DONNELLY (Chairman)
Mike retired in 2008 after a long career in the rail industry which included working as technical director for W S Atkins on the Channel Tunnel which subsequently led to his appointment as Director of Railway Operations for Eurotunnel. He returned to Atkins in 1997 as Managing Director of Atkins Rail's Control and Systems Division, recently acquired from British Rail, successfully integrating it into the rest of the business, doubling its size and improving its performance.
In 2003 Mike was invited to join Balfour Beatty to help establish a professional services business within the group and helped to grow this business from nothing to over three hundred people before his retirement.
Mike is married to Claire and they have one grown up daughter. He lives in Elham and his interests are gardening, rugby, walking and reading.
Since November 2009 Mike has worked as a volunteer gardener for the FIFTH Trust at their day centre at Barham. He was invited to join the Trust in November 2010 and was appointed Chairman in November 2013.
JON WORRALL (Treasurer)
Jon qualified as a management accountant in 1973 having graduated with an accounting degree in 1968. His early career included time with Rolls-Royce, Pirelli, and Unilever. Originally from Sheffield, he moved to Elham in 1978 and has since worked in a number of organizations in East Kent and London, which included 8 years as a lecturer at Christchurch College, Canterbury. This time also saw him graduate with an MBA from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He was also an Open University tutor for 15 years on their MBA degree programme.
Jon retired in 2011 and has since become independent examiner of the accounts of four local charities, and remains a long-standing member of the Membership Panel of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Married with 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren, Jon’s hobbies include golf, gardening, grand-dadding and football.
He joined the Trust in January 2014.
Jean lives in Bickley and has one grown up daughter. Having left school early without any qualifications, Jean returned to full time education in 1971. After qualifying as a teacher, Jean went on to gain a Bachelor of Education (Honours) Degree. She has spent the last 21 years in the teaching profession, seven as Head of Juniors at an Independent School for Girls.
Her hobbies include golf, music, theatre, English literature and learning French.
Jean joined the Trust in 1991 and served as Chairman from June 2002 to November 2013.
Andrew was born in 1949 and lives in Ticehurst, East Sussex. He obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree at Bristol University and qualified as a solicitor in 1973. He is a solicitor in private practice with Messrs Gulland & Gulland of 16 Mill Street, Maidstone, in which firm he was a partner for fifteen years and is now employed as a consultant. He has experience in dealing with Wills, Trusts capital taxation and legal matters relating to charities.
His interests include classical music, opera, bird watching, foreign travel and ancient history.
Andrew joined the Trust in 1996.
Stephen lives with his wife Eve in London and Goodnestone. His brother-in-law, Alan, lives at Greenbanks, one of the original residential homes. Stephen is chairman of the company which runs Greenbanks.
A journalist by background, he was for a number of years the BBC’s Controller of Editorial Policy where his role was to ensure that the BBC observed the highest ethical and editorial standards and continues to act as an expert adviser to the Council of Europe on media issues. He is a council member of Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity.
Since retirement from the BBC Stephen has chaired the Broadcasting Equality and Training Regulator (BETR) and served as a member of the General Medical Council and the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. He was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2006. Stephen joined the Trust in 2009.
Eve acted as legal advisor in establishing the charity in 1990, and joined the Board of Trustees in March 2013. She is the sister of a resident of Greenbanks.
Her career has seen her move from private legal practice into broadcasting regulation and beyond to a broad portfolio which has included being a member of the Gambling Commission, the Press Complaints Commission and the Better Regulation Commission. She was chair of the Internet Watch Foundation, a national charity which runs the UK’s hotline for reporting online child abuse content. She now chairs the Regulatory Board of the RICS, regulating over 200,000 Chartered Surveyors in some 140 countries. Eve also has her own international consultancy practice specialising in media law and policy. She is married to Stephen Whittle, has two adult children, and shares her time between London and Kent.
Anita Robson spent most of her career in the City as a Director of a major Lloyd’s Insurance Broker. Having for the most part worked in General Management, a role which additionally embraced more than twenty provincial offices, she latterly joined the Board of Directors of their Financial Services Company. Since finishing her long career in the City, she has helped to set up a small rural Heritage Centre where she worked as an Administrator during its embryonic stages. She joined the Fifth Trust as a volunteer in 2012. Inspired by the work of the Fifth Trust, she was enthusiastic to contribute more and in 2013, she joined the Board of Trustees.
Lesley lives in Cranbrook, Kent with her husband and they have two grown up children. She has worked for the NatWest Bank, now the Royal Bank of Scotland, since she left school, first in London followed by a transfer to the Tonbridge branch. She is currently working at the Cranbrook branch.
Her interests include classic sports cars, walking, gardening, cooking and music.
Lesley's brother Michael is a resident of Bridge House and her sister Annette is a resident of Broadstreet House. Lesley was invited to join the trust in 2013.
Sue is married to a retired police officer with two daughters. The elder, Nicola, has been living happily at Broadstreet House for almost nineteen years. Sue has two grandchildren living in Germany.
After her daughters were born Sue became a stay home Mum, doing some part time jobs. She was clerk to her Parish Council for eleven years; assistant in her village Post Office for ten years and worked in a local nursing home for seven years. She also did quite a lot of voluntary work: Secretary at her younger daughter’s school PTA, and governor at Nicola’s special school. She joined her local Mencap Society and was instrumental in setting up independent housing for adults with learning disabilities and was then asked to join Homes Foundation and a couple of other steering groups. She was involved in the running of the local Gateway Club for about fifteen years. During this time she gained two A Levels - English Literature and History and was part of a pilot OU course on learning disabilities.
Sue enjoys reading, cooking, needlework but her abiding passion is for Family History, which she has been doing for about 25 years.
Anne lives in Detling and has 3 adult children. One of her twin sons, Ian, is a resident at Valley House and she has been a Director of the FI(5) Board since 2010. Briefly she was Valley House’s representative on the FIH Board.
Anne has been involved in voluntary work since she began a playgroup for disabled children and siblings in 1966 – an innovation in those days. She worked part time in university administration and was one of the early undergraduates at the OU studying for a B.A. degree.
Returning to Kent, she enrolled at Christ Church College for a B.Ed. and taught until retirement. Whilst teaching she took an Adv. Dip Ed. (Management) and was involved in organising INSET as well as being a senior staff appraiser.
For 27 years she was very involved in the parent/staff association for the local Day Centre and was the secretary for many years. Though the day centre was closed some years ago, she is still in contact with other families and arranges social gatherings. Anne was invited to join the Trust in October 2014.
Martyn is an award-winning marketing consultant and author and longstanding Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
He began his career at the London Borough of Southwark as the authority’s Press & PR Administrator. He went on to hold posts at the Departments of Health and Social Security and the Environment, working for the Government Information Service.
Martyn relocated to Kent in 1988 to join an international PR and crisis management consultancy. He left nine years later to establish his own consultancy, Impact PR & Design Limited.
Martyn is the author of seven critically-acclaimed history and nature guides for young people, published by his own company, Out of the Box Publishing. He is married with three daughters and lives in Blean. He joined the Trust in May 2015.