Meet our trustees
Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector is governed by a Board of Trustees of up to twelve members who meet six times per year and are responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the organisation. Trustees are elected for terms of 3 years at the Annual General Meeting.
The current trustees are as follows:
Jenny Sims (Chair) has worked in the education sector all her working life including secondary schools and is currently working in adult education. She has grown up children who also work in education. She is a governor of two primary schools and enjoys working within the Sutton Borough, believing passionately in the need to ensure there is good access to second chance opportunities for adults to study and develop their skills. She enjoys photography and walking as well as being interested in sports.
Neil Frater (Vice-Chair) retired from the Home Office in 2005 after 41 years. He has been active in the local VCS since 1988, including being a trustee and for many years chair of Community Action Sutton. He was also a local councillor from 1986-94. He is an active golfer and regular walker of his (3rd) black labrador. He also enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, watching sport and tasting real ales and good wines. Neil says his experience as a trustee helped him develop in his job to a senior level and believes being able to draw on his experience at work has helped him continue to make a valuable contribution as a trustee after retirement.
Jeff Cashier runs a small private business within a niche sector of the retail industry which specialises in point of sale marketing and merchandising. For the past 7 years he has been a volunteer mentor at local schools and became a trustee at Community Action Sutton in 2009. In his spare time he enjoys theatre, travel and watching rugby.
Paul Harper has lived in Mitcham for 48 years during which time he has been involved in a number of community groups, including chairing the Wimbledon Theatre Civic Trust before its take over by the Ambassadors Theatre Group. He also worked for Sutton Council in the 1990s. He has wide experience of the charitable sector and has been working at Director of Finance level for the last 8 years.
Beth Whitley has been a secondary school English teacher since 2003 and spent several years teaching abroad in Australia and Sweden. Now settled in Sutton, she is also a fundraising coordinator for a national charity and has been closely involved with fundraising volunteers for the past 5 years. A mum of three she has a daughter with profound disabilities, so has been on the receiving end of many of Sutton's excellent services for those in need, which has made her committed to giving something back to those services and to supporting the voluntary sector through her role as an Community Action Sutton trustee.
Nigel Steward has worked in the public and voluntary sectors within Sutton for the past 40 years. His skills and experience include financial control and governance arrangements as well as managing change and transition in small and large organisations. He has also held a number of responsible voluntary appointments in the Scout Association, overseeing and supporting the work of other volunteers across south west London. In his spare time he enjoys photography and hill walking.
Nick Walsh has been working with adults with learning disabilities for the past 17 years. After finishing university, studying business computing and cultural studies, he started as a job coach for a local charity. He then worked up right to senior management in various local charities. Five years ago, after becoming disillusioned by the direction learning disabilities services was taking, he set up Nickel Support, a community interest company focused on the employment arena for adults with learning disabilities. This organisation has now become well established locally and is at the forefront of shaping learning disability services in the borough.
Nick is proud to say that he has lived in the borough for nearly the whole of his life and has many forged many strong community relationships. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his young family and playing football.
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Elliot Colburn works in the political sector, currently Parliamentary Assistant to Paul Scully MP and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in Sutton. After reading Law and International Relations at University, he spent some time working in quality and compliance for a debt collection company before moving into politics. Born and raised in the Borough, Elliot lives in Sutton with his family. He has been active in the voluntary sector since a teenager, including being a Scout Leader, board member of the Sutton LGBT Forum and now trustee of Community Action Sutton. In his spare time, Elliot enjoys helping his partner look after the animals at his parent's home on the Isle of Wight.