Meet Our Team

Our team at Alabaré isn't made up of a single office of staff. Beyond our base at Riverside House, we're lucky to have a rich network of staff, ambassadors, trustees and patrons who work hard to ensure that we provide the best level of support possible across all of our homes and services.

If you're interested in joining our team, please click here to see our current job and volunteer vacancies.

Do you share our values and vision?  If you are interested in becoming an Alabaré Committee Member or Ambassador we'd love to hear from you.  Click here to find out more.

Leadership Team

Andrew Lord MBE

Andrew Lord MBEChief Executive

Andrew has been the Chief Executive of Alabaré since May 2000. He is a CIPFA qualified accountant and has an MBA from Southampton University. He has also worked in Local Government.  Andrew says;

"I lead a vibrant and exciting charity, that provides care and support to vulnerable adults across the UK. The best part of my job is seeing my colleagues and everyone who uses our services develop and grow."

Rakesh Gulati

Rakesh GulatiFinance Director

Rakesh joined Alabaré in 2021.  He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Cranfield University. He has worked in both the private and not for profit sectors, with his last position being Finance Director at Haig Housing Trust, an organisation providing housing to Armed Forces veterans.

Rakesh says;

I am delighted to join the Alabaré team and their incredible work supporting those who are disadvantaged and marginalised in our communities. 

Vanessa Bedford

Vanessa BedfordLead Operations Manager

Vanessa Bedford joined Alabaré in 2013 and is our Lead Operations Manager, with overall responsibility for Children, Young people, Training & Development centres. Vanessa has over 25 years experience of working with chaotic families and young people, having previously worked at both Somerset and Wiltshire councils.

Vanessa is passionate about working with Alabaré;

"I am looking forward to developing my new role."
Sue Gumbleton

Sue GumbletonOperations Manager: Homelessness

Sue has worked for Alabaré since 2001 when she started off as a support worker. Her passion and desire to help transform the lives of the homeless has seen her move up to her her current role. As operations manager, Sue now oversees all of our Homeless Services, which covers properties across Wiltshire, Devon and Somerset. She says;

"The thing I love most about my job is the diversity of my duties and the people I work with: both colleagues and clients."

Anne Williams

Anne WilliamsOperations Manager: Veterans England and Wales

Anne Williams is the Operations Manager for our Veterans services across England and Wales. Having joined Alabaré in October 2017, Anne is responsible for over 120 bed spaces across 27, dedicated homes for ex-service personnel.

Anne has over 35 years experience in the supported housing sector and has opened and managed various services in this time. Anne is passionate about Veterans welfare and in particular hopes for all councils to correctly honour the Armed Forces Covenant. 

"I would like to see all veterans with a roof over their heads and some where they can get the support they need in getting their own property and feel safe."

Gina Vickers

Gina VickersOperations Manager: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

Gina joined Alabaré in 2004 as a part time support worker for people with learning disabilities. She was involved in the set-up of our Home and Community service and progressed to support co-coordinator where she help to arrange training and plan rotas for supported living services. She has since gone on to become care and support manager for our Learning Disabilities and Mental Health service and subsequently Operations Manager. 

Gina says;

"I would like all my services to deliver an excellent service, to ensure all our clients lead a fulfilling and rich life so they continue to develop on their independence and become accepted within the wider communities."

Jo King

Jo KingCharity Manager

Jo oversees the governance of the charity and also volunteering.  Alongside this she carries out projects and events for the charity as needed. Jo's background is in local government before she came to Alabaré eleven years ago.  

"I am fortunate to be able to be part of the Alabaré family and see the amazing work which our frontline staff do to support those who are vulnerable. These staff are supported hugely by those working in the back office. I put my energy, time and prayer into enabling the charity to help those who are in need. Why not come and join us?"  

Karen Bell

Karen BellHR and Corporate Services Manager

Karen has been the HR Manager of Alabaré for 14 years, having perviously worked in a similar role for Kodak at Downton Laboratory. Karen is part of the senior management team and is responsible for all aspects of HR, health and safety, training and administration.

Karen says; 

"I want Alabaré to be an employer that people want to join and recommend to their family and friends."

Nick Dalton

Nick DaltonFinancial Controller

Nick started work with Midland Bank aged 16 before moving to Bradford & Bingley Building Society where he became branch manager. He is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and have experience in securities and international trade. His experience in foreign finance saw him gain a job with a chemical retailer who bought and sold globally before he embarked in a career in accounting.

Claire Sime

Claire SimeMarketing & Individual Giving Manager

Claire has worked for Alabaré since 2004, and heads up the teams overseeing individual giving, community giving and marketing.

Claire holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, and before joining Alabaré  she worked for the Friends of the Royal Academy. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and holds an IoF Diploma in Fundraising Management.

Rebecca Mullen

Rebecca MullenFundraising Events & Development Manager

Rebecca joined Alabaré in 2015 and was originally brought in to create mass participation events.  Her role now sees her oversee fundraising in the areas of the military, churches, corporates, community and events. Rebecca has worked in the third sector for a variety of charities over the past twenty years including The Prince’s Trust.  Her career however started in client liason at the advertising agency McCann Erickson, after securing a BA Hons in Psychology.

"I like to think big and where possible, bring parties together to create something memorable, with impact and that fulfils the vision of the charity.  I feel I have only just begun." 

Kirsty Scullion

Kirsty ScullionPartnerships and Income Generation Manager

Kirsty has worked with Alabaré since 2015, based within the Fundraising and Marketing team as lead on Trusts with a focus on partnership development and building potential social enterprises. Kirsty has worked within the third sector for almost 20 years working across homelessness or with children and families and always in areas of deprivation. Her roles have been varied from fundraising to project management with a large focus on developing new innovative projects. Kirsty holds a BA (Hons) in Geography, MA in Education, MBA and variety of postgraduate leadership qualifications

"I am motivated to see change and impact in the lives of our beneficiaries, to see positive change and to ensure that the third sector is valued as delivering excellence. My desire is that we become a leading charity within the Third Sector and nationally recognised for quality delivery."


Mr Malcolm Cassells

Mr Malcolm CassellsChairman

Malcolm Cassells joined us in 2008. He has worked for the NHS for 41 years, the last 31 years as a Board Director with responsibility for IT, Procurement, Information, Contracting. He is a qualified accountant and has an MBA. He has been involved in many capital developments including the rationalisation of local multi-site hospital services onto one site. In November 2019, he was voted in as the new Chairman of the Trustees

Mr Phil Ruark-Davis

Mr Phil Ruark-DavisVice-Chairman

Phil Ruark-Davis joined us in 2015. He has worked at senior levels within Further Education and private training providers for 30 years, the last 18 years as a Director and joint owner of a National training company with responsibility for strategy, sales, business development and contracting. He is also involved with a number of other businesses that enable him to work with them to develop income generation, new business and sales strategy to meet the contracts.  He is involved in other charities that help young people and a housing charity based in London that operates in London and the West Midlands. 

Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark CB

Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark CBTrustee

Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark joined us in 2015. He has served for over 37 years in the Royal Air Force as an engineer officer, where he has enjoyed working in a wide range of front-line and HQ jobs associated with large aircraft and fast jets, becoming the technical air safety regulator for Defence in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, is President of the RAF Ice Hockey Association, a governor of Wiltshire College and a volunteer welfare case worker for the Royal Air Forces Association.  He has been fortunate to operate at or around Board level over his last few appointments and was made a CB in the New Years Honours List 2016 for services to the Armed Forces.

Reverend Canon David Durston

Reverend Canon David DurstonTrustee

David Durston joined Alabaré in 2002. After National Service as a navigator in the RAF and a degree in economics at Cambridge, he was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. He served in parishes in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich before becoming Chancellor of Salisbury Cathedral. He has since retired. He is now Chair of the Council of the Grubb Institute of Behavioural Studies.

Mr Don Alexander

Mr Don AlexanderTrustee

Don is a past resident of Andrew House in Clevedon. He is from Bristol where his wife and two teenage children live. He speaks Arabic and worked for 15 years in Lebanon and a year in the Sudan. His last job was as Operations Manager of Aspire in Bristol, where he experienced the challenges and the joys of exploring social enterprise as a way to help men and women struggling to get back into employment. He believes that work is key to an individual's self-esteem.

Mrs Alicia Proctor

Mrs Alicia ProctorTrustee

Alicia is a member of the Alabaré Christian Community who with her husband John founded the charity Alabaré Christian Care and Support. She has four grown-up sons and four delightful grandchildren, and she is a qualified teacher who runs a group of nursery schools in Wiltshire.

" I am so proud to have played a small part in the incredible story of Alabaré, and am truly inspired by the wonderful team who share their lives and talents, recognising our need of one another."

Mrs Teresa Barsby

Mrs Teresa BarsbyTrustee

Teresa Barsby is the newest member of Alabaré’s Board of Trustees, having attended her first meeting in October 2019.  However, her connection with Alabaré goes back further, having served with the Alabaré Wiltshire Ambassadors since 2012, getting involved in fund raising at many levels and, more recently, being the link Ambassador for the Parent & Baby unit as well as raising the profile of Alabaré’s work wherever possible.  

Teresa has recently joined the Civil Service after a long career in education where she was the Operations Manager for one of Wiltshire’s largest schools.  From a military family, both her father and husband served with the army and enjoyed long careers. Teresa, and her family, finally settled in Salisbury in 2015 after many years of postings and house moves.  A committed Christian, Teresa also serves on the Salisbury Diocesan Synod and volunteers for a local community project, St John’s Place.

Mr John Hunter

Mr John HunterTrustee

John Hunter joined the Alabaré Board in 2017 having been a member of the Governance and Finance & Resources Committees since 2015. He is the chairman of the Governance and Quality Committee. John served for 29 years in the Army as an artillery officer, during which time he served in Europe, Canada, USA, Zimbabwe and Indonesia. Latterly he was, for 10 years, a director and sometime Chief Executive, of a medium size charity offering soldiers opportunities to achieve vocational and educational qualifications to enhance their military career prospects and prepare them for their next career. John is also a volunteer with the Harnham Water Meadows Trust.

Mr Mark Proctor

Mr Mark ProctorTrustee

Mark is a qualified solicitor with experience in criminal litigation and all property affairs. He has worked with all aspects of residential and commercial property and has experience in quality and compliance.  Mark, whose parents’ founded Alabaré Christian Care and Support, has been involved since he was a teenager and it is a joy for him to re join the Board of Trustees and add his experience to the ongoing support of vulnerable people

Mrs Catherine Detain

Mrs Catherine DetainTrustee

The creation of Alabaré Christian Care and Support was part of Catherine’s life when it was first set up and so a huge part of her life. There was a lot of DIY involved and her family was involved then.   Her father transported prisoners to Damascus House to decorate,  Catherine helped run a Saturday crèche to enable parishioners to paint,  her husband did sleepovers and her daughter was very involved with Emmaus House.  Catherine has been a member of the Alabaré Christian Community for over 25 years and her whole family have had strong links with the charity.   In recent times they joined the Blue Team to come and pray at Riverside House.  Catherine is a housewife and mother of five children, now all grown up.   She has always been a volunteer but mostly in the pre-school or school areas as she could fit this round the family.  Catherine knows what it is like to struggle financially, face unemployment and have family problems but her family have always had the blessing of supportive parents.

Mr Phillip Reynolds

Mr Phillip ReynoldsTrustee

Phillip Reynolds joined us as a Trustee in 2021. He has worked in Local Government most of his working life, specifically for the Fareham & Gosport Area Education Office, Fareham Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Gosport Borough Council. With many years of experience in finance for the respective Councils, his skills will be very welcome.


Mr Don Alexander

Mr Don AlexanderBristol Ambassador (Chair)

Don is a past resident of Andrew House in Clevedon. He is from Bristol where his wife and two teenage children live. He speaks Arabic and worked for 15 years in Lebanon and a year in the Sudan. His last job was as Operations Manager of Aspire in Bristol, where he experienced the challenges and the joys of exploring social enterprise as a way to help men and women struggling to get back into employment. He believes that work is key to an individual's self-esteem.

Mr Robert Bernays

Mr Robert BernaysBristol Ambassador

Robert Bernays takes an active interest in various community projects in Bristol and Gloucestershire. He was awarded an OBE in 2010 for his work in this area. His career has been in farming and rural estate management. He is currently Chairman of the Trustees of the Berkeley Estate Charities, and has been a keen supporter of Alabaré for several years. Robert was Master of the Merchant Venturers in Bristol and Chairman of the St. Monica Trust for 10 years. The Trust has achieved an international reputation for its innovative carer people with dementia. He has a keen interest in education and has been a Governor of several schools. He was formerly High Sheriff of Avon, and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Councillor Ian Boulton

Councillor Ian BoultonBristol Ambassador

Ian lives in Staple Hill in South Gloucestershire on the border with Bristol. 

Ian is one of the Councillors for Staple Hill & Mangotsfield on South Gloucestershire Council.  He has been the longstanding Chair of the Staple Hill Partnership and the Chair of the South Gloucestershire LGBT+ Equality Network since it’s formation.  Ian is also a Trustee of Girlguiding Bristol and South Gloucestershire and the President of the Staple Hill and District Royal British Legion.   

Ian was Vice-Chair of South Gloucestershire Council in 2012-2013 and Chair of South Gloucestershire Council in 2013-2014.

Amanda Deeks OBE

Amanda Deeks OBEBristol Ambassador

Amanda lives in the Forest of Dean with her husband Roger, a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. She is involved in and leads a number of projects and community activities across Bristol and Gloucestershire supporting children and young people, and adults with complex needs including homelessness. Amanda is also a governor of her local secondary school.

Amanda retired in 2019 after 14 years as Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire Council and received the OBE in 2009 for services to local government.

David Penniall MBE BEM

David Penniall MBE BEMBristol Ambassador

Lieutenant Colonel David Penniall has over 30 years’ experience in the Army and after leaving in 2019 and he now works in Programmes, Business Change Strategy in Defence Equipment and Support, Abbey Wood.

In his previous appointment he was the Larkhill lead on the Army Rebasing Programme on draw down from Germany. He has been involved with Alabaré since 2016 and now looks forward to continuing his support as an Ambassador covering the Bristol area.

Captain Phil Smith

Captain Phil SmithBristol Ambassador

Phil Smith retired in October 2014 after a full 40 year civilian career as a manager in BT (where he specialised in project, process and compliance management). He was already a Reservist Major and becoming bored after only a week increased his time at the Army Reserve undertaking the Unit Employer support role.

Looking for a new challenge he applied and was selected for the Full Time Reserve Service role of Regimental Operations Support Officer in 7MI Battalion in January 2015. He has continued in this post ensuring on-going recruitment, whilst administering to the soldiers’ needs in his other role of Welfare Officer. It is the Welfare Officer role that has drawn him to be an ambassador for Alabaré and he is hoping that his experience will be able to help people in need.

Mr Andrew Street

Mr Andrew StreetBristol Ambassador

Andrew has lived in Bristol since 1980 and has enjoyed a successful career as an enviromental consultant and international waste management specialist. In recent years he has become heavily involved in charity work and social enterprise initiatives within Bristol.

He has set up and chairs FareShare South West, the chair of Bristol Together (helping ex-offenders back in to the workplace) and also of Crisis Centres Ministries, the leading homelessness charity in Bristol and Feeding Bristol, an initative working to alleviate food poverty in the city.

Colonel Jane Thompson TD DL PhD

Colonel Jane Thompson TD DL PhDBristol Ambassador

Jane is a Chartered Financial Planner.  She was an Army Reservist for 38 years, and currently chairs the Bristol ABF and RFCA Committees.

Mr Billy Wilde

Mr Billy WildeBristol Ambassador

Billy finished full-time education in 2019 and now works as a Project Manager in the Ministry of Defence. He is also a training Royal Navy Reservist at HMS Flying Fox in Bristol.

Billy has been involved in supporting veterans’ charities/projects since he was 4 years old and currently organises the Poppy Appeal across parts of Bristol including co-ordinating the City’s Annual ‘Poppy Day’ as well as being heavily involved in his local Royal British Legion Branch. In his spare time Billy is a Supply League Football referee and is a member of the Filton Golf Club management committee.

Colonel Oliver Chamberlain QVRM TD DLDorset Ambassador

Colonel Chamberlain is a practising Land Agent, who manages rural properties. He has served in the TA – Royal Yeomanry, Royal Wessex Yeomanry, as Deputy Commander of the 43 Wessex Brigade, and is now Chairman of Wessex RFCA. He is Trustee of several benevolent funds associated with the Yeomanry; and is also a member of the Cordwainers (Shoemakers) livery company.

Colonel Ian Harris (Ret'd)

Colonel Ian Harris (Ret'd)Gloucestershire Ambassador (Chair)

Ian Harris was born and educated in Gloucestershire.  Since retiring from the Army in 2015 after  35 years of service he has worked for a major defence company.  He has been an ambassador for Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans (Alabare) since 2011, and Chairman of the Gloucestershire volunteer ambassadors group since 2014.

Mr Alex BombergGloucester Ambassador

Alex is Gloucestershire born and bred, and having served six years as a Private soldier in the Gloucestershire Regiment in the 1990’s, he has gone on to work in the fields of security and commercial intelligence.

Since 2015, Alex has been a Parish Councillor in Gloucestershire, also serving on the Executive Planning Committee for Gloucestershire Town and Parish Councils. Alex serves as a Trustee for a handful of charities and has a great interest in assisting homeless veterans and others in need.

Councillor Neil Hampson

Councillor Neil HampsonGloucestershire Ambassador

Neil is currently a Gloucester City Councillor and is a former Mayor of the city. He is a qualified District Nurse with specialist knowledge in clinical audit. At present Neil is studying for his PhD at the University of Birmingham researching in aspects of the Principles of Cooperative Health and Social care Provision. He was a school governor for over 20 years at four of the city’s schools. He served as Chair of Governors at two of these schools.

Neil is passionate about the history and heritage of Gloucester. He is a trustee of the Gloucester Historic Buildings Ltd. Neil is also a trustee of several other charitable organisations which include Longfield, (hospice at home) and Gloucestershire Community Nurses’ Fund, and Aspire sports and cultural trust. . Neil is also actively involved with Gloucestershire Young Carers and Charlies. 

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely Gloucestershire Ambassadors

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely served in the Army for forty years.  He is now a military historian and a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Mr Martin LattimerGloucestershire Ambassador

Major Charles Malet (Ret'd)

Major Charles Malet (Ret'd)Gloucestershire Ambassador

Since leaving the Coldstream Guards, Charles became involved with the Homes for Veterans programme as a Gloucestershire Ambassador in 2013. Individually, and via his Gloucestershire based brewing business, he has taken part in a number of fundraising initiatives for Alabaré. He has also been a member of the Alabaré steering group responsible for delivering veteran led social enterprise in Wales.

Mrs Amanda RayboneGloucestershire Ambassador

Amanda Raybone is a Parish Councillor, and has also served on the Standards Board of UK. She currently serves as a Justice of the Peace sitting on the Bristol Bench. She has a background as a commercial legal advisor in the UK and the Far East, and is now heavily involved in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. She sits on the panel of the UK Drugs Court pilot scheme as well as in the Adult court. She is a Trustee of the Nelson Trust: a Gloucestershire based Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, and has recently introduced Combat Stress to the Nelson Trust for an exchange of views and possible help with veterans suffering drug and alcohol problems. She also advises the Bristol based Knowle West Health Authority and is a Trustee of the Rosie Wood Trust. She is married to Tony Raybone, who is also a Gloucestershire Ambassador.

Mr Tony RayboneGloucestershire Ambassador

Tony Raybone is a retired Gloucestershire Farmer, Biologist and Agronomist. He has a keen interest in all things Gloucestershire and is a founding member of the Honourable society of Gloucestershire. He is President and Trustee of the Rosie Wood Trust. He also promotes local cricket and is Chairman of Selsley Cricket club. He is a keen supporter of the military charity Combat Stress and a supporter of Oxfam and NSPCC. He is married to Amanda Raybone, also a Gloucestershire Ambassador.

Mr Chris RylandGloucestershire Ambassador

Since retiring from Marlborough Stirling in 2005 Mr Ryland has devoted his time to a variety of roles that he is passionate about. These include The Havengore, Stroud High School, The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and TCP LifeSystems.

Lt Col Andrew TaborGloucestershire Ambassador

Andrew Tabor was born into a military family, spending much of his childhood abroad and gaining a lifetime love of travelling.  After a 20 year career in the Army, serving with 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars and the Light Dragoons, he left to pursue a career in farming and is now managing a predominantly arable farm in the North Cotswolds.  He is a Magistrate on the Gloucestershire Bench, Chairman of his local British Legion Branch, serves on the County Committee of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and is a member of the Development Board of Gloucestershire Young Carers. He is also on the Council of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire and is a Trustee of the Friends of the Cotswolds. 

Mrs Joan Ferrer JP DL

Mrs Joan Ferrer JP DLHampshire Ambassador (Chair)

Colonel Charles Ackroyd TD RD DLHampshire Ambassador

Charles Ackroyd was born and bred in the New Forest. He joined the Royal Marines Reserve in 1971 at age 17 and served continuously as a part time soldier until retirement at age 60.  He first commanded the RMR detachment at RM Poole before leading T Company Group in 3 Commando Brigade for two years and later being appointed second in command of RMR Bristol on promotion to Major. At various times he has qualified as a parachute instructor and as an assault engineer and attended both the US Marine Corps Staff College in Quantico, Virginia and the TA Command and Staff course at Camberley. In 1996 he transferred to the Parachute Regiment (V) and two years later commanded Southampton University Officers Training Corps. On promotion to Colonel he has held appointments as Deputy Commander of 43 (Wessex) Brigade and Assistant Director Land Warfare (Reserves) at the Directorate of Doctrine & Development. He has also deployed to both Bosnia and Iraq on operations. His final posting was to the Specialist Support Wing of MoD A Block, London. He retired from the Army Reserve in May 2014.

He is currently the Chairman of the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. In addition he is a trustee of the Connaught Trust, chairman of The 43rd Wessex Heritage Trust and a member of the Hampshire Priory Group of St John Ambulance.

In his civilian career Charles qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and for many years was a partner in his family firm in Southampton and Lymington before being appointed a District Judge in 1998. He sat solely in Portsmouth before hanging up his wig in June 2019. 

In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire and lives in Southsea. 

Brigadier David Harrison JP DLHampshire Ambassador

David Harrison was an Army Education Officer for 33 years in Malaya, Hong Kong, Nepal and Germany and since retiring has become a Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire and a magistrate. A former County Chairman of ABF David is a Trustee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Military Fund  which helps ex Hampshire soldiers and their families. In 2013 he was appointed as County President of the Royal British Legion. Chaired the “To Honour a Promise Project” which culminated in 2014 with the unveiling of a memorial in the Castle Yard in Winchester in memory of the 2 million men who passed through the camps on Morn Hill during the First World War.

David lives near Winchester with his wife Christine - they have two sons, one of whom lives in Australia.

Mr Mark Thistlethwayte

Mr Mark ThistlethwayteHampshire Ambassador

Mark Thistlethwayte was High Sheriff of Hampshire for 2018/19. Mark moved from a career in investment banking to set up a business in Winchester, running a diverse portfolio of businesses across the country and seeking to promote a “greener” vision for delivering vital new housing. He is the lead developer of the new 6,000 home Garden Village of Welborne, near Fareham.

Mark actively supports individuals to achieve their entrepreneurial goals through supporting their long-held business visions or in helping build genuinely sustainable rural communities where there are both jobs and quality affordable homes.

Mark is the Patron of The Rowans Hospice and a number of other bodies supporting those with homelessness, severe learning difficulties and long-term challenges. Mark also acts as a director/trustee/governor for several community groups and trusts.

 Mrs Christine Robinson

Mrs Christine Robinson Herefordshire Ambassador

Christine is a qualified social worker and has ten years experience working as a senior manager in local authorities and the voluntary sector, working with children and families. She also has a specialist knowledge of learning disability, safeguarding and preventative services, and commitment to safety of children and vulnerable adults. Her ability to combine knowledge of both the statutory and voluntary sector will help inform her role as Trustee. 

Mrs Lorraine Davis London and Home Counties Ambassador (Chair)

Lorraine has worked for British Airways Cabin Crew for 41 years but is also a proud member of the Military Family through her husband, Ed Davis, career in the Royal Marines and most recently as the Governor of Gibraltar. 

Mr Alex CooperLondon Ambassador

Mr Rowley Gregg London Ambassador

Mr Stuart Tootal

Mr Stuart TootalLondon and Home Counties Ambassador

Stuart joined the Army in 1988 and completing several tours of duty in Northern Ireland, before seeing active service in the Gulf War in 1991 and Iraq in 2003.  He served as a major in the UK Ministry of Defence in the Army’s strategic plans directorate and then as a personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the General Staff, where he was awarded an OBE for work on a strategic transformation project to restructure a major proportion of the Army.

Between 2005-2007, Stuart commanded the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment and led the first UK Battle Group sent to southern Afghanistan, for which he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO).  Following promotion to full Colonel in 2007, Stuart resigned from the Army.  After a twenty-year career as a soldier, leading 3 PARA in Afghanistan was the crucible of all his leadership testing.

Stuart has held several MD global leadership head positions in Barclays (security, global travel and veterans’ transition).  Joining in 2008, his experience included playing key roles in several crisis situations, including the 2008 financial crisis, Arab Spring, pandemics and numerous global terrorist incidents. He founded the Barclays AFTER and VETS ex-military employment programmes, leading to the hiring of 600 former service personnel into Barclays and another 1,633 into VETS partner companies.  Stuart also set up the Parachute Regiment Afghanistan Trust charity, raising £3.7M for wounded paratroopers.  

In September 2019, Stuart joined Matero Consulting as one of the founding partners, to establish a new approach to change management by fusing the commercial acumen of the partners’ corporate and consultancy experience with the military pedigree for agile decision making, mission purposed planning and empowered execution.  Underpinned by a strong culture and leadership framework, the approach is designed to assist clients with transformation agendas. 

Mr Richard Winstanley London and Home Counties Ambassador

Mr David Lawes

Mr David LawesNorth of England Ambassador

David Lawes joined us again in 2007, having served as a trustee previously in the 1990s. He is a qualified Project Manager and has an MBA. He is particularly interested in business analysis, the development of management processes and team dynamics. His background is in management consulting and marketing. He has worked with major multinational companies.

Commander Chris Thorpe BSc MIET Royal Navy

Commander Chris Thorpe BSc MIET Royal NavyPlymouth Ambassador (Chair)

Chris Thorpe joined the Royal Navy in 1966 and had a distinguished career within the service. He undertook the Naval Engineering Degree at RNEC Manadon between 1973 and 1976 and uniquely did not undertake training at BRNC Dartmouth but proceeded directly to Fleet Training before Weapon Engineering Application courses at Manadon and HMS Collingwood in 1977. He then served as DWEO in HMS Apollo and then HMS Diomede where he was promoted to Lieutenant before joining Director General Ships in Bath as an Assistant Design Engineer. Although he was not trained at BRNC he was also not going to miss out as in 1983 he was appointed to the staff where he served as an ADO and then as the University Planning Officer.


On promotion to Lieutenant Commander he was appointed WEO of HMS Active and saw service in the Arabian Gulf. This was followed by a foreign accompanied loan appointment to the Royal New Zealand Navy serving in Devonport, Auckland as the Fleet WE Technical Officer. On his homecoming in 1990 he returned to RNEC Manadon becoming the Head of Weapon Engineering engaged in application training and post-graduate education.


When he became a Commander in 1993, he undertook the RN Staff Course at RNC Greenwich returning to sea on completion as Squadron Weapon Engineer for the Batch 2 Type 22 frigates. He took up his last appointment as the Deputy to Captain Base Personnel at HMS Drake in 1999 and retired from active service three years later.

Dr Norman BiddlePlymouth Ambassador

Commander Charles W. Crichton OBE MSocSc RN

Commander Charles W. Crichton OBE MSocSc RNPlymouth Ambassador

Commander Crichton served as a Seaman Officer on the Active list of the Royal Navy for 37 years. He served in 15 of Her Majesty's Ships and had  shore appointments in London, Brussels, Portsmouth and Plymouth. For 10 years as a Retired Officer he was the Naval Base Liaison Officer at HM Naval Base Devonport and then for 5 years  managed Plymouth Armed Forces week for Plymouth City Council. He is now engaged in a number of veteran, young people and heritage projects.

Mr David FitzgeraldPlymouth Ambassador

David started work in local radio in 1980 and joined Television South West in 1986.  He then moved around the ITV network before he joined Sky News.

He has produced television series on diverse topics as farming, The Red Arrows, and Devon & Cornwall Police. His last Red Arrow series won The International Olympic Committee’s award of excellence.

In the past he has written for Spitting Image and has had five children’s books published, written with Falkland’s veteran, Simon Weston CBE. He has toured with a stage show telling Simon’s life story and has appeared on stages from Glasgow to Gibraltar.

He now works for the BBC in the South West on BBC Radio Devon and on television with BBC Spotlight. He has hosted Royal Marine and Army shows around Europe, is a Lord Taverner and is their host for the South West fundraisers

He is a patron of The Devon Air Ambulance, Age UK Plymouth and The Royal British Legion.

Brigadier Christopher Lunn

Brigadier Christopher LunnPlymouth Ambassador

After a 4-year false start at medical school,  Brigadier Christopher Lunn was commissioned into the Royal Artillery.  A more or less conventional career saw him commanding 49th Field Regiment, Deputy Commander UK Forces in Bosnia, Special Adviser to the Czech Chief of Defence in Prague and finally, the MOD's Director of Housing.  On retiring from the Army in 2005, he ran a project in Cornwall to develop affordable housing, was the Devon Chairman of ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Chairman of a Plymouth-based housing association.  

Commodore Jamie Miller CBE DL RN

Commodore Jamie Miller CBE DL RN Wiltshire Ambassador

Jamie Miller was educated at Hawtreys and Gordonstoun, and has spent the majority of his career at sea, mostly in operational theatres. He was appointed Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen in 2001. He then exercised command from both HMS ARK ROYAL and HNLMS ROTTERDAM, controlling the Royal Navy's Mediterranean deployment. He was awarded the Legion of Merit (Officer) by the President of the USA and received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service. He has since been appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Brigadier Simon Young CBE DL

Brigadier Simon Young CBE DLPlymouth Ambassador

Brigadier Simon Young was commissioned into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment; he undertook many roles and appointments within the battalion and elsewhere before commanding it 1992-1994. He went on to command 8th Infantry Brigade.  His final appointment before retirement in 2007 was UK’s Defence Advisor in Canada.  He currently holds the appointment of Rifles Colonel for Devon and has a keen interest in watercolour painting.

Major General (retired) Robert Talbot Rice CBE

Major General (retired) Robert Talbot Rice CBEWales Ambassador (Chair)

Robert’s family comes originally from Carmarthenshire, and he is a third generation Welsh Guards officer, having followed his father and grandfather into the Regiment in 1982. His 35 years of military service included tours of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, together with several tours of Northern Ireland. In the latter part of his career he served in a range of planning and equipment procurement roles, retiring as Director Land Equipment in the MOD’s procurement organisation. He now works part time as a non executive director and conference chair. 

As an ambassador for Alabaré Homes for Veterans, Robert is aiming to help coordinate the charity’s work in Wales, and in particular to help build links with communities and local businesses, in order to develop our support network for veterans in Wales.

Archdeacon Muwanes Farah

Archdeacon Muwanes Farah

Muwanes Farah is The archdeacon for New Christian Communities in the diocese of St Davids. where he has was ordained and served for 16 years in total in variety of rolls, in addition to 16 years in the Great Baddow team ministry in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Muwanes and his wife Sally has always been concerned for those on the outside of mainstream and those in need, within the local context and on an international level, working with those who suffer addiction, homelessness and poverty.

Muwanes hold an undergraduate degree in Theology and pastoral care and a post graduate degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights.

Mr Andrew Tuggey CBE DL

Mr Andrew Tuggey CBE DLWales Ambassador

Andrew has recently become an Ambassador for Alabaré's Homes for Veterans Cymru and previously was Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the Houses of Parliament. CPA UK builds capacity to strengthen developing partner parliaments and also focuses on issues such as modern slavery, the empowerment of women and girls, human rights and equalities, sustainability and climate change.

A former Sapper and High Sheriff, Andrew is Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent. His other voluntary appointments include Chair ScoutsCymru, Trustee Community Foundation Wales, Council Member High Sheriffs’ Association of England & Wales and Chair Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s Ffrind-i-Me Advisory Panel, plus involvement in several local Service and other charities. Andrew also sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at London University.

Married to Clare, they have three sons and five grandchildren. Andrew’s interests include bee-keeping, fishing, sailing, shooting and walking.

Mr Huw Williams

Mr Huw WilliamsWales Ambassador

Huw Williams was Alabare’s first Ambassador in Wales. A solicitor by profession, Huw was the senior partner in Cardiff of the law firm Geldards LLP until 2019, when he was appointed the Chief Legal Adviser to the Senedd. Huw has been a trustee of both National Museum Wales and the National Library of Wales, the company secretary of the Wales Millennium centre from 1998 to 2019 and he currently serves on several legal committees connected with Wales. Huw is a keen student of maritime and naval history and a supporter of HMS Dragon's affiliation with capital of Wales.

Commodore Richard Lord CBE MSc (Chair)

Commodore Richard Lord CBE MSc (Chair)Wiltshire Ambassador (Chair)

Richard Lord has retired from a naval career and the defence industry. His last two appointments in the Royal Navy  were as the Chief Staff Officer Support, Gibraltar and the Director of the Naval Base, Clyde. In the defence industry he was a Director of Marketing and Sales. He now concentrates on support to charities.

Mr David Bartlett

Mr David BartlettWiltshire Ambassador (Vice-Chair)

David Bartlett taught politics and economics at Merchant Taylors School for four years after leaving Oxford University before reading for the bar and practising as a barrister on the Western Circuit for forty years.  During that period he was Standing Counsel to HMRC for fifteen years and a part time judge for twenty five years before retiring in 2017.

Dr Sophy Antrobus MBE

Dr Sophy Antrobus MBEWiltshire Ambassador

Sophy Antrobus lives in Salisbury and has recently completed a PhD in history, researching the political fight for the Royal Air Force in the early inter-war years. She is a lecturer with the University of Portsmouth and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. She served for 20 years in the Royal Air Force including in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Sophy retired as a Wing Commander in 2011 and worked with military charities before commencing her studies.

Mrs Teresa Barsby

Mrs Teresa BarsbyWiltshire Ambassador

Teresa Barsby has served with the Alabaré Wiltshire Ambassadors since 2012, getting involved in fund raising at many levels and, more recently, being the link Ambassador for the Development Centres as well as raising the profile of Alabaré’s work wherever possible.  Teresa is also an Alabaré Trustee.

Teresa has recently joined the Civil Service after a long career in education where she was the Operations Manager for one of Wiltshire’s largest schools.  From a military family, both her father and husband served with the army and enjoyed long careers. Teresa, and her family, finally settled in Salisbury in 2015 after many years of postings and house moves.  A committed Christian, Teresa also serves on the Salisbury Diocesan Synod and volunteers for a local community project, St John’s Place.

Mr Rory CarterWiltshire Ambassador

Rory Carter qualified in Yacht Design, before starting AirWave Gliders Ltd which made Hang Gliders and Paragliders. The company earned a distinguished International reputation and were sold across the globe. Currently Rory is the Chairman of the Czech company CompoTech Plus Spol. s r.o. who make Carbon Fibre components for the Machine Building, Military, Marine and Aerospace sectors.

Brigadier (Retd) Alister T Davis MBEWiltshire Ambassador

Alister is a third generation Old Bristolian and was commissioned in to the Royal Corps of Transport in 1986 and retired at the end of 2011 after commanding in every rank to Brigadier and taking his headquarters to Afghanistan.  He is passionate about supporting veterans and has helped a number of charities including Scope.

Mrs Gay Edwards

Mrs Gay EdwardsWiltshire Ambassador

Gay has been involved with voluntary work since her late twenties, including a number of charities on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire, predominately as a trustee. She has also spent many years working on a voluntary basis in prisons, being on the Parole Board for England and Wales and on the Board of Hampshire Probation. Gay was High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight for the year 2009/10 and has lived in Wilton since August 2017, having retired as a garden designer.

Lady Hawley

Lady Hawley Wiltshire Ambassador

Ruth was a member of the Diplomatic Service and following postings to Vietnam and Egypt she resigned to join her diplomat husband on postings to Nigeria, Durham, Iraq, Oman and Malaysia.  On his retirement they came to live in Wiltshire where she became involved in a range of county activities:  Parish Council, Swindon Health Authority, the magistracy, the Society of Wiltshire Archers and various charities.   She was County president of St John Ambulance and subsequently represented 7 adjoining counties on the National Head Quarters.  She has been a trustee of Medical Support in Romania, a women’s education fund, the Well Woman Clinic, a children’s information service.  She was a Governor of the Godolphin School, a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 1990.  She is President of South Wilts Mencap and a Cathedral guide.  She was High Sheriff of Wiltshire 1998/9.

Mrs Sara Jones CBE JP DL

Mrs Sara Jones CBE JP DLWiltshire Ambassador

Sara Jones is the widow of Lt. Col H Jones VC. Following his death in 1982, she became involved in charities concerned with the welfare of retired and wounded Service men and women and their families, including; The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne, the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and the Falkland Families Association.

Sir Craig Mackey QPMWiltshire Ambassador

Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO DL

Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO DLWiltshire Ambassador

Sir Francis Richards had an army career and when that ended entered the Diplomatic Service serving in New Delhi and Namibia and holding a number of senior posts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  He was director of GCHQ form 1998 to 2003.  He went on to be Chairman of the Trustees of Bletchley Park form 2006 to 2011 and Chairman of the Imperial War Museum from December 2011.  He currently stands on the board of Governors at Rendcomb College.

The Venerable Stephen Robbins CBWiltshire Ambassador

The Venerable Stephen Robbins is the Chaplain to the Bishop of Salisbury and is the former Chaplain-General and Archdeacon for the Army. He retired from the army, following 24 years of service.
Mr Joseph Scaniglia-Jones

Mr Joseph Scaniglia-Jones Wiltshire Ambassador

Joseph has business in Western Sahara which takes a lot of his time. Joseph speaks several languages and loves sailing and flying. He studied at Universidad de Salamanca, then did National Service. Also served with the Parachute Regt and worked for the MoD overseas units.

Joseph had a private pilots license and Spanish Capitan de Yate and qualified Capitan de barco.
Wine is his passion and dedicates most of my spare time to it, plus his cars. 

Air Commodore Stephen Sims OBE BSc (Hons)

Air Commodore Stephen Sims OBE BSc (Hons)Wiltshire Ambassador

Stephen retired from the RAF in 2006 and then more recently as a Director of an defence engineering consultancy based in the Midlands. His last appointment was at RAF Cosford as Commandant Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering.

Mr Alan TaylorWiltshire Ambassador

Alan Taylor went to school in Manchester followed much later by an MBA at Southampton University.

Formerly an Army Officer he has recently retired as MD of a Management Consulting company based in Salisbury and specialising in Business and People Development.

He's been a Foundation Governor of Bishop Wordsworth School, and the Chairman of South Wiltshire Economic Partnership (SWEP).

Mrs Alison Ward

Mrs Alison WardWiltshire Ambassador

Alison loves outdoor pursuits and is a keen tennis player, cyclist and is an active volunteer with the Wilton Riding for the Disabled. Retired now from the Royal Bath and Western Show as the assistant event’s organiser has wealth of experience at organising events of varying scale up to the very large. Experience in dealing with local authorities comes from being a District Councillor (latterly Deputy Chairman)in Somerset for 8 years. Earlier as a service wife was fully involved with wives’ clubs, military welfare organisations, local fundraising events, and indeed has oversees experience from being a volunteer with the Red Cross in America when associated with the US Marine Corps at their base at Quantico,  Virginia.


Reverend John Proctor OBE

Reverend John Proctor OBEHonorary President

Revered John Proctor is the Founder of Alabaré Christian Care and Support, and has been appointed Permanent Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church.

John was privileged to receive an OBE from HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on 11th October 2016, in recognition of his contribution to the care of vulnerable, homeless and disadvantaged people over the last 25 years.

John worked in financial services for 31 years and held a senior management position for 20 years. He is a also a trustee of Salisbury Street Pastors and a member of Wiltshire Early Years Reference Group and Schools Forum.  John's wife Alicia joined Alabaré's Board of Trustees in 2016 before he stepped down from the board in April 2019.

The Right Reverend June Osborne

The Right Reverend June Osborne

June Osborne became Bishop of Llandaff in the Church in Wales in 2017. Between 2004 and 2017, she served as Dean of Salisbury, and was the first woman to head one of England's medieval cathedrals. She grew up in Manchester and has been a lifelong Manchester City supporter though also cheers enthusiastically for Cardiff City and the Welsh Rugby team.  

At an earlier stage of ministry June served at St Martin’s-in-the Bullring, Birmingham where she was also Chaplain of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and worked with St Basil’s on its response to youth homelessness.  From 1984 she was leader of the parish team for Old Ford, in the East End of London for 11 years. June is married to Paul Goulding QC and has two children, a daughter who is a human rights lawyer and a son who is a journalist.

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely

The Rt. Revd Stephen Conway was installed as the 69th Bishop of Ely in March 2011. He was ordained as a priest in 1987 and spent his entire parochial ministry in the Diocese of Durham. He was appointed as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and later as the Bishop of Durham’s Senior Chaplain and Diocesan Communications Officer, during his time in the North East. He became Archdeacon of Durham and Canon Treasurer of the Cathedral in 2002. Following his consecration in June 2006, he served in the Diocese of Salisbury as Bishop of Ramsbury.

The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

Nicholas Holtam became the Bishop of Salisbury in 2011. He grew up in North London. Between reading Geography at university and training for ordination, he worked for a year with homeless young ex-offenders in Leeds. As a parish priest in East London and as the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the priorities of his work were housing and homelessness. The Connection at St Martin’s is Britain’s oldest and largest Day Centre for homeless people.

Revd Joanna Jepson

Revd Joanna Jepson

Joanna is an Anglican priest, author, broadcaster, coach and Army chaplain. Since her ordination to the priesthood in 2003, she has served in Chester and London, and is currently serving as chaplain to the Royal Wessex Yeomanry and the Army Training Regiment.

Alongside her chaplaincy role, Joanna writes and presents for Radio 4 and Radio 2. She has written for the national press including The Independent, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. She speaks at schools, conferences and retreats on body image, spirituality and fashion, faith and justice.

Joanna is passionate about helping individuals to achieve their goals and sees a close affinity in the work of Alabaré. Alabaré support homeless or vulnerable adults, young people and Armed Forces Veterans across the South and South West of England and North and South Wales. The charity provide a home and support over 300 people every night, helping each to overcome barriers, to regain their health and wellbeing and live successful independent lives once more.

General The Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL

General The Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL

General The Lord Dannatt is a retired British Army officer and the incumbent Constable of the Tower of London. In 1971, he was commissioned into the Green Howards. His first tour of duty was in Belfast as a platoon commander. He was awarded the Military Cross, during his second tour of duty. He served as a defence advisor to David Cameron between 2009 and 2010, prior to the Conservative Party election win. He is involved with a number of charities and organisations related to the armed forces, and is married with four children.

Brigadier Simon Firth CBE

Brigadier Simon Firth CBE

Brigadier Firth was educated at Stowe and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In 1959 he began his military service, when he was commissioned in the Gloucestershire Regiment. During his career he served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Canada. After leaving the forces Simon was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Royal Bath and West of England Society at Shepton Mallet, he served in this role for 10 years, before retiring in 2001. In his retirement, Simon has dedicated his time to his family and charity work. For his service during tours in Northern Ireland, Simon was awarded a Mention in Despatches, and MBE and an OBE. He received a CBE for Service during the First Gulf War. During his time with Alabaré, Simon has served as an energetic Chairman on the Board of Trustees, Chairman of our Bristol Ambassadors, and most recently as the Chairman of Gloucestershire Ambassadors.


Governance and Quality CommitteeMembers

John Hunter (Chair), Susan Pendrey, David Durston , Lee Proctor, Martin Clark, David Lewis, Christine Robinson, Mark Stevens, Stella Smith

Finance and Resources CommitteeMembers

Malcolm Cassells (Chair), John Proctor, Michael Barrett, John Hunter, Phil Price and Andrew Quicke.

Community Self Build Agency CommitteeMembers

Dr Stella R Clarke CBE (President) Dr Norman M Biddle FRICS, MAACE (USA) Hon RWA (Chairman) Charles Denman, Mr Martin James Whife, Christopher David Forrest and Dr Anne Marie Egginton (Trustees)