The role of Trustees is to organise, manage and run the charity in accordance with the constitution of the charity and rules and regulations as set out by the Charity Commissioners. All Trustees are volunteers and Trustee meetings are held on a regular basis.
Current Trustees are:
Alex Dolby – Fleet Manager
Alex joined the charity in 2013 as a driver in Steyning, after a career in Office Equipment Sales. Alex and two colleagues started their own business in 1989 and one of his roles was looking after the Association’s fleet. In 2014 Alex became Fleet Manager & Trustee. He still drives regularly for the Steyning Division and is involved in the local management.
Bill Hughes – Chair
Bill joined at the end of November 2018. He is an engineer by trade but changed directions at a very early stage in his career to work for a number of retailers, concentrating on logistics within the supply chain. Bill is a member of the Institute of Logistics and was previously a member of the Institute of Production Engineers, neither of which are very useful within a minibus charity.
Bob Francis B.Sc (Hons) FCIM JP – Trustee
Bob joined the charity in August 2019. For a number of years Bob has been helping small and medium sized companies grow and expand, helping them identify key areas that are restricting development. In particular, he has assisted companies to develop marketing plans for improving their performance. He has experience in a wide range of industries, including Engineering, Manufacturing, IT and Business Services. Bob is a magistrate, and an occasional lecturer. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Cathrine Gear – Honorary Secretary
Cathrine joined the charity at the beginning of June 2019. She has worked for a number of companies as a senior manager with specific responsibility for Human Resources. Cathrine has established a busy life in the village, holding a number of voluntary positions. She is a past President of Findon Village Women’s Institute and was Secretary of Findon Village Hall Trust for four years. Currently Cathrine is Treasurer of Findon Village Hall Supporters Club and an elected member of Findon Village Parish Council where she chairs the Planning Committee. Cathrine is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
Heather Turner – Treasurer
Heather joined the charity in June 2018. She has worked both as a computer programmer and as Finance Director for French and American-owned companies, as well volunteering as Treasurer for a number of charities over the last fifteen years. She has become heavily involved in village life since moving to Sussex on her retirement in 2013 and has been involved in the homeless charity Emmaus and the local branch of the charity Independent Age. She is also a Group leader and a former Chair of Arun Valley University of the Third Age. Heather is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Steve O’Dowd – Divisional Organiser for Billingshurst
Steve’s career was the management and development of large-scale international IT systems. He joined the charity in 2017 as a driver and also as Divisional Organiser for Billingshurst. He became a trustee early in 2019. His focus continues to be to provide the perspective from the division and represent passengers, crew and administrator views. Steve has lived in Billingshurst for over 30 years.