Meet Our Trustees
The Homelink Board of Trustees consists of up to 12 Trustees with a range of skills and expertise and meet 11 times a year (which includes an AGM) to monitor and review the progress against our charitable objectives.
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Lesley Seddon – (Co-Chair)
I have worked as a General practitioner in the area for 30 years. I also have worked as a Trust Surgeon at West Middlesex University Hospital for a similar time. Through my work in these areas I have gained a wide knowledge and experience of the problems of Ageing and Dementia. Over the years I have observed the trauma and stress that the families of elderly infirm and people suffering from dementia experience. Treating patients on a daily basis with these problems gives me a great insight into their needs and the difficulties. I was invited many years ago to become a trustee of Homelink. The aspect of being a respite centre for the carers to have their loved one cared for was the most important factor in wanting to be involved.
Elizabeth Kerrigan – (Co-Chair)
I have recently retired from running my own company in the agriculture and related industries sector. One of the roles I held was company secretary of an agricultural charity where I was responsible for the administration, organisation and operational delivery of the charity’s objectives.
I also have personal experience of being a principal carer for my late husband and therefore fully recognise the importance of providing an opportunity for carers’ to have a few hours break. Homelink provides this very important respite whilst ensuring the care and support needs of the person they look after are being met in a welcoming, warm, and professional environment.
On a professional level, as a former Partner of MORI, the market and social research firm, I have worked with both private and public sector organisations to understand the views of their stakeholders to help drive improvements. My experience covers research on: design, product and service development; customer and staff engagement; communications and perception. On a personal level, my father was principal carer for my late mother who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain. I am a strong believer in community service and have been privileged to serve a range of organisations in many different roles.
I recently retired after a career as a military and airline pilot spending most of my latter years in management positions thus gaining experience in budgeting, project planning and formulation of procedures. I was drawn to being a Homelink trustee through contact with the charity as a volunteer driver. I am impressed by the warmth and care dispensed by the staff and volunteers and I believe that Homelink gives great value for money and can go from strength to strength in the wonderful new centre.
After meeting Jen and Trustees Peter and Steve, I was not only impressed with the level of professionalism but also of the care and warmth delivered by the team. I have worked for over 20 years managing large teams within the automotive industry with planning, budgeting and people management experience and would like to think that I can help Homelink with its continued success. I have family that have worked in elderly care for many years so understand the reward it can give and I am looking forward to playing my part.
From the moment I walked through the door I knew that I wanted to be part of Homelink. The warmth and cheerfulness of the staff and volunteers and the quality of the services provided both for the clients and their carers is an inspiration. I then met the Trustees and was equally impressed by their professionalism and passion for Homelink. My background is in law. I originally qualified as a solicitor, but have spent the past 30 years working as the Chief Executive of a barristers’ Chambers which has involved me in all aspects of the barristers’ practices and the operation of the business.
Having been introduced to the Homelink it was inspiring to see the great the work do for the local community and I was keen to be involved. My work background covers the manufacturing and software industries managing commercial activities, teams and delivering process improvement project to drive better outcomes. My Mum suffered from dementia and I know the impact that it can have on family, friends and loved ones and I hope that some of my experience will allow me to make a positive contribution to the services Homelink provides and help in supporting its future plans.
I am now retired playing golf and learning to glide. I worked for GlaxoSmithKline at Brentford for 25 years, mainly as a Finance Director in the Corporate Finance area. I have done many different finance roles over the years so I will bring a lot of Financial experience to Homelink.
Archdeacon Richard Frank
Richard grew up in London and then Birmingham and studied engineering at university. He served as Youth & Children’s Worker for a Birmingham parish church before training for ordination at Ridley Hall and then enjoyed five years serving in a Chelmsford Diocese parish in east London. Richard became Vicar of All Souls near Twickenham in 2005 and served as Area Dean for Hounslow. He became Archdeacon of Middlesex in March 2020, a role which involves supporting some 90 churches and nearly 200 clergy across this part of the Diocese of London, working directly for the Bishop of Kensington. Richard is married to Catherine and they have two older teenage children and a well-loved dog “Rolo”. Richard is a bit of a computer geek, loves photography and aspires to running.
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