Trustees

Our board of trustees is responsible for governance and for ensuring that the policies, plans and resources are in place to deliver the strategic objectives of the trust. The trustees work on a voluntary basis and have a wealth of experience to support the Executive Leadership Team.

John Whittaker

Chair

John Whittaker

Chair

Following retirement in 2015, John took on roles in a number of charitable and professional organisations. He was appointed as a Trustee of Amica (then SRT) in 2016 and became Chair of Trustees the following year. His professional background was as a Chartered Town Planner. He worked across the UK and internationally as a Managing Director and Operations Board member of a multidiscipline environmental consultancy.

 

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Adam Rawicz

Vice Chair 

Adam Rawicz

Vice Chair 

Recently retired, Adam had a long career in  Electronics Product Development and   Manufacturing. On retirement, Adam was Managing Director of a Division of TDK Corporation of Japan, Adam's  responsibilities  included a network of sales offices across Europe and Israel, a factory in the UK and a factory in Israel.

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Jim Baker

Trustee

Jim Baker

Trustee

Jim spent his working career in television as a Broadcasting Engineer Manager and Television Lighting Director. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers. Since retiring, he has been actively involved with fundraising and has been Chair of Governors for a Taunton school.

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Lesley Darts

Treasurer

Lesley Darts

Treasurer

With a degree in Maths and a PGCE, Lesley worked as a maths teacher. After a career break while her children were small, she worked as a part-time teacher, supply teacher and a further education lecturer. In 1997 Lesley re-trained as an accountant, working for Sedgemoor District Council and the UK Hydrographic Office. Lesley achieved full professional status as an accountant in 2008.

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Simon Corrick

Trustee

Simon Corrick

Trustee

Simon was born in Somerset and lived here until graduating from Exeter University and starting work in the NHS.

He worked in the NHS for 34 years returning to Somerset for the latter part of his employment where he worked as Project Director for the 5 new Community Hospitals constructed within the County.

He now lives in the County and is actively involved in keeping fit, walking and spending time with his family and pets. He continues a voluntary role as mentor to NHS project managers within the NHS and is a member of Somerset County Cricket club and a fan of Bath Rugby.

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Vanda Crow

Trustee

Vanda Crow

Trustee

Vanda worked in the NHS for 43 years within community nursing roles and safeguarding. She also has experience of working as a nurse consultant within care homes. She is currently Chair of the Somerset branch of the Royal College of  Nursing, a parish councillor, a member of Villages Together and a trustee for Dementia Alliance for Sedgemoor.

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Alan Ladd

Trustee

Alan Ladd

Trustee

Alan’s long career was within the manufacturing industry and he retired as Operations Director of Westland Helicopters Ltd in Somerset. Since retirement he has been a trustee and Chair of Westland's pension scheme and Taunton Heritage Trust. He has also been significantly involved in a number of local community projects.

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Graham Briscoe

Trustee

Graham Briscoe

Trustee

Since retiring in 2005 from a career in management with Sun Alliance, Graham has been involved in further education, housing associations non-executive directorships and charity appointments. Graham is also Chair of the Trustees for a charity supporting   disadvantaged young people and families in the South–East.

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Dr. Jurai Darongkamas

Trustee

Dr. Jurai Darongkamas

Trustee

Jurai has worked in the NHS for over 30 years including as Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Divisional Strategic Responsibilities in a large Midlands Trust. She is also Director of a non-nhs private clinical psychology service.  An Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), Specialist in Psychotherapy, Former: Chair W. Mids (DCP, BPS); Director of a Postgraduate Psychological Therapy course; Trust Governor and; Lead in an NHS Trust for people with complex difficulties. 

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