Trustees and governance

Avenues is made up of a group of subsidiary organisations, all of which are registered charities and companies limited by guarantee, with the exception of Welmede which is a mutual society, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

 

     
  Governance structure  
     

Trustees are non-executive directors who work on a voluntary basis to make sure we have a clear strategy, the right actions are being taken to deliver the strategy and legal and financial obligations are being met.
The Group operates an overlapping board structure (also known as a common board). This structure provides the opportunity for all of the boards within the group to come together and focus on the business as a whole, essentially working like a fully consolidated board whilst maintaining a group structure.  
The structure enables and enhances governance by streamlining legal arrangements, reducing management time spent on governance, speeding up decision making and facilitating the provision of information to board members who would all meeting together. The structure is comprised of a group of core trustees who sit on every board within the group and then two independent trustees who sit on each individual board. 
All of the trustees on all of the boards, core and independent, meet together and discuss the entire business of the group and individual subsidiaries and for all intents and purposes work together like any normal board.  If there is a conflict of interest between the individual entity organisations the independent trustees deal with the matter and make decisions.
The boards operate a shared committee structe who report to and are accountable to all of the boards.
View our annual reports and accounts.

 

Photograph of Terry Rich, Group Board Chair

Terry Rich, Group Board Chair

Terry has over 30 years’ experience in social care, starting as trainee social worker in 1975 through to serving as a director in three local authorities over 12 years, during which time he transformed social care services from failing to high performing status. Terry established his own consultancy in 2011. He was Chair of London’s Association of Directors for Social Services in 2011 and has served on numerous panels and working groups for the Department of Health.

He is also a member of:

  • Avenues East Board
  • Avenues London Board
  • Avenues South East Board
  • Welmede Housing Board

Photograph of Evlynne Gilvarry

Evlynne Gilvarry

Evlynne has many years experience of working at senior level in large national organisations – most recently as Chief Executive of the General Dental Council, the UK regulator of Dentistry. Prior to that Evlynne was Chief Executive of the General Osteopathic Council, the UK regulator of osteopathy and before that she worked in senior roles for the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales.  Evlynne's career has given her a very detailed understanding of the private sector.

She is also a member of:

  • Avenues East Board
  • Avenues London Board
  • Avenues South East Board
  • Welmede Housing Board
  • Audit and Risk sub-committee

Photograph of Alistair Oag

Alistair Oag

Alistair worked for over 20 years for a global distributor of electronics in various roles including Finance Director, Managing Director and most recently in a global role as Strategy and Business Development Vice President. Alistair now works in a consultancy capacity and is also a non-executive director of IC24.

He is also a member of:

  • Avenues East Board
  • Avenues London Board
  • Avenues South East Board
  • Welmede Housing Board
  • Audit and Risk sub-committee
  • Finance sub-commiitee

Lynne Holmes

Lynne is also a member of:

  • Avenues East Board
  • Avenues London Board
  • Avenues South East Board
  • Welmede Housing Board
  • HR and Nominations sub-commiitee

Photograph of Bruce Calderwood

Bruce Calderwood

Bruce has held a number of senior policy roles, advising Ministers on strategies for older people, disability equality, mental health, adults with autism and people with challenging behaviour. He worked in the Department of Work and Pensions and its predecessor, the Department of Social Security, on housing, state benefits and disability. His final role from 2009-13 was Director of Mental Health, Disability and Equality in the Department of Health.

He is also a member of:

  • HR & Nominations sub-committee
  • Quality, Local Focus and Engagement sub-commiitee

Mark Pittaway

Mark is also a member of:

  • Avenues East Board
  • Avenues London Board
  • Avenues South East Board
  • Welmede Housing Board
  • Finance sub-commiitee

Avenues East: non-executive members

  • Martin Owen (also a member of Audit and Risk sub-committee)

Avenues London: non-executive members

  • Cathryn Law (also a member of HR and Nominations sub-committee)

Avenues South East: non-executive members

  • Paul Newton (also a member of Finance sub committee, and HR and Nominations sub-committee)

Welmede Housing: non-executive members

  • Peter Hepburn (also a member of Audit and Risk sub-committee)
  • Myles Kaplan