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Trustees and governance

Avenues is made up of a group of subsidiary organisations, all of which are registered charities and companies limited by guarantee.

Each subsidiary has its own board of trustees. 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.

A group board oversees the strategic direction of the Avenues group. Membership of the group board is made up of non- executive directors, including the chairs of each subsidiary board, together with the Executive Management Team.  An Audit Sub-Committee and a Remuneration Committee are also part of the governance structure.

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.

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.

Photograph of Alan Cogbill

Alan Cogbill

Alan was a Whitehall civil servant for 35 years rising to Director of Civil Justice and Legal Services and then to Finance Director in the Lord Chancellor's department before becoming Director of the Wales Office. Alan is currently the part time Chief Executive of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Alan chairs our audit sub-committee.

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Janet Coltman

Following the birth of her two children, Janet left the civil service to focus on family commitments and voluntary work. She has taught the Paget-Gorman signing system to parents and support staff at the Meath in Surrey and is a board member of the Surrey Learning Disability Partnership. Janet has also been a person-centred planning facilitator. Her son is supported by Welmede and as a trustee Janet has brought a carer’s perspective to staff training and development.

Photograph of Helen John

Helen John

Helen is a senior civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). She is a chartered accountant with private sector experience and has spent over 20 years at HM Treasury and DWP in finance and policy roles. Helen has a long-held interest in social policy, including heading the DWP team responsible for disability employment policy and the HM Treasury team addressing child poverty.

Photograph of John Langan

John Langan

John became District General Manager of Kingston Health Authority in 1987 and Chief Executive of Kingston Hospital NHS Trust in 1991. He was a founder Director of the NHS Trust Confederation, governor of Kingston University and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, Chairman of the South West London Workforce Development Confederation and Executive Chairman of the South West London Orthopaedic Centre.  After retiring in 2003, John set up a company providing consultancy and software to the NHS. He is also a trustee of a charitable medical foundation.

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 Medway Community Healthcare CIC. He is also a member of our audit sub-committee.

Photograph of David Pyper

David Pyper

David is a former fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force and now works for Hay Group as a consultant specialising in organisation development, performance and reward structures for roles at all levels. David has over 20 years consulting experience with leaders and boards across a broad range of sectors. David is the chair of Avenues London and also chairs our remuneration committee.

Photograph of John Taylor

John Taylor

John has worked in a number of volunteer roles as well as in a shop. He is a member of the District Council Access Group and a management group member for Sevenoaks District Partnership Group for people with a learning disability. John is passionate about supporting disabled people so they can learn new things and go to new places, just like anybody else. John is the Chair of Community Futures.

Photograph of Graham Walker

Graham Walker

Graham Walker has a background in data communications and IT and was previously responsible for business transformational programmes in BT. Graham has been a trustee of Avenues East (previously Optua East Anglia) since 2008 and became chair in 2013. He has been a volunteer with Avenues East’s Active Lifestyles service since 2006 and is also a Parish councillor. Graham is the chair of Avenues East.

Avenues South East: non-executive members

  • Bruce Calderwood, Chair and group board member
  • Rebecca Clutterbuck
  • Mark Devlin
  • Joel Glover
  • Clare Graham
  • Daria Kuznetsova
  • Paul Newton

Avenues London: non-executive members

  • David Pyper, Chair and group board member
  • Ismail Aydiner
  • Carol Beaby-Williams
  • Georgia Jerram
  • Cathryn Law
  • Gary Mercer
  • Evlynne Gilvarry 

Avenues East: non-executive members

  • Graham Walker, Chair and group board member
  • Pamela Nicholson
  • Howard Pugh
  • David Taylor
  • Caroline Tuohy
  • Susan Vaughan-Williams
  • Jeffrey Gritzman
  • Martin Owen
  • Mark Pittaway

Welmede: non-executive members

  • John Langan, Chair and group board member
  • Alan Cogbill
  • Janet Coltman (also a group board member)
  • Stewart Nisbet
  • Richard Sanderson
  • Graham Worsfold
  • Maureen Young