Trustees

Governance of Whiteley Village


To ensure that the money he bequeathed was utilised in accordance with his wishes, William Whiteley, the Village’s founder, nominated “eight trustworthy persons” to act as Original Trustees, two of whom were his sons, Frank and William.

Today, the stewardship of Whiteley’s legacy is entrusted to no fewer than nine independent, unpaid Trustees, chaired by Peter Wilkinson CBE and supported by the Governance and Compliance Officer, Jane Simpson. The Board of Trustees administers the Trust and is responsible for the well-being of the community.

A number of Committees have been established to support the business of the Main Board:

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Today’s Trustees

Mr Peter Wilkinson CBE – Chair of the Trust

peter wPeter has been a trustee since 2009. At that time he was Managing Director of the Audit Commission, responsible for its overall strategy and policy, and its programme of in-depth studies improving value for money of local public services. During over 20 years he held a variety of senior roles, having joined the Commission in 1990 and its top management team in 1995. His research work included many aspects of local authority services, the care of older people, the NHS and the emergency services. Peter is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the University of Durham. He joined the Army at 17 and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1972. He had several roles in regiments and on the staff, including three years as a weapons staff officer in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.

Peter left the Army in 1990 and retired from the Audit Commission in 2011. He is an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the East Molesey Conservation Area Advisory Committee. He was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2009.


Professor Mark Britton, MSc MD FRCP – Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee

Mark was Consultant Physician with an interest in Chest Diseases at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey until November 2011. He had previously held various management posts within the Trust including the post of Medical Director. Simultaneously he held Honorary Senior Lecturer appointments at St George’s Hospital and Imperial College, London. Chairman of the British Lung Foundation from 1999 to 2005, he is currently a Vice President, and Honorary Medical Advisor. In 2005 he was appointed a Trustee of National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) and the following year, a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, chairing their Advisory Council until 2012.

Mark has a long standing interest in Occupational Lung Disease, especially Asbestos-related diseases, including Mesothelioma. Between 2000 and 2011 he advised the Department of Trade and Industry as a member of the Medical Reference Panel for the COPD Compensation Scheme for Coal Miners and in 2003, was appointed by the Department of Works and Pensions as an Independent Member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and a Member of their Research Working Group, a position from which he has recently stepped down after 10 years. Mark continues as an Honorary Consultant at St Peter’s, as well as continuing to practise privately.


Dr Beverly Castleton

beverly castletonBeverly’s specialist expertise is in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders which gives her experience in managing chronic disease and working with patients and carers to enable them to become experts themselves.

As a Consultant Geriatrician, Beverly has encouraged the development of integrated services for Older People and those people with long-term conditions. As a Change Agent Team expert she has helped to develop the concept of Intermediate Care in the UK and lectures extensively at National Conferences on Telehealth, Telecare, Assistive Technology and IT.

Beverly has held positions in several advisory groups for the Department of Health and has been a Health Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee. She was a member of the Championing Single Assessment Process (SAP) Group, and has held posts at SEC Strategic Health Authority (SECSHA) which included an appointment as Clinical Adviser for Long Term Conditions from 2009 – 2011.

Beverly was elected President of the Telemedicine and EHealth Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2012 for one year and was recently appointed as a Clinical Advisor to SEHTA (South East Health Technologies Alliance).


Mr Roger Formby MA (Oxon)

rogerAn alumnus of Magdalen College, University of Oxford and former Chair of the Whiteley Homes Trust (2007-2012), Roger is a career lawyer, having served as Head of Property and then Managing Partner of City law firm Macfarlanes and as Chief Executive of Mundays. He is also a former Trustee and Chairman of Voices for Hospices, a Charity promoting and co-ordinating simultaneous musical performances to raise funds for, and awareness of, palliative care units throughout the U.K. and around the world and has, since, 1982 been a volunteer fundraiser for the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher. He serves on Whiteley’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee.


Mr Keith Hiscock MA

keith hiscockAfter reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University Keith started as a stockbroker in the City of London where he has been ever since. Keith is currently the Chief Executive of an equity research firm called Hardman & Co, of which he is also the major shareholder.

Keith supports three charities: SnowCamp (which takes disadvantaged inner city teenagers life skills in a completely different environment from which there are used, i.e. whilst on a skiing holiday), he is a member of the Board of Benefactors of his Oxford college and finally Whiteley of course.

Before being appointed a trustee at Whiteley Keith was a special advisor on the Fundraising and Marketing Committee and has been particularly involved in the Alms Race and offering advice on financing future developments in the Village. Outside work Keith enjoys skiing and Arts & Crafts architecture.


Professor David Perry

David has over 30 years experience in senior management in Health and Social Care. He has been a provider, a commissioner and a regulator. As CEO for the NHS in Oxfordshire, David was accountable for 25 hospitals (including the University Teaching Hospital), mental health, learning difficulties and community services.

As company Vice Chairman of one of the largest social care providers, he was the “Responsible Person” for 130 children’s, mental health, learning difficulties and elderly care services.

David has worked with Local Authorities, pharmaceuticals, medical products and with investors – at home and overseas.

He chairs two charities – RESEC (Research in Specialist and Elderly Care) and The Ethox Foundation, helping to improve ethics in Health and Social Care.

David is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College (University of Oxford) and serves on Whiteley’s Community, Care and Resources Committee.


Mr Michael Pomery CVO, MA, FIA

Michael spent his career as a consulting actuary, retiring from Hewitt, formerly Bacon & Woodrow, in 2006. He graduated in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in 1966 and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1970. After two years teaching Maths at secondary school level in a developing country with Voluntary Service Overseas, he returned to Bacon & Woodrow in 1972 and became a Partner in 1973, advising companies and trustees on all aspects of pensions.

Michael is a Past President of the Institute of Actuaries, having served as President from 2004 to 2006, when he steered the profession through the Morris Review and a strategic review of the future of the professional body in the post-Morris era. Since 2006, he has been active in the International Actuarial Association, including chairing the IAA Professionalism Committee from 2008-2011, and currently sits on its Nominations Committee. He served two six-year terms as a member of the Council of the Institute of Actuaries between 1996 and 2009. He was a member of the profession’s Pensions Board from 1992 to 2002 and was Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2000. In 2001, he received the President’s Award for outstanding contribution to the actuarial profession. Michael is chairman of the Pensions Policy Institute and of the Supervisory Board of the Schroders Charity Common Investment Funds, Honorary President of the Pensions Archive Trust and a Trustee of the charitable trust of the Worshipful Trust of Actuaries. Michael became a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2007 for actuarial services to the Royal Households. He serves on Whiteley’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee.


Mr Michael Sadler LLB, MA, FCCA – Chair of the Care, Community and Resources Committee

Born in Stranraer Scotland, Mike studied Law and Economics at Aberdeen University. Working firstly as an Industrial Engineer at Procter and Gamble for five years and then began a long career with Mars Inc. He fulfilled three different roles during his 28 years with Mars, located in Belgium, Britain and – for 14 years – in the United States. Initially Finance Director of Mars Limited, this was followed by a period as President of Mars Electronics Intermational where he transformed a failing Company to be the world-leader in the market for coin changers and banknote acceptors.
Mike’s career with Mars culminated with his appointment as Corporate Vice-President for Organisation and Personnel where he organized the retirement of both of the Mars brothers and restructured the Group to be managed by non-family professionals. Now retired from business, Mike is heavily involved in Charity work, plays golf and referees soccer matches at the weekend. He loves music, reads a lot and likes to travel.


Mr Jason Shaw ACA, MCMI, CMgr – Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee

Jason ShawJason has been involved with The Whiteley Homes Trust since 2012 when he became Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee. He is absolutely delighted to become a Trustee of Whiteley Village and to help shape the future of the organisation.

Originally from Glasgow, Jason is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked with a number of blue chip organisations in senior finance roles. Jason thoroughly enjoys working with progressive organisations helping to make the right decisions.


Mr Stuart Shilson LVO

Stuart ShilsonStuart grew up in Surrey. After graduating from Oxford and then Cambridge he was called to the Bar and practised as a Barrister for a number of years before joining McKinsey & Company where he is now a Senior Partner. At McKinsey he advises a variety of private, public and third sector organisations around the world on a wide range of matters, including strategy, finance, organisation and operations.

Stuart has also spent significant time in public sector roles including as a Senior Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office (in what became part of the Prime Minster’s Strategy Unit) and as one of The Queen’s Private Secretaries (for which he was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order). Stuart’s charitable and voluntary work includes serving as a trustee and member of the worldwide governing body of the Order of St John, (a UN-accredited international health/wellbeing charity in over 40 countries with more than 350,000 volunteers), and serving on the Charities Committee of the Drapers Company. He is also an Honorary Steward of Westminster Abbey and a Fellow of Goodenough College, London.


Mr Duncan Straughen BA(Hons)

Duncan Straughen - CopyDuncan was appointed to his current role in the Wates family office (owners of the £1Bn turnover construction group which bears their name) in April 2008, and was recruited to work very closely with family members to help create the infrastructure and support for an actively engaged owners group. A major part of the role has been to help complete a highly successful transfer of ownership between 3rd and 4th generations of family owners. He had previously been Chief Operating Officer for South East England Development Agency (SEEDA). In this role he had responsibility for the Development and Infrastructure Division of the Agency as well as Finance, HR, IT and Performance Development. Before joining SEEDA, he was Commercial Director on the NHS LIFT program for Carillion plc, and was involved in other PFI/PPP initiatives. Prior to that, from 1997 to 2002 he was Managing Director of Hong Kong Land Infrastructure, during which period he built a new team to conduct this business, and completed a number of investments in major transportation, power, water, telecoms and logistics projects. He serves on Whiteley’s Audit and Compliance and Strategy and Development Committees.


Ms Jackie Stevens BA(Hons)

jackie stevensJackie has lots of experience of working across a range of NHS settings: from the Department of Health to working with NHS boards to develop effective governance arrangements.

Jackie’s current role is working in a commissioning NHS organisation that is responsible for commissioning local services for the community it serves.

Jackie has the lead on patient and public engagement. She feels very passionately about involving and engaging with members of the public in the commissioning and delivery of effective healthcare. She is also the lead for communications within the organisation and provide advice to the Governing Body (Board) on the likely impact of decisions on organisational reputation and how to best manage this.

Mr Mike Tolley BSc(Hons) PPCSI – Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Development Committee

Mike Tolley - CopyA graduate in construction technology from University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, Mike is a former Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, former Member of institute of Structural Engineers and Past President of the Construction Surveyors Institute. Following an early career with Wates Built Homes & the Greater London Council, where he rose to be acting District Surveyor, Mike made the move into private practice in 1974. During 30 years as a partner at Cluttons he advised on a range of complex and large-scale projects for a diverse group of organisations including IBM, the National Theatre, Church Commissioners, the Bahrain Royal Family & various property investment groups. From 1992 he began advising on and monitoring various development projects for the Crown Estate’s London portfolio, culminating in a secondment for several years as a special advisor to the Crown Estate. Now retired, Mike is Chair of Trustees of the Cluttons Final Salary Pension Scheme and has been a Trustee of Whiteley Village since the autumn of 2010.


Mrs Aileen Woollhead LLB(Hons), DLP, DESU, ACA, MCT

A qualified lawyer, accountant and treasurer, Aileen has spent most of her career in corporate treasury in large multi-nationals (including Petrofina, Gallaher and Avery Dennison) with responsibility for global banking relationships, negotiation of all credit lines, FX risk management, financing of acquisitions and world-wide projects including those in less developed and hyper inflationary countries. After leaving full time employment she took on part time consultancy roles including Finance Director of a new start up and property management for a family company. She joined the Board of Whiteley Homes in 2007, becoming Chair of the Finance Committee in 2010 and Chair of the Board in June 2012. As a member of The Two Percent Club, Network of Woman Chairs and Ernst & Young London’s Women’s Network Aileen is a keen advocate of increasing the number of female directors appointed to corporate boards.


In addition to the Trustees, Heather Kerswell and Peter Taylor sit as independent advisors to the Board