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 14 independent, unpaid Trustees, chaired by Rod Bennion, OBE and supported by the Governance and Compliance Officer, Jane Simpson and Special Advisor, Heather Kerswell.

The Board of Trustees administers the Trust and is responsible for the well-being of the community.


Whiteley Homes Trust – Board of Trustees


Rod Bennion OBE – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Rod Bennion

Rod has extensive experience across the residential property and care sectors and is passionate about providing choices in housing and care which gives respect to all. He previously served as Group Chief Operating Officer for The Wates Group and as non-executive Chairman of Home Group, the largest housing association provider of care and housing to vulnerable people in the UK.

Rod has a long-standing commitment to the not-for-profit sector and was Chairman of St Christopher’s Hospice in south east London – the founding hospice of the modern hospice movement. He was also Chairman of The Construction Youth Trust from 2000-2014 and is a trustee of The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers’ Charitable Trust, which supports people with sensory deprivation.


Melbourne Barrett

Melbourne Barrett

Mel is Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. He has a track record in the successful management of large scale customer facing services, organisational change and transformation initiatives, and the delivery of large scale regeneration and development projects.

Mel is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, holds a BSc(Hons) in Land Management and an MBA from Cass Business School, City University.


Michael Berry

Michael Berry

With qualifications in architecture and property development, Mike has spent most of his career working in the Higher Education (HE) sector – most recently at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specialises mainly in master planning, property maintenance and the delivery of capital projects and programmes.

Mike is drawn to organisations with a strong sense of history, place and purpose. He is a passionate advocate of using the built environment to improve the experience of all that use or come into contact with the estate and its services, ensuring investment is targeted to foster a strong sense of community and delivers sustainability in the widest sense.


Dr Beverly Castleton

Beverly Castleton

Beverly’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 Tele-medicine and E-Health 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).


Roger Formby

Roger Formby

An 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.

Roger serves on Whiteley’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee.


Keith Hiscock

Keith Hiscock

After 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.


Tom Hoskin

Tom Hoskin

Tom is a specialist in communications and is currently Managing Director, Group Media Relations for Barclays. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he started his career in the UK Diplomatic Service fast stream, serving in a variety of roles. He was posted to the embassy in Dublin as Second Secretary, later First Secretary.

Returning to London he joined the FCO news department as the Europe spokesman, later serving as the spokesman for three Foreign Secretaries. He was seconded to 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister’s Deputy Spokesman. Leaving the civil service, he joined Tesco as Media Director for six years prior to joining Barclays.


Fiona McAnena

Fiona McAnena

Fiona is a strategic marketer with thirty years’ experience, gained in brand management and innovation roles at Unilever, PepsiCo and Bupa, and as a marketing consultant and business leader with Added Value and WPP. She has worked with a wide range of organisations and sectors, and with a multiplicity of stakeholders.

She is also an experienced non-executive director. Her board roles include CityWest Homes (past) and Cafedirect plc (past), British Rowing (current) and Norman Broadbent plc (current). Fiona has a degree in Natural Sciences from St John’s College Cambridge, where she also won a rowing blue. She is still an active rower and a keen runner. She ran the 10k in the 2019 Whiteley Races.


Liz Peace CBE

Liz Peace

Liz Peace has more than 35 years’ experience in government and the property sector. She spent her early career in the Ministry of Defence, eventually becoming a key player in the creation of QinetiQ plc. She subsequently served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry.

Liz now has a non-executive portfolio career including at Howard de Walden Estates, RPS Group plc, and RDI REIT plc. She is Chairman of the Government Property Agency, the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Centre for London and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. Most recently, Liz was appointed Chairman of the Shadow Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.


Michael Pomery CVO

Michael Pomery

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.


Michael Sadler – Chair of the Care, Community and Resources Committee

Mike Sadler

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 International where he transformed a failing company to be the world-leader in the market for coin changers and banknote accepters.

Mike’s career with Mars culminated with his appointment as Corporate Vice-President for Organisation and Personnel where he organised 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.


Duncan Straughen

Duncan Straughen

Duncan 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.

Duncan serves on Whiteley’s Audit and Compliance and Strategy and Development Committees.


Mike Tolley – Chair of the Development Committee

Mike Tolley

A 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.