Management team

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Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive
Stephen has nearly 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, and before joining Compaid was in charge of marketing for Leonard Cheshire Disability. He is a former Trustee of both the Institute of Fundraising and the Small Charities Coalition, and has written and presented extensively on charity and fundraising issues. He lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife and daughter.

Trustees

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John Ashelford, Chairman
John, a Fellow of two chartered accountancy bodies, is currently Trustee to two local charities involved in healthcare. Previously he has been an executive with two national charities and more recently was CEO of Hospice in the Weald and Burrswood Hospital, as well as Chairman of KENT LINk the forerunner to Kent HealthWatch. John’s commercial experience spans national and international organisations involved in pharmaceuticals, publishing, retail, transportation and the construction industry.

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Emmanuel Berard
Emmanuel has a varied career in international Human Resources in a number of sectors from global professional services, finance and technology firms. He has a considerable history of involvement in a number of charities: volunteer with the horticultural project at L’Arche, Head of Major Donors for the NSPCC, fundraising for The Food Chain and, until recently, Trustee, Chair of the Strategy and Development Committee for The Children of Calcutta. In his leisure time, Emmanuel is a keen amateur painter.

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John Osmond
John’s career in the Information Technology and Services industry encompassed senior management positions in alliance management, strategy, transformation consultancy, programme and risk management. He also holds board positions as Non-Executive Director of Remploy and as Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. He is a local Kent magistrate and his other interests include skiing, bridge and golf.

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John Turner
A Yorkshire-man by birth, John has had a long career in industry, primarily the automotive sector. He was an economist within Ford of Europe, and subsequently managed their Governmental Affairs activity. Here he was deeply involved in strategic planning, specialising in analysing the external environment. John has also held secondment and consultancy positions with the DTI and the Brussels-based European Automotive industry association.

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Trevor Watkins
A Londoner, married with one married son, Trevor spent over 30 years in various parts of Lloyds Bank, including two spells overseas, before changing tack and moving to Leonard Cheshire Disability, where he headed their Trusts and Lottery fundraising team. Since retiring from Leonard Cheshire in 2009, Trevor has been working as a fundraising consultant. He is also a trustee of Equipment for Independent Living, a small grant making charity.

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Kathy Melling
Kathy comes from a background of supported employment and disability. Her pioneering work in Kent in transforming day services and developing supported employment featured in Changing Days. She became the National Employment Lead for Valuing People Now at the Department for Health in 2009, and was involved in setting up the British Association of Supported Employment where she is still a member of the National Executive Committee. She now works as an independent trainer and consultant, and has being working on the introduction of National Occupational Standards and new qualifications for supported employment. She also leads on employment and supported internships for the Preparing for Adulthood programme.

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Fiona Condron, Treasurer
Fiona is a Partner at BDO LLP and specialises in the audit of charities. Her career started with Deloitte in Leeds, Cape Town and London where she worked with a wide range of public and international corporates. On joining BDO in 2004 Fiona specialised in the Not for Profit Sector. She has worked with many UK brand name charities including Barnardos, Sue Ryder, Help for Heroes, Addaction, Arthritis Research and Amnesty International. Outside of work, Fiona enjoys running and general fitness but spends most of her spare time watching her two young sons enjoying their many sporting activities

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Sairah Merchant
Sairah has been a volunteer at Compaid’s Training Centre since 2012 and has also supported the Outreach team. She has a background in retail management and extensive experience of the issues facing disabled people. Sairah lives in Tonbridge with her family.

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Paul Sheppard
Paul has been a client at Compaid’s Training Centre for nearly eight years, and has a keen interest in new technology.

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Kerry-Ann Francis
Kerry-Ann is Managing Director of Numidia Ltd, a business development and career coaching consultancy. She has extensive experience in sales and business development having worked for companies across the commercial and not for profit sectors, including Salesforce.com, IBM, Salesforce.com, Sedex and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Kerry-Ann hails from the Bronx, New York and holds an MBA, with a focus on marketing and leadership, from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

In her spare time, Kerry-Ann relishes family time with her daughter and husband, loves to travel and is a keen Zumba advocate and a karaoke queen!

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Christopher Shawdon
Christopher’s business expertise is in developing and delivering technology services for airlines. Within that, his passion is building data-driven processes to deliver value and innovation. Outside of paid work, he is a member of Pilotlight, a charity that connects skilled volunteers with charitable organisations to help them become more effective. He also enjoys travel and an active social life.