Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive

Stephen has over 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 is a mentor and coach to other charity CEOs through Pilotlight and Kent and Medway Charity Mentors. He lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife and daughter.


John Ashelford, Chairman
John Ashelford, Chairman of Compaid
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.

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.

Carl Francis

Carl is a portfolio manager within digital automation with over 20 years’ experience in both public and private sectors. He has led large transformational change programmes and initiatives. He also has experience as a Director of social enterprise consultancy and a Regional Manager and has designed several international programmes. He has successfully coached and mentored staff and has worked across all clients and hard to reach groups, he opens the line of communication between clients, customers, and businesses to get projects done, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. He has a young family and indulges in music and travel.

Deon Kloppers

Deon is Managing Director of Debca. Before moving into digital marketing in 2013, Deon worked for large multi-nationals like Safmarine and Maersk delivering IT and process optimisation projects. Outside of helping not for profits harness the power of digital marketing, Deon is a typical South African who loves rugby, biltong, boerewors and braais.

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.

Simone Prince

Simone has recently retired. She has a background in accounting and works as a volunteer in Compaid’s Training Centre. Simone enjoys the learning opportunities and social life within the Paddock Wood U3A group.

Andrew Robertson

Andrew is currently the Group Commercial Director of Serco Group plc where he supports the management of their global contracts in the health, defence, justice and immigration sectors. Andrew, a chartered accountant by training, has worked in Investment Banking and was between 2005 and 2008, Deputy Chief Executive of the UK government agency responsible a £55bn capital programme to redevlop England’s secondary school estate. Bringing experience from across the globe as well as with both Uk public and private sector experience, Andrew will support the executive and board in their consideration of Compaid’s contracts with other public sector bodies. Andrew was raised in Kent and currently lives in Westerham, he has two daughters at university and is a keen walker and sailor.

Paul Sheppard

Paul has been a client at Compaid’s Training Centre for over 10 years, and has a keen interest in new technology.

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.

Tom Stevens JP

Tom is a retired chartered builder and building surveyor. A former vice chair of CAB Tunbridge Wells, Trustee at Pepenbury and local authority School governor, Tom now serves as a magistrate and is a Trustee of both Marden Memorial Hall and the Howard de Walden pension board.

David Timms

David currently works for Bupa as Group Head of IT Risk Assurance. He bring 20 years’ experience of helping organisations to manage their information technology, data privacy and cyber risks with a particular focus on the security of IT systems and information. David has helped businesses to manage their risks to keep their systems and information secure and resilient to support the delivery of critical business processes. In his spare time, David enjoys sailing, walking, golf and spending time enjoying good food and wine with friends and family.

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