We currently have a President, 2 Vice Presidents and 11 Trustees who have come to us from a broad spectrum of the Business community. They all have key areas of experience and responsibility i.e. fundraising, business development, education, finance and safeguarding, and geographically represent the Wessex and Thames Valley areas.
Sir John S Evans, QPM, DL, LLB – President
Diana Sale – Vice President
Diana is a retired Chief Nursing Advisor to West Dorset Health Authority and Management Consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She has run her own successful Management Consultancy business since 1995 and is the author of many books on Quality Assurance, Clinical Governance and health care. Diana was Chairman of Weldmar Hospice Care Trust for 10 years and lead the merger of Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice and CancerCare Dorset and is currently a Vice President. She is a Board member of the Friends of Blandford Community Hospital and a Governor at Okeford Fitzpaine CE VA Primary School. Diana has witnessed first hand the destruction of many young lives through drug and alcohol abuse. Having recently retired after 10 years as Chairman, she is proud to continue her involvement as Vice President of Life Education Wessex as she believes the programmes equip the children with the knowledge and skills to cope better with the complexities of the world of the 21st Century.
David Foot – Vice-President
Dave retired in 2000 as Chief Executive of Global Marine Systems Ltd, a profitable business with a turnover of £600 million per annum. With his business background and expertise, Dave is a valuable member of the Finance Committee. He is also past President of Highcliffe Rotary and Chairman of the Trustees of a Museum.
Gary Hepburn – Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Gary has held directorships and senior management positions in public bodies, private companies, pension funds and the government sector. He specialises in community engagement, consumer affairs, health & safety, media and public relations and is Managing Director of Sirius Business Services Ltd, a company that specialises in providing training and consultancy services to GP and Dental Practices and Private Hospitals throughout the south of the UK. Gary has been very active in the health sector being a Non Executive Director of NHS Dorset, Vice Chair of Dorset Community Health Services, Governor of Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and Special Board advisor to NHS Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole on Urgent and Emergency Care and Community Health Services and was also a Mental Health Act Hospital Manager for many years. He also volunteers for South West Ambulance NHS Trust as an Ambulance First Responder attending emergency calls in his local area as well as co-ordinating the Weymouth team of 16 other volunteer First Responders. Gary is a Churchwarden at his local church, Deputy District Commissioner of Weymouth & Portland Scouts and is Chairman of Weymouth Town Charities.
Les is a former Police Officer in the Nottinghamshire and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary’s. The second half of his 30 year Police career utilised his specialist investigative skills around the use of forensic and fingerprint techniques in the investigative process. Since retirement from the Force Les has been involved in the not for profit, voluntary and charity sector, supporting the formation of a charity for the rehabilitation of young offenders. Les was until its merger, CEO of the Heart of Devon Enterprise Agency in Exeter which provided start up business advice and development to small businesses. Formerly Chairman of Honeylands Childrens Charity in Exeter, a charity for children 0-5 years of age who have developmental conditions including autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome and other mental and physical conditions. Les has been a Rotarian for a number of years and is a former President of Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club. Currently an ambassador for Citizens Advice (Services) Exeter, he is also Lead Invigilator at Tiverton High School and President of Exe Valley Rotary Club (2017-2018) in Devon.
Tess started her nursing career in 1975. Over the years she has gained extensive experience in Acute Medicine and Accident & Emergency Nursing. She led from the frontline as Matron and clinical lead for many years and was also a visiting speaker at Bournemouth University. Tess later moved into a managerial role including Deputy Director of Nursing where she was responsible for a number of strategic portfolios, and obtained extensive experience in leading and developing nursing and midwifery services at Dorset County Hospital. In her previous roles she also represented Dorset County hospital as the National Programme lead for “The Emergency Services Collaborative”. Prior to her semi retirement in 2014 she was awarded the GEM Chairman award in recognition of her contribution to services at Dorset County Hospital and the wider local health community. Staying true to her nursing roots Tess is passionate about providing quality care and good patient experience, she now works alongside the Nurse Practitioner team at Weymouth Community Hospital on an As and When basis. Tess is married with one daughter, her hobbies include walking, travel writing, cooking and gardening.
Sharon is an experienced communicator, broadcaster and writer who understands the impact of pictures and words. She helps businesses and organisations of all sizes to get their message “out there” by working with them on key areas of their communication: video, PR, copywriting and bespoke media training. Her career as a journalist and broadcaster started at the BBC, in local and national radio. She then worked for 15 years as one of ITV’s senior correspondents in the South West, covering major regional news stories and providing material for ITV’s national news. For several years she also presented a news roundup in French which was broadcast across the Channel in Britanny! Sharon was a regular presenter on ITV’s Westcountry News before leaving to set up her own business If… Media Ltd. named after her twin boys, Isaac and Felix.
Rosemary Felicity Hedger
Felicity Hedger is a solicitor, practising as a consultant with Humphries Kirk, solicitors who have offices spread across the same geographical area as Life Education. Although Felicity specialises in giving legal advice to elderly clients she has a strong belief in educating children in making healthy choices in a world where there is so much pressure on children. Felicity has been a Trustee for many years and has seen Life Education Wessex grow from providing education to children in Dorset extending to Hampshire, Somerset and Devon.
David Heywood – Chairman of Finance Committee
David, who heads up our Finance Committee, started his career in the City, working at the Scottish Widows setting up pensions for retiring pension scheme members. He loved the contact with the pensioners and spent 42 years in the financial services industry, the last 26 working in investment management, ending up at Brewin Dolphin, the largest nationwide firm of stockbrokers and investment managers. David has been married to Judith for 47 years and they have a son and two lovely grandchildren. David is a trustee of another grant making charity and for the last 20 years has been a ski instructor teaching disabled children to ski.
Martyn is an engineer by profession, he runs his own business dealing in industrial instrumentation and water treatment equipment. He has provided technical and engineering support to Life Education Thames Valley since 2004. Martyn has been a Rotarian for over 20 years, and is a Past President (2003/04) of Newbury Rotary Club. During his Presidency, Rotary celebrated their Centenary and Martyn was instrumental with other Rotarians from East Berkshire Clubs in initiating a project to setup Life Education in Berkshire. This led to the linking together with Life Education Oxfordshire to form Life Education Thames Valley. Under Martyn’s Presidency, Newbury Rotary engaged in a fund raising campaign which raised £120,000+ (in approx. 6 months) towards the purchase of a classroom for West Berkshire, its running costs and fund an educator for the first year. The funding came from local Rotary Clubs, local businesses, charitable trusts and local government. He was a Trustee of Life Education Thames Valley from 2004 until 2014. Martyn oversees maintenance and health and safety issues in the mobile classrooms.
Sue Stockham – Vice-Chairman, Human Resources & Remuneration Committee, Educator Link Trustee
Sue has many years experience of working with pupils aged from 4 to 16, as a teacher and senior manager in secondary and middle schools and as head teacher of a large primary for 13 years before retiring. She has always been a passionate believer in pastoral care and effective, good quality health education for every child, and has been a supporter of the work of Life Education for many years, both professionally and as a parent. Her two daughters still remember their visits to the mobile classroom — though they both have their own careers working with children and young people now! She is pleased to be able to continue her support of this vital work as a trustee of LEW.