Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is Help & Care’s governing body. It is formed by eight members who volunteer their time to supervise and ensure the organisation is well managed, follows legal requirements, and operates with agreed policies and budget.


Adrian has worked in the NHS for 38 years.  He qualified as a doctor and has worked in hospitals and general practice. While working abroad for a small voluntary sector organisation, he developed an interest in the health needs of populations and communities and began a career in public health. 

He has worked at senior level in NHS Management in Dorset for many years, retiring in 2013. He retains an interest in the use of research and evidence for promoting people's health.


Ann is an experienced occupational therapist and strategic leader with 30 years’ experience working across the voluntary and statutory sectors in health and social care. She has a proven track record in business transformation, quality improvement, innovation, performance management and team leadership.  

Her career has been based around London and the home counties, and her decade as Chief Executive of a charity in London provides valuable experience to draw upon in her trustee role. She relocated to Hampshire and took up a role with Dorset CCG where she came into contact with Help & Care and consequently joined as a trustee.


Claire’s career spans over 30 years working in roles such as Trustee, Board member, Executive Director and Senior Manager in a variety of health and social care organisations, in the statutory, private and charitable sectors. She now works nationally as a consultant and assignments often involve developing transformation strategies, improving outcomes for people using services and making the money work better. She has specific experience in safeguarding adults works as a safeguarding board Chair, a LGA professional advisor and being independently commissioned to undertake complex investigations.

In her role as Director of Enterprise and Finance at Help and Care, she was inspired and gained experience of ‘what good looks like’ to enable peoples experiences to shape service development and improvement. This was through the creativity and talent of the people working with the Healthwatch organisations. Her passion continues for listening to, and involving people using services, across her work.

She is currently exploring circularity and sustainability in the health and social care economy, building on her foundation as an Economics graduate, career in health and social care, and her recent postgraduate studies in sustainability. She likes to find time to get out sailing in faraway places and enjoying and participating in all kinds of music.

Nick Yeo

Nick Yeo started his NHS career in 1984 and worked as a Board Director in the NHS for over 17 years, most recently as a Non-Executive Director for Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. After leaving the NHS in 2019, Nick  retrained as a teacher in Further Education, completing his PGCE at the University of Portsmouth in July 2021. His work interests include governance and organisational development. Nick is a keen cyclist and walker.

Peter Ashcroft

Peter has worked in the charity sector for nearly 20 years, most recently with Save the Children and with Macmillan Cancer Support. His roles have included leadership positions in Research, Fundraising and Marketing, Strategy and Transformation.

He lives in Christchurch with his wife and two young children; when he can get away from the Lego and the computer screen, he loves being outdoors, including on his allotment.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah has worked in health care for over 12 years, with 10 years at Dorset County Hospital as a Service Manager, across many specialties. Sarah now works in private healthcare as a Regional Director. Sarah has experience in marketing and commercial development, and a track record of commercial growth.

Sarah has a keen interest in studying and understanding health inequalities and supporting the NHS to address these. In her spare time, Sarah loves to exercise, and in particular, walking with her French Bulldog.

Steve Jenkin

Most recently Steve held the position of Chief Executive of Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead for six years. Previous to this role he was Chief Executive of a social enterprise running adult community services, including 12 community hospitals across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Prior to that Steve was Director of Health & Social Care with national charity Sue Ryder and chief executive of FitzRoy, a national charity supporting people with a learning disability. Locally, Steve was the founding chair of a night shelter in Bournemouth in 1993; in addition, he held senior roles with Care South (formerly The Dorset Trust). Steve has an MBA through The Open University.

Terry Hayden

Terry has been an accountant for most of his professional life and has worked for several large corporations before deciding to become a self-employed accountant, helping companies battle with new systems, regulations, and general management accounting challenges, on a part time basis.

He has also spent many years as a professional/semi-professional pianist, having passed grade 8 pianoforte and theory of music at the age of 14. He has played at many venues in the area, and also the Albert Hall, and the Royal Yacht. He now plays with several choirs, and also as a solo artist, raising funds for Macmillan Caring Locally.

His hobbies and interests include golf, cricket, snooker and bridge. His wife Anne is a retired GP, who was awarded an MBE for her services to the improvement of mental health in children. She is currently working with various projects and organisations within the community aimed at improving emotional health and well being.

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