Our Trustees

Paul Hickman Chair of Trustees

Paul has been a Trustee with Help and Care since June 2003 and was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees in November 2004. Paul has indicated to the Board of his wish to step down this autumn:

I have been a Trustee of Help & Care for 15 years, just under half of its great life, and I have had the privilege of serving as the Chair of Trustees for 13 of those 15 years. It is time for change, I know the Board is ready and they have accepted my wish to retire at the end of August this year. I thank everyone for their support and loyalty and wish Help & Care the very best of futures.


To find more information about the role and an Application pack, please visit our page Opportunities with us.

Rachel Bowen

Rachel is currently working in communications for Bournemouth University.  She previously worked, for several years, in policy and campaigns for disability charities, as well as volunteering with charities such as Seeability and Headway.  Having seen first hand, the difference that support services can make to people in very difficult situations.

Rachel understands the importance of Help and Care's work and looks forward to contributing to its next steps.

Fiona Knight

Fiona Knight is a Solicitor and until recently a Director and Head of Property for a large local firm.  She is past President of the Bournemouth & District Law Society and is currently its Treasurer.

Fiona joined Help & Care as a Trustee in 2014.  She brings with her the benefit of her commercial business, financial and management experience along with her local professional contacts.  Motivated to make a difference, she feels being a Trustee of Help & Care is an opportunity to support the great work done by the organisation and help it to develop further to cope with the ever growing need for services for older people, their families and carers.

Sara Mousley

Sara is currently working for a group of local Care Homes on the Isle of Wight as Activities Co-ordinator,  She also runs her own Health and Wellbeing business, which includes producing a free annual Directory of Wellbeing services available to the Isle of Wight community.
Sara’s previous experience includes working for both the public (NHS) and private sector, as well as a number of VCS organisations as a Project Manager, covering initiatives such as Work/Life Balance, Family Friendly Policies, Equality and Diversity, Child and Family Care and Youth Services. Sara is also a qualified NLP Practitioner, Holistic Therapist and Nursery Nurse - as well as a professional musician in a ‘previous life’! Sara feels it is important that the Isle of Wight is represented at Board level. 

Neil Bacon

Neil works for Accenture, who are one of the largest Technical Consultancies globally. Accenture transforms the worlds largest companies and Governments ICT to help them to become the best performing companies they can be. Neil is also involved in a number of Trade Associations which work alongside Government to transform the UK Public Sector using digital technologies. 

Ted Taylor

Ted Taylor retired in 1993 after spending his working life as a Youth Worker, first for Bournemouth Council and then for Dorset County Council.

Ted joined Help and Care as a Trustee in 1993 after recognising the charity’s positive thinking towards older people. He has since devoted his energies to ensuring that older people remain involved and that Help and Care services and actions are based on their needs and concerns.

Roger Browning

Roger grew up in West Howe, Bournemouth graduated from the NHS Management Training Scheme and became Chief Executive at Dorset HealthCare Trust in 1992 which, under his leadership became one of the best performing mental health trusts in the country. Roger was made an honorary doctor of education at Bournemouth University last year. A member of Littledown Harriers and veteran of more than 30 marathons, he hopes to take part in two races this year, the London Marathon and up a mountain in Switzerland.


Adrian Dawson

Adrian has worked in the NHS for 38 years.  He qualified as a doctor and has worked in hospital 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 peoples health.

Kathie Pearce

Kathie has a wealth of experience in senior strategic roles both in employment & voluntary trustee roles. She was brought in to transform and modernise sheltered housing and the emergency alarm service, as part of Hounslow Homes, and was also involved with a major strategic review of older people's services by the London borough of Hounslow.

Kathie is passionate about social housing and community development of services for vulnerable people & diverse communities.

Tricia Nicholson

Tricia is a registered nurse currently working in kidney dialysis. Previous experience includes nursing in various NHS settings and nursing homes and as a university researcher doing research reviews and health economics costing/cost-effectiveness analyses for the NHS and Department of Health. From these and personal experiences she truly appreciates the value of Help & Care providing help to older/vulnerable people and those assisting them. She feels passionately about supporting the organisation as it plans for the future challenges of increasing need.

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