Meet the involve Trustees
James Harrison is a Principle Consultant with DXC technology’s Consultancy Services, undertaking advisory assignments with FTSE 250 Global Organisations. A former Army Officer, coupled with an extensive Leadership and Management background, James brings significant experience in Strategy, Planning and Transformational Change. James has been a trustee with involve for since 2015, having joined the Board in order to provide a new perspective gained from his commercial experience to support the ongoing development and growth of the local charity sector. He undertook the position as Chair of the involve board in 2016.
In keeping with his military background, James is keen to support the local community, and views involve as a lynch-pin in driving Bracknell and Wokingham to the successful delivery of local charitable and support services. With the ongoing support of the other involve Board Members, the involve Team and wider community, James believes involve will continue to be seen as an essential part of Bracknell and Wokingham’s community services by local businesses, charitable organisations and local government.
Peter joined the board because an acquaintance, Simon Drew persuaded him to become “involved”. He had recently given up full time employment and was looking for useful things to do. Having been a resident of Bracknell since 1969 [on and off], giving some time to help with a local charity appealed to him.
What continues to motivate him as a trustee is simply the commitment and ethos of the Staff at involve. When he joined, other than scanning the website, he had very little knowledge of the organization. However the more time he has spent with us, the more he has come to understand the quality and importance of the services provided.
His motivation is focused on finding a route to providing some level of long term financial security for involve, thus allowing the staff to continue doing what they do very well, i.e. delivering an expanding range of key services in Bracknell and Wokingham and beyond [East Berkshire].
Kate joined the board because she wanted to contribute to her local community and thought that involve would be a good way to do this for many different organisations.
She told us that the opportunity to help others achieve their goals, to help people learn, develop and grow is what drives her to be a trustee. Through her broad range of experience gained over 30 years in the corporate world, she specialises in Human Resources and has lived and worked in the US, Japan, Canada and Thailand.
Kate believes that involve has a critical role to play in the local communities that it supports and that ensuring the long term success of the organisation is critical for all of us.
Fiona joined the board because she passionately believes in local charities, support and volunteering doing great things for local people.
Whilst she doesn’t have time to commit as much to charities as she would like, this gives her the opportunity to help multiple organisations in the sector – albeit at a high level.
What continues to motivate her as a trustee is seeing the continued hard work of Phil and his team do to support organisations and individuals across the local area. She also thinks that our updates regarding training, befriending and general governance a real pleasure to receive. She told us they remind her of the goodness in people.
She has considerable corporate and digital experience and she feels her skills in defining vision, mission, strategy, objectives and prioritisation should help.
Mike works as a public affairs specialist in public consultation, specialising in local government level contact.
Mike has been a councillor on four local government authorities including London Borough of Hillingdon and as a cabinet member for adult social services of Bedfordshire County Council,
Mike has worked as non-executive member on a number of public bodies at director and trustee level including the Bedfordshire Probation Trust, Bedfordshire CAB, Mental Health Trust Luton and Bedfordshire and Hillingdon Community Trust.
Since moving to Bracknell Forest, Michael has been keen to be work in the voluntary sector.
Mike says that he hopes to offer the board his experience of working between local government and the voluntary sector.
In his spare time mike is a folk singer and MC at festivals around the country
John is a Strategic Development Director and in the past has been very successful in developing people and generating income. He hopes to help involve to continue to develop and grow as a charity, and also to help staff and fellow trustees to reach their potential.
Malcolm is a chartered electrical engineer and chartered physicist, who spent most of his industrial life in the computer industry, rising from research engineer to a variety of director positions.. On retirement, he spent ten years in general management consultancy.
His voluntary experience includes extensive cancer related work and educational activities. He was a governor of Bracknell and Wokingham College for 16 years, and ended a vice chairman.
Geoffrey Howard Taylor is a chartered civil engineer having worked, and is continuing to work, in the construction industry all his professional life, both in the UK and in Africa.
He was chairman of the South Hill Park Arts Centre from 2010 to 2016. He was a District Councillor for Bracknell Forest 1983 to 1997 and a Berkshire County Councillor 1985 to 1989. Being trustee of involve gives him, he hopes, an opportunity to use his knowledge of local government in Bracknell in particular, to the benefit of involve.