Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of SCCCC and work closely with the Chief Executive who implements the strategy. They meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies and receive reports and updates from the Chief Executive.
Our trustees work for SCCCC voluntarily to make sure we’re doing all we can to reach and improve the lives of older people. They have a legal responsibility to ensure SCCCC resources are properly managed and are used only for the legal purposes of the charity.
The Board of Trustees is currently made up of the following people who have varied backgrounds and bring with them a mix of skills and experiences.
Tony Saunders - Treasurer
I have been a trustee and SCCCC's treasurer since February 2015. Aside of my involvement with SCCCC, I am the Director of Finance and Operations at St Luke’s Hospice. I am a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a committee member and the company secretary of the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants. I am also the company secretary of The Broomgrove Trust. Outside of work, I have been blessed with three young children whose arrival liberated me to relinquish the cause of most of my frustration and disappointment in life – my Sheffield United season ticket!
I am a retired secondary school science teacher, who became a trustee of SCCCC as a representative of the Sheffield Methodist District. I am also Chair of the Arbourthorne Centre. I enjoy working in my garden and allotment, and spend as much time as I can in the countryside, walking and looking at wildlife. Retirement also gives me the opportunity to read widely and enjoy classical music.
Professor Peter Skipworth
I’m MD of Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd and also Chairman of Ecus Ltd, a nationwide environmental consultancy. I’m also a Visiting Professor at the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University. I love being a part of SCCCC. Our impact on the community is great and needs to increase. I live with my wife and 5 daughters and have little spare time to speak of. If I had more spare time, I would use it to do more exercise, watch more football of the blue and white persuasion, read more and be better informed about all sorts of things. In the meantime, I’ll use my abundant excuses.
I qualified as a social worker in Edinburgh 1972 and my working relationship with SCCCC first began in the mid 1980’s as a hospital social worker. I became a Trustee in 2010 when I left Sheffield City Council after 26 years of working in adult social care. I have extensive experience across all areas of social work in hospitals and the community. My last years with Sheffield City Council were focussed on policy and service development and practice improvement within adult social care and care of older people. I am committed to and passionate about successful ageing for all - at every age.
I have been a trustee since January 2012. I worked as a nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and had been aware of SCCCC for many years. on my retirement form full time work I was delighted to become a trustee. I have recently moved house so much of my spare time has been spent making home improvements and decorating. I enjoy walking and exploring the beautiful countryside around my new home. I'm also in great demand dog, children and chicken sitting for family and friends.
Having always lived, worked and volunteered in Sheffield I’ve got a real passion for bringing out the best in our amazing city and the people that make it. I am currently Health and Wellbeing Lead with Voluntary Action Sheffield and work across the city supporting charities that keep people well in the community. My background is in fundraising, volunteer management and older people’s services. Being part of the wonderful team at SCCCC gives me the opportunity to help make Sheffield a great place to grow old.
I was appointed to the board of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care in February 2018. Since 2001 I have been working as a senior adviser and strategic business coach, consultant & mentor specialising in strategic change in private sector organisations. Prior to this, I worked in senior management with over 30 years experience of managing international SMEs at the highest level. I am a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management. I have a BSc. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc in Business Administration and a level 7 diploma in Strategic Business Coaching. I am married with two grown up children. My passions include sailing and classic cars.
I became a Trustee of SCCCC in July 2018. I have lived in Sheffield since 1983. I worked in the NHS for in a number of roles, eventually becoming a Primary Care Chief Executive. On leaving the NHS I became Chief Executive of Cavendish Cancer Care. While living in Sheffield I have been, at various times: Chair of what is now Disability Sheffield, Chair of Sheffield Jazz, a trustee of Suitworks. a school governor, at one of the City's largest comprehensives and a Trustee of Voluntary Action Sheffield. Currently, I am chair of The Talbot Trusts (a South Yorkshire grant making trust) and am a panel member of South Yorkshire Community Forum. I also volunteer in a local school supporting children with their reading. When I retired I took an MA in English and Creative Writing at Sheffield University and continue to write a never ending novel about the City, punctuated by attempts at poetry. I am also a member of Juxtavoices, a Sheffield based 'Anti- Choir' dedicated to avant garde and experimental sound performances.
Clare Smith (Sister of Mercy)
I came to Sheffield in 2000 and joined the trustees of SCCCC shortly afterwards, after becoming involved with Church Action on Poverty Sheffield. My background is Education & Social Work, mainly in the North of England, having joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1972, in Hull. Sisters of Mercy are committed to working with those in need. I am currently the Safeguarding Co-ordinator for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy. I have been involved with the Catholic Deaf Association since 1990, & at present am the Pastoral worker with Deaf People for the Diocese of Hallam. My interests include gardening , nature, and Christian Spirituality.
I have lived and worked in Sheffield for over 40 years and have been aware of SCCCC since the 1980s. As a ward sister and then a nurse manager at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals I have appreciated the help and support that SCCCC offer older people in their own homes and in the transition from hospital to home. My professional career has been focussed on older people in the acute hospital setting and in the community and I have worked closely with the local authority, local health services, various voluntary and charitable organisations. Having now retired from the health service I am delighted to have become a trustee in 2018.