Our Board of Trustees

Neil McClelland OBE – Chairman of Trustees


Following several years as a secondary school teacher Neil worked as an education officer, eventually becoming Director of Education for the London Borough of Greenwich where he established the new education authority.

From 1993-2006 he was the founding director of the National Literacy Trust. Neil was an occasional international consultant on establishing national strategies to promote reading and literacy, and whilst at the National Literacy Trust served on a number of Government advisory committees.

He now works as a consultant and personal/organisational development coach and as a volunteer mentor and adviser to a variety of charities; he also contributes to international literacy developments via The Frankfurt Book Fair/ UNESCO Literacy Campaign.

He has been a school governor since the mid-70s and at The Ashcombe School, Dorking since 1993. He was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2002. Neil has been a participant for several years in our annual Surrey 3 Peaks walk and also donned the essential red hat and beard to compete in our Santa Dash in 2013.

Vivienne Ottaway – Vice Chair


Vivienne joined the board in May 2016, bringing more than 40 years experience in the field of education and training. She has worked for Surrey Training and Enterprise Council, Surrey Learning and Skills Council and for the Skills Funding Agency.

Peter Clanchy – Treasurer

Peter grew up in Farnborough and studied engineering whilst waiting for inspiration as to what to do next. He went on to work in accountancy in the NHS and local government with a stint secondary school teaching.

As well as his family, Peter’s great loves include football (though playing has given up on me now) and travelling anywhere and everywhere. He particularly likes to spend time in Menorca and has been lucky to make many friends there and in Gambia, where he and his wife have helped to establish a school for a village where previously there was no formal education. They have also been able to help another small village replace their horse which is needed for farming and taking the youngest children to school.

Many of Peter’s proudest moments concern the learning and development of others, particularly if he has been able to contribute. Peter believes that it is so inspiring to share in others’ achievements, be they his own two children, or other young people and adults in the workplace and in life generally.

Dr Esther Hayes


Esther was educated in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London, and obtained a PhD in Fluid Engineering from Cranfield University.

She is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Director. Esther began her engineering career by designing compressors for Rolls Royce, before specialising in computational fluid dynamics for the oil industry. This led to senior management roles in a number of technology companies and then to executive management in a large oil and gas engineering & construction company.

In 2000 she co-founded a software development company (Digital Steps Limited) that now provides oil and gas data management systems “in the cloud” (energysys.com) for a wide range of clients, as well a specialist package for the regulation of Health Professionals. She has worked full time as a Director of this company for the last eleven years.

Esther is Trustee of one other local charity and participates in various fund-raising activities. Esther and her company have been supporting the Surrey Care Trust since 2001.

Sir Denis O’Connor OBE QPM


Sir Denis O’Connor is a supervisor and advisor at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. He is an independent director of the Board of the College of Policing.

He was Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary between 2008-12. Prior to joining the Inspectorate in 2004, he was Chief Constable of Surrey between 2000 and 2004.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southampton University and an MSc in Social Policy from the Cranfield Institute of Technology.

In 2011, he was awarded a place in George Mason University’s ‘Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame’. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Wolverhampton University in September 2012.

As Chief Constable he led the piloting of the National Reassurance Policing Programme, the pre-cursor to Neighbourhood Policing.

He has also contributed to the Scarman Inquiry (1981, the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (1999), and the Leveson Inquiry (2012).

Phil Osborne


Phil has spent most of his working life in local government. After finishing his degree and qualification in social work Phil began his career with the London Borough of Camden before moving to Surrey County Council in 1987. He held a variety of posts in the fields of children’s and adult social care before moving into the role of Head of Early Years and Childcare in 2002. In this role, Phil oversaw the introduction of universal access to early education, significant growth in the availability of childcare places, and the establishment of a network of Sure Start Children’s Centres across the county.

More recently, Phil has started a role with the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) as Business Specialist to lead a project funded by the Department for Education to provide access to online business support for the early years sector.

Phil is married with two children, who are pursuing their own career paths and now has two grandchildren. When he’s not at work he likes to spend his time with his family and playing alto saxophone in two local concerts bands as well as finding time to ride his treasured Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Kari Pridden


Kari worked for 5 years with the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist. Since then she has been supporting the Stanwell Sure Start Children’s Centre (run by the Surrey Care Trust), working together with the staff and providing individual and group ’communication’ sessions for children and their parents/carers.

Kari has also worked as a Portage Home Visitor (an organisation that works with families where there is a pre-school child with special needs). Prior to this, Kari spent 15 years as Director of Personnel and Administration of Granherne Ltd, an engineering consultancy in the oil and gas industry.

Kari became a Member of the Surrey Care Trust in 1999 and has previously been involved with the fundraising and finance committees. Kari is an extremely strong supporter of the work of the Trust and its objectives.

Richard Teare


Richard is a chartered surveyor and Managing Director of Meadland Estates Limited (www.meadlandestates.co.uk), a privately funded property investment and development company operating mainly in the South East. Prior to this Richard was Business Development Director at Places for People, one of the UK’s largest Housing Associations. Richard’s skills are property and organisational. He joined the Surrey Care Trust in 2008.

If you would like to find out more about joining our Board, contact Jo Barclay on 01483 426990 or email

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