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.

Dorothy Buckrell, Secretary


Dorothy has been a Trustee of the Surrey Care Trust since 2006. Dorothy has a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology. Prior to retiring she worked for the Community Fund (now the Big Lottery) as South East Regional Manager, with experience in grant making, and was a County Councillor for fifteen years. Dorothy has a wide experience including Social Services and has set up a local charity (Byfleet Community Action) and chaired it for many years.

Nigel Clifford

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Nigel was born in Sunderland and came to London to go to college where he attained a degree in Town Planning. The entirety of Nigel’s career has been spent in local government, with some 35 years of it at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council initially as a planning officer, rising through the ranks to be Director of Environment and then from 2001, Chief Executive.

Nigel is well known on the Surrey public sector scene and chaired the Housing, Infrastructure & Environment Board for over two years, one of the Surrey Strategic Partnership’s five themes.

Since retiring from the Council in May 2010, he has worked as a consultant for Surrey County Council and has set up his own photography business, Rowl Images. He has also been a volunteer photographer on several occasions for the Surrey Care Trust. A number of the images on this website are his work.

Bryan Craddock


Bryan worked in the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Electrician prior to joining Surrey Police. At the time of his retirement from the service he held the rank of Detective Superintendent, having responsibility for Major Crime, conducting investigations into murder, serious crime, corruption, drugs and covert operations, as well as major investigations for other Forces.

He retired in 2001 and became the Secretary for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey where he worked for 8 years. Having retired again, he now runs a small business testing electrical equipment. In November 1999 he became a Freeman of the City of London for past services and has credits with the Open University for a BA Degree, which he hopes to find time to complete in the near future.

In addition to being a keen golfer and motor sport enthusiast, Bryan currently volunteers as a crew member of Swingbridge and for the Trust’s mentoring programme.

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.

Elizabeth Owen


Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and worked at international law firm, Clifford Chance, in London and Hong Kong, before going on to establish and manage the firm’s Shanghai office.

Since returning to the UK, she has held senior in-house legal positions, primarily in the engineering and construction industry, advising on major projects in the healthcare, transportation and oil and gas sectors and on mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Surrey Care Trust, Elizabeth gained experience at board level as a non-executive director of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, where she learned much about the impact of social and educational deprivation on a person’s life chances.

In China, she was Chair of the fledgling British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, which she was instrumental in building into a substantial organisation and for which she organised a number of networking and fundraising events.

Music is Elizabeth’s greatest interest and she is an active member of her local choir, as well as an adult learner of the cello. Much of her remaining spare time is spent on her two adopted ex-racing greyhounds.

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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