Our Board of Trustees

 John Chaplin – Chair

John Chaplin

John was born in Guildford and grew up in the surrounding area. He gained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and then a MSc in Petroleum Engineering. John started work for Mobil in the North Sea and then lived and worked around the world in a variety of assignments returning to the UK to become Chairman of Esso UK.

After 37 years with ExxonMobil he retired and now pursues his interests of travel, hill walking, flying and volunteering with the local Air Cadets. John and his wife have two grown up children with grandchildren which keep them busy.

Paul Downes – Treasurer


Paul is a Chartered Accountant who spent 30 years working in banking and private equity. He has lived in Surrey for over 50 years.  Paul is also currently the Treasurer of the Horsell Common Preservation Society and also Honorary Treasurer of the Community Foundation for Surrey.

Sarah Ahchoon


Sarah is originally from the Island of Mauritius where she spent her childhood. Sarah moved to England in 2003 and has spent all of her teenage years and adult life in England. She moved from North London to Surrey in 2018 and has been working, living, and volunteering in the county ever since.

Sarah is a private client lawyer specialising in the area of mental incapacity. She is a member of the Professional Deputies Forum, and Solicitors for the Elderly.

Sarah has taken part in many bespoke projects including researching and advising on the subject of investments for a consultation at the House of Lords. She has also given a number of presentations in the area of mental incapacity in collaboration with key stakeholders at the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Public Guardian. In addition, Sarah provides advice to the general public at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Redhill and is a volunteer crew member on the Swingbridge Community boats.

Sarah is a keen runner, hiker, and traveller. She has taken part in many voluntary projects throughout the years, and is passionate about using her skills to support Surrey Care Trust.

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.

Currently, Phil is employed part-time as a Children’s Social Worker with Hampshire County Council.

Phil is married with two children, who are pursuing their own career paths and now has three 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.

Julie Richardson

Julie has been employed within the public education sector for over 20 years and works closely with others whose specialism relates to the additional/alternative and holistic provision for children, young people and adults from difficult and deprived backgrounds.

Julie is the HR Lead at Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, supporting 106 schools and leading on HR for the Board itself and prior to this was Director of HR at The Howard Partnership Trust, after she was Head of Education HR at Babcock 4s.

As a valued member of the Board here at Surrey Care Trust and as well as being a Crystal Palace Football Club supporter, Julie offers her professional skill set, alongside her desire to engage meaningfully in activities that improve the life chances of those who have become disenfranchised, are under privileged or find themselves ‘outside’ of society’s usual structures and norms.

Ron Searle

Ron Searle

Ron entered the teaching profession late, as a teacher of English, having previously worked in theatre and the travel industry. Initially working in Kent from 1989, where he became a pastoral leader, he moved to West Sussex in 1995, becoming a Senior Leader of Millais School in Horsham. In 2003 he was seconded to Boundstone Community College which had been placed in Special Measures, taking up a full time role in 2004. In 2006 he was appointed Headteacher of The Warwick School, Redhill.

Ron has been a member of the corporation of East Surrey College and Governor of the Earlswood Federation of schools since 2006 and is currently Chair of Governors of Reigate Valley College. He has been a member of the Secondary Phase Council since 2008 and its Chair for the past three years, in which role he is a member of the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board, the SEND Governance Board, The Children and Young People’s Partnership Board, the 14-19 Partnership Board, the MASH Strategic Board and the School Improvement Partnership Board. He has also sat on the Surrey Alternative Learning Programme Board, Improvement Board and Schools Forum.

In August 2018, Ron will retire from headship, but will continue to be involved in alternative education and maintaining his role with Reigate Valley College.

Richard Whittington DL

Richard Whittington

Richard Whittington was a senior partner with KPMG where he was Partner-in-Charge of the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Group and simultaneously Global Head of Building and Construction, based in London.

He has lived in Surrey for over 30 years and is involved with the community in a number of areas including being a Governor of Gordon’s School and non-executive director of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Richard is also a Vice-President of the Community Foundation for Surrey.

Richard was High Sheriff of Surrey 2016-17.

Dr Naomi Winstone

Naomi Winstone

Naomi is a Senior Lecturer in psychology and education at the University of Surrey in Guildford. She has a BSc and PhD in Psychology, and a teaching qualification, from the University of Surrey, and an MSc in Developmental Psychology from the University of Reading. Naomi is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow.

Naomi’s research focuses on the factors that influence engagement with learning opportunities, and the ways in which feedback information is processed and implemented.

Naomi previously worked as a volunteer mentor for the Surrey Care Trust, working with teenagers in the Waverley area.

Viv Winter-Stuart


Graduating with an arts degree from London University, Vivienne then spent the next 30 years working in the IT industry. Having run the gamut of pretty much every role software development and implementation can offer, her last position before electing to retire early in the spring of 2017, was as an international senior projects director, working mainly across continental Europe and the Middle East.

Vivienne is now keen to use the skills she acquired during her career to benefit the voluntary sector. As well as being a trustee, Viv is also a volunteer crew member on our Swingbridge community boats.

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

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