Our Board of Trustees

 Sir Denis O’Connor OBE QPM – Chairman


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).

John Chaplin – Vice 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.

Peter Clanchy – Treasurer

Peter Clanchy cropped

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 no longer playing) 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.

 Tracey Corney

Tracey Corney

Tracey Corney is Head of Talent Management for UK & Ireland for an industrial gases organisation. Tracey started her career in law, but moved to HR where she has held a variety of HR roles, generalist and specialist, across financial services and industry.

She holds a degree in law and has trained in various skills such as facilitation, development of training courses and training delivery.

Tracey is passionate about helping people reach their potential and has worked throughout her career to support people to reach their goal.

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.

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 maintaining his role with Reigate Valley College.

Richard Whittington

Richard Whittington DL

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 Honorary Treasurer of the Community Foundation for Surrey and chairs the Finance and Investment Group.

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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