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Meet The Trustees

Governance - Board of Trustees.
Meet the Trustees who support Dorset Volunteer Centre. See below for a bit of background on each trustee.


Sue FleetSue Fleet - Chair of Trustees

Sue Fleet recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Britest Limited a not-for-profit company she helped establish in 2001.  Owned and directed by its members; leading global pharmaceutical and chemical companies as well as internationally renowned universities, Britest is an internationally recognised collaborative research and innovation organisation.

Prior to establishing Britest Ltd, Sue held a number of positions within the UK Departments of Trade and Industry and Energy. Her expertise focussed on science policy, industry-academic collaboration, innovation and skills development.  She holds a BSc degree in Chemistry and Earth Sciences and is a fellow of The Geological Society.

Sue has held a number of advisory and committee positions in the UK and Europe and recently stepped down as chair of the French Research Agency (ANR ) Scientific Advisory Board. She is a Trustee of CRAC, The Career Development Organisation, and an occasional evaluator for the UK research council.

Sue is married with two adult children and lives in North Dorset. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and enjoying time with friends and family.


Lee HardyLee Hardy OBE JP - Vice Chair of Trustees

Lee Hardy retired from the Royal Navy in 2015 having spent thirty-six years in frontline and staff appointments at sea, the training environment, in procurement, in specialist intelligence both in the UK and overseas, and in Command. He also led a UK Overseas Territory on behalf of the British Government. He spent approximately two years as an adviser to the Overseas Territories Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and now advises widely on enforcement and surveillance matters in the maritime domain. Born and educated in Dorset, he and his family have always lived in the East of the county. He has been a trustee of VCD since 2017.


Hedley HarrisonHedley Harrison

Graduated from London University and joined a major oil company progressing to senior management and seeing service in the UK, Nigeria, Australia, and latterly the North Sea. Been involved with the Voluntary Sector both in Scotland and in Dorset in retirement.


Alec BaileyAlec Bailey - Finance Director

I have been in the accountancy business since I left school; first in private practice but mainly in local government and all in Dorchester, until I retired. I live in a local village with my wife. Our two children have long since gone but one still lives in Dorchester. I have recently purchased a house in France where I expect to spend some of most months in the future.

I keep abreast of relevant legislation and best financial practise. This qualifies me to offer my service in the voluntary sector. I do this for myself as it maintains my position of remaining an active accountant, using my skills to help resolve management problems. I also do this as I consider that everyone should contribute to society where they can. This is especially true for the retired who may have significant time as well as skills to offer.

I am the Director of Finance for three local charitable companies with a current total turnover of about two million pounds and significantly more than this in assets which all operate in different market sectors. I am also involved in many small local charities – usually in a financial capacity.

So I hope: 

  • I make a difference and enhance my community. 
  • Volunteering keeps up my skills. 

Working with like-minded people is an enjoyable, communal activity where you often get more out than you feel you put in.
But why the Volunteer Centres Dorset? I was introduced to this charity by a person I respected - not having heard of it before. It was immediately apparent why it is needed in our community providing services to volunteers and those who need them while espousing best practise and many other associated tasks. So for me the question is - why wouldn’t I volunteer – and why not you too?


Maggie FootMaggie Foot

Maggie is a retired teacher with very broad experience and a specialism in Special Educational Needs. She is a former member of Yeovil Town Council, where she chaired a number of key committees and South Somerset District Council, where her primary role was as spokesperson for Health and Well-Being.   Maggie is a past governor of Yeovil District Hospital and a former trustee of a number of organisations in the South Somerset voluntary sector.   She is looking forward to bringing her skills, experience and enthusiasm to Dorset!


Robin PotterRobin Potter

I have always been keen to see communities work together and I recognize the immense contribution volunteers make to so many small and large groups. Here in Dorchester I have been a Town Councillor for several years, twice serving as Mayor, which helped me to see a great range of volunteer-led groups and recognize their importance to making life so much better.  While teaching Maths at Thomas Hardye School and since my retirement I have been especially pleased with the willingness of so many young people to engage. Sport, particularly Cricket and Football, continue to be important to me though I now umpire or watch rather than play.


Alice NicholAlice Nichol

After completing a degree in Fashion Marketing I travelled to Australia where my career in retail Visual Merchandising began at French Connection in Sydney.

On returning to the UK this continued through to global brands such as Zara and the iconic Ralph Lauren where I was responsible for European Womenswear product presentation.

A personal change in direction lead me to relocate with my family to Dorset where my involvement in the Volunteer Centre began working as an assistant on the Community Credit Scheme.

Although only in this position for a short time it was enough to open my eyes to the great work the organisation does and I accepted the offer of joining as Trustee without hesitation.

After working for local global brand Farrow & Ball and reigniting my passion for Interior Design, I now split my time focusing on growing my own design business and using my brand and marketing experience to help drive the Volunteer Centre toward reaching its goals.


Tony ArmstrongTony Armstrong

Tony has over nine years knowledge and experience working with and supporting a diverse range of voluntary & community organisations in both Dorset & Somerset. He is a military veteran retiring from the Army after 23 years serving both in the UK and Germany and on operations in the Middle East and the Balkans.

Tony started his journey in the voluntary & community sector at Dorset Youth Association (DYA) managing the Dorset vInspired programme, part of the UK’s leading youth volunteering organisation providing 14-30 year olds with volunteering and social action opportunities. Whilst at DYA he also led a successful application to the BIG Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund securing £300K to develop a programme to engage young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET).

In 2013 he was appointed Project Manager at CHYPPS (Children & Young People’s Project) in Somerset responsible for the strategic, sustainable and operational development of an infrastructure charity supporting a membership of over 120 VCSE organisations working with children, young people and their families across the county.

Currently Tony works as a self-employed voluntary sector consultant working with a diverse range of professionals and organisations to strengthen Governance within community organisations and to identify suitable income and funding opportunities to support and sustain a range of positive activity programmes.

Tony has been a trustee of Volunteer Centre Dorset for four years and is passionate about supporting people of all ages to volunteer and helping people succeed in engaging with their cares, interests and passions. Tony has a wife Helen, a Headteacher in Poole and two daughters, one currently studying at Liverpool University.

 

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Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Volunteering Fund