Meet our Trustess

Find out more about Care Home Volunteers

Volunteers represent a largely untapped resource that can hugely benefit the quality of life for older people in care homes. Through research, Care Home Volunteers has identified the challenges that care homes currently face in making the most of this precious asset.

And at the same time, we’ve identified the key components that will help provide care homes with volunteers so that they can deliver the fun, joy and stimulation that is sometimes missing for residents.

Meet our Trustees

Norman Edwards
Trustee & Chair
Norman is Chair and a founding member of Care Home Volunteers. His background is in education and he has been a teacher, education consultant and a chair of governors. Both his parents and other family members have been in residential care. Norman believes that volunteers can bring happiness and friendship to older people in care, and complement the kindness and compassion that care home staff provide for their residents.
Paula Marriott

Paula is Treasurer of Care Home Volunteers. Paula is a qualified accountant with a background in the commercial sector. She has used her financial, strategic and analytical skills to manage businesses and devise and implement viable business plans. Much of her career has been spent with KPMG. She is interested in supporting charitable organisations to fulfil their objectives in a financially viable way. She is particular keen to contribute to improving the lives of the vulnerable, both young and old.

Christopher Arnold

Christopher, now retired, was in education becoming Headteacher of a comprehensive school and then a Schools Inspector and teacher trainer. Both Christopher’s mother and mother in law were in residential care and he is aware that despite good care, many other residents were lonely and unfulfilled. He has seen the enormous difference that a chat or simple act of kindness could make to people who have led significant and interesting lives whatever their background or experience.

Christine Arnold
Christine, now retired, formerly worked as a nurse and then as a Health Visitor. Christine believes that trained, committed volunteers can help make life worth living by sustaining the connections and joys that matter to the residents. From her experiences of her own mother in a care home, and getting to know other residents, their families and carers, Christine has seen how the good and safe care provided by care homes can be enhanced by befrienders, and can add meaning to the lives of residents.
Keith Trowbridge
Keith is the proprietor of an award-winning nursing home, recently judged outstanding by CQC. He has long experience in the care sector and has general, mental and psychiatric nursing qualifications. He also is the managing director of three companies that provide home care, nursing services and training. Keith adds a clear business sense and direction to our organisation as well as provides the voice of care home managers in our work.
Alison Radevsky
A voluntary sector professional with over thirty years’ experience in a range of strategy and marketing functions, Alison has worked and volunteered in many local and national charities, as manager, director, trustee or consultant. Currently, she is a trustee and chair of grants policy at the Wiltshire Community Foundation, provides governance and strategy support to charities through the Cranfield Trust, conducts grant assessment visits for the Henry Smith charity, fundraises for Julia's House Children's Hospice and runs monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for isolated elderly guests through Contact the Elderly. In addition to her volunteering, Alison works as a consultant and facilitator for The Webusability Partnership, and as a qualitative interviewer and analyst for several research and evaluation companies.
Rachel Davis
Rachel is a financial services professional with ten years marketing experience for a leading global insurance company. She is also a Dementia Friends Champion and the Vulnerable Customer Champion for her organisation which has involved working with charity partners including the Alzheimer’s Society. Rachel brings a passion for improving the lives of vulnerable people in our communities as well as a creative marketing brain, strong communication skills and commercial acumen.
Natalie Levin

Natalie is a fundraising professional with over ten years’ experience in the charity sector. She also volunteers with two sail training charities and is a trustee with a grant-making charity in the outdoor education sector. Natalie is keen to bring her fundraising and marketing skills to Care Home Volunteers to ensure that older people continue to enjoy friendship and companionship with the support of fantastic volunteers.


Coming soon...

We can’t wait to tell you all about Gillian and the great skills she will be bringing to our trustee board