Our Trustee Board and Advisory Board

Dingley’s vision is the best start for every child.

    Chairperson – Dave Ormrod

    Trustee since 2006 and Chair since January 2009.

    Dave’s qualifications and early career in computing focused mainly in design and project management in a large multinational, before taking up the I.T. Director role in a large city law firm. Prior to early retirement in 2008, Dave held various senior management roles in Siemens’ business and I.T. outsourcing division.

  • Treasurer – Ian Mackinder

    Trustee and Treasurer since January 2013.

    Ian has a mathematics degree with an additional qualification in Accounting & Finance and worked for the Audit Commission from 1988 to 2005, when he took early retirement. His work for the Audit Commission included carrying out statutory inspections of local authority education services for children and young people.


  • Business Planning & Reporting – Nick Richards

    Trustee since January 2013

    Nick currently runs a small business advisory practice and has extensive experience in growing businesses, directing commercial strategies and implementing organizational change.  He has spent time owning and running a restaurant and managing a national wine distribution company.

  • Governance – Allan Gibson

    Trustee since February 2015

    Allan has a public service background having served for 31 years with the Metropolitan Police, reaching the rank of Commander and retiring in 2014. He has extensive experience of leadership at the executive level both in the police service and not for profit organisations.

  • Continuing Professional Development & Human Resources – Lorna Fairbairn

    Trustee since October 2017

    Lorna runs her own training business with a focus on leadership and management development. She is also an Investors in People practitioner and has supported all types of organisations in finding solutions for their people management issues as well as developing good practices in this area. She is MCIPD (Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualified and also has a degree which included modules in child psychology and the development of children and young people.

  • Corporate Partnerships – Richard Cronin

    Trustee since October 2015

    Richard has spent the last ten years working with and running various management consultancy firms, before founding Balcroft Consulting Ltd in January 2013. He has built up vast experience developing new business and helping bring about change in numerous blue chip organisations across the globe.

  • Parent Voice – Helen Amner Munslow

    Trustee since June 2018

    Helen comes from a work background within the Learning Disability sector, mainly supporting adults into paid/unpaid employments and further education.  She is extremely passionate about ensuring people’s voices are heard and that advocacy is in place where needed.

    Helen is currently a full time mum to her two children, one of whom attends Dingley’s Promise.

  • Estate and Sponsorships – Jacqui Thornton

    Trustee since November 2018

    Jacqui Thornton has worked in the Facilities and Real Estate industry for over 20 years.  She had also set up her own Community Interest Company (CIC), Scullers Cafe Marlow, for young adults with learning difficulties to develop skills to secure paid work.  Her role in business development for Dingley’s Promise will support the fundraising team in identifying corporate sponsors.

  • Advisory Board

    In addition to our Board of Trustees, we are developing a strong Advisory Board, comprising individuals with relevant skills and experience to provide advice and guidance to Dingley’s Promise, but who are not able to commit the time to take on the role of a Trustee.  Advisory Board members are kept informed of our activities and plans via regular newsletters and are expected to attend at least two meetings per annum (one being the AGM) involving the Trustee Board.

    We currently have 6 Advisory Board members, who know and support our work through personal experience of Dingley and/or through seeing our work and being inspired to help.

    Chris Burnell is a qualified Quantity Surveyor who’s son attended our nursery sessions before recently moving on to a mainstream school.  Chris provides support on aspects of our Buildings Compliance and Development, ensuring, through regular inspections that they be “fit for purpose”. This role also includes advice and support in respect of any development of those buildings, assisting with drawings, plans and statutory approvals for any work where necessary, and recommending suppliers of professional advice and repair/building work where necessary.

    Jacquie Hathaway has many years experience of Early Years provision and dealing with Ofsted on behalf of local authorities in respects of standards and inspections for Early Years settings.  Jacquie spent a short time as General Operations Manager with Dingley’s Promise before family commitments forced a move away.  However, Jacquie agreed to continue to support us with the delivery of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), including training, research and recommendations on best practice.

    Karen England has over 25 years of fundraising, marketing and PR experience across a range of national charities and as a freelance fundraiser and consultant.  She established the UK’s most successful payroll giving consortium in 1992 and sat on the Institute of Fundraising Policy Advisory Board for six years.  From 2006 – 2012 she was Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, followed by four years as Director of Fundraising and Communications at The Gurkha Welfare Trust.  Karen lives in Newbury with her family and is a volunteer fundraiser for Newbury Samaritans.

    Paul Wallace’s work is focused on helping and supporting social enterprises to be highly successful commercially in order that they can maximise their social impact. He has a track record of significant achievement both with his own businesses and with many commercial clients. Now he uses his wide experience of sound business practice to work closely with social enterprises and charities on a voluntary basis as they build revenue generating business activities that support their social purpose.

    Laxmi Patel is a special educational needs solicitor and partner at Boyes Turner LLP in Reading. She works closely with parents to achieve the best possible outcome for their children, often through the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  Prior to qualifying in law she worked in a mainstream maintained school in inner London and was an associate school governor. Laxmi has been a volunteer education law advisor for the National Autistic Society (NAS) and Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre in London and now regularly gives talks and training to charities and events on changes to SEND legislation, government guidance and changes to practice and procedure. She provides seminars to parents, case managers, schools and experts on best practice and regularly offers advice on  how parents can support their children with SEND through the EHCP

    Adrian Walcott started his career abroad at Ogilvy & Mather, working in Africa on Unilever and Nestle Brands, before joining Bates UK (Now WPP). He then moved to Barclays working across retail, business, wealth and international banking in various marketing and campaign management roles. His final role was to embed the brand internally across the U.K. with responsibility for galvanizing 25,000 Colleagues for Sara Bennison. At Eurostar, he was hired to transform the brand across Europe winning multiple industry awards, record profits and levels of customer satisfaction & employee engagement. He now runs Brands with Values, a Cultural Analytics Platform & Consultancy for Brands wanting meaningful change & People transformation, and BAME 2020 whose purpose is to improve diversity & Inclusion in the marketing, media and communications industry. Most recently awarded:

    • Top 10 Trailblazers of change in 2017: Campaign Magazine
    • The Drum’s’ 2017 New Year’s Honours – The “Order of the Drum” 
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