Trustees

Our trustees give Launchpad their time and expertise to make sure we provide vital accommodation and effective support to vulnerable people in Reading.

Suzanne Stallard, Chair

Proudly born and bred in Reading, Suzanne has been involved in grassroots community based organisations for the last 25 years. She is the founder of the local arts charity Jelly, a town centre based organisation that works with a number of businesses, people of all ages and groups across the area including Launchpad.

Ian Haslam, Vice-chair

Ian is a geophysicist by training and worked in oil and gas exploration for over 30 years. Since leaving he has been active in the community including contributing to climate change, voluntary and campaign groups. This includes working one day a week as a volunteer in Launchpad’s main office for over three years.

Sean Sutcliffe, Vice-chair

Sean Sutcliffe has wide business leadership experience across energy and renewable markets. He is Chief Executive of Green Biologics. He is also a Trustee of Practical Action, a development charity using sustainable technology to challenge poverty. Sean is an engineer by training and is from Reading

Matt Andrews, Trustee

Having a qualified architect as a trustee means we can easily access essential professional property advice. Matt has been a trustee for many years.

Phil Jones, Trustee

Phil is a Business Leader at Google, with extensive experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He’s passionate about helping people and has worked with several charities, mentoring groups and individuals from challenged backgrounds.

Bill Montague, Trustee

Bill qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and co-founded Dexter Montague in 1987. With a broad range of experience spanning over 30 years Bill’s personal practice concentrates on advising business and voluntary sector clients on their legal affairs including property, strategic and operational matters.

Hannah Powell, Trustee

Hannah works for the Probation Service and is involved with a wide network of local organisations in Reading aimed at supporting people to make changes in their lives.

Helen Waring, Trustee

Helen is Reading born and bred and works at Cream Design, the agency responsible for Launchpad’s rebrand in 2011. Helen is also a trustee of charities Swings and Smiles and Reading Former Players’ Association.

Manjula Phadnis, Trustee

Manjula has been involved in voluntary work in the educational and financial sectors in Reading since 2001. With an MBA from Manchester Business School and a career working in banks and credit unions, Manjula is committed to financial inclusion in Berkshire.

Deborah Edwards, Trustee

Deborah Edwards has been a Labour Southcote Councillor since 2006 and was Worshipful Mayor of Reading for the 2011/2012 and 2018/2019 terms. She also volunteers as a school governor and is Chair of SITE (Southcote Information Technology Experience) – and believes in life-long learning and personal development for all. Deborah is passionate about offering the best possible support to vulnerable people in Reading so that they can lead a fulfilling and happy life – and joined Launchpad’s board of trustees in 2019.

We are always interested to hear from people who’d like to be involved with Launchpad as a trustee. Get in touch with Ian Caren our CEO if you’d like an informal chat about what the commitment of being a trustee involves. Email: ian.caren@launchpadreading.org.uk

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