As a Registered Charity, the Nelson Trust has a Board of Trustees who are legally accountable for our good management.

The Trustees appoint the Chief Executive and meet regularly with the senior managers to oversee our work and our compliance with our legal responsibilities.  They also provide strategic guidance to our work and to our sound financial management.

In addition, Trustees regularly visit our residences and meet with service users to ensure that good care and support is provided, that the well-being of residents is safeguarded and that the houses are clean, comfortable and safe.

Our Trustees bring to the Nelson Trust a wide range of business, legal and clinical expertise based on successful professional careers in many different fields, and they give their time to this work without payment.

Chair of Trustees

Dame Janet Trotter DBE, OBE, CVO

Dame Janet Trotter who was awarded an OBE in 1991 and a DBE in 2001 and was Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire from 2006 – 2018. Dame Janet brings a vast amount of experience and expertise to her position at the Trust. She has been involved in a number of charities and served our County through her many years of work in education, health service, and as Lord-Lieutenant.

“I am honoured to have been invited to Chair the Trust. I have been involved in its work for some years and have admired its capacity to support some of the most vulnerable in our community. I look forward to working with the Board and with staff and clients to build on the work of past Trustees to extend the Trust’s reach and range as it meets the challenges of society today.”


Trustee, Rhona Macdonald (IPFA) – Former CEO and Director of Social Care, Bath and NE Somerset Primary Care Trust with a background in senior finance roles in the public sector including the NHS. Rhona joined the Board in 2016 and has particular interest in organisational development and Chairs the Finance and Performance Committee. “It is both humbling and inspiring to be involved with The Nelson Trust and its staff, and to see the evidence that recovery and growth is possible with the right support”

Trustee, Andrew Jardine –Andrew Jardine has a background in investment and property management, the latter in landed estates and in higher education.  Until recently he was Bursar of Worcester College, Oxford. In the context of the Nelson Trust his relevant experience includes property, general and financial management, and fundraising. Andrew joined the board in 2016.

Trustee, Amanda Fadero – Former Chief Executive of NHS Sussex. Amanda has a strong track record of delivering improvements in care, performance and finances in both the commissioning and provider sector. Skilled in Coaching, Management, Healthcare, Leadership, and Strategic Planning. Amanda has a strong clinical background and business development professional with an MBA from Brighton University. Amanda has been a Trustee since 2013.

Trustee, John Bensted John is a former Chief Probation Officer for Gloucestershire and now works as an Independent Consultant in Community Justice. He had a long career in the Criminal Justice System, working for over 40 years in Probation and social work in London, Bristol and Gloucestershire. He has experience of working in many different settings including prison, courts, public protection, drug treatment and youth justice. John joined the Board in 2015.

Trustee, Claire Wynne Hughes – Following a career in the Consumer Services sector in marketing roles, particularly Customer Relationship and Consumer Insight, Claire moved to the charity sector where she has experience of volunteer management and fundraising. Claire now works for a Community Foundation in a Philanthropy role. Claire joined the Board of the Nelson Trust in 2015. “I am passionate about the importance of the work of the organisation and the impact that The Nelson Trust has on the lives of the people we work with, their families, their communities, and wider society.”

Trustee, Naina Mandleker – Naina works for Elim Housing Group to develop specialist projects for people with complex care needs. She brings considerable experience of social care as well as developing services for women in the Criminal Justice System. Her skills span areas of organic growth, strategic partnerships and acquisitions and mergers. Naina joined The Nelson Trust board in 2016 and part of the Board’s Finance & Performance subcommittee. “It is my privilege to be a Trustee of The Nelson Trust and in that role support the excellent work they do with people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. I am honoured to know the people who work for the Trust”

Trustee, Justin Sargent – Justin has been Chief Executive of the Somerset Community Foundation since 2005, leading on the pioneering Surviving Winter Campaign, the 2014-15 Somerset Flood Relief programme, and establishing the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. Prior to this he worked with the Lesotho Council of NGOs in Southern Africa supporting environmental justice, food security and HIV programmes, and with the Countryside Agency on the original Countryside Stewardship scheme. Justin joined the Board in 2018.

Trustee, Jo Daubeney – Jo is a Specialist midwife working with vulnerable women in Gloucestershire, she has worked with and cared for expectant mothers with substance misuse issues for over 12 years have. “I have been able to care for women and support them on their sometimes complex journey to parenthood”.Jo has been a nurse and midwife in the NHS for 32 years, she combines work, mother of three boys and since 2017 involvement with the Nelson Trust as a trustee.

Trustee, James Tabor QCJamie joined the Board in 2018. Jamie spent his life in the Law. Barrister 1974 – 2003, appointed QC 1995. Practised extensively in London and the West Country.
Appointed resident Judge of Gloucester in 2003 and stayed in that, other than a short break in Bristol until retirement in 2018.
Married for 42 years, three daughters and five grandchildren.
He is Chair of Trustees for Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Patron of Stroud Court Community and Trustee of Infobuzz.

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