"My Mum has been a resident for over two years, and it is so ressuring to see her calm and happy in her environment. Thank you all."

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St John’s Winchester Charity'


Richard Steel [Chairman]

Richard Steel has lived in, or near, Winchester all his life. He is Chairman of the family firm Richard Steel & Partners for whom his son, Iain, is Managing Director. A keen sportsman in his younger days, he played both cricket and rugby at representative level. He is a life honorary member of Winchester Operatic Society for whom he sung as a principal for many years and is a past  President.  He is President of the Winchester Division of St John’s Ambulance, Chairman of the Winchester Working Men’s Housing Society, and a former Trustee of the Theatre Royal and now one of their seven Patrons.  Richard was appointed as a Trustee of the Charity in February 1988 and became Chairman in January 1991. He sits on the Audit & Risk Committee and Property Development Committee.

Martin Lowry [Vice-Chairman]

Martin Lowry is a retired Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, having worked in Winchester for forty-five years. He is a former Chairman of the Countryside Policies Panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and former board member of the Hampshire Economic Partnership. He was Regional Chairman for the South East for the Year of Food and Farming in 2007/2008.  He was brought up in London, is married to Rosie, and has four children and three grandchildren. He enjoys the countryside, Sunday morning tennis, watching rugby and trips to France. Martin was appointed a Trustee in January 1991 and serves on the Audit & Risk Committee and Chairs the Property Development Committee.

Ann Anker

Ann Anker trained in cardiography at Guy’s Hospital and subsequently worked in hospitals in Canada and the U.K.  She and her late husband set up a small property investment company, which she continues to look after.  She was a Samaritan in Winchester for eighteen years and is on two fundraising committees for Winchester charities.   Ann was appointed a Trustee in 2011. She chairs the Almshouse Committee and serves on the Care Committee.

Damien Carpanini

Damien Carpanini is a long-time resident of Hampshire and has lived in Winchester for the past five years with his wife and two children. As a trained Chemist, Damien worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 30 years, leading the Human Resources function in the Middle East and Africa and commuting regularly to London and other countries in the region.  Now retired, he is an independent Management Consultant.  Damien is the Bishop’s nominated Trustee for the Charity and he retains strong ties with Winchester Cathedral where he is a Non-Executive Director of Winchester Cathedral Enterprises, and a member of the Dean’s Stewardship Committee.  He also attends occasionally as a Sidesman for services.Damien sits on the Care Committee and Chairs the Governance & Staff Committee.

Major General Peter Currie CB CBE

Peter Currie was born and brought up in Tanzania.  He completed his education in the UK and was commissioned  from Sandhurst into the Royal Artillery. His Regimental duties included several tours in Northern Ireland in an  infantry role, and four months with his battery in the Falkland Islands.  After commanding the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery in Germany, Peter became an Instructor at the Army Staff College, later holding command appointments as a Brigadier in the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and Multinational Division Central (Airmobile), as well as a variety of staff appointments within the MOD.

On promotion to Major General, Peter served for six months in Bosnia Herzegovina, where he was the Military Adviser to the High Representative before being appointed Deputy Adjutant General.  Peter left the Army in 2002 and took up directorship roles in both housing and financial services, whilst also gaining experience in journalism.

Peter was selected to become Lieutenant Governor (Chief Executive) of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, leading it through a period of much change between 2005 and 2014. He was also Chairman of Combat Stress from 2007 to 2013, and remains on the Council of the Forces Pension Society.

Peter is married to Angela and they have two sons.  He has a History Degree and his interests include skiing, tennis, oriental rugs and walking in wild places.

 Dr Elizabeth Harrison

Dr Elizabeth Harrison is a retired medical practitioner, who has lived in Winchester since 1983. She has a B.Sc in Psychology as well as her medical post graduate qualifications. She was Chair of the Board of Governors at Peter Symonds College for four years and a Governor for thirteen years. Elizabeth also chaired Ataxia UK, a neurological charity, and has previous worked with prison charities and been a Samaritan.  She is married to Mark and they have three children, all of whom are involved in caring professions.  Elizabeth enjoys walking, sewing, garden, theatre and music. Elizabeth was appointed a Trustee in 2014 and serves on the Care Committee.

Christine Hayward

Christine Hayward is a retired physiotherapist who has worked extensively for the NHS, both in musculo-skeletal clinical practice and in managerial positions.  She held a position on the Professional Executive Committee of Portsmouth City PCT, working with a colleague to improve the health provision for local residents.  She has two children and five grandchildren and volunteers as a guide guider in Stubbington.  She particularly enjoys outdoor activities including camping and helping the girls learn and experience new skills.  Christine was appointed a Trustee in 2014 and Chairs the Care Committee.

Cllr Ian Tait

Ian Tait is one of the Winchester City Council nominated Trustees.  He has served as an elected member for 15 years and away from the Council he runs a sustainable energy consultancy.  He is a passionate advocate for the provision of affordable housing for the area and is also involved with a number of other charities and voluntary organisations. With a background in finance and customer service, Ian has a broad range of skills with which to support the activities of the Charity.  Ian was appointed a Trustee in 2013 and serves on the Almshouse Committee and Property Development Committee.

Liz Kennett

Liz Kennett is a chartered accountant and has a degree in management studies. She qualified with Arthur Andersen, became an audit and assurance partner in 1999 and moved to Deloitte in 2001. She has worked with a variety of listed and corporate clients in a number of sectors, including charities and pension funds. For several years she was a volunteer for Arts and Business and was a Trustee of the Reading Agency, a small charity promoting libraries and reading. She is currently treasurer of St Mary’s Church, Twyford and also Twyford Parish Hall. Liz was appointed a Trustee in 2012 and Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee.

John Lunt

 John Lunt was appointed a Trustee in 2006.  Having obtained an Honours degree in Law from Bristol University, he qualified as a solicitor in 1971. After working for a few years in Oxford, he came to Winchester in 1976 as a partner in a firm with offices here and in Petersfield. He retired as a partner in 2006. He sat as a Deputy District Judge from 1988 to 2003. For two separate terms, he was Chairman of Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau. When not working, he enjoys choral music (singing with the Wayneflete Singers and Southern Voices, and occasional conducting), bird watching (both in the UK and abroad), and travel. John was appointed a Trustee in 2011 and sits on the Governance & Staff Committee.

Michael Noakes

Michael Noakes is a senior Civil Servant at the Department for Business, having also had spells at the CBI as Head of Employment Relations and with HM Treasury covering corporate governance. After a period as Head of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, he now leads on Rail and Infrastructure for the Department of Business, maximising benefits from the associated investments for UK businesses. Prior to joining the Civil Service in 2000 he was a Regional Manager at the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation before spending two and a half years developing a local business credit expertise for the principal rural bank in Malawi on a VSO posting.  Michael lives in Winchester with his wife Judi. He is also a part-time mediator with the Winchester Community Mediation Service.  He was appointed a Trustee in 2014 and sits on the Audit & Risk Committee.

Judith Rich OBE

Judith Rich has worked in the charity sector for over 40 years.  She initiated and built up Cards for Good Causes. She also ran the National Fundraising Convention for its first 5 years and her other public appointments include serving as a member of the Charity Commission’s first External Monitoring Working Group. Judith now specialises in governance and trustee advice, as well as working widely with statutory and voluntary bodies throughout the sector. She is currently Chairman of Charity Appointment, a Vice President of Diabetes UK and of REACH and Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Locally, Judith is also a Trustee for the City of Winchester Trust and Honorary Secretary on the National Trust Winchester Association. In London she is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Honorary Secretary of Board Street Ward Club.  In 1993 Judith was awarded an OBE for her work in the Charity sector, in 2006 the Annual Individual Lifetime Award of the Third Sector and the Services to Humanity Award from the International Red Cross. Judith sits on the Audit & Risk Committee and Governance & Staff Committee.