Our Trustees

Our trustees are central to Dorset Advocacy and our work. Their main responsibilities are to oversee our finances, make sure we work within the law and towards our objectives, to supervise our CEO and to plan for the future. This is not a small task! We very much value their considerable experience and expertise.

Frances Stevens


Frances retired from the NHS following a long career as a senior manager. She has extensive experience of operational management and commissioning (including joint commissioning). She worked in a range of areas: the acute sector, primary care, community services, mental health, learning disabilities and offender health.

Frances’ approach to service design is innovative, and she recognises the importance of co-production with people who use services. She works in partnership with people to deliver change. Her main interest is in reducing inequality by making sure that services are person-centred, not forcing people to fit into traditional service models.  Frances’ role as Chair means that she can help people to get the care and support they are entitled to.

Laurie Scott


Laurie has a background in finance and in NHS operational management. Laurie worked in banking and finance for 26 years, the last ten years of which were spent in Corporate Banking. His interest has always been in presenting and producing financial information in an easily understandable way.

After leaving banking in 2003, Laurie was a Senior Operational Manager in the NHS working in hospitals in across Dorset and Berkshire. He has experience of managing large teams and large budgets and has always believed that service quality is an integral part of financial management.

Laurie retired in 2018 and his involvement in Dorset Advocacy allows him to continue his interest in supporting social inclusion, equality and justice.

Joyce Green

Honorary Secretary

Joyce has a background in Customer Service within the hospitality industry. She left that service in 1990 and joined the Health Service where she has worked as a senior manager within both the Acute and Community Sectors in the area of Patient Information. For the last 16 years she was a Data Protection Officer/Complaints Lead within Dorset. Joyce is passionate about Service Users/Patient’s rights regarding their information and as Complaints Lead Joyce worked closely with Dorset Advocacy. She is pleased to be involved with the organisation as a Trustee.

Gill Christian


Gill retired from the NHS following a long career as a senior manager. She worked operationally in numerous areas, primarily in the acute sector but also in mental health and community services. In her professional capacity within the NHS Gill experienced the enormous benefit Dorset Advocacy provided and is pleased to be involved with the organisation.

Gill and her husband relocated to Dorset over 30 years ago from the East Midlands and she enjoys exploring the beautiful countryside with her Labrador.

David Hoare


David has over thirty years’ experience in theatre, television, cinema and hospitality.  His career includes the roles of General Manager with Compass and Talawa theatre companies, Head of Business Affairs for BBC Worldwide, Operations Director at UCI cinemas and Development Director at Hall & Woodhouse in Dorset. After this successful business career, and his children having completed education, he and his wife Helen moved to Bristol to pursue his long-held dream to become a professional magician and now performs as the Great Baldini.  He is delighted to be using his understanding of people, Dorset and business to support Dorset Advocacy as a trustee.

Martine Morrison


Martine has a worked in financial services, travel and tourism and the third sector. She is currently working for the National Air Traffic Service. She has a background in transformational change to support businesses achieve their strategy. Martine believes that people are at the heart of making change successful and is currently a Strategic Change Manager supporting people to be ready, willing and able to embrace organisational change.

Martine lives in Dorset with her adult daughter who has learning difficulties and has experienced the complexities of dealing with Council services first hand, so understands the importance of enabling people to have a voice when accessing these. Martine is delighted to have been appointed as a trustee giving her the opportunity to use both her professional skills and personal experience to support Dorset Advocacy for the future.

Sally Shead


Sally trained as a nurse in the early 1980s. She has had a long and varied career within the NHS, from which she retired in 2018. She worked as a District Nurse for many years, in London, Essex and Dorset. She then moved on to managing operational teams and services, before moving into commissioning of services. Her focus on quality assurance and improvement. Her last role within the NHS was as a director of nursing and quality. Sally is a registered nurse and holds an MBA qualification. She also has experience of working as a volunteer bereavement counsellor. 

Sally has always been passionate about enabling all people to access the high quality health and social care to which they are entitled, and is keen to support Dorset Advocacy’s role in this through her position as a trustee.

Matt Smith


Matt is an ambitious and experienced charity leader who has amassed a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of roles within fundraising, marketing and the wider responsibilities of a senior member of a charity structure. Matt has a proven track record of commitment to the third sector having worked for Dorset’s Weldmar Hospicecare since 2006 as part of the senior leadership team, and sitting on the Board of Trustees for a national charity since 2015. Matt is passionate about developing individuals, enhancing organisation achievements and securing services for generations to come.

Matt lives in Dorset with his wife, is a trained chef and has been located in the county, which he loves, since he was born, and enjoys nothing more than soaking up the beautiful Dorset scenery, especially by the sea.


Zoe Squirrell


Zoe studied Occupational Therapy at University, as she ‘wanted to help people the way she was helped herself’. Through this training and subsequent work, Zoe has a broad knowledge of different healthcare sectors. As a disabled person with multiple disabilities, Zoe has first hand experience of the struggles faced by those with disabilities. She wants to be able to use her ‘lived experience’ to help others feel empowered to lead their lives on their terms. Zoe has both personal experiences of using advocacy services as well as supporting others in more formal way. She is passionate about raising awareness so that those with additional needs can become a more valued part of society, with less stigma and greater equality. In her spare time Zoe competes Nationally and Internationally in Para Dressage.