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 (Chair)

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

In her commissioning roles, Frances took an innovative approach to service design, recognising the importance of true participation and co-production with people who would be users of those services.  Frances’ key skills include working with others to develop effective partnerships to deliver change. Her main interest is in working with vulnerable groups and reducing inequalities through ensuring services are person centred and meet the needs of individuals, rather than forcing people to fit into traditional service models.  Frances’ role as a Trustee with Dorset Advocacy is an ideal way to put into effect her commitment to vulnerable people.

Laurie Scott (Treasurer)

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.

Sally Shead (Trustee)

Sally trained as a nurse in the early 1980s and has had a long and varied career within the NHS, from which she retired in 2018. She worked clinically for many years, predominantly as a District Nurse, in London, Essex and Dorset. She then moved on to operationally managing teams and services and then her career took her into commissioning of services, with a particular focus on quality assurance and quality 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 as a 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.

Chris Kippax (Trustee)

Chris is a relative new-comer to the Dorset Advocacy Board of Trustees, having taken voluntary redundancy from a management post at Dorset County Council. In his last role there he was responsible for the Safeguarding Adults Service. Prior to that he held a range of operational and strategic management posts including responsibility for learning disability services. As a service commissioner he was familiar with some of the work undertaken by Dorset Advocacy and says “I have been delighted and surprised to see how the organisation has grown and developed over many years, and deeply impressed by the commitment and concern of the organisation to deliver effective and person centred services.”