Meet the people at the heart of the Blue Lamp Trust and the Bobby Scheme
Our Trustees are unpaid local people who volunteer their time and expertise to oversee the Trust. With backgrounds in local government, emergency services, private enterprise and charity, their breadth and depth of experience ensures the Trust stays true to its values and purpose.
Chairman of the Trustees
The Blue Lamp Trust
More about Graeme
Until July 2015, Graeme was the Chairman of Motorola Solutions UK Ltd, the Country Manager for Motorola Solutions UK, and the Government Affairs lead and regional director for Europe and Africa.
Graeme has been active in supporting the telecommunications industry for many years and served on the techUK board, the Electronic Systems Council, the CBI’s president’s committee and co-chaired the CEO Group of the Parliamentary ICT forum.
Joining Motorola in 1994, he has held a number of leadership positions including roles in product management, sales, project management and operations. His role as Chairman focused on building relationships with key Government bodies, ensuring appropriate country and fiducial management and enabling business opportunities across the region.
Before joining Motorola, he was the Managing Director of Ascom Radiocom Ltd, a mobile communication systems company for UK public utilities and emergency services, having previously been a Divisional Manager at Marconi Communications Systems Ltd.
Graeme is a fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering Technology.
He was recently elected as a trustee of the Institution of Engineering Technology, is a visiting professor at the University of Bristol, and is keen on promoting Engineering to young people most notably via the Royal Academy’s Engineering Leadership Advanced Award scheme.
Graeme has set up his own consulting company and is intent on building a small portfolio of non-executive positions. He has recently been appointed a non-executive director of the Smith Institute which specialises in industrial mathematics and system engineering.
Trustee & Chairman
Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority
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Chris grew up in Gosport where he still lives.
After education at Portsmouth Grammar School, a career in banking followed and this resulted in a variety of managerial positions across Hampshire and Sussex.
Chris has volunteered for the Royal Naval Rescue and after 25 years’ service he was awarded the reserve decoration and bar.
Following early retirement from banking, Chris continued in Finance as a local company accountant, finally retiring in 2002 whereupon he was invited to seek election to Gosport Borough Council and served until 2009 as a Councillor for Lee-On-The-Solent. Subsequently he was elected to Hampshire County Council representing the Leesland and Town division.
Chris fulfils a variety of County Council positions including service on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority where he is now the Chairman.
Chris has many local interests and supports local Gosport organisations.
For many years he has been the Chairman of the Gosport Federated Music Festival. This is an annual event mainly for young persons which enables their artistic performance to be adjudicated.
Chris also is the President of Gosport and Fareham St. John Ambulance.
Trustee & Chief Officer Hampshire & IoW Fire & Rescue Services
More about Neil
Neil joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in March 2012 having previously worked at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service since the start of his career in 1991. He became Chief Fire Officer of both Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Services in January 2018.
Neil received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Southampton University in 2009 and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
The Blue Lamp Trust welcomed Neil as a Trustee in January 2018.
Trustee & Chief Executive
South Central Ambulance Service
More about Will
Will joined the NHS after graduating from Nottingham University and then went on to graduate from the NHS Financial Management Training Scheme and worked at West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust.
He then joined the ambulance service in 2000 becoming the Director of Finance and Facilities at Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Ambulance Service and was asked to become Chief Executive in 2005. The Service was high performing and consistently received the highest rating from the Healthcare Commission. Will was also a member of the steering Board for the National Ambulance Review which culminated in the publication of ‘Taking Healthcare to the Patient’ report in 2005.
In June 2006 He led the merger of the four ambulance services covering Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. With significant previous experience of mergers and de-mergers He sought to build SCAS on the strengths of its predecessors, but was determined to create a new organisation with an identity and culture of its own; looking forward with ambition and fit for future challenges.
Will is a member of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) leading nationally on Mental Health Issues, Finance and Procurement.
SCAS provides Emergency Ambulance (999) Services across Hampshire and the Thames Valley as well as being the leading national provider of NHS111 the urgent care line for the NHS, and is responsible for delivering non-emergency patient transport across the NHS in Hampshire.
Trustee & Chief Constable
of Hampshire Constabulary
More about Olivia
Olivia Pinkney is a former deputy chief constable of Sussex Police and is the national lead for the Policing of Children and Young People and the UK Women Chief Officers’ Network. Prior to this she was an assistant inspector of constabulary with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), independently inspecting police forces and policing. She has previously served as assistant chief constable for Surrey and Sussex Police and began her career policing with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Trustee & Divisional Corporate Manager, Snows Motor Group
More about Alastair
Alastair was born in Oxford but has lived in Southampton since he was still at school so very much considers it his hometown.
Starting his career in the Home Electronics industry, Alastair has worked in the Automotive sector for over 15 years.
He first joined the industry as a Service Advisor, moving up through the ranks at Snows Motor Group to his current position of Divisional Corporate Manager in 2017. Alastair and his team have won, or been shortlisted for a number of industry awards in the last few years including winning the “Toyota Business Centre Of The Year” in both 2015 and 2016. Alastair believes that the success he, and his teams have regularly achieved is down to focussing on looking after the customer’s needs first and foremost.
Alastair also sits on the Business Centre Working Group with Toyota GB. This gives him great experience in looking at things from differing perspectives and working with various stakeholders towards a common goal.
Having lived in the Southampton area for over 25 years Alastair is passionate about helping to improve the city, and surrounding County. He lives with his wife and young son and enjoys cooking, walking and travelling as well as playing, and watching a variety of sports.
Royston Smith MP
Trustee & Member of Parliament for Southampton, Itchen
More about Royston
Royston became a member of Parliment for Southampton Itchen in the 2015 Parliamentary Elections.
Prior to this he was Leader of the Conservative Group on Southampton City Council.
First elected to represent the Harefield Ward in the east of the city in 2000, Royston has since held many positions within Southampton City Council and on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority where he was the Chairman.
Royston’s background was firstly in aeronautical engineering where he spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force flying as ground engineer with the Nimrod maritime reconnaissance fleet before taking up a position with British Airways in 1990.
Having served in the military, worked in the private sector and spent nearly 14 years as the councillor for the Harefield Ward, his experience is varied. He now runs a public relations and relationship management business offering advice to a wide range of clients.
The Blue Lamp Trust
More about Nick
Nick owned and ran the Seaview Hotel, Seaview for 25 years. During this time the business won a number of awards including the Meridian Television Business Excellence Award, the national UK Award for Business Excellence and the Queens Award for Sustainable Development.
Since retiring in 2005 Nick and his wife Nicky, along with another island couple, set up a charity called Building Schools for Africa. Over the past ten years they have built over 90 schools, along with medical centre’s and technical colleges, in Cameroon, West Africa. By paying all their own expenses in the UK and their travel costs when visiting the schools, every penny donated goes to the projects. Which has enabled them to raise over £2 million from worldwide donations.
In addition, Nick was a Trustee of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, a counselling service for troubled youngsters, for 8 years until 2012.
Nick was High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight 2012/2013 and during his term he started the island Mock Trials Competition with all the secondary schools, which he still runs today.
In 2013 he was asked by Lord Nash to set up and chair a project integrating business into education. He now runs this in conjunction with the IW Chamber of Commerce and the LEP.
He is also President of Age UK Isle of Wight.
Trustee & Managing Director of Winchester Motor Group
More about Mark
Mark was born in Portsmouth and educated at Boundary Oak School in Fareham and Churchers College in Petersfield. Mark attended Georgia University in the USA where he studied Physical Education.
Mark was an accomplished sportsman playing rugby for the county at various age groups and toured Fiji and New Zealand in 1984 playing for an England Schools rugby team. He also threw both the shot put and discus at national level and played American Football for Great Britain and Georgia University. Unfortunately a serious back injury cut short a possible career in sport and he returned from university in America and soon started working for the family business, Winchester Motor Company in 1988.
Having worked his way through every department in the business Mark became Managing Director in 2000. In the seventeen years since this appointment the business has grown from one site selling one brand to five sites selling five brands, with an increase in turnover from £7 million to approaching £30 million. For the last two years Winchester Motor Company has been included in the London Stock Exchange List of 1000 business to inspire Britain report, showcasing the UK’s most inspiring and fast growing small and medium-sized companies.
Mark also sat on the Dealer Council for Skoda, representing the 157 Skoda retailers in the UK in meetings with both the Management team from Skoda UK and Skoda Czech Republic.
Outside of work Mark enjoys all kinds of sports and plays golf, he is married to Denise, a Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist working at Southampton General Hospital and they have two young sons who are both mad keen on sports.
Mark has experience with other charitable organisations and is very keen to help The Blue Lamp Trust further deveolp the good it does in the community.
Trustee & V.P. of Motorola Solutions
& M.D. of Airwave Solutions
More about Ian
Ian has worked for Motorola Solutions for over 25 years, most recently as Vice President and Finance Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Ian has lived and worked in Ireland Germany and the US over the years before moving to settle in Hampshire over 12 years ago. Ian lives with his family in Winchester.
Sarah Le May
The Blue Lamp Trust
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Sarah grew up and, apart from breaks when working overseas, has lived in Hampshire all her life. In her professional life, Sarah has been a chartered accountant and also worked as a tax lawyer in London, Southampton and New York.
Sarah was a Magistrate for more than 10 years, sitting in both the Criminal and Family courts. She also worked for 6 years for the Citizens Advice Bureau, has spent many years on the Board of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Clubs charity and is now Chair of the appeal for Maggies Cancer Care charity for their proposed centre at Southampton General Hospital. She is also a Parish Councilor in her village of Upham.
The Blue Lamp Trust
More about Malcolm
Malcolm worked for 35 years in the Tobacco Industry , becoming a senior Human Resources, Health and Safety, Project and Site manager. Now formally retired, he continues to provide HR/H&S consultancy services to a number of small businesses.
He sits as a magistrate on the East Hampshire Bench and also on the East Hants Family Proceedings Panel, both sitting in Portsmouth. He is a day chairman in both courts, and is authorised to sit in Crown Court hearing appeals from magistrates’ courts. He is also chair of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Sub-Committee for East Hants and a member of the County Advisory Committee.
He is Treasurer of the church in his home village of Shedfield.
Malcolm is married to Mary and has three children plus eight grandchildren. He is a qualified Cricket umpire officiating in matches, both outdoor and indoor, in the Winchester area.
He came to the Blue Lamp Trust through his previous role as Trust Secretary of the Hampshire Bobby Trust, which merged with the Blue Lamp Trust in 2010.
Our dedicated team of staff work hard to keep the Blue Lamp Trust running. With a range of backgrounds and skills, we share a common goal: to make sure that the Bobby Scheme can help as many people as possible. To achieve this we also manage our commercial operation effectively by running a customer centric training organisation and taxi driver assessment business.
Jim Bettley BA(Hons) Cert Ed.
More about Jim
Jim took over as General Manager of the Blue Lamp Trust in December 2014. He is an ex-Hampshire Police Officer, retiring as Chief Inspector and Deputy Head of the Traffic Division. He is a well-qualified and experienced trainer and a keen motorcyclist, having a long career involving driving, riding and road safety.
Business Development Manager
More about David
David is a former Hampshire Constabulary “Blue Light” driving instructor who joined the Blue Lamp Trust in January 2011. He has been a DVSA approved driving instructor since 2001 and holds “Fleet” accreditation. He currently holds the position of Business Development Manager responsible for the continued growth of the Trust and its valuable work in the community.
Business Administration Manager
More about Emma
Emma joined the Blue Lamp Trust in April 2014 as the Bobby Scheme Coordinator. In July 2016 Emma took over the role of Business Administration Manager. From her previous employments she brings a wealth of administrative experience as well as inventory, purchasing and health and safety knowledge.
Bobby Scheme Coordinator
More about Kristy
Kristy joined the Blue Lamp Trust in July 2016 as the Bobby Scheme Coordinator. Having previously worked for 8 years at a local authority she has gained a wealth of administration experience and has a good knowledge and understanding of the importance of working with and protecting vulnerable people.
Senior Taxi Administrator
More about Alix
Alix joined The Blue Lamp Trust in November 2016 as a Taxi Assessment Administrator. She brings a wealth of administration experience including organising events and training courses.
Taxi Assessment Administrator
More about Christine
Prior to joining the Blue Lamp Trust’s Taxi Administration Team in May 2017 Christine worked in administration positions for over 35 years. She has worked for both commercial organisations and the NHS providing support to customers, staff and patients.
Bobby Scheme Administrator
More about Chloe
Chloe joined the Blue Lamp Trust in June 2017 after completing apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer Service. She provides administrative support for the Bobby Scheme and Taxi Team.
Senior Bobby Scheme Fitter
More about Mark
Mark joined our team of Bobby Scheme Fitters in the summer of 2012. He has worked in the north of the county and is now visiting clients in the Southampton and New Forest area. Before joining the Blue Lamp Trust he worked in property maintenance and has experience in carpentry and building works.
Bobby Scheme Fitter
More about Kevin
Kevin became a Bobby Fitter in February 2016 following 30 years of service with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. His time as a Fire Officer in various capacities has provided him with numerous skills and attributes which he is now using to assist Bobby Scheme clients in the north of Hampshire.
Bobby Scheme Fitter
More about Bob
Bob has been working in the Portsmouth area as a Fitter for the Bobby Scheme since January 2014. Bob completed a 5 year apprenticeship as a Shipwright and spent time in the Merchant Navy. He spent the rest of his career working as a carpenter in both domestic and commercial environments.
Bobby Scheme Fitter
More about Pete
Peter joins the Bobby Scheme with 21 years’ of experience as a retained Fire Fighter. During this time he also ran his own property maintenance business. More recently he has been working for Hampshire Fire and Rescue as a Community Safety Officer. Peter visits Bobby Scheme clients across the North of Hampshire.
Bobby Scheme Fitter
More about John
John joined The Blue Lamp Trust in November 2018 to work as a Bobby Fitter on the Isle of Wight. He previously served thirty five years in various roles with Surrey Police and is a NPIA qualified Crime Prevention Design Advisor.