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.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq.

Trust Patron

More about Nigel

Nigel Atkinson has been HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire since 2014 and is HM The Queen’s personal representative in the county.

He is responsible for the organisation of all official Royal visits to Hampshire and on the day of an engagement he escorts the Royal visitor. The Lord-Lieutenant also carries out other duties in the county, such as the presentation of National Honours and The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and Voluntary Service.

The Lord-Lieutenant is involved with numerous charitable organisations around the county and is Patron or President of a number including the Blue Lamp Trust.

Lindsay Fox MBE DL

Trust President
The Blue Lamp Trust

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Lindsay Fox has served as Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and previously as High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant. Additionally, she was a magistrate for over 30 years and worked for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Lindsay was awarded an MBE for services to charity in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours. This award was the result of work across a variety of voluntary organisations, both nationally and locally, including the Bobby Trust, now part of the Blue Lamp Trust, which she founded in 1998.

Graeme Hobbs

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, the Government Affairs lead and regional director for Europe and Africa. This role included building relationships with key Government bodies, ensuring appropriate country and fiducial management and enabling business opportunities across the region.

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.

Graeme is now the executive Chair of the Smith Institute which specialises in industrial mathematics and system engineering to enable organisations to make strategic decisions rapidly and with certainty.  This is in addition to his role as the Chair of the Blue Lamp Trust.

Graeme is a fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering Technology.

He was a trustee of the Institution of Engineering Technology and recently completed his tenure as a lay member of Council and Chair of the Audit Committee at the University of Southampton. 

Neil Odin

Trustee & Chief Officer Hampshire & IoW Fire & Rescue Services

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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.

Olivia Pinkney

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.

Fiona Dunger

Board Appointed Director & Chair of Blue Lamp Trust (Services) LtdBlue Lamp Trust

More about Fiona

Fiona spent 22 years practicing as a solicitor with IBM United Kingdom Limited, where she gained varied experience working in many aspects of IBM’s business both in the UK and in Paris.

As Senior Employment Counsel for IBM UK she spent her last 15 years there specializing in employment law. In 2009 Fiona left to spend more time with her family whilst her three sons were still in education. Fiona was a Governor at a Hampshire prep school for 10 years. She was Chair of the Finance Committee for 4 years and for the last 3 years, she was Chair of Governors.

Fiona has experience of governance strategy and structure, and is trained in safer recruitment and various aspects of good governance practice. Fiona lives in Hampshire with her husband

Alongside being a Trustee of the Blue Lamp Trust Fiona is also an independent director of Blue Lamp Trust (Services) Ltd

Alastair Rutt

Trustee & Regional Fleet Development Manager, Toyota (GB) PLC

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. 

Nick Hayward

The Blue Lamp Trust

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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.

Ian McCullagh

Board appointed Chair of the Risk & Audit Sub-Committee

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.

Will Hancock

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.

Malcolm Hogg

Company Secretary 
The Blue Lamp Trust

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Malcolm worked for 35 years in the Tobacco Industry as 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 sat as a magistrate for 16 years at Fareham and Portsmouth in both the Adult and Family courts. He was a day chairman in both courts and chaired the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Sub-Committee for the area. He retired from the bench in 2019.

He has, in the past, been a Parish Councilor, a churchwarden, a church treasurer and a flag officer of his yacht club in the Isle of Wight.

He is a trustee of the Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice at West End.

Malcolm is married to Mary and has three children and 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 as Company Secretary through his previous role as Secretary of the Bobby Trust, which merged with the Blue Lamp Trust in 2010. He is now also an independent director of Blue Lamp Trust (Services) Ltd.


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.

Theresa Pratt BSc

General Manager

More about Theresa

Theresa took over as General Manager of the Blue Lamp Trust in April 2019.

She is an retired Royal Naval Officer who worked for the defence consultancy firm QinetiQ, running the Land Based Test Site on Portsdown Hill.

Most recently she has worked for two charities in Hampshire, one as the Operations Director and one as CEO.

Emma Burt

Business Administration Manager

More about Emma

Emma joined the Blue Lamp Trust in April 2014 as the Bobby Scheme Coordinator and in July 2016  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.

 In March 2022 Emma was appointed Deputy Manager.

Alix Shaw

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.

Christine Giles

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.

Kristy Allaway

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.

Mark Scovell

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.

Kevin Lloyd-Spencer

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.

Pete Lemon

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.

John Eldridge

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.

Steven O’Halloran

Bobby Scheme Fitter

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Steve joined the Royal Navy in 1983 and trained as a medical assistant. From 1988 – 2013 Steve worked as a Fire Fighter for the counties of Royal Berkshire and Hampshire. After leaving the fire service he worked in the Radiography Department at the QA hospital in Cosham. Steve joined the Bobby team in May 2019 visiting clients across the north of Hampshire.

Louise Schoolcraft

Cyber Bobby Coordinator

More about Louise

Louise joined the Blue Lamp Trust in September 2021 with a background in teaching, and over 20 years administrative experience in a variety of roles, she brings a broad range of experience in both corporate, charity and customer service settings.

Phil Atkinson

Cyber Bobby Advisor

More about Phil

Phil retired from BAE Systems in 2018 after a career in designing complex computer and electronic systems.

Phil is a Trustee of his local community village hall and is responsible for the audio/visual equipment used at events. Phil also volunteers helping members of his local community by delivering computer classes and offering help with their home computers, tablets and smartphones.

Trevor Brookes

Cyber Bobby Advisor

More about Trevor

Trevor has been working in the Information technology (IT) industry for over 40 years, mainly in the services sector where he has held a number senior management roles responsible for delivering IT services to large businesses. His last role before semi-retirement was to manage and maintain 18 data center’s in 7 countries across Europe and North America.

Trevor has a strong interest in helping the local community to embrace the benefits of the internet and the online world, whilst helping to keep people safe. In addition to the Blue Lamp Trust, Trevor is working with the local Neighbourhood Watch teams and Hampshire Police to help people understand how to be safe online and avoid the pitfalls.

Warwick Hill

Cyber Bobby Advisor

More about Trevor

Warwick is an independent business consultant specialising in IT in the telecommunications industry.

Previously he worked for IBM as Vice President leading the telecommunications consulting business across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Warwick was also a PwC partner where he was an early advocate of mobile applications including the benefit that they can make to our daily lives, setting up a centre for the development of new and innovative technologies.

His passion for all things mobile resulted in Warwick leading the development of an IT system to deliver mobile banking for the unbanked in Kenya and South Africa. This platform now supports over 50m customers.

Warwick’s ambition and focus now is to apply his industry, management and IT knowledge to drive social and environmental change.

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