Meet the people at the heart of the Blue Lamp Trust
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.
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Nigel Atkinson has been HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire since 2014 and is HM The King’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 King’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.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Isle of Wight, Susie Sheldon
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Susie Sheldon has been Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight since 2019.
She had a career as an Accountant with KPMG and then set up her own accountancy practice specialising in small businesses with a particular emphasis on insurance. She now runs a number of small businesses in the rural sector.
She has been a Trustee of many charities including the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy and the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Her voluntary support to organisations on the Isle of Wight has concentrated on Education and Youth. She has been a member of advisory bodies such as the Local Access Forum and Harbour Advisory Committee and has run a rural education programme.
Her experience as High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight in 2011, subsequently as a Deputy Lieutenant and now Lord -Lieutenant gives her a wide ranging knowledge of the wider community on the Isle of Wight.
Lindsay Fox MBE DL
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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.
Chairman of the Trustees
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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.
Trustee & Board Appointed Director & Chair of Blue Lamp Trust (Services) LtdLst
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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
Sarah Le May
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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.
Trustee & Regional Fleet Development Manager, Toyota (GB) PLC
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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.
Trustee & Board appointed Chair of the Risk & Audit Sub-Committee
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Ian 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.
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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.
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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.
Trustee & Chief Constable of Hampshire & IoW Constabulary Blue Lamp Trust
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Scott joined as a Trustee in June 2023 having been appointed chief constable of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary in February 2023.
Prior to this, Scott was the chief constable of Dorset Police, taking up this position in August 2021, having previously been the deputy chief constable for the same force.
This is Scott’s second spell with Hampshire after joining in 1992. He initially worked his way through uniformed policing before joining the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in 1996, spending the next 16 years as a detective. Scott progressed to the rank of chief superintendent, overseeing many complex major crime investigations.
Scott was originally a member of Hampshire & Isle of Wight’s Chief Officer Group for five years, where he was the strategic lead across all investigation teams, custody, the wider criminal justice department and intelligence.
In 2008, Scott was seconded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Afghanistan, where he led the development of policing reform and counter corruption.
During his career he has been the head of Special Branch as well as a commander of crime and operations departments across both Hampshire and Thames Valley, responsible for firearms, operations and roads policing for five counties.
Scott is now the national lead, on behalf of all chief constables, for Investigations – which includes standards and accreditation, retention and recruitment of detectives, homicide and coronial investigations. He is also the chief constable lead for Tactics, Training and Equipment in the public order and public safety environment.
Holding a master’s degree in applied criminology from the University of Cambridge, he is an advocate of evidence-based policing and has a strong “tough on crime” approach to ensure policing focuses its efforts on protecting the most vulnerable and targeting those criminals who cause harm and misery to our communities.
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.
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
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Theresa took over as CEO 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.
Business Administration Manager
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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.
Training & Assessments Coordinator
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Alix joined The Blue Lamp Trust in November 2016 bringing with her a wealth of administration experience including organising events and training courses.
Alix oversees our Training & Assessments team
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Prior to joining the Blue Lamp Trust’s Training & Assessments 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.
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Mia joined the team in August 2022 to administer Taxi Driver training courses and support the Taxi admin team. She has gained experience working with customers in both an admin and retail environment.
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Liz started at the Blue Lamp Trust in July 2023 working within the Training and Assessment Administration Team as an Assessment Administrator. She has over 25 years of experience in administration, the last 6 years of which were spent working in education settings. Prior to this Liz has worked within government departments helping members of the public complete the census and other government surveys.
Bobby Scheme Admin Assistant
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Joanna joined the Blue Lamp Trust in August 2022 as part of the Bobby Scheme admin team. She comes to us with 10 years’ experience in administration and customer service.
Senior Bobby Scheme Fitter
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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
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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
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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.
Bobby Scheme Fitter
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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 Portsmouth area.
Bobby Scheme Coordinator
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Mike joined the Trust in December 2022 as the Bobby Scheme Coordinator overseeing both our charity functions; Bobby Scheme and Cyber Bobby Scheme.
Mike has spent over 20 years working in the customer services and hospitality industries. Mike brings his previous experience to the new role and is focused on providing the best possible service to our Bobby Scheme clients..
Cyber Bobby Advisor
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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.
Cyber Bobby Advisor
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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.
Cyber Bobby Advisor
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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.