Directors

The Wilf Ward Family Trust, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, is governed by a Board of Trustees, the company’s board of directors.

The Board’s role is to set the Trust’s strategic direction, monitor how well the Trust is achieving its objectives, vision and purpose, uphold its values and, advise and support the Chief Executive. Ultimately the Board is responsible for the management and conduct of the Trust.

Professor Dianne Willcocks CBE DL

Dianne Willcocks is former Vice Chancellor of York St John University (1999-2010); a professor of social gerontology; and a lifetime…

Dianne Willcocks is former Vice Chancellor of York St John University (1999-2010); a professor of social gerontology; and a lifetime advocate for social inclusion via education and the arts. In the university sector (North London, Sheffield and York) she promoted social and cultural diversity and regional engagement, creating opportunities for the wider community and helping define the modern university. In the City of York she chaired the Fairness and Equalities Board (2013-18); she served as Non-Exec Director at York Teaching Hospital (2010-2019); and she is Vice Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Dianne is presently a trustee of York Museums Trust and she chairs the biennial York Mediale Festival – giving visibility to York’s UNESCO designation as City of Media Arts.

Dianne’s continuing work in the field of ageing includes patron for Older Citizens’ Advocacy York and health champion for York Older People’s Assembly. She is delighted to be joining Wilf Ward Family Trust.

Dianne travels widely…visiting age-appropriate living environments across continents as well as galleries and museums!

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith worked with Wilf Ward at the Ward Group for 25 years where he was the company secretary. He…

Malcolm Smith worked with Wilf Ward at the Ward Group for 25 years where he was the company secretary. He left Wards in 1992 and since then Malcolm has been involved in various companies, both as company secretary and as a director. Malcolm believes that his expertise and knowledge, and his previous friendship with the late Mr Wilf, will continue to be useful to the Trust

Nick Shaw

Nick Shaw

Nick Shaw joined the Trust in December 2008. Prior to retirement, Nick was a solicitor in private practice with a…

Nick Shaw joined the Trust in December 2008. Prior to retirement, Nick was a solicitor in private practice with a particular interest in helping people with mental health issues and learning difficulties. Nick lives in Scarborough with his wife, Debbie. He has two children; a daughter who is a primary school teacher in York, and a son who is studying at York University. Prior to joining the Trust, Nick was a Trustee of a residential home for young people with learning disabilities in South Yorkshire.

Laura Rawnsley

Laura has over 20 years experience in a variety of local public and not-for-profit sector roles, and since 1996 has…

Laura has over 20 years experience in a variety of local public and not-for-profit sector roles, and since 1996 has specialised in IT.

As a former public sector Head of IT she has experience of developing and leading IT strategies, business change and transformation programmes and customer-focussed service delivery. Laura spent 13 years in welfare rights and social housing before specialising in IT. She now works in a variety of roles including voluntary, part-time and freelance professional assignments. Amongst other roles she is a Director of Berneslai Homes, and is an Examiner in Business Analysis with BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT which promotes excellence in the IT profession.

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Helen Burke

Helen has more than 15 years’ experience in organisation and leadership development and an in-depth knowledge of empowering businesses to…

Helen has more than 15 years’ experience in organisation and leadership development and an in-depth knowledge of empowering businesses to meet their strategic objectives. She has helped organisations of different sizes and sectors to improve their performance using the Investors in People (IIP) quality assurance Standard since the early 1990s. With a career that started in retail management, Helen has continued to evolve her own skills, knowledge and capabilities taking on roles involving management development, assessment against a range of quality standards, HR and quality management. She is currently a Director of Dream Team UK and continues to operate as a Registered (IIP) Practitioner.

Helen is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).