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David Macgowan

Posted on: June 20th, 2022 by Iain Looms

David was an integral part of the Abbeyfield Reading Board of Trustees and joined the AWVS board in February 2022 when the two Societies merged. David is the Minister of Carey Baptist Church in Reading and has a wealth of experience in charitable organisations.

Mr Ian Thomson

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by Tracey Pollard

Ian was born in Hampton on Thames where he attended the local grammar school. He joined IBM and worked for them in a variety of IT positions. These included executive roles assuring all UK contract proposals and delivery, running much of the European computer operations and managing International outsourcing contracts. After leaving IBM he worked as an independent consultant in Ireland and the UK. He was invited to become the chairman of Abbeyfield Liss in 2012 and has been a member of the South Eastern Region Strategy Council since 2013. Following the agreement to merge Liss with WVS he has been made a trustee of WVS. He has lived in the Liss area since 1976 when his job with IBM was relocated. He is married with two sons and has a major interest in rugby which he has played, coached and refereed.

Mr Paul Whitlock

Posted on: March 6th, 2016 by Mark Ashmore

Paul Whitlock was born in Chichester and attended Woodbridge School in Suffolk. After ʻAʼ Levels, he went to the University of Sheffield where he graduated in electrical engineering. Following a graduate apprenticeship with Smiths Industries in London, he worked for Bell South in Atlanta, Georgia and for Bell Canada in Montreal and Toronto – where he met his wife. He attended York University in Toronto where he gained an MBA after which he worked as a management consultant for Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in Canada and Ireland. His subsequent career has been primarily in international management with major telecommunications manufacturers such as Plessey and Nortel Networks, but has also involved running a Canadian daily newspaper. Paul and his wife (now deceased) have lived in Farnham since 1987, have three sons all of whom attended local schools including Weydon and then went on to university. They have three small granddaughters. Paul is now retired and in addition to being a trustee of the Society is also a trustee of the Dempster Trust and an active member of the Rotary Club of Farnham.

Mr Desmond Hutchinson

Posted on: March 5th, 2016 by Tracey Pollard

Honorary Secretary

Desmond Hutchinson was born in Kensington London, into a family of many generations of military service, both British and (up to the end of WW1) Indian.  He studied at Bedford School and then entered RMA Sandhurst, gaining his commission in December 1966 in the Royal Artillery, serving 1 completed officer tour in Germany, marrying his first wife Malti in 1969. After leaving the Army, he trained as a solicitor in Cambridge, and became a partner with the firm of Francis & Co, specialising in commercial property litigation. He set up his own practice in 1990 in Enfield, (having obtained an MBA through Henley Management College), specialising in Debt Recovery litigation, being one the first to develop and utilise computerised software for such purposes, as well as commercial litigation and company law. He  opened a second office in Cambridge and took over the Enfield practice of Daultry & Keen, and before merging with the Cambridge firm of Crossmans.  His wife, Malti, sadly died in 2001, in 2003 he married Shireen, and moved to Farnham in 2005 where he became a consultant (and later a director) solicitor with Burkill Govier, for whom he continues to work, continuing to specialise in Commercial Property Litigation and Company Law.

Desmond is secretary of the Code of Practice Committee of the National Office of Animal Health, a self-regulatory body dealing with animal health pharmaceutical promotion.  He became a trustee of AWVS in 2016 and became Honorary Secretary in December 2017. He and Shireen have three children and six grandchildren, between them

Mr Tim Shepherd

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 by RichardOld

Chairman of Care Committee

After leaving Kings College School in Wimbledon Tim studied Business Studies before joining the family firm of Road Surfacing and Public Works contractors. In 1971 he bought a Nursing Home in Hindhead and spent the next 38 years developing it to provide a personalised and caring environment for elderly residents and convalescents.   Tim retired in 2009. Tim is married with two children and two grandchildren, and is a member of The Haslemere Rotary Club, and Secretary of Elstead PCC. He enjoys sailing, music, theatre, gardening and travel in both the UK and France.



Mr Peter Duffy

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by Mark Ashmore

Hon. Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee

Peter had thirty years with National Westminster Bank, which included four years in France and three in Spain, where he was Managing Director of Banco NatWest, the Group subsidiary there. However, most of his time in the Bank was spent developing business with major international companies, especially in the oil sector. He was eventually responsible for leading all the sections covering the energy, mining, aviation, shipping and automobile industries. After retiring from Natwest, he returned to full time study, taking a B.A. and an M.A. in art history at the Courtauld Institute and a further M.A. in history at Kings College, London. He is a member of U3A, The University of the Third Age and has been a chairman and/or trustee of a number of local charities. He is married to Wendy and they have two daughters and five very active grandchildren.

Mrs Gillian Ward

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by RichardOld

Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees

Gillian spent her teen years in Farnham before moving to London and working as a legal secretary. She then became PA to an MP for several years before marrying and moving first to Scotland, then to Esher with several trips to Indonesia and Libya in between. Gillian’s husband is presently the Mayor of Farnham, but was previously in the oil industry before he retired when he and Gillian moved back to Farnham in 1998. Whilst in Indonesia, Gillian became Treasurer then Chairman of the British Women’s Association, as well as starting up an organisation aimed at helping newly-arrived wives to settle into their new environment. Gillian is now helping to organise Farnham’s annual Heritage Open Days scheme. Her main hobby is singing in the choir and she also enjoys crafts of various kinds.  She has two children, a son and a daughter.  Gillian has always felt very strongly about the importance of dignity and independence for the elderly for as long as possible.

Mr Brian Thomas

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by RichardOld

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Brian had a thirty year career with Fluor Corporation, a US based designer, engineer, builder and maintainer of international oil, gas, chemical, government, power, industrial and infrastructure projects. Since taking early retirement in 2007, Brian is actively involved in a Rotary Club, Italian classes, motor sport and travel. He is an executive with a Chemical Engineering degree, CFO, business development and CEO experience. He is results orientated, with international experience in a US based global leader in international project management. He also has leadership and commercial skills with a record of developing an inclusive environment, and coaching and developing others throughout a career involving strategy creation and implementation, acquisition and enterprise restructuring. Brian is married to Jacqui and they have four children.

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