Mary Phillips

Mary Phillips

Chair

Mary‘s career started as a Youth and Community Worker becoming the first female General Secretary with the YMCA in the UK. She later became the manager of a multi-disciplined Youth Offender Team in Berkshire going on to work at the Youth Justice Board. She has worked in the private and public sector and became a Board Member of The Thames Valley Probation Trust. During her time as a Board Member she was the Probation Board representative to Elizabeth Fry Homes, an independent Approved Premises. She was a Magistrate for the past 26 years and served as Chair of the Oxfordshire Family Bench. She is currently the Chair of the Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Scrutiny panel. In 2009 when she retired from the Probation Board she became a Trustee and Chair of The Elizabeth Fry Charity overseeing many positive and far reaching changes.. Mary feels very privileged to lead a dedicated and hardworking Board of Trustees who work alongside a committed staff team. She believes in giving Women Offenders the opportunity to enable them to live meaningful and fulfilled lives.


Tony Rolley

Tony Rolley

Vice Chair

Tony was a senior manager within the Probation Service, Local Government, National Health Service and Civil Service for over 30 years. He was an Inspector with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation until the end of February 2017, when he retired after 9 years with that organisation. During his time with HMI Probation, he led numerous performance inspections of both the probation service and youth offending teams. He also led national thematic inspections of statutory victim services and multi agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA). Earlier in his career, Tony was Assistant Chief Officer with Berkshire Probation Service for fourteen years. He has been a Trustee since May 2012, and is currently Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Personnel & Safeguarding Committee. 


Tony Ayers

Tony Ayers

Vice Chair

Prior to his retirement Tony ran his own business, a marketing and advertising consultancy. He was a Trustee and Board Member for the Watermill Theatre in Newbury and was a Magistrate for a number of years. ​Tony has been a Trustee at Elizabeth Fry Charity since 2015 and sits on the Fundraising and Finance Committees.


Sue Pearce

Sue Pearce

Trustee

Sue Pearce worked for the Probation Service for 33 years, initially as a Probation officer then in various management roles before leaving at Director level. She gained experience in working with offenders in many different ways and developed particular interests and expertise in evidenced-based offending behaviour programmes; work with perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse; and with female offenders. She was fortunate to continue this work on a national and international level. As part of a Senior Management team she held specific responsibility for strategy, budgets and operational performance covering 180 staff.  Sue currently works independently as a consultant, trainer and mediator, across the public, private and not for profit sectors. Having been aware of and supported Elizabeth Fry Charity in different capacities since 1986 Sue was pleased to join the Board of Trustees when she left full-time employment. As a small charity, trustees (as well as fulfilling their accountability and strategic functions) work in very practical ways alongside a very hard working staff group. Recent years have seen considerable challenges and changes have been required.  Sue is proud of the way that Elizabeth Fry Charity has grown and adapted over the years to continue providing a responsive and effective opportunity to enable female offenders to help themselves towards change. ​Sue sits on the Building and Health & Safety Committee.


Judith Howles

Judith Howles

Trustee

Judith is retired, following a career as a teacher. She also served as a Magistrate for a number of years. Judith has been a Trustee at Elizabeth Fry Charity for over 10 years. She is Chair of the Personnel & Safeguarding Committee.


Andree Blakemore

Andree Blakemore

Trustee

Andree is retired and has previously served as a Magistrate. Andree has been a Trustee at Elizabeth Fry Charity for seven years. She is Chair of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Building Committee.


Mike Tarling

Mike Tarling

Trustee

Mike is retired after a career as a pilot for British Airways. He is a member of the Woodley and Earley Lions Club and served as a Magistrate for a number of years. Mike joined the Board in 2008 and is Chair of the Building and Health & Safety Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.


Martin Almond

Martin Almond

Trustee

Martin works in the insurance industry and became involved with Elizabeth Fry Charity when he provided advice to the Board of Trustees following a serious fire in 2009. Martin is a member of the Personnel & Safeguarding Committee and Building and Health & Safety Committee.


Kay Whitaker

Kay Whitaker

Trustee

Kay joined the Charity as a Trustee in 2017. Kay has been a Magistrate for 25 years. She has a background in teaching and served as a Governor of a large primary school for 12 years. ​Kay is a member of the Personnel & Safeguarding Committee.