Graeme Hobbs

Graeme Hobbs

Chairman of the Trustees

Until July 2015, Graeme was the Chairman of Motorola Solutions UK Ltd, the Country Manager for Motorola Solutions UK, and the Government Affairs lead and regional director for Europe and Africa.

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.

Joining Motorola in 1994, he has held a number of leadership positions including roles in product management, sales, project management and operations. His role as Chairman focused on building relationships with key Government bodies, ensuring appropriate country and fiducial management and enabling business opportunities across the region.

Before joining Motorola, he was the Managing Director of Ascom Radiocom Ltd, a mobile communication systems company for UK public utilities and emergency services, having previously been a Divisional Manager at Marconi Communications Systems Ltd.

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

He was recently elected as a trustee of the Institution of Engineering Technology, is a visiting professor at the University of Bristol, and is keen on promoting Engineering to young people most notably via the Royal Academy’s Engineering Leadership Advanced Award scheme.

Graeme has set up his own consulting company and is intent on building a small portfolio of non-executive positions. He has recently been appointed a non-executive director of the Smith Institute which specialises in industrial mathematics and system engineering.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Trustee & Chairman Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Chris grew up in Gosport where he still lives.

After education at Portsmouth Grammar School, a career in banking followed and this resulted in a variety of managerial positions across Hampshire and Sussex.

Chris has volunteered for the Royal Naval Rescue and after 25 years’ service he was awarded the reserve decoration and bar.

Following early retirement from banking, Chris continued in Finance as a local company accountant, finally retiring in 2002 whereupon he was invited to seek election to Gosport Borough Council and served until 2009 as a Councillor for Lee-On-The-Solent. Subsequently he was elected to Hampshire County Council representing the Leesland and Town division.

Chris fulfils a variety of County Council positions including service on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority where he is now the Chairman.

Chris has many local interests and supports local Gosport organisations.

For many years he has been the Chairman of the Gosport Federated Music Festival. This is an annual event mainly for young persons which enables their artistic performance to be adjudicated.

Chris also is the President of Gosport and Fareham St. John Ambulance.

Dave Curry

Dave Curry

Trustee & Chief Officer at Hampshire & IoW Fire & Rescue Services

Dave took up the role as Chief Officer at Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service in January 2015.

Dave was Director of Prevention, Protection and Road Safety on the Chief Fire Officer’s Association for a three year term to September 2014. He is also currently South East Regional Chair of the Association of Principal Fire Officers.

A Londoner by birth, Dave joined Surrey Fire Brigade in 1986 moving up the ranks to be Assistant Chief Fire Officer in the county in 2001. Dave led on the development of an Integrated Risk Management Plan for Surrey and was then in charge of Service delivery.

Dave joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2004 as Deputy Chief Officer.

Dave holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Fire Command and Management. Having completed the Brigade Command Course in 2002, Dave was the first person in the Fire Service to be invited to undertake the Defence Strategic Leadership Programme. Dave has also undertaken the Top Managers Programme run by the National School of Government.

Dave was the Director of HFRS’s trading arm 3SFire from its inception in February 2013 until standing down in January 2015. Dave is the Service’s diversity lead on sexual orientation.

Lindsay Fox

Lindsay Fox

Trustee & Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire

Lindsay was a Magistrate for over 30 years sitting in Youth and Adult courts and has served as Chairman of the South Hampshire Bench. She was the founder and Chairman of the Hampshire Bobby Trust before it joined with the Blue Lamp Trust. Lindsay was High Sheriff in 1997-98 and was the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, before becoming the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire in December 2014.. She was also Chairman of the Rank Foundation which is a Christian Trust founded by J Arthur Rank of film fame and it funds work with the young and the elderly, with ex-offenders and community development.

Lindsay has served nine years on Winchester Cathedral Council, worked 11 years for Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Chaired the Advisory Committee of a Children’s Home with Education and is also Vice President of Community Action in Hampshire which is the umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector in the County.

Lindsay was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours “for services to charity and to the community in Hampshire”.

Will Hancock

Will Hancock

Trustee & Chief Executive of South Central Ambulance Serivce

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.

Colin Langdown

Colin Langdown

Trustee & Managing Director of Christie Intruder Alarms Ltd

Colin Langdown has worked in the fire and security industry since 1987 and took over as Managing Director of CIA in October 2012. He has responsibility for the leadership and direction of CIA, a company that compliments the charitable work the Blue Lamp Trust carries out for the security of the vulnerable and elderly.

Colin also sits on technical committees for the British Standards Institute to raise the quality of Fire Alarm and CCTV installation and servicing. In addition he has an active involvement in the Government’s Apprenticeship Trailblazer scheme for the development of apprenticeship programmes within the industry, he is the Chairman of the Portsmouth and District Branch of the Electrical Contractors Association and also sits on the Regional Executive Committee for the ECA.

He left school at 16 but restarted his College and University education and completed various courses in the evenings, culminating in a BSc (Hons) Degree in Electronic Engineering all whilst still working full time.

Colin joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. He lives in Port Solent and enjoys a daily run to counter the effects of its restaurants and bars. 

Olivia Pinkey

Olivia Pinkey

Trustee & Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary

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.

Toni Shaw

Toni Shaw

Trustee & Director of Sequoia Consultancy Services

Toni Shaw is the Director at Sequoia Consultancy Services which provide guidance and support to Trustees running charitable Trusts. Formerly a successful Marketing and Business Development Director in IT and Telecommunications, Toni changed direction and joined the voluntary sector in 2004.

After taking a Masters Degree at Roehampton University in Voluntary Action Management, her first role was as Business Development Director at the National Council for One Parent Families, now Gingerbread Families. In 2007, Toni become CEO at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation where, with the support of the Board of Trustees, she established the Foundation and built an endowment of nearly £11 million for the long term support of communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A further £7 million in small grants was also distributed to over 2,000 small local charities and community groups around the county.

During this time, Toni was a Trustee for a number of other charities, including the Bordon Charity, the Saints Foundation and the New Forest Trust. She chaired the BBC Trust’s Audience Council England: South Panel for three years and was a mentor for the Hampshire School of Social Entrepreneurs.

In 2016, Toni set up Sequoia Consultancy Services, a Charitable Trust Business providing support and guidance to charitable trusts and helping to release charitable assets back into communities. She is currently a trustee for the Blue Lamp Trust, the Bordon Charity, and the Saints Foundation. She lives with her husband, Andrew, in Basingstoke and is passionate about football, loves history and is a

Royston Smith MP

Royston Smith MP

Trustee & Memeber of Parliament for Southampton, Itchen

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. 

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