L-R: Jo Dare (CEO), Robert Robertson, Alan Thorne, Lorraine Buckman and Sheila Evans


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Age UK Isle of Wight (Age UKIW) has welcomed 3 new Trustees to their Board of Trustees.

The trio of Alan Thorne, Lorraine Buckman and Robert Robertson bring decades of experience and expertise in health care regulation, quality management, HR and IT to the local, independent charity.

Age UKIW has been supporting older Islanders since 1973 and is held in high regard by the thousands of local older people it serves, as well as by local Health and Social Care decision makers. The appointment of these new trustees, with their varied experience and skills, will support and shape the charity’s strategic direction and priorities now and in the future.

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• Alan Thorne joins Age UKIW as a trustee following 42 years of NHS service in scientific, managerial and executive director roles. For the last 5 years Alan has held key roles in healthcare regulation, firstly as Head of Hospital Inspections for the Care Quality Commission and more recently supporting trusts placed in special measures as a Quality Improvement Director for NHS Improvement. Alan’s vast experience of health systems, regulation and quality improvement will support Age UKIW in its partnership with healthcare providers and service development.

• Lorraine Buckman has worked at board level in Human Resources roles for the past 20+ years in a variety of business sectors including Adult Social Care. She has also cared for elderly relatives, including someone living with dementia, so she has personal experience of the challenges that face friends and family members in accessing appropriate support. Lorraine’s time spent working in social care, coupled with her personal experiences, have made her passionate about the subject of older care and living well in later life and will enable her to make a strong contribution in her role as a Trustee.

• Robert Robertson joins Age UKIW following after a career in data, voice and wireless communications, including roles in communications product, systems design, international technical support, project and product management. He obtained an M.Sc. in Digital Systems from Brunel University. His interests include making increasingly more complex technology as easy to use as possible and will support Age UKIW with IT systems and Infrastructure.

Sheila Evans, Chair of Trustees for Age UK Isle of Wight comments:

“I am pleased to welcome the three new Trustees who have recently been appointed to the AUKIW Board. Lorraine, Rob and Alan have all made their homes on the Island and bring varied, complementary skills and experience which we believe will enhance our Board deliberations.”

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