Our trustees

Walton Charity trustees give their time freely to support our staff team to deliver on the charity’s aims, monitor progress and agree future plans.

 
 

Sarah Tomkins, Chair

Sarah is currently Director of Adult Community Services for a Social Enterprise and has a comprehensive understanding of local community challenges. Having lived in the Elmbridge area for over 40 years, Sarah brings a wealth of local knowledge.

 
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Robert Mills, Vice Chair

Rob has held senior positions in the housing, care and support operations of a number of housing associations. He is currently also a trustee of Charityworks, a national graduate trainee programme for the non-profit sector.

 
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Andy Button-Stephens

Andy is currently Head of the Barratt Foundation and has over 14 years’ experience in charity leadership and philanthropy. He has worked for leading charities including The Princes Trust, NSPCC, Teenage Cancer Trust and the DHL UK Foundation.

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David Easson

David has more than 30 years' experience in property development. He also has extensive non-executive experience, principally on the Boards of significant registered housing providers and has spent seven years as Chair of Paradigm Housing Group.

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Alex Fitzpatrick

Alex is Deputy Director for Strategy, Implementation and Projects at the Department for Work and Pensions. She brings long-standing experience in policy, with a particular focus on social policy including support for people with disability, wider welfare and education.

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Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth has extensive retail experience, working for Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Debenhams and has run her own business. Her charitable experience includes serving as a trustee and Chair of Transform Housing & Support, as High Sheriff of Surrey and is now Chair of Cobham Heritage Day and a trustee of Disability Initiative.

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Kellie Scott

Kellie is a Global Product Head within the financial services industry and has over 20 years’ experience as a structured finance lawyer. Kellie is involved in various mentoring, social mobility and advocacy initiatives and she is currently serving as Chair at Riverhouse Barn, a local community and arts centre.

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Nick Stuart

Nick spent 32 years working in Marketing & Sales and is now a Director of UB Pension Fund and the Guildford Diocesan Board of Finance. He was a School Governor for over 20 years and is now a trustee of Walton Parochial Council. He is also involved in St Mary's and St John's churches.

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Paul Tajasque

Paul has a financial management background for software and financial services. He has lived in Walton on Thames since 1993 and has been a trustee of Walton Charity since 2017. He also serves as a trustee and volunteer for several other local charities.