Our Trustees

Our dedicated Board of Trustees have overall responsibility for the management of the charity. They have wide-ranging professional experience in a number of relevant areas including finance, social work, law and the voluntary sector. 

Sonia Pike, Acting Chair

Since moving to Somerset in 1994 Sonia worked for SSCAB before becoming District Manager for Mendip CAB. This involved working in Partnership with the Somerset CABx, the voluntary sector organisations, and the Statutory Authorities. In 2005, Sonia was a member of the steering group which set up Mendip Community Support and remained a Trustee and then Chair until it merged with SSVCA in April 2016.

Brian Maxwell, Company Secretary

Brian is a partner at Porter Dodson, a local firm of solicitors having practiced in the area for 25 years. He originally became a trustee as he was keen to involve himself locally as a volunteer so as to provide some legal expertise to a charitable organisation. His background enables him to assist on general legal matters when they arise as well as being the Company Secretary.

Peter Gane

Peter spent nearly 40 years working in sales and marketing before retiring in 2003 after 13 years as a director of medium sized subsidiaries of major corporations. He has held head of function responsibility for marketing, eBusiness and acquisition integration.  Since retirement Peter has served as a trustee of charities providing advocacy for those suffering mental health problems, lifelong learning for older people, coastal conservation and support for older carers of adults with learning disabilities. He volunteered to work with SSVCA after moving to South Somerset in 2012 because he believes its focus on practical support for local communities can make a difference across a broad spectrum of needs.

Ian Speight

After graduating from The College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering Ian ran the family garage business. During this time he was Chairman of the Chamber of Trade and Chairman of both Round Table and Rotary International. Ian has also been a representative and chair on various trade bodies. After retiring from the motor trade in 1994, Ian and his wife set up a homecare organisation called Goldencare Ltd. which employed two full time managers and over thirty care workers.

Martin Batchelor

Martin qualified as an electronics engineer and worked on early generations of computers and associated hardware. Promotion led to management roles and he operated as Division Manager, Company Secretary, Northern European Manager for a US electronics company and Managing Director for another US electronics company. Since retiring in 2006 Martin has been a Volunteer Adviser at South Somerset CAB and is currently a Volunteer Home Visitor for IT and Home Electronics for RNIB and also act as a Volunteer at the Haynes International Motor Museum.

Philip Welch

Philip spent more than 40 years in local journalism, including the Western Daily Press, Bristol Evening Post, Bath Evening Chronicle and 16 years as Editor of Mid Somerset News & Media. Now he runs his own media consultancy company and presents a weekly programme on GFM community radio which serves Glastonbury, Street and Wells.

Richard Mathews

Richard is a longtime Somerset resident living in the Sedgemoor area for most of his life. The majority of his career has been spent in the UK working in the Electrical and Nuclear industries. After retirement Richard formed his own Graphics company before becoming involved in Sheltered Housing management. As a lifelong volunteer he has been involved with the Gas Consumers Council, Haswell Park Trust, Lions International and Trustee and Company Secretary to Mendip Community Support. Richard is currently CEO of Sedgemoor Community Partnership, a community charity based in Highbridge.

Marsha Miles

Marsha joined South Somerset Mind in 2005 and during her 8 years there as CEO raised a significant amount of money for the charity.  In 2014, Marsha studied at the Institute of Fundraising and achieved a Diploma in Fundraising Practice. She started Marsha Miles Consultancy in January of that year, with a view to supporting other organisations with fundraising and to support cross sector working. Marsha has strategic level experience, most recently working as a member of the regional delivery team for the South West Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme. In her spare time she loves travelling, walking in the countryside with her dog, spending time with her young daughter, and reading and relaxing.