Meet the Board
Connection is overseen by a board of trustees. Our trustees have a diverse range of skills.
Jane Allen – Chair
Rose worked as an Occupational Therapist for eleven years mainly in NHS mental health settings. In 1986 she moved to the voluntary sector and spent the next sixteen years as director of an innovative mental health rehabilitation charity.
From 2002 – 2014 she worked as a freelance consultant, specialising in health, social welfare, community development, and criminal justice.
Rose has served on several Government advisory committees on mental health, disability, training and employment.
I worked for almost all my career in the Probation Service. Such work involved attempting to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Working in both the East End of London and Buckinghamshire, my aim was always to bring hope for a better future, working with every aspect of people’s lives, not just criminal behaviour, but also advocating for and assisting with problems with housing, poverty isolation and health. Involvement with Connections is a natural continuation of my work and interests.
I’ve worked as Finance Director of a Major Housebuilder with financial responsibility for a business unit with an annual turnover of £120M. I’m a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and have 19 years of commercial experience, providing financial and risk appraisals across a wide range of projects.
I’m an experienced chief executive, and retired in 2013, after a twelve year track record in leading a successful social housing organisation, working at both strategic and operational levels in a highly political context with a rapidly changing environment