Chair of Trustees
John has had a 35 year career in business leadership, most recently as Managing Director of a software development company with about 60 staff. For over 10 years he was Church Warden of a large Church in Poole and is now Lay Chair of the Poole Anglican Deanery. Through his leadership roles, he has seen the significant impact of communication and relationship skills – both good and bad! He is passionate to make a difference in the community and in wider society, and is committed to growing, supporting and encouraging healthy relationships and families at every opportunity. Together with his wife Liz, he leads the Marriage and Family Ministry at their Church.
Ian is a proper born and bred Dorset man, married to Lyn, with two amazing sons. Most of his working career was spent running the family transport and warehousing company serving is its Managing Director until the business was sold in 2016. He joined The MARS Trust in 2017 as Operations Manager until he became a full time retiree in April 2021! He is an active member of the Lantern Church in Merley, serving on the Sub-committee and serving as one of the worship leaders. His hobbies are spending time with family and friends, walking and golf, however Ian is still passionate about our young people and is excited to be returning to The MARS Trust as a trustee. He's looking forward to working with the team again.
As Geography graduate I can find my way around most places! However, as a mother and grandmother, I know that the way forward is not always obvious. So any help a family can receive is valuable. I am now retired, but worked as an Advice Worker for over 22 years. This was mainly at a University dealing with housing, finance, benefits, relationship and academic issues – so I have experience of working with young adults and knowledge of the issues faced by this age group. My hope is to use all my experience and knowledge to help the next generations make informed and positive choices through the MARS TRUST.