We are governed by a board of trustees, who come from various backgrounds including the public sector, banking, public affairs and the health sector to lend their expertise to the board.


Elizabeth Pollard – Chair of Trustees

Elizabeth Pollard has been a Trustee of the Trussell Trust since it was launched in 1997. She is also a Trustee of Lightship, a Christian Counselling service which was set up by the Trussell Trust, although it is now a stand-alone charity.

Elizabeth has been a discretionary fund manager for over 30 years and is a founding Director of Gore Browne Investment Management. She worked in the City for 8 years before moving to Wiltshire where she was involved in setting up a first branch office for Cazenove Fund Management, with whom she worked for 10 years.

Elizabeth worships at St Pauls Church in Salisbury, and is a member of the PCC and actively involved in Alpha and Discipleship courses. She lives with chronic, long term disability. Her interests include live theatre, opera music and travel.



Sophie Melville – Vice Chair of Trustees

Sophie Melville has volunteered for The Trussell Trust since 2002 and became a Trustee in 2008.

She worked for an investment bank until 1992 before leaving London to travel with her husband who is in the British Army. Since then she has lived in Germany, France, Cyprus and Britain and had a wide variety of jobs including Trust Fundraiser, HR assistant and volunteer in an advice centre for homeless under 25-year-olds in France.

She is an active member of St Paul’s Church Salisbury and takes a particular interest in trustee/staff relations at the Trust.



Jonathan Annis

Jonathan Annis became a trustee in 2007 as a result of his interest not only in the local work of the Trust but also the work in Bulgaria. He is a consultant at the local NHS Trust who has been a Clinical Director and responsible for multi-million-pound budgets.

He lives in Salisbury and is married to Bea, they have four children all at various stages of leaving the nest. He is an active member of a local church and has run a number of Alpha courses for the staff in his local hospital. He enjoys sailing, walking, reading and the occasional attempt at cooking.



Alison Inglis-Jones

Alison Inglis-Jones, lives in London and has been involved in the voluntary sector for the last 20 years, previously working for the Shaftesbury Society (now Livability) and London Youth.

She has a background in public affairs and public relations and has been on a number of charity boards including the Act Network and the Challenge.

She is an active church goer, now attending William Wilberforce’s church, Holy Trinity Clapham, having recently moved from Holy Trinity Brompton and is delighted to support a number of community projects in South London. She is married with two teenage sons.



Rt Revd John Packer

John’s career has been as a minister in the Church of England, mostly in northern industrial towns, often struggling with issues of deprivation and unemployment.  He was the Vicar of a South Yorkshire mining parish during the 1984-85 Miners’ strike, and later Rector of a large Council Housing estate parish in Sheffield following the decline in the steel industry.  A member of the House of Lords from 2006-14, he took a major interest in Welfare issues, including Benefit changes. He was the Bishop of Warrington, in the Liverpool diocese, from 1996-2000 and then Bishop of Ripon and Leeds until retirement in 2014. During that time he chaired the Church of England’s Stewardship Committee and its Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee, and was a member of its Finance Committee.  Since 2014, he has lived in Whitley Bay, minister as an assistant bishop in the diocese of Newcastle, and chair the Trustees of the Newcastle West End Foodbank, and the Trustees of ‘ Together Newcastle’, a joint venture of the Church Urban Fund and the diocese.  He is married with three adult children.


Robert Lanyon

Robert Lanyon became a trustee in January 2017.  His day job is regional public affairs director (Europe) for the energy company ExxonMobil.  During 20 years with the company he has worked in the U.K., Brussels and Texas in a range of management roles, from corporate and government communications to corporate social responsibility and crisis management.  Before taking up his current role he oversaw the company’s global charitable programmes, including major initiatives in malaria eradication, empowering women in developing nations and promoting STEM education.

He is a member of the Surrey Business Leaders Forum and chairs the Energy Forum for British American Business. A modern languages graduate and keen traveller, Robert lives in Bentley, Hampshire, and is married to Harriet, who wrote the first ever Alpha Course cookbook for Holy Trinity Brompton! They have three teenage daughters and are active members of the local church, including hosting the Marriage Course.


Stephen Hicks

Over 25 years working in the City for three US broking houses and risk consulting firms and took early retirement in 2015 to pursue my own interests as the former regional chair of the Samaritans, now deputy director and a current trustee of Mind (and formerly also of the Citizens Advice Bureau) with a focus on finance, risk, strategy and fundraising.

Stephen is married with four children, two grown up at university and two still at school. He’s an enthusiastic sportsman having completed two marathons, a qualified skipper, novice golfer and Crisis at Christmas volunteer. He is a parishioner at his local Catholic parish, part of Clifton Diocese.