Our trustees

Meet our Chair

  • Karen Morton
    Interim Chair

    Karen chairs RVA Board meetings and manages the CEO on behalf of the Board, taking overall responsibility for RVA’s strategy and monitoring of delivery. She is an experienced leader, manager, chair, facilitator, consultant and trainer, with a background in charity management and development.

Meet our other trustees

  • Peter Brierley
    Trustee

    Peter is part of the Neighbourhoods and Communities team for a national Housing Association, specialising in Community Development. A firm believer in the core notion of community development, he is also passionate about volunteering and hopes his enthusiasm will be an asset to RVA and its aims to support Reading’s voluntary sector.

  • Rob Davies
    Trustee

    Rob has been working within organisations who work with volunteers for his entire professional career. A large part of his work is managing volunteers and various volunteer projects. Rob has been in Reading for 5 years and since then has worked with many groups within the town and has become passionate about its past and future.

  • Kate Forster
    Trustee

    Kate brings to RVA’s Board of Trustees a broad variety of HR experience in a range of organisational settings and sizes in both the public and private sector.

  • Annette Haworth
    Trustee

    Formerly RVA Chair for five years, Annette previously managed the Information Services Directorate at Reading University. She has been chair, trustee and board member of several education, health and IT-related organisations and is currently a trustee-volunteer for RG Spaces, a charity that promotes arts and culture in Reading.

  • Lillian King
    Trustee

    Lillian joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 and as one of our Volunteer Adviser Team has a wealth of knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector.

  • Steve Leitch
    Treasurer

    Steve is a local businessman and company director with a background in finance. He works within diverse sectors such as IT, the internet, advanced motorcycle training and product sales. He is a trustee of a small local children’s charity and is a member of the management team for the East Reading Festival. He has a passion for music and can be seen manning the stage at local community arts and music events.

  • Unis Shaikh
    Trustee

    Unis is an experienced team leader and manager with a background in international newsgathering at the BBC. He is currently a trustee and volunteer producer for Reading’s Talking News, a charity which supports the blind and visually-impaired. He is also passionate about sport and Reading FC.

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