CVS Board of Trustees
Telford and Wrekin Council for Voluntary Service is governed by an Board of Trustees who are formally elected at our Annual General Meeting. They are nominated by our member organisations, user groups and partner organisations. Their term of office is three years.
A dedicated leader, Verley has not only served as Vice Chair for 4 years but has also been a Trustee for over 5 years, bringing valuable experience to the role. In addition, he has been a trusted committee member of the Telford West Indian Association since 1976, eventually becoming its Chair for over 15 years. With a decade of service as a Justice of Peace for Shropshire, Verley has demonstrated his commitment to justice and community service. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Community Studies, and he has imparted knowledge as a teacher at Meole Brace, Charlton and Blessed Robert Johnson secondary schools. Furthermore, his involvement in the Education Appeal Board showcases his dedication to shaping educational policies. Verley's extensive leadership and partnership positions have consistently provided valuable guidance, benefit and support to the broader community.
Paul Masterman is a former journalist and broadcaster who in recent years has been providing strategic communications advice and support to local authorities and other public sector bodies. He is a strategic communications, policy and engagement specialist with over 25 years strategic planning, operational and project management experience in the public and private sectors. Paul is an associate of the Local Government Association, has won a awards for his communications work, and writes, blogs and speaks regularly on leadership, communications and recruitment. Born in Wolverhampton, he has worked throughout the UK and Europe and now lives in Shropshire.
Councillor Paul Watling is the Cabinet Member for Communities, Engagement and Partnerships at Telford and Wrekin Council. Professionally he has been involved in Community Development and Children's Services for nearly 40 years and have worked for local government and the voluntary sector. He is passionate about the voluntary sector and works in Telford to make sure the borough has strong partnerships to meet the needs of the local community. He has lived in Telford for 30 years and has two grown up children and three grandchildren.
Julie's working life was mostly spent with BT, initially working in a number of varying roles including customer service, finance and HR. The latter half of her career was spent in IT as a Solutions Designer and Project Manager delivering major infrastructure projects and new software developments. Now retired, she is using some of her skills to good effect in the voluntary sector, which she feels has never had a more important role to play in society. She strongly believes that it is through community engagement that needs are identified and the voluntary sector is often best placed to deliver these. In addition to her role with TWCVS she is also Chair of Governors at a local primary school and a Trustee of the Senior Citizens Forum.
Rod is a retired Chartered Accountant having spent most of his career as a partner in the professional services firm, Ernst & Young. He was born in Donnington and lives in the borough. He and his wife were local authority foster carers for many years. He founded and chairs a peer-to-peer support network of 40 charity trustees, all of whom are or were Ernst & Young staff.