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. 

Kit Roberts - Chair of Trustees

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Kit was born in the Potteries and moved to Priorslee, Telford in 2000 with her husband, John.  A qualified teacher, Kit has considerable experience in the adult public and voluntary sector, including working as a joint commissioner in Telford and Wrekin, with a specialist focus on learning disabilities.  Kit has two grown up children, one grand-daughter and another grand-child due very soon.

Verley Brissett

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Verley has worked on behalf of the community for many years and has a background in teaching working across Shropshire in youth services. He is a magistrate and is currently the Chair of Telford West Indian Association.  He is passionate about race equality and supports people to continue living in the UK who are at risk of deportation.  In recognition of his work he has attended The Queen's Garden Party.

Julie Francis

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Julie's working life was mostly spent with a large telecommunications company.  Now retired, she is using some of her skills to good effect in the voluntary sector, which she believes has never had a more important role to play in society.  In addition to her role with CVS she is also Chair of Governors at a local primary school and a Trustee of the Senior Citizen's Forum.

Julie Smith


Julie trained as a General Nurse, Midwife and Neonatal Nurse, working in the NHS. She moved to Shropshire in 1989 and worked in hospitals including the PRH in Telford. She went on to hold a wide variety of posts  in Adult Social Care in Telford. Specialising in  close working with the NHS, across hospitals, the community and Primary Care. Following her retirement in 2019, she worked on Integrating NHS and Social Care and worked on projects with  local community organisations across Telford. 

Michael Frater

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Michael is retired from a 30 year career in local government.  Over 15 years he held the post of Chief Executive in three councils including Telford and Wrekin from 2000-2006.  After retirement he also held three interim Chief Executive roles.  He has three adult children including one with complex special needs.  He is Chair of the Friends Group and of the Family Forum at Home Farm Trust in Ironbridge.  He became a Trustee of CVS in 2016.

Rod Roman

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Rod was born in Donnington and went to school in Newport.  He lives in Edgmond.  A qualified Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer, he is a partner at EY, a global professional service firm.  Rod has six children, is married to a local authority teacher and together they are registered foster carers for Telford and Wrekin.

Councillor Paul Watling

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Paul is the Cabinet Member for Communities, Engagement and Partnerships at Telford and Wrekin Council,. Professionally Paul has been involved in community development and Children’s Services for nearly 40 years and has worked for Local Government and the Voluntary Sector. Paul is passionate about the voluntary sector and ensuring that we, here in Telford, have strong partnerships to ensure we meet the needs of our local community. Paul has  lived in Telford for 30 years and has 2 grown up children and 3 grandchildren.

Paul Masterman

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Paul Masterman is a former journalist and broadcaster who in recent years has been providing strategic communications advice and support  to local councils and other public sector bodies.

In recent times he has delivered various projects including the development of communication strategies, communications training for managers, corporate narrative development and technical advice for a number of senior public service appointments.
Paul is an associate of the Local Government Association, has won awards for his communications work, and writes, blogs and speaks regularly on leadership, communications and recruitment. 

Paul was born in Wolverhampton has worked throughout the UK and Europe and now lives in Shropshire.