Paul Dowding – Trustee & Chairman
Paul has 3 sons (mid-teens and early twenties) and lives in Somerset with his wife. Paul brings 25 years of business experience and for the past 12 years has been running his own successful Leadership and Management Development business. Before this Paul worked for one of the UK’s largest direct marketing agencies for 7 years as Client Services Director.
Paul founded Alive & Well in December 2008. Along with a clear vision of the shape, structure and life saving work of the charity, Paul brings entrepreneurial drive and energy with which to steer it. Paul is committed to direct action to relieve suffering.
Kim Findlay – Trustee
Kim is married to Sarah and has two children Holly 18 and Fred 16. The family lives in Wiltshire. Kim has had a varied career initially as a journalist and commercial film producer and more recently as a Business Development Consultant.
Kim has extensive business and project management skills and brings an enthusiasm for getting stuck in and making things happen. Kim helped run another local charity for 7 years and has served as a Parish Councillor. In 2008 Kim raised £5,000 for various charities by travelling across India on an old Enfield motorbike. He even managed not to fall off much.
Kim says that “helping set up Alive & Well and establishing our programme in Sierra Leone has been one of the most daunting but rewarding challenges of my life”.
Jonathan Sugden – Trustee
Jon was a founding partner and Managing Director of one of Worcestershire’s largest and most successful independent property management companies, established over 20 years ago. Over the last 20 years he has traveled extensively across Europe, parts of Africa, Asia and the sub continent of India by motorcycle and has witnessed much poverty, deprivation and need in many of those areas.
He is now committed to making a difference, to physically helping at least some of those who do not have the basic essentials of life and who are not able to help themselves. Jon has been with his wife Cindy, a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham, for 30 years.
Will Hancock – Trustee
Will lives in Somerset with wife of 31 years, Cathy. They have three children ranging in age from 15 to 23 years. Will is International Head of Operations for a major global industrial machinery auction company. He has 30 years experience in the auction business, with considerable experience of conducting the business of buying, selling and transporting machinery and equipment throughout many diverse areas of the world.
Will is keen to make a difference for people in need. He believes that the goals of Alive & Well are both attainable and life changing for the recipients as well as those working on the project.