A Patron of the charity since 2011, taking over the role from her father, Robert. Clare’s heritage can be traced back to Archdeacon Johnson who was responsible for establishing the almshouse charity.
After graduating from Manchester University, Clare moved back to West London to live and work. She qualified as an accountant after leaving university and has specialised in working with small businesses ever since. She has two children and one granddaughter.
Clare acts as treasurer to several local groups including a musical society, in which she also enjoys joining in with the singing.
Mr David PattinsonChair of the Board of Governors
David was born and raised in Lancaster, before studying Theology at Durham University. He then had a long and enjoyable career with Barclays Bank, finishing as Area Corporate Manager in Liverpool. He moved to Oakham in 2007 so as to be closer to his two daughters and four grandchildren. Married to Margaret, he has a keen interest in any sport that involves a ball, and is a Lay Reader at All Saints Church in Oakham.
David has previously held the post of Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
Mr Jeremy OrmeChair of Finance & General Purposes Committee
A Governor since 2010, he has been a chartered accountant for nearly 50 years. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, in roles varying from board-level responsibility at the Audit Commission to being the Hon Treasurer counting the cash at evening talks organised in his local library. He is the current lay representative of the Rutland Deanery Synod on the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance.
Elaine WoodheadChair House Committee
A Governor in waiting/Governor since 2007 and Chair of the House Committee, she graduated in English Literature from Sheffield University and trained as a Secondary school teacher, working in schools and Sixth Form Colleges. She moved to Rutland in 1980 and, after a career break, she worked in a Leicestershire College of Further Education where she spent ten years as a member of the senior management team. She is married with a son and a daughter and has three grandchildren.
Helen BushHouse Committee
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Helen qualified as a teacher in the 1960’s, specialising in secondary school education. Active in the local community, She has been a governor of the Charity since 2005. She is a diocesan Bishop’s Visitor to two Rutland Schools,and a member of the Parochial Church Council at All Saints Church, Oakham. She has two daughters and three Grandchildren.
Felicity CravenHouse Committee
A Full Governor since 2013 ,on the House Committee. Felicity trained as a Bio-medical Scientist and worked in the Pathology Laboratory at Kettering General Hospital.
She has always been involved in voluntary work and since retiring became Programme Secretary for Rutland DFAS, Chair of her Village Hall Committee and Sides-person at Great Easton Parish Church.She is married for a second time to Eric and has two children, three step-children ,seven grandchildren , a black Labrador and five hens.
Dr Janet SedenHouse Committee
Dr Janet Seden is retired but previously worked as probation officer, children and families social worker, family centre manager, counsellor and supervisor. She completed her career lecturing in social work and social care at Leicester University and The Open University. She now spends time with the family and undertakes some voluntary work. Interests include choirs, walking, literature and creative writing.
Carol ScothernHouse Committee
My husband Graham and I lived all our working life in Nottingham and retired to Rutland 11 years ago. We have 2 children and 3 grandchildren who we love looking after. I enjoy sewing and gardening and helping in the community where I can.
My working life was spent in sales and later I became an NVQ assessor training young people in their apprenticeship.
Sue WebsterHouse committee
Keith StarlingFinance & general Purpose Committee
A Governor/Governor-in-waiting since 2010 and member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. After graduating from Cambridge in Geography he worked in education and finally spent 18 years as Headmaster of a secondary school in Kent. He retired to Rutland in 2004 where he served as a School Governor in Stamford for 10 years and more recently as Treasurer of a local church. He is married and has two sons and five grandchildren.”
Mr Rob SmithFinance & gerneral Purposes Committee
A Governor in Waiting since 2015 and a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Rob gained two degrees in Civil Engineering at University of Manchester, becoming a chartered engineer in three Professional Institutions one of which elected him as President. His career included design, construction, programme and project management before moves to the NHS, Department of Health, Salford University and retirement in 2015.
Rob is married to Chris; they have two children and three grandchildren.
Rev Rachel WattsFinance & General Purposes Committee