Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees actively oversees the on-going development of the charity, supported by a small team of part-time staff who are based in the Careline office:

Wendy Woodhouse – Chair

Wendy started volunteering for Careline back in 2017 and she soon realised what an important service it provides and wanted to help ensure that they charity continues to provide it’s vital service. She was born in Buxton and after moving around the UK to study and work she eventually gravitated back to Derbyshire. She runs a small business providing advice to retailers in relation to Trading Standards and consumer protection legislation.


Tricia Barclay – Vice-Chair

Tricia lives in Ashbourne with her husband, Kevin. She was The Manager of The Derbyshire Building Society in town before moving to The Walbrook Housing Association as Head of their Home Improvement Agency. Upon moving to Jersey 12 years ago she worked in a Day Club for the over 50’s who were isolated and lonely. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, walking & socialising and being with her family after retiring back in Ashbourne 18 months ago.

Tom Sread – Treasurer

TomTom was born in South Derbyshire and went to Ashby Grammar. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1968 and after spending 3 years post qualification in London, returned to the area and managed the Ashbourne and Buxton offices of Smith Cooper. He became a partner and eventually senior partner before retiring from the practice in July 2009. Tom moved to Snelston, where he has lived for over 35 years. He has been married for 38 years to Liz and they have a son, who is married with young children.

Annette Eley – Secretary

AnnetteAnnette grew up in Derby. She graduated from the University of Durham and trained at Bishop Otter College, Chichester. She taught in a variety of primary schools in Derby and Derbyshire. Latterly, following a course of treatment for breast cancer, Annette set up and ran a small business selling specialist underwear. Now retired, Annette has really enjoyed being a volunteer for Careline. She is married to Rob and they have three adult daughters and three grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming, gardening, reading and talking with people.

Mick Pepper – Trustee

Born in Ashbourne, very actively involved with Ashbourne Rugby Club and Clifton Cricket Club for 49 years.  Had the great honour to turn up the Shrovetide Ball in 2015. Have been involved with Defibrillators for Ashbourne, Santa’s Float and the Shrovetide Dance Committee.



Gordon Hart – Trustee

Since I began making calls for Careline I have been astonished by how vital this service is. I began because, having worked in schools, as a headteacher and as a governor, I wanted to make a contribution in the adult world. As a caller, I quickly realised my responsibility for the safety of isolated people. Then I started making friends through my calls with the engaging and fascinating folk who are our clients. It has never been a more important time to support our Careline.

Connie – Member Representative

Connie is our member representative. She enjoys needlework, knitting, reading (particularly Pam Rhodes novels) and watching Countryfile, Songs of Praise & the evening news and likes to attend church on a Sunday morning. She also makes the most delicious cakes.