YSS has a Board of eight Trustees who are responsible for governance of the organisation. Each Trustee has a designated area of organisational responsibility.


 Lady McFarlane DL – Chair and Lead for Safeguarding

susanna-mcfarlaneSusanna has been Chair of Trustees since 2007 having been a Trustee since 2004.  Prior to that she a YSS Appropriate Adult volunteer.   Susanna is a member of The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for the Appointment of Magistrates in West Mercia.  She is also a member of Suckley Church PCC and the Worcester Cathedral Council Trust and previously held  roles working within the voluntary sector including RPS Rainer.  Susanna works part-time at Bromyard Community Hospital as a physiotherapist.  Susanna is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire.

Ian Richards – Vice Chair and Lead for Finance and Lead for Audit and Risk sub committee

Ian Richards Feb 2015Ian has been a YSS Trustee since 2010.  Ian is a chartered accountant from Birmingham, who has spent most of his career at a senior level in small and medium sized businesses, and latterly as a self-employed interim manager.  He is also an associate of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, being fluent in French, German and Spanish.

Ian is the treasurer and a trustee of ABplus, a charity in Birmingham that supports people living with HIV and AIDS. He is a governor of Bournville College Birmingham, a general FE college, where he chairs the audit committee, and is also vice chair of the board and chair of the finance committee of Queen Alexandra College Birmingham, a specialist college for young people over the age of 16 with special needs.  Ian takes a Trustee lead on Finance.


Trustees 2017


Helen Barker – Lead for Trustee Recruitment

Helen became a YSS Trustee in November 2013.  Helen trained and remained a Paediatric nurse at Westminster Children’s Hospital until leaving to raise a family.  Helen was a volunteer with the Red Cross in Buckinghamshire for 10 years.  She joined the Beaconsfield Bench in 1990, becoming a Youth Court magistrate shortly after. She has  completed 22 years in various roles, having transferred to Herefordshire in 2000, and retired from the Bench after completing her three years as Chairman of the Bench. She has spent 10 years as a Governor of a local primary school, six of those years as Chairman.  Helen was appointed to the Police and Crime panel as an independent lay member and serves on one of the scrutiny panels within the PCP.

David Chantler OBE – Lead for Criminal Justice

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David  become a YSS Trustee in April 2015 following his early retirement from the probation service. He was the longest serving Chief Probation Officer in the country, and had been chief in West Mercia from its formation in 2001 until its closure in 2014. David was awarded an OBE for services to probation and in particular its partnership working in 2014.

David is also Chair of Vestia Community Trust, the community development arm of a local housing association and a Trustee of Care Farming UK.

 Sandra Kelley

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Sandra became a Trustee in 2013, having been a Director and senior manager in both Health and Social Services, working in information and systems programmes for over 25 years. She worked in Birmingham Social Services from 1985, initially managing the innovative Special Needs Registers which, for the first time, recorded on a computerised system, the needs of all adults with severe learning disabilities and their families. This was then extended to include statutory registers for other disability groups.  She was later involved in introducing new Community Care legislation. In 1997, she joined the NHS, working in mental health services. In 2003, she became Director of ICT at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and then Director of Strategic Systems Programmes. She has extensive experience of strategic development, ICT programmes and management, and national contracting and information reporting requirements. Sandra is also a Trustee at Age UK Droitwich Spa.

Fiona Charny

Fiona was appointed a trustee in September 2016. Fiona trained as a nurse at the QEH in Birmingham following University. She worked as a Health Visitor in Birmingham and Worcester before becoming an NHS manager in 1990. She worked in various organisations mainly around Primary Care and was latterly a Chief Executive of a PCG. After having her fourth child she left the NHS in 2003, and since then has run a business with her husband helping the medical device and pharma industries get their products through the regulatory processes in the UK and Europe. Fiona has been a magistrate for 11 years and sits on the adult and family panels. She is deputy chair of the South Worcestershire Bench.

She has chaired the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign since it’s beginnings in 2007,  and after raising £1.5 million the new unit opened in February this year. She now chairs the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven Charity aimed at providing ongoing support to all patients with breast cancer.

Graham Brotherton – Lead for Safeguarding

Graham became a Trustee in September 2016. Graham is Head of Working with Children Young People and Families at Newman University in Birmingham. He has a background working in the voluntary and statutory sectors in both social care and supported housing and subsequently in both further and higher education. He has written and edited a number of books on working with children and young people and health and social care and has particular interests in safeguarding, domestic violence and working with parents.

Ron Whitfield

Ron became a Trustee in September 2016. Ron was a West Mercia Police Officer for 33 years and served in various roles which took him into all three counties. His final role was as Chief Superintendent, Commander of the former Kidderminster Division.

In 2002 Ron established his own company focusing on Business change, coaching/mentoring, quality assurance and recruitment/assessment centre processes. Ron is a Lay Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the ICAEW and a Professional Placement Visitor at Aston Business School.

Ron served as a school governor, in the Kidderminster area, for over 10 years. He was a member of the Worcestershire Drug Action Team and a Trustee of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Victim Support. Ron was a Trustee of Kemp Hospice, Kidderminster for over 5 years including Chairman of the Board for two and a half years. He is currently a Trustee of the Elgar Foundation.


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