Our management team

Thorngate Churcher Trust has a voluntary Board of Trustees chaired by Jim Gilhooley. The Trust’s full-time management team is headed by Anne Taylor.

Trustees play an important role in the running of Thorngate. They set and confirm the future strategic direction of the trust and ensure that we continue to move forward in a vibrant way in keeping both with our charitable mission and the ever-changing regulatory regime.

The Thorngate Churcher Team

Anne Taylor FCCA - CEO - Thorngate Churcher Management Team

Anne Taylor FCCA

Chief Executive Officer

Anne oversees the operation of the Trust, its strategic direction, digital innovation and finances. A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Anne also sits on the boards of Wayfarer Consortium and Almshouse Consortium Ltd, development vehicles for housing charities and she chairs the National Care Forum’s Digital Transformation Group. Anne is also a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House Windsor Castle and sits on two other charitable boards.

Adam Davies ACCA - Finance Manager - Thorngate Churcher Management Team

Adam Davies FCCA

Finance Manager

Adam manages the financial transactions of the Trust, particularly those concerning purchasing for the care home and resident finances. He also works on capital project assessment including procurement and IT resources. Adam is lead finance liaison with Hampshire County Council, Gosport Borough Council and local CCGs.

Lukasz Irzabek

Lukasz Irzabek

Care Home Manager

Lukasz is the registered care home manager at Russell Churcher Court in Gosport.

He has a wealth of management experience – including as registered manager at a company rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Jill Francis - Housing and Support Manager - Thorngate Churcher Management Team

Jill Francis

Housing and Support Manager

Jill Francis manages the sheltered housing schemes, wardens and residents’ application process. Jill’s sector expertise includes experience as a Registered CQC Service Manager and manager of mental health residential and learning disability independent living teams. Jill is qualified to Level 5 in Health and Social Care.

Ken Lyon - HR Manager - Thorngate Churcher Management Team

Ken Lyon

Property Services Manager

Ken joined Thorngate in 2019 and has since become an important member of the management team.

Before joining Thorngate Ken worked in the building trade for more than 30 years starting as a carpenter for property developers before working for a housing association as a surveyor and then moving into housing maintenance.

Since joining Thorngate Ken has continued to build on his experience and qualified at the end of 2019 to take over the health and safety management of Thorngate.

Board of trustees

Jim Gilhooley - HR Consultant - Board of Trustees

Jim Gilhooley

Retired HR professional

Diane Searle

Retired Councillor, Gosport Borough Council
Julie Palmer - Board of Trustees

Julie Palmer

Retired businesswoman
John Clarke - Board of Trustees

John Clarke

Housing professional
Mark Hook - Board of Trustees

Mark Hook

Chair of Trustees
Chris Matthews - Board of Trustees

Chris Matthews

Partner, Churchers Solicitors
Reeta Ram - Board of Trustees

Reeta Ram

Founder of DPR Housing and Dementia Partners

Ollie Zaki

Commercial property lawyer
David Popoola-Smith, Social Worker - Board of Trustees

David Popoola-Smith

Social Worker

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