Board of Directors
Julie is the Founder and co-owner of Future Roots. She’s been a qualified social worker for over twenty years in both Community Mental Health and Young People’s Services. Julie felt that the young people she was working with would benefit from the opportunity to learn new skills in a rural working environment. Her passions are Alfie the dog, Simmental cows and farming.
James is our Company Secretary. Having served his apprenticeship as an electrician he is now Electrical Contracts Manager at Wessex Group having previously worked at Lorne Stewart plc as a Senior Project Manager in their Building Services team. James works behind the scenes on Future Roots’ finance and sites management. James also leads on our annual fundraiser – the Holnest Country Fayre.
John started his career as a teacher, and spent four years as a Deputy Head. After this he did a range of roles from Advisory Teacher for Drugs and Health Education, School Inspector for Personal and Social Education and Chief Inspector of Schools before moving to Poole initially as Director of Education and then Director of Children’s Services. From 2008 John was Dorset’s Director of Children’s Services retiring in 2012. John is on our Board of Directors.
Jerry is a qualified Social Worker who has over 30 years operational and management experience of mental health and children and family work in local authority settings.
He has led implementation of a range of service and policy development issues in areas in children’s social care, including work with looked after children, service user participation, child protection and safeguarding. His work has centred on partnership approaches with health, police and the voluntary sector, including information sharing, common assessment, and parenting support. He is currently involved in the joint commissioning of services with Children’s Services. Jerry is on our Board of Directors.
Liz is a registered mental health nurse and has been Team Leader of a Community Mental Health team working with older people for the past 20 plus years. She has a BSc in Dementia studies and is particularly passionate about ensuring that older people with dementia live as well as they can with fulfilled lives. She has worked with the Alzheimer’s Society on several projects in North Dorset and is a member of the Dementia Alliance in Dorchester. In 2012 Liz carried the Olympic torch in Dorset for her work with people with dementia. Liz in on our Board of Directors.
I was brought up in Uganda and was sent to boarding school in the UK. I started my working life training to become a Legal Executive but, after marrying, this training was interrupted by the birth of my children. I continued to work in the legal profession until my husband and I bought a business in Poole. We sold that after many years of success and after a brief couple of years working in the engineering business I was appointed as a School Bursar in 1991. I remained in education until I took early retirement in 2007. I moved to France with my husband to renovate and rebuild our 200 year old property, which we then ran as gites. We moved back to Dorset in 2013 just before the birth of our first grandchild. My first contact with Julie was while she was working for the LEA in 1991. It was purely by chance that we met again when I volunteered at Rylands Farm and realised that I shared Future Roots ethos. I became a director in 2015 and a member of the finance committee.
Tina is a non-executive director specialising in strategic business and change management, education and training. With over 30 years as a drug development specialist within the pharmaceutical sector, Tina has held Senior Management roles with global blue chip and start-up organisations. With over 50 academic publications, Tina holds a BSc, PhD (in cancer causation) and an MBA. She is past Chair of The Institute of Clinical Research where her focus was developing professionals and raising standards for the membership.
Mentor – Terence Rosslyn Smith MBE
Terence’s background and experience is broad ranging – having started in banking in the UK and Portugal, considered ordination, been part of setting up and establishing a regional office of a social education organisation which led to a role as the first manager on the National Board which has schemes to employ over 6,500 young people and over 800 adults. This scheme of social education informed and influenced many of the social enterprises in which Terence subsequently played a role, both in Portugal and Spain as well as in the UK. In 2002 Terence was awarded his MBE for “Services to Disadvantaged People”. Terence is a mentor to Julie Plumley.