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Our Board of Trustees is responsible for governing Shropshire RCC, working together to set our strategic direction and oversee activities to ensure we meet our overall purpose. 

If you are interested in joining our Board of Trustees, you can find out more here.


Chairman - Hugh Strickland 

Hugh is a Corporate Finance Partner at Aaron & Partners LLP, where he advises on all aspects of a company's lifespan. He acts for start-up and early stage companies, assisting them as they grow. He also advises well-established businesses on management buy-outs, mergers and acquisition work and on general finance, and also on any ultimate sale / exit.

Hugh was previously a Trustee and Vice Chair of Nottinghamshire Community Foundation when he was based in the East Midlands, and is currently Trustee of Shropshire Youth Support Trust.

In his spare time, Hugh enjoys sailing, mountain walking and vegetable gardening.

Hugh has suffered from hereditary deafness all his life and is profoundly deaf in both ears

Simon_Broad_resized Simon Broad

Simon joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager direct from music college and worked in radio production and new service development before moving into the Academy. There he headed up operations for the Talent and Leadership Development team and, amongst other things, developed and launched a range of apprenticeship programmes across engineering, journalism and production.  

Since he took early retirement in 2020 he has been developing a number of interests including singing with the region's premier barbershop chorus, the Telfordaires, watching sport and walking / litter-picking around his home, just by the Wrekin.


Nicky Cooper 

Nicky studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. She has worked in both Local Government and the National Health Service and is now retired.

For the final 15 years of her working life she held Board level positions in a diverse range of NHS organisations that both commissioned and provided services. As well as being accountable for financial management her remit has, at various points, included strategic planning, information and IT, estates and capital development, governance and risk management.

Nicky has also been an independent member of a large housing association's Audit and Risk Management Committee. She is currently a school governor and treasurer of her local church.


John Howick 

John has extensive experience leading, developing and changing fast growing organisations in several countries. His most recent role was Chief Executive of a global software company, and is now retired.

John has a particular interest in fundraising, and was heavily involved in raising funds on behalf of the Ludlow Rotary Club. In his spare time he enjoys walking, travel, photography and chess.


Carl Johnson 

Carl gained a Master of Arts degree in European Marketing Management at Brunel University. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds a L3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, delivering end-point assessments for selected Apprenticeship Standards.         

Carl is a highly experienced, professional businessman who has held leadership positions both within the manufacturing and retail sectors with a proven track record of generating growth, developing people, and delivering first-class customer services.

Carl is a governor at Oxon CE Primary school in Shrewsbury and a member of the 3-18 Education Trust, a multi-school academy based throughout Shropshire. He is also chairman of Shrewsbury Development Centre, which offers high quality football training and matches at Lilleshall National Sports Centre near Newport, Shropshire.

Carl's other interests include triathlon, walking and visiting National Trust properties.


 Dr Helen Paterson

Helen is the Chief Executive at Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. After initially teaching in Yorkshire she successfully led three Primary schools in Hampshire. From 2003 she was a Director in Solihull and Executive Director of Children's Services in Sunderland 2005-10. From 2010, in Sunderland, as Strategic Director for Transformation, she led the Council's business transformation, efficiency and improvement work. She joined Walsall in 2017 after being Chief Executive at Wrexham County Borough Council from 2011-17.

Helen is currently Secretary of the Association of Black Country Authorities and Black Country Executive Joint Committee. Helen is also Chairman of West Midlands Metropolitan Chief Executives Group.

Helen is a JP; Visiting Professor; keen daily swimmer and small scale keeper of chickens.


Mark Thorn

Mark is a Director of Marches Care Limited, an independent nursing and dementia care business employing 140 staff and supporting 81 older people with challenging life conditions. This follows a career as a geotechnical consultant, where he gained extensive international experience in ground engineering consultancy and construction management throughout the UK, Africa, Australasia and the Far East.

Mark is a Board member of Friends of Lord Hill's Column and a professional reviewer for Institute of Civil Engineers. He is also chair of Leighton Village Hall, a community building member of Shropshire RCC, as well as a parish councillor.

In his spare time Mark performs in the Shrewsbury Morris Dance group. 


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