Trustees’ Biographies

Under the Articles of the Charity, trustees are elected for 3 year terms; however, many of the trustees have become long term members and supporters of the Charity, serving multiple terms.

President: Mr. Thomas Bowring

Thomas is the great, great grandson of Sir Thomas Storey and son of the late Mary Bowring (nee Storey) whom he succeeded as President of Westfield. He has been a Trustee since April 1989 and was the Honoury Treasurer for many of those years before being appointed President in April 2014.Thomas served 5 years with the Royal Green Jackets and a further 12 years in the Territorial Army. Qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor (Land Agency) in 1979, he now runs his own company. He was appointed as High Sheriff of Lancashire 2002-3 and served as Deputy Lieutenant in 2003. He is married with two daughters.

chairman: Dr David Elliott

David graduated with a BSc in medical science at St Andrews in 1972 before going on to gain a MBChB from Manchester University in 1975 and, subsequently, a Post graduate certificate in General Practice from the university of Central Lancaster in 2008. David retired after a career in General Practice within the city of Lancaster in 2012.David has been a trustee of Water Lyon House (Therapeutic Community for ex Drug addicts) since 1985, a Trustee of Cancer care since 2000 and a Governor of Rossall School, Fleetwood since 2013 and the Loyne school Lancaster. David became a trustee of Westfield War Memorial Village in 2000 and became Chairman in 2013.

Treasurer: Mr William Weir

Born in Lancaster, Ian attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School before studying medicine in Cambridge and London. From 1974-1988 he was a junior doctor at several hospitals in London and the south of England. In 1983 he became a ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons’ of England and in 1988 a ‘Fellow in Cardiac Surgery’ in Sydney, Australia. In 1989 he was appointed Consultant Cardiac Surgeon (Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital) and in 1999 Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon (Barts and the London NHS Trust).

For several years he was Chairman of the ‘Clinical Ethics Committee’ (Barts and the London NHS Trust), Honorary Consultant and Trustee (St Luke’s Hospital for the clergy), Governor of St Peter’s CE Primary school Wapping, London and was a trustee of a ‘Quit’, the smoking cessation charity.

Charity Secretary: Mrs Amanda Stretch

With an Honours Degree in Social Sciences and a Diploma in Education, Amanda’s affiliation with the Village started in 1987 when she visited her then future husband working there as Head Gardener. In 1993 she joined Northern Counties Housing Association and started working at Westfield initially as caretaker and later as the Estate Manager. Simultaneously, Amanda also worked for the charity in a welfare capacity and later took over the role as Charity Secretary in November 2003. A volunteer for the Lancashire Constabulary, Amanda received a Long Service Award for her work in the Castle Ward in which Westfield Village is situated.

Trustees:

vice -chairman /Ambassador: Mrs Julie Hardy

Julie attended Ripley St Thomas School in Lancaster before entering a career in banking with the Nat West and then becoming a branch manager with the Nationwide Building Society. In 1989, a career change saw her working for Northern Counties housing association until 1996 during which time she forged links with Westfield and gained a valuable understanding of the social housing sector. Julie became a Trustee and Treasurer of the War Memorial Village in 2007. Married to David, her interests include theatre, film and art as well teaching keep fit classes.

Mrs Carol Johnston

Carol has been a wife, mother and grandmother for 45 years (not all at the same time to start with) thus qualifying her to do most things; first aid, catering (sometimes for very large numbers), nannying (both children and adults), chauffeuring, teaching, arbitration, counselling, budgeting, entertaining, housekeeping, dog walking, ferret feeding, pony tack cleaning and myriad other tasks that some turn into careers. She has been on nine charity committees, from two of which she received her long service medal, ran an activity club for the disabled (now in its 25th year, and which included abseiling with wheel chairs!) and have been a Trustee for Westfield Village for 2 years. Carol’s excellent organisational skills are regularly called upon for events at Westfield.

Mr Anthony Rickards Collinson

Qualifying as a solicitor in 1972, Anthony was a director of Whiteside Knowles solicitors, now part of JWK Solicitors Ltd. His broad career has spanned many areas of law and he is now focussed on the administration of estates and trusts where, often as a trustee, he manages extensive assets on behalf of clients. Having been Secretary of the Law Society for 10 years, Anthony is currently the Chairman of the Society’s ‘Private Client Executive Committee’ and Chairman of the Sub Committee which published ‘Charities and Beneficiaries’. Formerly a trustee of St. Johns Hospice, Antony is a trustee of Lakeland Arts and the Hulme educational charity. Joining Westfield War Memorial Village in 1992, Anthony is now the Vice Chairman. Anthony’s interests include country pursuits, antiques, art, woodland planting and conservation.

Ambassador: Prof. Malcolm Mc Illmurray

Malcolm McIllmurray DM FRCP is a consultant physician and medical oncologist, now retired, who was appointed to North Lancashire and South Lakeland in 1978. He helped to establish St John’s Hospice, Lancaster, where he was medical director for many years, and Cancercare, of which he is Life President. He is an Honorary Professor and Honorary Fellow of Lancaster University.

Investment overseer: Mr Stephen Quick

In 2021 Stephen became the CEO & Co-Founder of FinCrime Dynamics, a Cambridge based company using data & Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help financial institutions fight financial crime.

Stephen spent 10 years at Rathbone Brothers plc providing discretionary investment management services for private clients, pension funds, charities and trusts. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and an Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Stephen is an alumnus of the University of York and the University of Cambridge, where he studied at Pembroke College. Stephen holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and an MBA. He attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School and grew up close to the Westfield Memorial Village.

Robin JACKSON

Robin attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University and had a career in General Practice in Lancaster from 1981 until retirement in 2014.He was a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission from 2016-19.

He served for thirty-eight years in the Territorial Army and Reserves, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
He commanded the British Military Hospital in Afghanistan in 2010-11, was Deputy Commander, 2nd Medical Brigade from 2011-14, and a military GP for Defence Primary Health Care from 2016-19.
He is a member of the Veterans Advice and Pensions Committee.