In late 2013 Steve retired from Buckinghamshire County Council where he was the Head of the Learning Trust which oversees the educational provision across the county. Before joining the Children’s Services Team at County Hall in 2003 Steve was a secondary school Headteacher for 13 years and spent a total of 27 years working in schools across three different local authorities in London and the south-east.
Steve’s involvement with the Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust followed the partnership that was established initially between the County Council and WWFC to develop a ‘Playing for Success’ centre. This has developed into the highly successful Matrix Study Support and Learning Centre based at Adams Park. Steve is instrumental in developing opportunities for the Trust to have a positive impact not just on sporting outcomes, but also in creating educational and personal development opportunities for children and young people.
In his spare time Steve has been a season ticket holder at WWFC for many years and he enjoys standing on the terraces and supporting the team both home and away, whenever possible.
Peter and his family have been High Wycombe residents since 1998.
After an eventful career of more than 30 years in local government, Peter formed his own consultancy in 2005, specialising in management reviews, training and mentoring within local authorities, also making use of his professional qualification as a town planner. He is an accredited Coach / Mentor and an accredited Mediator.
Peter is an experienced School Governor, specialising in safeguarding and equalities, and is passionate about providing the very best opportunities for young people whatever their background.
A season ticket holder at Wycombe Wanderers since 2002, Peter joined the Board of Wycombe Wanderers Trust in 2018, and is absolutely delighted to have been nominated as a Trustee of WWSET, where he is keen to support their superb work within our local communities.
Dr Gina Allan worked as a GP in Buckinghamshire for over 20 years. During these years, she was committed to the NHS and developed a specialist interest in health promotion and disease prevention for all.
In 1993, on WWFC’s elevation to the Football League, Gina was appointed as Club Doctor, a post she held until 2016. She considered working for WWFC to be a privilege. The role developed not only her interest in sports medicine but also an understanding of the workings of a professional football club. She was Honorary Medical Officer for The National League until 2017. Gina remains an enthusiastic supporter of WWFC and still attends as many matches as possible, both home and away.
Gina is delighted to be a trustee of WWSET as she feels the organisation embraces her interests of inclusion, healthy lifestyles, improving physical and mental health and football
Ian was born in Buckinghamshire and has lived locally to Wycombe for the past 33 years, with much of this time spent as a keen supporter of Wycombe Wanderers.Ian offers the Sports & Education Trust a wealth of business, industry and commercial experience having spent over 40 years as a chartered insurance broker & independent financial advisor. Ian was Managing Director of Hibernian Insurance Brokers PLC for over 30 years and also held the role of President of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Harrow and Wembley.
Another role Ian has previously enjoyed undertaking was as a lecturer on behalf of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Ian is married with three children and has three grandchildren that he likes to spend as much time as possible with.
Dave is currently chief executive of Dacorum Sports Trust based in Hertfordshire. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the sports development sector and has been involved with numerous football clubs community programmes. Previous professional roles have included business development and head of services for children and young people. Dave is also a trustee of another national sports charity and brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts which support the programme at Wycombe.
With two young sports-mad sons who were both born in Wycombe, Dave is keen to ensure WWSET maximises opportunities for young people to learn and develop through sport and activity.
In his spare time, Dave manages a local under-8s football team.
David was born and went to school in Wycombe. After university David worked for two multinational pharmaceutical companies including six years spent overseas but never lost his love for Wycombe Wanderers. When the founders trust was established in 2004 David became a member and spent a number of years serving on the trust board. David’s appointment on to the Sports & Education Trust board allowed him the opportunity to help both the club and the trust become more aligned which allows for greater productivity and ultimately benefits the community of High Wycombe.
Karen Robinson (nee Adams) was educated in Wycombe. After university, she worked as a social worker in Liverpool, providing services to homeless young people & adults in the city centre, as well as children, adults & families in North Liverpool.
In 1988, Karen moved to London, where she currently lives, and worked for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For 17 years, she was based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, managing children and families teams, and multi-disciplinary early help teams, plus forming close partnership working relationships with hospital and community paediatric and maternity services, CAMHs and adult mental health services, as well as substance use and special needs teams. As Head of Early Help, Karen also managed social inclusion initiatives before retiring in 2014.
Karen became Honorary President of Wycombe Wanderers Trust in 2008, and Director of Frank Adams Legacy Limited in 2016.
Karen is a passionate believer in enhancing children and young people’s education to give them greater opportunities in life, and the correlation between good physical health & mental health and educational achievement.
Michael joined Wycombe Wanderers Football Club as General Manager in January 2017 and became a WWSET trustee in Jan 2019.
Michael has previous experience of managing community teams delivering sports activities in Oxfordshire and South West London, and of securing grants from local and national governing bodies for sports and educational provision.
Michael previously worked for World Rugby and played an integral part in the creation of the global mass participation programme “Try, Stay, Play”. The programme acts as an introduction to sport and has engaged over 2 million children through 133 countries. The Try Play Stay model of Get Into Rugby is now widely regarded as one of the largest introductory participation programmes driven by a global governing body to support nations.
Michael wants to build on the closer partnership developing between the Sports & Education Trust and the football club and says “In previous employment and volunteer work I have coached, managed and partaken in programmes using sport to help people of all ages, abilities and orientation for personal development and growth. It is a support function that unfortunately too many miss out on the opportunity to use. I am delighted and excited to support the Sports & Education Trust in delivering and achieving their key goals for the benefit of the surrounding community.”