Our Trustees

Our Trustees

Transforming Notts Together is a registered charity (Number 1152870) and a registered company (Number 8399842).

It is managed and run locally, with Trustees and Advisers from a variety of church traditions and experts from strategic partnerships and local government in the region. 

Any of our Trustees can be contacted regarding Transforming Notts Together via our Development Workers - Please email hannah.buck@transformingnottstogether.org.uk

Our Trustees:

Penny Wakefield:
Penny Wakefield is the Chair of Transforming Notts Together. She retired from her post as Director of Policy and Partnerships with Nottingham City Council, having worked previously in both local government and the voluntary sector in Liverpool, London, Middlesbrough and Nottingham.  She firmly believes that poverty in this country and abroad adversely affects us all - not just economically and socially but spiritually too and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to tackle it.  TNT is a great way to tackle this, because it works practically with others and those experiencing poverty to provide shelter, food and welfare rights and debt advice.  Being part of the CUF Together network enables us to share ideas and good practice and to give a national voice to our concerns and work. She states "It's a privilege to be involved with TNT, giving me the opportunity to continue my commitment to tackling poverty and promoting equality".



Jane Todd - OBE DL and Hon DR of LAWS:

Jane Todd is a former Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council and Regional Director of Government Office East Midlands. She is a vicar’s daughter who has always been local to Nottingham. and committed to tackling issues of social justice and poverty. She started her working life in the voluntary sector and has relished this opportunity to get involved again.





Colin Bullett: (Treasurer & Secretary)

After graduating, Colin studied accountancy, becoming a fully qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1981. His career progressed in various finance teams in Local Authorities in Nottinghamshire, ultimately becoming Borough Treasurer at Rushcliffe Borough Council for a number of years, before then being appointed as deputy Chief Executive. His later posts required a much wider range of skills than just finance, including, amongst others, leadership, working with partners, staff motivation, understanding the political environment and strategic thinking. On leaving Rushcliffe, he became a director with Transforming Notts Together where he is able to utilise his skills to help make a real, improving impact on the lives those very much less fortunate than himself.


Jon Miles:

Jon is Development Manager for Church Urban Fund, working on most things to do with setting up, running and developing Together partnerships, including help with governance, planning, recruitment of workers, supporting workers and trustees, network meetings and gatherings. He has a background in regeneration and community development work, and experience working in the private, public and charity sectors, as well as involvement in a range of church-based initiatives. 




David McCoulough:

David is Director of Partnerships and Mission for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  His role is to help the Anglican Church in the city and the county to work with partners from the public, voluntary, business and wider faith sectors to tackle poverty and isolation, hence his commitment to TNT.  He was Workplace Chaplain based in Nottingham city centre and developed an ecumenical team of lay chaplains.  Previous ministry in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester have included curacy, Vicar, Higher Education Chaplain and cathedral roles.




Ruth Marlow:

Ruth is the Managing Director of Mansfield District Council, a post which she has held since October 2005.

Prior to coming to Mansfield she was Chief Executive at North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire, a post she had held since 1997. Ruth spent her early career in Local Government working for Nottingham City Council where, over 12 years, she had various roles within the housing department, passing the professional qualifications for the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1985. Building on her experience in Housing Management Ruth joined Oadby and Wigston Borough Council in Leicestershire, firstly as Assistant Director of Housing, where she developed her interests and experience in Strategic Housing and later Director of Consumer Services.

“Access to good, affordable housing is fundamental to everyone. It underpins every individual’s chances of securing good outcomes through life, whether that be a good education, employment prospects or health and well-being. For those people on the lowest incomes securing and sustaining good accommodation and all that flows from it, is a huge challenge. Being involved with TNT has given me a further opportunity to work with like minded people to help local communities to do something together, to tackle some of these deep rooted problems.”

Ruth Marlow is the Chairman of Mansfield and Ashfield Partnerships Against Crime and a member of the Nottinghamshire Children’s Trust Board. Outside of work Ruth is the treasurer of her local branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which works to support individuals and families in need and undertakes visits to sick and housebound people.

John Chambers:

John Chambers runs his own business, helping companies to improve their performance in innovation and creativity.  

He is Lay Chair of Bassetlaw and Bawtry Deanery in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, a member of the Finance Committee of Bishop's Council and on Diocesan Synod. He is treasurer of the charity African Pastors' Fellowship, a volunteer with The 2 Shires Credit Union and on Retford Christian Aid Committee.  

He has lived and worshipped in the Retford area for over forty years.


Our Special Advisers:

Alison Gardner:

Alison Gardner is a PhD researcher in the University of Nottingham's School of Politics, studying how local public services are responding to conditions of austerity.  Prior to starting her PhD she worked as a policy advisor and consultant in local and national government roles, specialising in performance improvement, the interface between local government and public health, and tobacco control.  She is also an active member of Holy Trinity Church in Lenton.





Liam O'Boyle

Liam works as a partnerships officer for the diocese, which gives him a unique insight into working with churches, other faiths, third sector organisations and statutory organisations. He set up Faith Action Nottingham and is passionate about tackling poverty.