Governance of Anchor is entrusted to a board of non-executive trustee directors and an Executive Management Board.

Our non-executive board are:

Pamela ChestersPamela Chesters CBE

Pamela joined the Board in April 2013 and took  up the role of Chairman of Anchor from September 2013.  She is also Chairman of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust,

She has previously chaired: Action for Children, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, PRIME and English Churches Housing Group and was on the board of Riverside.

Pamela was a councillor at the London Borough of Camden from 1990 to 2000, including two years as leader of the opposition.  In her executive roles, she was London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Advisor for Health & Families between 2009 and 2012. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years at British Petroleum Company, most recently as CEO of Duckhams Oils.    

Stephen JackStephen Jack OBE
Vice Chair

Stephen is a chartered accountant and has held a number of senior finance positions in international financial services organisations including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, ING Barings, Collins Stewart Tullett plc (where he was Group Finance Director) and Compagnie Financière Tradition SA (where he was Group CFO).

Since 2007 he has been the Chairman of the Independent Living Fund, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, which provides support to nearly 18,000 disabled people across the UK. Stephen joined the Board of the Cambridge Building Society as a non-executive director in April 2014 and became a Trustee of the Royal Mencap Society in May 2014. In April 2015, he joined the board of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International Plc as a non- executive director and chair of the audit committee.

Rima MakaremRima Makarem
Trustee Director

Rima has extensive experience in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. She currently runs her own interim management and consultancy business and holds a portfolio of non-executive positions.

These include: Non-Executive Director at University College London Hospitals; trustee of UCLH Charity; associate Board member and Chair of the Risk Assurance Committee at Health Education South London; and member of the Medical Research Council Audit Committee. She was until recently a Non-Executive Director and the Audit Chair at NHS London and at NHS Haringey before that. Previously Rima was Director of Competitive Excellence at GlaxoSmithKline and prior to that, a management consultant.

Mark Allan
Trustee Director

Mark is Chief Executive of Unite Students, the UK's leading provider of student accommodation with a portfolio of over 40,000 bedrooms across the country. He has been CEO since 2006 and is responsible for a strategy which has seen the Group extend its leadership position in the sector over the past five years. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Outside of work Mark is a keen traveller and charity fundraiser and recently raised £55,000 by skiing to the South Pole. Mark Allan joined the Board of Anchor Trust on 1 August 2014.

Alun Griffiths
Trustee Director

Alun holds Non Executive directorships with Severfield plc,ISG plc, Ramboll Group A/S, The Port of London Authority and The McLean Partnership. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Women in Science and Engineering (a community interest company), is a member of the Diversity Steering Group of The Royal Society and a member of the National Employer Advisory Board.

Alun retired from WS Atkins plc, the leading engineering and project management consultancy, in July 2014 where he was a main board director and group HR director.  Alun joined the Board of Anchor Trust on 1 August 2014.

Richard Jones CBE
Trustee Director

Richard is an independent consultant having worked in a range of executive roles. He was a Director with NHS England responsible for the Area Team in Lancashire. Richard has worked in central and local government and was Executive Director of Adult and Community Services for Lancashire County Council .Richard qualified as a social worker and has held senior roles in a number of organisations. He has experience of commissioning both health and care services.

Richard was President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and is a trustee for Scope, Carers UK ,Action on Hearing Loss and Shared Lives. He was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in 2011.  Richard joined the Board of Anchor Trust on 1 August 2014.