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Meet the Team 

Our team is dedicated to the mission of helping those in need in the Sturminster area. Get to know the people who make Age Concern North Dorset what it is. Our team is an unbelievable source of information and we are ready to share our events, and activities, for you to get involved.

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Dianne Cooper


Dianne joined Age Concern in the Autumn of 2013. She has extensive knowledge of the voluntary sector having initiated the North Dorset Outreach for the Volunteer Centre. Prior to moving to Dorset, Dianne set up and ran the first volunteer scheme for the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, assisted in the creation of a friends of Kew organisation and as promotions executive for the friends, ran and promoted a large number of events for Kew and the friends organisation. Dianne was a Rotarian during her working life and when she moved to Dorset transferred from the Kew Gardens Rotary Club to Blandford Forum and became the first lady president of the club in 2005. In her retirement she enjoys walking her Jack Russell terrier, visiting gardens and gardening.

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Derek Gwynne


Derek joined Age Concern in 2015 and maintains the Charity's accounting records, as Treasurer. Derek is a Chartered Accountant who trained with KPMG in London, qualifying in 1979. He spent most of his career working in corporate lending with a US corporation, latterly as Finance Director. In his spare time, Derek enjoys being with his family, is a keen gardener and also enjoys fly fishing.


Tracy West

Office and Services Support Manager
Our newest staff member, Tracy joined us in April 2024, and has many years experience in customer services, administration, and retail management. Tracy's outside interests include; baking, gardening and local history. 

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Frances Pearce


Frances joined Age Concern North Dorset Board of Trustees in 2011 and is the project lead/coordinator for Befriending and Bereavement Support Services.


Frances worked in both the private and public sectors in a career spanning 40 years. As a senior local government manager/head of service she experienced the full range of challenges associated with strategic planning, financial management, project management, change management, people management and performance monitoring.

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Richard Russell


Richard has significant experience in retail and technology sectors having previously held leadership positions at Primark, Kingfisher, M&S, Tesco and IBM; working with many of the largest retailers in Europe, US and Asia. Hobbies include Classic Cars and DIY.

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Tom Haydon-Davies


Tom is widely travelled and currently working at an educational publisher as Head of International Sales, he has previously worked for the Eden Project in Cornwall, and spent time in the NHS. Tom has worked for education-based charities and has been a foster carer.

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