Diane Evans (Chair)
Trustee from 2017

Diane has more than 30 years’ experience working with young people in communities, primarily with vulnerable groups and individuals. She started her career as a volunteer and then part time worker, before achieving her professional qualification as a Youth Worker. 

After 15 great years working within three different local authorities doing a wide range of roles Diane had the opportunity to work for a national charity. She went on to spent 7 fantastic years as national expert lead for workforce development for the youth work sector. Then in 2012 Diane was seconded to manage a large national programme that was struggling and in danger of losing its considerable funding, She re-energised development of a new national grant giving education charity that launched in 2014, and developed and secured funding for a new national programme developing employability skills for 100,000 young people.

Diane then spent a whirlwind of 15 months with a social enterprise delivering services to young men within the secure estate and through their rehabilitation.

She now works managing a Brain Injury Service for a Dorset based charity, a role that she is thoroughly enjoying and finding immensely satisfying.


Dr Dylan Phillips  (Vice Chair)
Trustee from 2016

Dylan is recently retired (2016) NHS Consultant in Addiction and Chair of Herts Strategic Commissioning Committee for Drug and Alcohol Services. He was previously a G.P for many years in Hertfordshire.  He and his wife retired to Poole and enjoy walking their on dogs on the beach.  He has 5 grown up children and is also a Trustee for Streetscene and Vice-Chair of BCHA.


Dr Marc Del Lano  
Trustee from 2008
Marc is a qualified solicitor who is a Partner at Aldridge Brownlee LLP specialising in Commercial Property and Business Law.  Marc has advised EDAS on a number of legal issues and was formally Vice-Chair of the Board. Marc is also a qualified FA coach and coaches goalkeeping at local coaching company Between The Sticks to children and adults. Marc is also a keen advocate for Organ Donation having climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the cause.

Councillor Ted Taylor
Trustee from 1995

Ted’s background has been in Youth Work. He was a youth worker for over 30 years, first as a centre based worker then as a Detached Youth Worker and took early retirement to become a Local Ward Councillor and was elected in 1996. His skills lie in creating effective relationships with people and also working relationships with agencies and organisations be it in the voluntary or statuary sector. His background has enabled him to spread the work of EDAS around the community, helping to develop the work that the organisation delivers.


Doreen Exon
Trustee from 2015

Doreen is a qualified nurse and has held a number of appointments within hospitals and community care. Following her move to Bournemouth in 1992 she undertook a number of roles within the local Health Authority which included the registration and inspection of health care facilities. When the regulation of these functions was transferred to national regulatory bodies Doreen became involved in the inspection and registration of a wider range of health and social care facilities within both the private and NHS sectors. Since her retirement from full time work she continues to undertake inspection assignments for the Care Quality Commission.

Doreen has wide experience in the provision of community health care and is glad to have the opportunity serving on the board of EDAS.


Dr Linda Cartwright
Trustee from 2017

Linda has a medical background and worked in public health for over 20 years, following a career in  hospital work specialising in infection.  During her time in  public health,  she had involvement with both statutory and non statutory agencies which offered different models of care for substance misuse.  Her main work was in communicable disease control which included blood borne viruses. 


Babs Plumbridge
Trustee from 2019

Born in 1946, married to Nick for 51 years with 2 children (ages 45 and 47), 3 grandchildren (ages 17,15 and 13). Now retired back to her home town of Poole.

Her last job prior to retirement was a Practice Manager of a Solicitors Firm in Leyland Lancashire. During her “working life”, she had various volunteer posts, including CAB Advisor, Adult Literacy and Numeracy Tutor, Trustee of Blackburn Children Homes.

In her retirement, she works for Dorset Healthcare Trust as an Expert by Experience, facilitating training courses for both staff and carers, also with Dorset Mental Health Forum, she is a Carer Peer Specialist, supporting Carers of those with mental health problems. An active member of Poole Rotary, she has just finished a year as Joint President of the Club.

She enjoys singing and each Wednesday take a little choir of patients and a few staff at St Anns hospital. She also belong to the Carers Choir.

She enjoys crafts, knitting and crochet and likes making twiddle muffs for dementia patients as well as hats for premature babies.


Nicola Plumb
Trustee from 2020

Nicola has worked in the public sector for 19 years moving between local and national government and NHS organisations after graduating with a degree in Politics and Masters degree in Public Administration.  Her professional background is in communications, marketing, organisational development and strategy and previous roles include Head of Brand for the NHS, Press Officer for the Department of Health, and Communications Advisor to the NHS Chief Executive.

She is an executive director at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and her motivation is to make sure that NHS services are responsive, high quality and sustainable.  Nicola was born in Poole and is happiest outdoors, by the sea.


Phillip Norman
Trustee from 2020

Philip is a CIPS qualified procurement professional and bid expert, with extensive experience in buying goods and services for Government and public sector organisations. These days Philip runs a successful bid management company that specialises in helping businesses win public sector contracts. His clients include multi-national and SME businesses throughout the UK, with his expertise being in how public bodies procure goods and services and how they evaluate contracts to award a winner.


If you are interested in becoming an EDAS trustee we would love to hear from you, please contact Maxine Weatherall on 01202 735777 or for more information.

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