Babs Plumbridge (Chair)

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 hometown 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 takes a little choir of patients and a few staff at St Anns hospital. She also belongs 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.


Diane Evans 

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 the 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 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.


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.


Dr Gerry Roberts

Trustee from 2020

Dr Roberts has been a GP in Poole for the last 30 years. He has been a representative on the LMC, a GP appraiser, and latterly Senior Partner and Clinical Governance lead for Shore Medical, the aggregation of five local practices into a “super partnership” and Primary Care Network. For some years he was medical director of care delivery at Belmarsh prisons group. He has also been an owner and director of two care homes both graded as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission. He has a particular interest in issues around prescription drug misuse and iatrogenic dependency.


Lucy Sanger

Trustee from 2021

After moving from Poole in 2011, Lucy moved to Wimborne with her husband, son, and two dogs where she now also has an office in Wimborne Town Centre. Whilst working in the industry for many years, and after qualifying as an Accounting Technician (AAT) in 2000 and then qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2004, Lucy set up her own accountancy practice in 2005 providing accountancy and payroll services for a range of limited companies, sole traders, partnerships and individuals.   


If you are interested in becoming an EDAS trustee we would love to hear from you, please contact Dr Mindy Bartlett on 01202 612892 or for more information.

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