Board of Trustees

Linton WatersLinton Waters

Chairman

An Omega Trustee since 2012, Linton was appointed as Chairman in 2019.  Formerly the Managing Director of his own education consultancy, Linton Waters Consulting Ltd, Linton was also the Programme Director for Secondary Mathematics with the Department for Education's National Strategies.  Linton is pleased to have the opportunity to lead Omega through the next stage of development in its support for our clients, often some of the most disadvantaged people in society.  

 J. Howard Rutherford

Howard was educated at Uppingham School and studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital after declining the offer of an industrial scholarship with Vickers Armstrong.

In addition to extensive experience within the NHS, he launched a cosmetic implant business with his wife in Birmingham and built an £8m private hospital in Darlington. He also set up, and for several years headed, a nursing agency and a first aid training company.

Combining his lifelong aviation hobby and his longstanding professional experience of acute trauma, Howard served the Great North Air Ambulance Service as a trustee.

David James

David has held senior roles in teaching, local government and the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE). CIPD qualified since 1994, his experience includes Head of Professional Regulation at the GTCE and Head of Personnel Services in the Shropshire LEA . He has been a special adviser to government on the development of policy on school staffing issues and is now an HR consultant. He is the Non-Executive HR Director of a growing multi academy trust and is keen to bring his experience to Omega. As a past and current carer himself, David is well aware of the challenges which caring entails and is very keen to support the charity’s activities. 

Christine Davies CBE

Christine is the former Chief Executive of the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO) which identified and disseminated 'what works' in children’s services, working with Local Authorities, Health Services, schools and voluntary and  community organisations across England.  Christine also established and led the previous Government’s 'Narrowing the Gap' programme which identified leading practice in helping close the ‘gap’ between advantaged and disadvantaged children and young people .

Previously a Local Authority Director of Children’s Services, Christine has advised successive British Governments on education, child poverty, safeguarding and early intervention, and has also advised the Australian, Netherlands and Russian Governments. She is a former member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, and is currently a trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation,  The Challenge (delivering The National Citizen Service),  the Premier League Charitable Fund, and chairs an LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children’s Board). She is also a Vice Patron of Family Action, a trustee of a Multi- Academy Trust and leads seminars for Head teachers and senior teams on Safeguarding in Schools.

Christine was awarded the CBE in 2005 for ‘an outstanding contribution to education’.

Jenny Evans FCA

Jenny is a chartered accountant with 15 years of experience working in Shropshire, Wales and Cheshire. She currently looks after small family-owned businesses, predominantly in Shropshire. Previously working as an auditor, Jenny was involved in various charity audits and independent examinations, offering advice around financial procedures and controls, and ensuring that charity guidelines were followed in terms of accounting standards.

Jenny is keen to offer any support possible to Omega. Due to recent personal experience, she appreciates how important a support network is for both carers and the bereaved.

Gail Stephens

Gail has worked in Local Government for over 30 years and currently works at Staffordshire County Council as Head of Procurement with a particular focus on the procurement of services for vulnerable adults and children. Gail is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.  Previous experience includes working as Commissioning and Procurement Lead for Telford & Wrekin Council, Procurement Lead for Wolverhampton City Council, and Head of Procurement for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Gail also works with the Local Government Association on the national project Strategic Supplier Relationship Management. In this project, Gail works with key national suppliers to local government, with a particular emphasis on registered care services for children and adults.

Gail is very aware of the challenges facing the voluntary sector and is keen to put her knowledge and experience to good use supporting Omega in her role as board member.