Our Team at Woody's Lodge
Trustees at Woodys Lodge

Woody’s Lodge is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and is governed by its constitution dated 1 February 2017.  The CIO is managed by the Woody’s Lodge Management Board, which must have a minimum of five and a maximum of nine charity trustees at any time.

The trustees are legally responsible for directing the affairs of the charity.  Each trustee must be appointed for a term of three years by a resolution passed at a properly convened meeting of Woody’s Lodge Management Board.  The charity trustees may delegate any of their powers or functions to a committee or committees, and, if they do, they shall determine the terms and conditions on which the delegation is made 

The Woody’s Lodge Management Board have appointed a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  The Board currently meet on a monthly basis to regularly review the performance of the charity, monitor its budgets and guide strategic direction.

In addition, the Trustees are responsible for preparing the Trustees’ annual report as well as the annual financial statements in accordance with the requirements of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Meet our Trustees!

David Trotman – Chair of the Management Board

David gained a senior management position with Barnardos Wales, before moving to London, where he undertook Directorships with The Parkinsons’ Disease Society and Stroke Association UK. Next, he gained a CEO position at Action on Addiction, funding research and treatment into narcotic and alcohol addictions.

In 2000, David returned to Wales and became Head of Marketing for RSPB Cymru, specialising in accessing European funding for the development of nature reserves and sustainable public and educational access to the Welsh environment.

In 2011, he then took on the Directorship of Penarth Pier Pavilion Project, ensuring its’ multimillion-pound refurbishment was completed to time and on budget. His team worked to introduce community activities into the Pavilion, as well as to help veterans obtain access to utilise the facilities.

Since 2014, David has worked with veterans and like-minded people in order to establish Woody’s Lodge as a sustainable, functioning and growing charity in Wales.

Outside of his work, David lives with his family in Penarth, he is an Ambassador for Girlguiding Wales and member of the Captain Scott Society. David enjoys Art, Gardening, restoring old furniture and has been a season ticket holder that has supported Cardiff City FC since 1968!


Carole Alexander – Secretary of the Management Board

Carole has been with Woody’s Lodge from the beginning and is a Trustee and Secretary to the Management Board, as well as volunteering her time with us. She has lived in Penarth for over 30 years, although is originally from Port Talbot.  She joined the Women’s Royal Navy Service in 1971 and served for 2 years, where she was based at the Royal Marine Barracks at Eastney, working at DPRORM. She moved back to South Wales when she left the WRNS and got married and spent the next 12 years raising her son and daughter.She has over 23 years’ experience in local government, working as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive and 15 years as Personal Assistant to the Mayor. She retired in 2015 and now works part time as Clerk to a local Community Council.

She enjoys spending time with her three grandsons, gardening, knitting, crossword puzzles and yoga.


Howard Davies – Treasurer

Howard was born in the Rhondda, South Wales in the mid-1950s. He had a career of nearly 40 years in the IT Industry involving extensive worldwide travel in Technical, Sales, and Management eventually headed up European Operations for several USA based  IT companies in the Berkshire area. Howard’s late father was a veteran of the Normandy and European Allied Campaigns in 1944, and from this, Howard has a keen interest in helping in the welfare of Armed Forces Veterans, young and old, and enjoys the banter and camaraderie that Woodys has to offer its veteran social community.

After moving back to his Welsh Homeland in 2016, he joined Woody’s Lodge as a Volunteer in May 2019, and shortly after moved to Trustee and now Treasurer. Outside of work and Woody’s, Howard has an interest in History in general and specifically Military History of the WW1 and WW2 periods, Aviation, Boating, and Sailing, and is a keen cyclist and walker.


Alicia Woodland – Trustee to the Management Board

Alicia has been with Woody’s Lodge from the very beginning, volunteering her time and is also a Trustee to the Management Board. Alicia is Paul Woodland’s (Woody) mother and as well as bringing up Jamie and Paul, donating her time to us at Woody’s Lodge, she has been a childminder and carer.

Alicia was born in Cardiff and was brought up in Penarth where she still lives in her childhood home. Her dad was Polish, who came to Wales after fighting for the Polish Army in the Second World War.

Since Paul’s passing she has raised lots of money for military charities, including taking part in a sky dive! She has contributed to local military organisations by organising coffee mornings and raffles.

She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, shopping, cooking, baking and walking.


Kath Fisher – Trustee to the Management Board

Kath has been with Woody’s Lodge from the beginning and is a Trustee to the Management Board, as well as volunteering her time with us. She served for six years in the Royal Air Force as an Air Traffic Control Officer, serving at RAF Odiham as well as undertaking a tour of active service in Basrah in Iraq in 2004.

Woody’s Lodge is a keen interest of Kath’s, especially as she has the unique insight of what it means to be a veteran herself.

In addition to her time here with us at Woody’s, Kath works with the National Police Air Service flying out of St. Athan after 5 years working with the South Wales Police Force, as well as volunteering at the RNLI.

As well as all of her work and volunteering, Kath also spends her free time organising fundraisers to raise money for us here at Woody’s Lodge as well as for veterans locally.


Karen Hughes – Trustee to the Management Board

Karen was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire. Her father was in the Royal Navy so she grew up moving from one end of the country to the other.  

She moved to Wales after a varied career including window display and running her own model agency. 

Seventeen years ago, she married Nigel who was serving in South Wales Police Force.  They have a daughter who is now studying for her G.C.S.Es. Nigel was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 8 years ago.

Karen was introduced to Woody’s Lodge in January 2017 after searching for somewhere that Nigel could go where he wouldn’t feel judged and could relate to friends from a similar background.

Karen became a Woody’s Lodge Trustee to the management board in November 2017.

She enjoys art, particularly ceramics, gardening, walking, yoga and spending time with her daughter.


Ian Price – Trustee to the Management Board

After serving in the Welsh Guard, deployed in Berlin, Northern Ireland and the Falklands, Ian joined the Welsh Ambulance Service in 1992. He started out as part of the patient transport service, before qualifying as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1997, Ian has had a 27-year career with the ambulance service!

As well as being a Trustee with us at Woody’s, Ian, otherwise known as ‘Sarge’, also represents the Welsh Ambulance Trust at Cardiff’s annual Remembrance Day parade and also works with a local golf club to organise and deliver free Christmas lunches for his colleagues. He’s also a keen fundraiser and has raised thousands of pounds over the years for the Velindre Cancer Centre and Wales Air Ambulance charity! Ian was also recognised in the Queen’ Birthday Honours List in 2020, where he awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal! 


Clive Hamilton – Trustee to the Management Board

Clive, Managing Director at Pinnacle Document Solutions Group

Clive is the Managing Director of Pinnacle Document Solutions Group, where he has been working for over 25 years. Prior to this, he worked in the North Sea, North Africa and in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (MOD) where he served in the Falklands. Over the past fifteen years, Clive has been the Sales Director and now Group Managing Director as well as becoming the owner after a successful MBO in 2015 while following that through to successfully selling the shares of the business and merging with a larger Group in 2020.

Clive’s experience in business covers all areas of B2B sales in most sectors, working and controlling all aspects of the Business from Operations, Marketing, Financials, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, business Direction, Sales, Support and Man Management.

Both Clive’s and the Company’s social responsibility have stretched over the same said period where they have engaged and supported many Charity Organisations in Wales and across the UK. We have taken part in many challenges and organised many challenges also. He’s now hoping to share his huge wealth of skills in supporting Woody’s Lodge!

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