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Our Board of Trustees combine to a formidable team with a broad experience across industry, medicine, retail, IT and charity.  Each has their own area of expertise which ensures the that the Charity delivers to it’s core aims and that all funds are used to the maximum benefit of our Members.

David Jannetta

Volunteer, Founder, Trustee & MD

David originally hails from Stirling in Scotland but spent much of his extensive career, in Corporate Retail, working throughout the UK and abroad.

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Prior to moving to Italy in 2000, David operated his own UK national multiple operation with retail outlets in most large conurbations. Following his departure from Italy, David lived in Norway for a few years and only returned to the UK in 2007 when he and his wife, settled in Berkshire. Since then he has dedicated much of his time in supporting people with Dementia and their carers.

John MacFarlane

Volunteer Director and Trustee

John has spent most of his working life selling and marketing products used by the Printing and Publishing industry.

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Employed by large corporations John rose to the ranks of European General Management and his career saw him and his family spending time in Ireland and Benelux. John has lived locally for 29 years and cared for his mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, passing the last 4 years of her life in care. John started volunteering with the Alzheimer Society 4 years ago and has volunteered with ADS for the past 2 years and now wishes to concentrate all of his volunteering effort helping ADS to continue providing local high quality, valued support services for those with dementia and their carers.

Philip Cooper

Volunteer Director and Trustee

After a brief flirtation with accountancy Phil established his own company, developing and supporting IT systems for major blue chip companies.

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For the past 20 years he has specialised in designing and implementing regulatory and drug safety systems within the pharmaceutical industry. Involved since the inception of ADS, Phil has designed and supported all aspects of our website, email and social media channels. Having lived in the Maidenhead area for the past 30 years, he has recently retired and now helps his wife as part time carer for her parents.

 

Michael-John 'MJ' Saunders

Volunteer Director and Trustee

MJ has advised or coached UK and global teams during 35 years as a chartered accountant and business leader.

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MJ was an Andersen Partner and has since guided professional and business services firms through change. MJ was previously a Borough and Parish Councillor for Cookham, where he lived until moving to Devon with his wife Karen and his young daughter Isabel. He is also the proud father of grown up sons, Elliott and Joshua. From 2017 to 2019 MJ served as the Cabinet Member for Finance at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, having previously overseen Planning, Property, Change Management and Maidenhead Regeneration.

 

Karen Saunders

Volunteer Director and Trustee

Qualifying initially as a nurse during the Belfast troubles, Karen pursued her MBA and has nurtured teams in health and medicine for over 30 years.

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In the UK and globally, Karen has steered the testing, launch, marketing and sale of pharmaceuticals and medical products, particularly in psychiatric, palliative and critical care. Previously living in Cookham and now in Devon with her husband, Michael-John ‘MJ’, Karen has been the dedicated carer back to happiness of several cats with troubled pasts. Karen has also served as a Governor of NHS Foundation Trusts and a Special Needs School.