The Winchester Beacon is led by the Chief Executive, Michèle Price and our volunteer Board of Directors. Together they work to define and deliver our strategy to help break the cycle of homelessness by enabling people to rebuild their lives through independent living.
Each member brings experience, knowledge and a passion to contribute towards the charity’s positive work to tackle homelessness in Hampshire.
We welcome enquiries from people interested in joining our Board. Please email email@example.com.
Chair of the Board
Tracy started volunteering at The Winchester Beacon in 2016 and joined the Board in 2018 as the Data Protection Lead reviewing the implementation of GDPR.
She was appointed Chair of the Board in December 2019. Prior to this Tracy enjoyed a 30 year career in the General Insurance industry completing a variety of technical and managerial roles. During this time she became a Chartered Insurer and successfully completed her LLB (hons) and Post Graduate Diploma in Law.
From 2011-2015 Tracy led a team of claims professionals handling large and complex insurance claims from Global organisations arising anywhere in the world. This included coordination of natural catastrophic events. From the UK hurricane in 1987 at the beginning of her career to the Hurricane Katrina (2005) and NZ earthquakes (2011) Tracy has helped organisations recover and transform. Now semi retired, she brings a wealth of experience of risk management and senior leadership to the Board.
Alexis started volunteering at The Winchester Beacon in 2019 and joined the Board in 2020.
Alexis is a solicitor and has practised for over 20 years. For over 10 years he was a partner in private practice, advising businesses on commercial law matters. Since 2010 Alexis has been working in-house as Group Counsel as well as Company Secretary for a number of organisations, including multi-nationals, in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and e-commerce sectors. Alexis’s main focus these days is on data protection compliance. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
A range of studies from dance to languages led unusually to a career in accountancy in London and Paris. A big move to Hampshire in 2002 and life in the charitable sector emerged from working at home with four young children. With more time becoming available and a strong desire to make a difference, I am delighted to join the Board, helping in all matters financial; as well as volunteering directly at The Winchester Beacon.
Sarah was born in Winchester and has a lot of love for the city. By day Sarah is the Business Improvement District Manager working with over 700 city centre businesses to address their needs, improve the attractiveness of the city and develop projects and events. Keen to give something back, she is also Chair of the Festivals in Winchester group and volunteers at Theatre Royal and Hat Fair. In her spare time she enjoys walking, cycling and foreign travel.
Patrick joined the Board in November 2015, bringing around 25 years of experience in the housing, health, care and voluntary sectors. Patrick has dedicated his career to working in partnership with many providers and commissioners to co-produce services that have responded to changing needs as well as developing services in a variety of areas including older persons, homelessness, mental health, substance misuse, dementia, refugees and asylum seekers. More recently, as part of Shared Ventures, he has helped develop the ‘Keep Well Collaborative’, a network which recognises housing as a key determinant of health with the aim of facilitating collaboration, keeping people safe and well at home and reducing / preventing homelessness.
Anthony’s background is in property working for national firms, south coast independents as well as having run his own companies. He joined the Board in 2021 and is also an active member of Winchester Rotary. He has much experience of service in the community and fundraising.
Vicky joined the Board in 2022, bringing with her over 20 years consulting experience supporting banks, financial services and pension operations. As an independent management consultant, she has led large programmes of work and coached several organisations to achieve operational efficiency and effectiveness. More recently, she has worked in central government leading, supporting and sourcing the wrap around services for temporary accommodation and shelter for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK.
Charlie is appointed as an Expert by Experience Adviser to the Board. Charlie had a successful life, business and career but due to a series of major breakdowns, became homeless. Charlie spent time sleeping rough before staying at The Winchester Beacon and then moving on to a hostel and supported living. He has been a service user and works with many of the agencies associated with homelessness.
In his role as advisor to the Board, Charlie is able to offer invaluable advice from the experience he gained whilst he was homeless himself. His lived experience makes him well qualified to assist Directors in planning strategy, as well as suggesting and looking at ways in which The Winchester Beacon can provide the best service for all our residents.