Alan Bedford (chairman) retired from the NHS 8 years ago after 25 years as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at West Suffolk Hospital. He specialised in surgery of the lower limb, and particularly the knee. During the period he chaired the department for 5 years and held various clinical roles overseeing the expansion of the unit.

Thereafter he continued his medico-legal practice and acted for 5 years as a clinical advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Alan trained in surgery and subsequently orthopaedics at Westminster, the Middlesex and the Royal National Orthopaedic hospitals, before leaving for a rural life in Suffolk. Since then has had many interests in charity work.

Graeme Kirk (Secretary) (not a Trustee) has been the Senior Partner of Gross & Co. Solicitors in Bury St Edmunds since 1996.

His specialist area of practice is UK immigration and he was chairman of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the International Bar Association from 2000 to 2004.

He is a past President of the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society, and also a past President of the Bury St Edmunds Rotary Club and Bury St Edmunds Round Table. He has been involved with St Edmunds Trust for over 25 years.

Sarah Healey Pearce (Treasurer) - biography to come

Julia Rackowe started her career as a researcher in the social sciences, studying the intellectual development of pre-school children from the immigrant communities in Leeds, Manchester and South London.

Since the mid-eighties Julia has worked in the third sector, holding senior positions in several national charities, and latterly as a corporate and trusts fundraising consultant. She has been a board member since 2013.

Hazel Pidsey has worked in the charitable sector for fifteen years, holding a senior position in a local charity. She is a volunteer with a number of organisations within Suffolk. Hazel has been a board member of St Edmunds Trust since 2014.

Ben Stanton has been a board member of the St Edmunds Trust since 2012. Ben is an Investment Manager who joined JM Finn Investment Management in 1997 . Over this time Ben has worked with a wide range of charitable organisations.

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Angela Rossi is married with four grown children and four grandchildren. She has lived in Bury St Edmunds for the last twenty-eight years, during which time she has volunteered or been associated with a number of different charities both locally and nationally.

Angela has recently retired from a long and happy teaching career mainly of sixth form students where she focused on the Sciences, Health and Social Care and Psychology. She is interested in the creative arts in all its forms and has enjoyed the time provided by retirement for exploring these more fully.

John Clark is the clinical lead in Diabetes and Endocrinology at West Suffolk Hospital. He is also the Director of the University of Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine. He has been a member of the national charity, Diabetes UK for 30 years.

He has been a Governor of St Edmunds Trust since 2015.

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