Executive Board of Trustees

The Society is run by its Executive Board of Trustees including four honorary officers. The Board has powers to co-opt up to three additional members. Elections take place at the Society’s AGM in July of each year.

The Board of Trustees – until the 32nd AGM in July 2024 includes:

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Clive Stone FTLS

Chair

Clive Stone FTLS

Clive is active in a number of organisations including being CEO of LCS Professional Services, his management consultancy company founded in 2010, Chairman of Seven Trent Trust Fund, a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and a Trustee of various charities including Services For Education.
He previously founded Redcliffe in 1987, where he was the CEO and Chairman for 26 years. In December 2013 he sold Redcliffe which, at that time, was recognised as one of the UK’s leading independent catering services, employing 250 personnel and providing full facility management to clients throughout the Midlands. In 2016 he also sold his conference and banqueting company. In 2006 he was awarded the Midlands Business Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.
He has previously served as an Executive Committee Member and until his election as Vice-Chair was Hon. Secretary.

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Tina Swani

Vice Chair

Tina Swani

Tina's main working role is Chief Executive of Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust with its 500-year heritage of support and empowerment of people in the Royal Town. A Chartered Marketer with a Master in Business Tina is also freelance consultant for transformation and sustainability of charities, having previously worked as CEO of Birmingham St Mary's Hospice for 19 years and subsequently as Future Vision Programme Lead at Hospice UK.
A huge inspiration in Tina's life was her grandmother who was President of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick in its founding days. Proactively committed to equality, diversity and inclusion Tina is a Trustee of WAITS Action, a charity supporting women experiencing domestic abuse, as well as providing first-hand support to her own elderly parents.
She was elected to The Lunar Society Executive Committee in 2021.

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Joe Gaytten

Honorary Secretary

Joe Gaytten

Joe is an economist and civil servant with experience in policy and strategy. He is Chief Economist at the Northern Ireland Office and splits his working time between London, Belfast and his family home in Birmingham. Prior to joining the NIO Joe held a range of posts inside and outside of Whitehall including most recently the East West Railway Company and Her Majesty's Treasury.

Obsessed with economic and political history, especially within the Midlands, Joe appreciates how important the Society and its members have been to both over the years and is honoured to join. He is also passionate about volunteering and community and while previously living in London served as a governor at a state primary school for three years where he was the board's lead member for finance and in the final year its deputy chair. Joe is Devon-born but was raised in Stourbridge.

Charmaine Burton

Charmaine Burton FTLS

Honorary Secretary

Charmaine Burton FTLS

A social entrepreneur, communications specialist, political broadcaster and a former House of Commons Committee on Standards Lay Member, Charmaine also became the vice chair of the committee on Standards Sub-Committee Code of Conduct and Guide review in March 2019. Charmaine is a member of the WMPCC Strategic Policing and Crime Board and a Council member of the Community Media Association. She is also executive producer and presenter of the Different Anglez politics and current affairs radio show.
Previously a Member of the Executive Committee, Charmaine has been responsible for creating and delivering several of the Society’s events, most notably the highly successful hustings prior to the election of the Mayor of the Combined Authority of the West Midlands, and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner in 2021 - the only events in the region to have representation from every candidate.

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Deirdre LaBassiere FTLS

Trustee

Deirdre LaBassiere FTLS

Deirdre LaBassiere LL.B (Hons) is a governance specialist with 18 years’ experience in legal and regulatory environments. Her vast experience includes advising, training and supporting organisations in governance, compliance, risk and assurance; more recently in data protection with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Deirdre is currently the Governance & Compliance Manager at Housing21, a leading provider of retirement housing and extra-care living for older people and is also a much sought after public-speaker and consultant.

Deirdre was an early board member of organisations such as the Black Solicitors Network, the Future Melting Pot CIC and the Birmingham Leadership Foundation and has served as Honorary Secretary of the Lunar Society. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, she currently serves on the board of Women Acting In Today's Society (W.A.I.T.S).

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Atif Ali FTLS

Trustee

Atif Ali FTLS

Atif is a programme officer at Birmingham City Council and works in the inequalities team in Public Health. He has a Master's in Law (LLM) from the University of Birmingham and volunteers for a number of boards in the City.

Atif is a Co-opted Independent Member at Bournville Village Trust Housing & Community Services Committee and a Trustee at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Atif was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list - ‘for services to the Community in Birmingham during Covid19’.

He was elected to The Lunar Society Executive Committee in 2021.

David Dundas

David Dundas FTLS

Trustee

David Dundas FTLS

David Dundas graduated from St Andrews in 1964 with a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

During a successful career he has held senior positions in pharmaceuticals and energy companies. His strong interest is that of climate change focusing on alternatives sources of energy of the future, primarily hydrogen and also fusion nuclear energy.

He hopes to return his wide scientific, engineering and management experience back to society, thus helping the UK on the road to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, taking inspiration from the forward thinking of the Lunar Society trailblazers.

David has also been a Governor of Burton Hospital for 7 years and is now a Lichfield City Councillor for 20 years.

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Sandy Taylor

Trustee

Sandy Taylor

Sandy has been a member of the Lunar Society since 2001. His background is in Planning, economic development, and climate change & sustainability working for Birmingham City Council. He has had experience working across the West Midlands and at European level through the Eurocities network, and has been a Trustee of the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. Currently he sits on the RTPI Regional Committee, is an RSA member, and has lived in Birmingham since 1985. He is a member of the Society’s Climate Change WG.

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Dr Rashida Sharif

Trustee

Dr Rashida Sharif

Rashida served as an active member of the Lunar Society Executive Board Committee for well over 10 years. She has been in education for well over 40 years. During this period she has held senior positions in schools and local authorities including as Director for Inclusion. She has been inspecting schools across the age range and settings, including special schools and initial teacher education (ITE) for over 30 years. She was until recently one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) employed by Ofsted. She is continuing to support schools in challenging circumstances as well as leading on inspection work in the UAE. Outside Education she has been a non-executive director with Sandwell Health Authority and Birmingham Children Hospital for over 20 years. She continues to work with the voluntary and private sector and is currently one of the directors at a local charity, free@last as well as working with a number of Multi Academy Trusts in Birmingham. She also works with the school of Sanctuary.

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Dr Peter Mayer FTLS

Co-opted Member

Dr Peter Mayer FTLS

Peter Mayer is the Society’s Heritage Lead. He has been a member of the Society for more than 20 years and has served on the Executive Committee as Chairman (2011-2013); he is a former membership secretary, vice chair and honorary secretary.

Peter is a former consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine, and his past NHS roles include director of research and development, elderly service manager and medical staff representative.

He has been involved in the voluntary sector throughout his career, setting up the local Crossroads in 1984 and was a national trustee of Carers Trust. He is Chair of Age UK Birmingham and a Rotary International district officer.

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John Rainford FTLS

Co-opted Member

John Rainford FTLS

John is co-creator of Darwin Matrix App - Technology & Business Intelligence, Director of Rapid innovation for Business Development at Birmingham City University, Visiting Fellow of the University of Birmingham Business School Entrepreneurship (MBA) and Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management.

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Dr Joanne Horton FRSA

Director of Operations

Dr Joanne Horton FRSA

Jo’s background is as an academic and practice-based researcher in metallised textile design. She most recently showcased her research in the Festival of Textiles at the Fashion and Textile Museum (London). She is an editor and author publishing and presenting internationally and is a Co-opted H.E College Governor and national judge.
She was featured as an expert-artisan on the BBC4 series Art, Passion and Power: The Story of the Royal Collection, demonstrating the process of electro-forming real roses, in a similar way to that shown by Elkington & Co. to Prince Albert in 1843, to presenter Andrew Graham Dixon. As such she is very interested in the intersections between art, science and technology and research from the perspective of maker-historian, with a focus on decoration, manufacturing, metal, Birmingham and the Black Country where she originally hails from.

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Wendy Meakin

Administrator

Wendy Meakin

Wendy Meakin is the Administrator for The Lunar Society, having taken over with Dr Jo Horton from David Clarke Associates. Wendy’s background has been in the Facilities Management industry working as a Contract Manager for the last 20 years. She has worked with various Facilities companies during that time. Her clients included high profile customers such as Selfridges and the BullRing in Birmingham plus many others across various industries. Prior to this Wendy worked as a PA to Chief Executives, Finance Directors and started her career at Matthew Boulton College as a receptionist. She has now moved to part time work to fit around family commitments.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, music – especially live events and is definitely a crazy cat lady!! Her other passions are Marilyn Monroe and her family.