About Us

The DEED Trustees

DEED is a registered charitable company (limited by guarantee) and is overseen by its Board of Trustees.



Director Eric smallerEric Bevan (Chair) is a former Whitehall civil servant. Initially he worked on the development of science & technology policy and the management of government R&D programmes. Then became a Programme Director for the development of renewable energy resources in the UK, serving as the UK representative on a number of European Commission Committees. Following retirement he became a consultant to the European Commission as an assessor of project proposals submitted for EU funding. His expertise is in strategic planning, programme management, assessment of project proposals, analysis of research results and the drafting of high quality reports.





Director Ted smallerTed Taylor (Vice Chair) joined the National Service in 1956. He completed one year youth work training with the YMCA in London. In 1966 he started Youth Work in West Howe. He worked with Avonbourne Youth Club from 1970-74, then became a Detached Youth Worker in West Howe making contact with young people on the streets, build up relationships and trust. He retired from youth work in 1993 but is still involved with organizations related to the young and old. In 1976 he received a BA from Open University. In 1996 he was selected as a Ward Councillor for Kinson South. He has been a trustee of DEED since 1980. He is a member of the Bournemouth Rotary club.





Director Sue smallerSue Newell (Trustee) has been a DEED Trustee for 5 years.   She strongly supports and believes in the work DEED does, trying to make the world a more sustainable and just place for everyone.  Her current role is as the Borough of Poole’s Community and Equality Manager, and has past work experience in the world of Corporate Social Responsibility, Intercultural Communications and International Development, which aligns closely with DEED’s aims and ambitions working in schools and with the community around global citizenship, inclusion and diversity.






Director Natalie smallerNatalie Batcock (Trustee) currently works as a Project Manager at the Borough of Poole.  Since joining in 2011 she has worked on various projects from the Night Time Economy to a dementia respite project. She herefore has experience in project management, building business cases, has an understanding of how budgets are built and experience chairing meetings, not to mention extensive partnership working.  She also has language and teaching skills, having been Head of Languages in a secondary school in Norwich prior to her current role (Spanish and French) and originally trained as a Primary School teacher.






Director Nihar

Nihar Reshamwala (Trustee) is a versatile business manager with several years’ experience in senior finance leadership. His qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in financial accounting and a master in business administration from Mumbai University. He has lived in the U.K., Spain and India and worked in a variety of sectors ranging from lifesaving, the arts, education, industrial chemicals to healthcare. Nihar’s volunteering interests include being a Governor at a local secondary school. Outside of work, his life revolves around his family and two young children. He is an avid badminton player and enjoys both the physical and social aspects of the sport.



Carol Catton SmallerCarol Catton (Trustee) trained as a secondary school teacher teaching History and PSHE for many years. She has worked in a nursery school and as a parent helper in school whilst on a career break when her children were young before joining Allenbourn Middle School, becoming the PSHE and Citizenship Co-ordinator for KS2 and 3 and then the PSHE and History Co-ordinator for KS 3 and Head of year 7. She also led the Healthy Schools and Healthy Schools Plus programme and was the Rights Respecting Schools Co-ordinator, leading them to achieve level 2 and support other schools. In December 2014, she became a consultant for Jigsaw (‘the mindful approach to PSHE’) and also became a trustee for DEED. These moves have allowed her to follow her commitment to what she considers to be a ‘right’ for all children –  high quality PSHE in schools.





Ann 2 DSCF0031Ann Coleman (Trustee) has worked in education for over 40 years, teaching ages from 4 to 18, first in Staffordshire then in Dorset and Bournemouth. Ann’s teaching has been mainly in the primary and middle sector, teaching across the curriculum and leading particular subject areas especially mathematics, early degree work in Geography and Biology became the back bone of her passion for this world and our environment always with children at the heart.  Since leaving full time educational work, she has enjoyed consultancy work for DEED.  She has trained with UNICEF to work in schools and she is currently Chair of the regional group for UNICEF fundraising locally and is also on the committee for Inner Wheel and Tangent clubs.  Ann has 4 small grandchildren who keep her and her husband very focused and happy.  She has a great commitment to DEED and all that it strives to achieve.






Graham croppedGraham Higley (Trustee) is a former IT Director, Marketing Director and librarian. He has worked in a range of organisations including the Natural History Museum, the BBC, British Telecom, Investors in People and the Carbon Trust.  He was instrumental in the creation of two global organisations: the BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library, biodiversitylibrary.org) and the EOL (Encyclopedia of Life, eol.org). Following retirement, he has continued to Chair the Executive Committee of the EOL, is on the Governing Board of GBIF (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility), and is Treasurer of the Trust for Avian Systematics. His expertise is in strategic planning, programme management, marketing, partnerships, and team leadership.






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After training as a teacher, Stephen Waring began his career as a research assistant with Liverpool University. He then taught at Uppsala University in Sweden, in the Extra Mural Department, followed by twelve years in Community Education in London. He went on to hold a number of senior roles in post-compulsory education, including Director of Corporate Affairs at Salisbury College in Wiltshire, and Director of Communications at the University of Southampton. Stephen then founded his own strategic communications consultancy, working with charities, social enterprises, arts organisations, universities and colleges, and large corporations. He has served as trustee and non-executive director of organisations such as The Wheatsheaf Trust in Southampton and Theatre Royal Winchester, and has served on school governing bodies, including one spell as chair of governors.





Di SpurdensDiane Spurdens has had a varied career path since reading Theology at Cambridge in 1989. She qualified as a teacher in 1994 and has worked in both the state and independent sectors, teaching across the EYFS and Key Stage One. She was part of a Sure Start team in Oxford, creating bespoke Literacy workshops for parents and children. Since relocating to Dorset she has volunteered for Radio Wimborne and Forest FM – writing, producing and presenting her own shows. She currently juggles motherhood and working part-time in a family business. She believes passionately in DEED’s work and feels honoured to be part of the team.