Meet the team

Our Trustees oversee strategy and governance, and our daily operations are led by our Head of Foundation, supported by the Foundation Coordinator.

Paula Jordan
Chair of Trustees

Paula is a founding trustee of the charity and an independent HR consultant and Executive Coach with extensive experience in the construction, financial services and telecoms sectors. Paula is experienced in delivering improved business performance, organisational effectiveness, culture change and high levels of employee engagement.

Paul Teverson

Paul Teverson is Director of Communications at McCarthy Stone, where he manages corporate, financial, public affairs and internal communications. Paul led the McCarthy Stone charitable partnerships with RVS and Coram Beanstalk and is part of the company's Sustainability committee.

Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards has over 25 years’ experience of charity management and voluntary roles, ranging from overseas aid to supporting UK families in crisis. He has been CEO of Julia's House Hospice Charity since 2005 and provides a high level of third sector and CQC governance experience to the board.

Sarah Allport

Sarah Allport has extensive experience of grant funding, monitoring and impact measurement. As Head of Communities and Governance at The Dunhill Medical Trust she is responsible for the Trust’s portfolio of awards to community organisations working with those in later life as well as a charity governance role

Elizabeth Marsh

Liz Marsh is an experienced charity trustee and is currently a non-executive director of Elizabeth Finn Homes in the older persons’ care sector. She also sits on the capital grant giving committee of a leading youth charity. Liz is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has more than 30 years’ experience in the commercial property sector.

Fiona Carleton

Fiona is Managing Director of Your McCarthy Stone, leading the services side of the company responsible for over 520 developments and more than 23,000 customers. an Executive Committee member, Fiona will principally be supporting the foundation team with their colleague and customer engagement strategy, alongside providing leadership and advocacy.

Dr Kimberley Smith

Kim is a senior lecturer working at the University of Surrey who is interested in research that supports older adults to age well. she has published 46 academic papers and is a principal or co-investigator on several projects that are supporting diverse populations of older adults to age well.

Graeme Marsh
Head of Foundation

Graeme has worked across the UK and Africa in community engagement, fundraising, and charity operations for over a decade. He holds a Masters with Distinction in Philanthropy, Grant Making and Social Investment from Bayes Business School, a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the ICAEW and is a Certified member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

Julia Laister
Foundation Coordinator

Julia leads on the foundation's fundraising activities and events and joined the team having previously worked as a marketing manager in a leading global business. An active charity fundraiser and volunteer who has raised thousands for local charities, Jules also supports on the foundation's small grant programmes and with colleague engagement across McCarthy Stone.