Trustees and Staff

The Taunton Heritage Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and is registered with the Charity Commission (No: 1177162). The Trust is also registered with Homes England (formerly the Homes & Communities Agency) as a registered housing provider and a member organisation of the Almshouse Association.

The Trust is governed by a minimum of nine Trustees, three of whom are nominated. Two are nominated by Somerset West and Taunton Council and one by the Court Leet. The Trust’s Patron is the serving Mayor of Taunton.

The day to day responsibility for running the Trust and overseeing all its activities is delegated to the Chief Officer, who together with the rest of the Staff team, work on a part time basis.

The Trustees and Staff work together to improve the quality of life of people living within Taunton Deane.

staff team

Karen White - Chief Officer


In Karen’s position as Chief Officer she has overall responsibility for the day to day running of the Taunton Heritage Trust. She has been in the role since early 2014, having worked in the charity sector since moving to Somerset in the late 1990’s.

Prior to that, she lived and worked in Oxford, London and Exeter. In her spare time Karen enjoys the great outdoors, house renovation and everything that is family!

Jacqui Avison - Warden

Jacqui 2

Jacqui has worked for Taunton Heritage Trust since 2011. She was born in Somerset and raised her family in Taunton.

Past work experience includes working as a Teaching Assistant and supporting adults with learning difficulties.

In her leisure times she likes keeping active and especially enjoys cycling and walking in the countryside. Relaxing time is spent baking, reading, scrabble and spending time with family.

Her role as Warden gives her the opportunity to plan events and activities that promote good community spirit; this is one part of her job that she really enjoys. She undertakes daily visits to the residents at St James Close, Huish Homes and Bernard Taylor Homes.



Laura came to the Taunton Heritage Trust in November 2016. Prior to that she had a number of reception and administrative jobs, including working for a large corporate company.

Laura is responsible for providing administrative support to the Trust and colleagues. Together with the Office & Compliance Manager, she administers the Grants Scheme. She also enjoys getting involved in events for the Residents of the Trust.

In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog with friends.

Claire Liell - Finance Manager


Claire is responsible for running the Trust’s financial system and supporting procedures and for financial reporting.

Prior to this role Claire has worked in the Banking and Financial Services sector and most recently manages the financial side of her family business.

In her spare time she enjoys running and going to the gym, walking her dogs and spending time with her family.

Ali Perrott - Warden


Ali joined Taunton Heritage Trust in April 2013 and before this she was a Palliative Care Nurse for the NHS and a farmer’s wife.

She lived on the Somerset Levels before moving to Taunton to become one of the Wardens at the Taunton Heritage Trust.

Ali enjoys music festivals and the countryside.

Ali lives on site at Leycroft Close and does daily visits to the Residents there and at Grays Almshouse.

Nick Beresford - Properties Manager & Deputy Chief Officer

Nick Beresford

Nick is the Properties Manager for Taunton Heritage Trust and his responsibility is for all matters pertaining to the maintenance of infrastructure within the Trust both planned and responsive. This includes overseeing the refurbishment and development of the residential properties and grounds inclusive of the Wardens accommodation and working alongside professional advisors to ensure the correct management of all assets. Nick manages all contracts for the diverse skills required in the upkeep as well as the health and safety of the many contractors that all work together to provide the high quality service, not only to the residents but also the commercial properties that are owned by the Trust.

Nick retired from the RIFLES Regiment in 2019 and joined the Devon and Cornwall Police service which he left in July 2021 in order to join the Trust.  He lives in Cullompton with his wife and daughter and in his spare time he rebuilds older sports cars as well as make time for surfing and kayaking.

Ros Moreton - Office & Compliance


Ros is the Office and Compliance Manager, which means she oversees the running of the office and keeps track of the policies and procedures that help keep the trust working to the required legal standards.

She worked at Somerset County Council for a number of years, working closely with various teams across the organisation, including Social Care and Children and Young People.

When not in the office,  she spends her time getting creative and loves drawing and sewing.


Liz Fothergill


Norman Cavill

Vice Chair

Jean Allgrove

Mike Hellings

John Ruff

John Williams

Hugh Gregory

Nathan Brasington

Councillor Sue Buller

Chris Cutting

Vivienne Stock-Williams

Councillor Andy Pritchard


The Mayor


Margaret Nott & Rachel Pinder

Our Patron, the Mayor of Taunton together with some of our Trustees and Karen White our Chief Officer – December 2019.Mayor Xmas 2019.