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Trustee Board

Jeremy Prichard (Chair)

Jeremy first came to Plymouth as a young officer with 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, based at the Royal Citadel during the 1970’s. He moved away in 1979 to take up a commercial career with United Biscuits plc and later with the Rank Organisation plc until the late 1980s. In the early 1990s he had a brief spell in the City of London working with an international consultancy and training organisation. For nearly twenty years Jeremy worked with numerous national and international organisations on management and organisation development projects in many parts of the world with PN Associates, a business consultancy in which he was one of the founding in partners. Jeremy and his wife, Rhona, returned to Plymouth in 2000 after their two sons left home. Since 2006 he was Chief Executive of the Harbour Centre (Plymouth) stepping down in August 2016.

Tom Lea

Tom is a qualified solicitor. He previously trained with a large transatlantic law firm, based out of their Plymouth office. After many years of private practice, Tom now works as in the in-house lawyer at international luxury goods, and Plymouth based manufacturer; Princess Yachts Limited. Tom graduated from Exeter University with a LLB (Hons) degree in law in 2012 and with a MSc Masters in Law and Business in 2018. He has over 8 years of commercial law experience, having worked with many famous household and international brands in both contentious and transactional matters. He has experience in mentoring legal apprentices, as well has fundraising for many local and national charities.

Elaine Laitham

Elaine joined Improving Lives, Plymouth as a Trustee in 2018.  Elaine has lived in Plymouth, with her family, since 1983 and has worked extensively with the NHS both as a Registered Nurse and as a senior NHS leader/manager locally, across the south west region and nationally.  Most recently Elaine has run her own business, working within the care sector, helping individuals and organisations to develop. Elaine is also a Trustee working with C2NN (Connecting Communities National Network). 


Steph Rodgers

Steph is a Community Engagement Officer for the National Trust in the Plym Valley. She has a wealth of experience in youth and community work and has worked with many groups and organisations across the city during the last 15 years. She also has a background in marketing and public relations.

Sue Keaty

Sue is a born and bred Plymothian who is passionate about her city and its surrounding, she enjoys the whole South West and especially walking along the Devon and Cornwall coastline when not working.

Sue has always worked for companies as a supervisor or manager culminating as a Financial Adviser with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in helping clients to manage their investments and advising on retirement planning.

Sue’s strengths are based around her ability to be a keen listener and to identify what support people need. Sue now feels that these qualities can be put to good use in assisting others within the Plymouth area.



Emily Steed

Emily is a qualified accountant and partner of GrowthBuilders. She provides insourced finance support and advice to growing technology and digital companies. She trained and qualified with PwC, in their Plymouth office, and has more than 20 years’ experience working with private companies and public sector / not for profit organisations across the South West and beyond.  She is a mother of three young children who loves to spend time on the water and enjoying our beautiful South West coastline.