Council of Management



Mr Ray Cordell

Ray spend most of his working life with Lloyds Bank in London and East Kent taking early retirement when he was a Branch Manager.  Following this he became Fundholding and Practice Manager of a large local Doctors’ surgery. 

He was a member of Herne Bay Rotary Club for many years and is the current Chair of the Canterbury Ramblers group. 

He started his involvement with Kent Kids before being a trustee of Strode Park in 2009.   He became Chairman in 2012.

Ray is married with three children and his main interests are walking, golf and his allotment.

Vice Chairman

Mr Nicholas Swift

Nick was born and brought up in West Kent.  His career background is in Agricultural Management and worked as a business adviser for many years.  He is now semi retired and lectures at Hadlow College part time.

Nick joined the Council of Management for Strode Park in 2006.


Mr Dennis Rose FCA, CTA

Dennis is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Prior to Dennis’ retirement he was a senior partner in a Kent based firm of Chartered Accountants and an Insolvency Practitioner. He was a Director and at one time Chair of Kent Reliance Building Society and also for 14 years Chair of the local CAB.

He now is a member of Rotary International and served as District Governor for Kent, East Sussex and South London.

Dennis believes in using his ability where possible to help local community organisations.


Mr Russell Clark BSc (Hons), Grad CABE, ICIOB

Russell has over 20 years’ varied experience as a Building Surveyor and Architectural Designer in London and Kent, including over eight years of running his own practice. He started his career in an Architectural practice where the bulk of the work was for charitable organisations, particularly the refurbishment of Almshouses and care homes.

He has a particular interest in supporting charities for people with disabilities as he has a younger brother with MLD (Metachromatic Leukodystrophy), a genetic, neuro-degenerative disease. He is also involved in fundraising for the MLD Support Association UK.

Russell has lived in Herne for over 11 years and is married with two sons.

Mrs Judith Clifford

Judith qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1977 and held a variety of posts in Kent working for the NHS and Social Services.  During her career as an OT she worked in Day Hospitals, in-patient services, wheelchair and specialist seating, and a Children’s
Assessment Service.

In 2004 Judith became a Clinical Director for Canterbury and Coastal Primary Care Trust with responsibility for several Community Therapy Services as well as being the Lead
Allied Health Professional; she retired for the NHS in 2011.

Judith is particularly interest in clinical governance and the promotion of independence for residents.

Mr Brian Dale FCIPD

Brian undertook a five year apprenticeship as a Detailed Draughtsman at Wandsworth School of Building. However, during his apprenticeship he spent three years in the Royal Air Force which covered National Service.

On finishing his apprenticeship and his time in the Air force decided to change direction of
career to work for a PA Management Consultant with local Councils.  He ended his working life as the Director of Personnel and Corporate Services at Canterbury City Council.

Brian became a member of Friends of Strode Park charity and then a member of the Council of Management in 1993 and was Chairman from 2001 to 2006.  He was proud to accept the honour of becoming a Vice President of Strode in 2010 and returned to the Council in 2012.

Brian was a JP for 16 years at Canterbury and St Augustine Magistrates Court and nine years as a Lay Member of the employment Tribunals at Ashford.

Mrs Ros Giles JP

Ros first joined the Council of Management in the mid eighties.  She stood down from the Council in 1992 and started working at Strode Park with the Fundraising Manager and returned to the Council in 2000.

Ros first started work in a local bank and followed by a year in London for an Insurance
Brokers before having her two sons.  She is now married to Robert and between them they have 11 grandchildren.

Ros has been part of the Lady Mayoress’ Charity for three years.  She has also been a
Magistrate for 29 years.

Mrs Virginia McCarthy

Ginnie trained as a nurse at Westminster Hospital before moving to Canterbury where she worked at Kent and Canterbury Hospital for a number of years.

She went on to train as a Health Visitor and worked in the profession for over 30 years.

Ginnie regards it as a great privilege to be associated with Strode Park Foundation and the marvellous work it does.

Mrs Myfanwy McDonagh

Mrs Barbara Todd

Barbara lives in Whitstable and is married with two children and five grandchildren.

Following a ten year career with the Police Service she had a career break to raise her family before becoming a Welfare Assistant to a child with disabilities and Family Liaison Officer at a local school.  Barbara retired in 2012.

Barbara has always enjoyed helping charitable organisations and as a former trustee of Kent Kids she is please to be on the Strode Park’s Council of Management.

Mrs Pat Unwin

Pat trained as a teacher at The Froehel Institute, Roehampton and worked in education for over thirty seven yers.  She originally worked in primary schools but ended her career as Assistant Headteacher of a large secondary school, where she had responsibility for all Special  Educational Needs across the school.

Pat has lived in Herne Bay for almost forty years and has watched Strode Park grow into the amazing organisation it is today.  She joined the Council of Management in 2013 and hopes that she can support  their work through this role.

Dr Michael Vaile FFPH, FRCP

Mike spent most of his career specialising in public health.  He and his family also
enjoyed various periods of working in Africa and the Middle East.

Since retiring he has been a trustee of several local charities; most notably the Whitstable
Volunteer Centre, where he was a Chairman for six years.

He is a travelling volunteer speaker for WaterAid.

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