The Association paid tribute to our Senior Trustee, Elizabeth Lockley, who stood down at our Annual General Meeting in September.

Though retiring from the Board of Trustees, Mrs Lockley has assured us she intends to remain closely involved with the work of the CTBA, particularly with her Branch activity. Our Devon & Cornwall Branch spotted their opportunity to co-opt her on to their Branch Committee very recently.

Her association with the CTBA has spanned five decades. From first involvement beginning in 1973, organising a fundraising evening; Mrs Lockley began visiting local beneficiaries as the Branch Secretary in the old North Staffordshire branch in the late 1980s. She was nominated and appointed to the Board of Directors in 1992 and was elected as the Association’s National Chairman in 1999, becoming the first woman to be appointed to the office in the organisation’s history! Serving as a Trustee since 2003 she became our Senior Trustee in 2015.

Under her latter stewardship, Mrs Lockley guided the CTBA’s work with great care and dedication. She oversaw our 2018 Strategic Review, looking forward at the Association’s direction and opportunities in the years to come. While acknowledging that the CTBA needed to adapt to meet its objectives, at heart her concern was that the Association remain focused on the core mission; exploring the ways CTBA meets the evolving needs of our beneficiaries into the future as they age and their number grows fewer. We thank and wish Mrs Lockley a very happy, if not less active, retirement as a Trustee and will be very much look forward to welcoming her back as a guest to future CTBA events.