Voluntary Action Rutland Trustees and Board Members
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Carsten Pigott


Carsten is a retired senior diplomat, management consultant and visiting university lecturer, with a long-standing involvement in voluntary work, both in the UK and overseas.  He and his family moved to Oakham in 1997 and he joined VAR, initially as a staff member, in 2009.  Elected a Trustee in 2012, he’s been its Chairman since 2013.

Trustee Vacancies 

If you are interested in joining VAR as a Trustee see here for details.

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Jeremy Millar

Vice Chairman

Jeremy is a retired NHS hospital CEO, and healthcare consultant both in the UK and abroad.  He’s a former Herefordshire County Councillor with Cabinet responsibility for children’s wellbeing; a retired Magistrate with previous Police Authority roles; and has held several trusteeships with a number of national and local healthcare and educational charities.

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Archie Sains, BEM


Archie trained as an Agriculturalist and spent his whole career in the meat industry.  On the basis of that experience, he was recruited as an adviser to the British government, as well as to the EU in Brussels.  He moved to Rutland in 2001 and has been active in the voluntary sector since then, working as a VAR volunteer driver, with LOROS, and at the Rutland Museum. 

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Tony Rumble


Tony moved to Rutland from West Leicestershire with his family in 1973. He was a partner in a firm of solicitors in Leicester specialising in probate and property law from 1970 until 1992.  From 1992 until retirement in 2014 he was a Tribunal Judge based in Leicester but also sat in venues in a number of other towns in the Eastern Region. 

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Debra Thatcher


Debra moved to Rutland with her husband in 2000. She practised as a solicitor in Leicester for 30 years specialising in property, environmental law and regulatory compliance. Debra has previously  been involved with two Leicestershire based charities.

Una Ozga


Una is new to Rutland having lived abroad for some years. During a varied career she has worked with volunteers in both the public and voluntary sectors. While living in Norwich, she was a City Councillor and a member of Norwich Health Authority.