Trustees and Management

  • Tim Goodwin

    Chair of Trustees

    Tim is retired from a career providing strategic leadership and delivering change in complex organisations, including publicly traded and privately held companies, NGO’s and charities, higher education and governmental bodies.    Tim has served as a trustee or non-executive director with charities and companies in the USA, as well as here in the UK.

  • Sheila Swarbrick

    Vice Chair of Trustees

    Sheila Swarbrick was elected Vice Chair of the ECI Council in October 2019. Sheila is the Rector of the Parish of Central Exeter and a chaplain at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Sheila was involved in the setting up of the Exeter City Centre Chaplaincy and is now a Trustee. She is a Trustee on the St Petrock’s and Heavitree Parish Lands Charity.

  • Caroline Lake


    Caroline Lake is a Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant. She previously worked in the financial services industry and was a member of the Women in Finance Board, part of a Government initiative aimed at increasing the number of women in senior roles. Caroline was born and raised in the Westcountry, has lived in Exeter since 2003 and currently lives in Exwick with her husband.

  • Charlotte Hanson


    Charlotte Hanson is a charity sector professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the community and voluntary sector in the UK and across Europe. Charlotte has led teams working within communities, women’s enterprise, research and impact, and health and social care.
    She has held a variety of senior level and Board roles, including co-founding Women’s Development Unlimited to grow women’s enterprise across Devon, and more recently as CEO of the East Devon charity Action East Devon, where she lives with her family.

  • Diane Hayman


    Diane Hayman has worked for several blue chip companies – as a management consultant, and as a trader and a marketer in financial services. She also has start-up experience. Diane currently works in marketing for Hawksmoor Investment Management in Exeter, where she also sits on the company’s Charity Committee. Having moved with her family from London to Exeter in 2012 she completed an MBA at the University of Exeter, and currently mentors young women as part of the University Career Mentor Scheme. 

  • John Barrett


    John Barrett worked in London for many years as Sales Director for large manufacturers and importers of textiles and threads. He moved down to Devon to retire in 2000, setting up his own B&B for 10 years. He now plays an active part in his community and beyond, coordinating soup kitchen activity in Exeter, holding the Chairman’s role on Silverton Parish Council and is a trustee on the local community hall committee. 

  • Mark Goodwin


    Mark has lived in Exeter since 2004. He is now retired, having worked at the University of Exeter where he was Head of the Department of Geography, Dean of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He was also a Board member and Vice-Chair of the Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership, a Trustee of the Northcott Theatre and the St Luke’s College Foundation, a Board member of the Exeter Science Park and a Governor of Exeter College.

  • Carole Pilley

    Acting Chief Executive

    Carole joined ECI in 2004 originally as Community Development Manager and has in that time developed and managed a wide variety of work for ECI. Alongside her work for ECI, Carole has volunteered for and been a Trustee of various local charities. She is currently a founding Governor of Matford Brook Academy.

  • Daisy Binnie

    Family Resource Manager

    Daisy started her career in change management and business administration in multinational companies. She then spent ten years in support services in the special needs education sector. Alongside this she has been a school governor and trustee for local charities. Daisy is passionate about building a strong team to support families to live happy, healthy lives.

  • Ellie Taylor

    Business Operations Manager

    Ellie joined Exeter Community Initiatives in 2021 following a move from North Devon where she had worked in Further Education for 10 years. Ellie is passionate about wellbeing; both her own and that of her colleagues and looks to find ways to encourage health and happiness at work.

  • Laura Robinson

    Community Action Manager

    Laura has spent the last 16 years working in the Voluntary and Community Sector in Exeter, where her work has centred around supporting people to be more engaged and connected and help to build more resilient communities.

    Laura joined ECI in 2018 to manage the Community Builders project, and subsequently Exeter Connect VCSE service. She is an advocate for Compassionate leadership in the workplace to create engaged and valued staff teams.

  • Lee Bingham

    Finance Manager

    Lee has worked as an Accountant for over 30 years and now supports a number of charities within the local region with their finances.