Our Board


EIL UK Board

Deirdre Myers – Chair of Trustees

Deirdre is a senior Human Resources professional based in Worcestershire. She has substantial experience of managing organisational change within organisations of all sizes. Since 2006 she has been the owner and director of her own HR consultancy, which provides strategic advice to charities as well as working with commercial and educational organisations. In addition, Deirdre has over 20 years experience as a school and college governor and is active within her CIPD branch, formally Chairing its regional activities and currently leading the independent HR Practitioners group.

Mel Nock, OBE, B.A (Joint Hons. Wales)  – Vice Chair of Trustees

Mel has held a number of posts at senior level in both the private and public sectors, including Divisional Chairman with a major British engineering company and as a Regional Personnel Director/Assistant Regional Managing Director in the NHS. He is Vice Chair of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Chairman of the Governance, Finance and General Purposes Committee. Mel worked on a voluntary basis with Victim Support UK from the early 1990s to November 2009 in a number of capacities – Chairman of Victim Support Herefordshire and Worcestershire, National Trustee, Chair of Victim Support National Assembly, and Vice Chair of Victim Support Trading. He remains a Trustee of Victim Support Cymru. Mel has been associated with EIL since 1999. He became a Trustee in 2001 and was Chair of Trustees from 2004-15.

Peter Cozens – Vice Chair of Trustees

Peter joined EIL as a Trustee in 2012. He has worked in a number of Government departments after joining as a Civil Service Fast Stream entrant. During this time he has served as an advisor and programme manager across a diverse range of policy areas including energy, international trade, employment regulation, and research funding. In the course of these roles he has run large scale Government marketing campaigns on the UK ICT sector and employment rights, and delivered new support services to vulnerable workers. He is currently responsible for UK science and higher education collaborations with Latin America.

John Shaw

John worked as a chemical engineer for 40 years, initially in technology development and latterly in the management of capital investment projects. Much of his work took him overseas and he experienced and developed a love of many varied cultures. John’s interest in different cultures led to him joining ‘The Experiment’ in 1966 and becoming a Trustee in 1982. Over the years John has been with EIL he has worked as a local group treasurer and chairman, organised groups, hosted visitors and attended international meetings. Apart from working with EIL, John has been involved with various voluntary organisations over the years.

Kirsty Dance

Kirsty is a Solicitor in the litigation and family department at Quality Solicitors Paytons in Malvern. She handles a varied caseload, from contract disputes to divorce, all centering around dispute resolution.

Charles Lavallette – Deputy Treasurer

Charles joined the Board in 2014. His work in business and the public sector adds commercial and financial expertise to the Board.

Chris Roberts

Chris joined the EIL UK Board of Trustees in 2015. He has extensive experience of working in the leisure sector.