Like all charities, we have a board of non-executive volunteer Trustees that oversee our aims and objectives, governance and the strategic direction of the organisation.

To be a Guild Care Trustee you need to be able to commit to approximately 20 hours per month and attend 12 regular board meetings throughout the year.

Board of Trustees

Antonia Hopkins (Chair)

Antonia became a Trustee in October 2015 having retired after 42 years in the health service. Antonia trained as a nurse and went on to develop a career in Health Visiting NHS management and commissioning. She was the former strategic lead for Health Visiting for the South East of England. Antonia was appointed as interim Chair in December 2019 and then appointed Chair in March 2020.

Guy Clinch (Deputy Chair)

Guy joined the Board of Trustees in September 2016 and is a chartered accountant. He served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for St Barnabas Hospices Sussex for 10 years. Guy was appointed Deputy Chair in March 2020.

Mark Davis

Mark became a Trustee in May 2016 having taken early retirement following a career of over 30 years in the financial Services industry. His background includes significant experience in customer services roles, business change and business re-engineering, and IT consultancy at a senior management level. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Mark has been a resident of Worthing for the past 35 years.

Eileen Houghton

Eileen is qualified as a chartered accountant and before taking early retirement was a partner at Carpenter Box, accountants specialising in the charity and not for profit sector. She has held several voluntary positions, including a brief time working with a charity in Ghana. She also comes from a nursing family with both parents being trained nurses; in fact, her mother was a matron at Guild Care homes in the 1980/90s. To keep her busy in any spare time, she has three grown up children and six grandchildren at the last count. Eileen has taken up running in the last couple of years and loves the outdoors, relaxing in the sun, and travelling.

Cynthia Lyons

Cynthia became a Trustee in May 2018, having retired after 32 years in health services. Cynthia trained as a consultant in public health and has spent her career working as a consultant and as the Director of Public Health for East Sussex. She was also a Board Member of the East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups and a statutory Chief Officer of East Sussex County Council.

Rita Protopapa

Rita joined the Board of Trustees in June 2018. She is qualified in business administration and developed a career within the private and public sectors. Rita loves outdoor life, reading, and travelling and has an interest in disabilities and long-term conditions.

Bimal Desai


Bimal joined the Board of Trustees in December 2020 and is a solicitor. He was a partner in a global law firm for over 22 years, based first in London and then in Dubai and Singapore. He has a keen interest in social care development and policy and enjoys tennis and sailing.

What's involved?

"It’s interesting, stimulating and you get a sense that you are putting something back into the community. Guild Care is a fantastic local charity for local people. I’ve met lots of really interesting people, other Trustees, people working for Guild Care and the people that we help. We are there to provide support and oversee the scrutiny of how the charity is performing, but we are not there to manage on a day to day basis. We support management to enable them to achieve the best outcomes for our services for Guild Care.” Antonia Hopkins, Chair

Our Patrons

  • Tim Loughton MP
  • Derek Ridley

Our Members

To support the work of our charity, we recruit a diverse range of people to become Members of our organisation. Our Member volunteers act as our ambassadors and champions.

To find out more about becoming a Guild Care Trustee please get in touch via our online form.