The CSRF Community

Board of Directors

Peter J Lawrence OBE

Chair of Board

Peter Lawrence is a retired Senior Civil Servant (SCS) having had a career spanning more than 43 years in the civil service. His final overlapping roles were as Director of Going Forward into Employment (2019 – 2024) a programme supporting individuals facing barriers to employment to secure jobs in the civil service, and from 2016 to 2022 he was Chief Executive of the Civil Service Commission.

He has had a wide range of experiences, including in, the Cabinet Office, NHS England, Companies House and the Civil Service College. He has held leadership roles as a member of the SCS since 2008.

Peter joined the CSRF as National Honorary Chair on 1 July 2024 and will be supporting plans for the 60th anniversary celebrations and working to ensure the future of the CSRF.

Michelle Wyer

Vice Chair

Michelle was a teacher before entering government service in 1990. She worked in a number of roles within Inland Revenue and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) during her civil service career.

She is a Past President of ARC (Association of Revenue & Customs) was Private Secretary to the Chairman of HMRC and has served as Chair of HMRC’s Senior Women’s Network and Enforcement & Compliance Women’s Network.

She is currently the Chair of Governors for her local primary school and was appointed to the post of Vice Chair in December 2019 following endorsement of her nomination by the National Trade Union Committee and took up the role of Vice Chair from 1st January 2020.

Mike Hammond CBE


Mike has worked his entire career in the civil service holding posts in both the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development (DFID).

He has led six DFID country offices (including Afghanistan, South Africa and Rwanda) during which time he co-authored the report which launched the concept of country offices which is now seen as a model for development delivery. He brings a strong set of skills to the CSRF’s Board that include a procedural knowledge of development processes including audit, evaluation and accounting requirements.

Mike has a family connection with the CSRF as his late mother was involved with both the CSRF’s Gravesend Branch and Bexhill & Hastings group. He was awarded the CBE in 2017 for services to International Development and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2019 after being nominated by the Cabinet Office. Mike also sits on the Board Working Group looking at Pre and Post Retirement matters.

Simon Baugh

CSRF’s Civil Service Champion & Director

Simon Baugh was appointed the Chief Executive of the Government Communication Service in 2021. He has twenty years’ experience in strategy and communications in the public and private sector. His previous roles included: Director of Communications, Home Office, Director of Communications and Engagement, Department for Exiting the EU and Director of Strategy & Communications, Department for Transport.

He joins the organisation as they prepare to celebrate 60 years as a Civil Service welfare body and charity in 2025. He will be supporting the plans for the anniversary as well as their communication and marketing aims to engage a new cohort of members to their community.

Professor Martin Hyde

Elected Director

Dr Martin Hyde is an Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing and the Research Director of the Awen Institute at Swansea University. He has been involved in research on ageing for over 20 years and my work spans several areas including quality of life, work and retirement, consumption and identity, and health inequalities.

His work has been published widely in peer reviewed journals, reports, book chapters and several books. He has been involved in several large-scale studies including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Early in my career he worked on the Whitehall II study and wrote two papers on retirement among British civil servants.

He is the President of British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Cymru, Chair of the BSG Work and Retirement Group, a Member at Large of the Sociology of Ageing (RC11) committee of the International Sociological Association and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. He also works as an advisor to Welsh Government and Swansea Council on their strategies for an ageing society.

Martin was voted on to the Board of Directors at the 2022 Annual General Meeting and is the Chair of the Board Working group on Pre and Post retirement matters.

Gillian Smyth

Elected Director

Gillian Smyth is our Board Director for Befriending Services.

Gillian is currently Head of Cross Cutting Human Rights Policy and Engagement at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

She has volunteered with the CSRF since 2015 and in that time has befriended three service users on the befriending schemes. Over the years she has undertaken a blend of visits and phone befriending and she is currently a phone volunteer.

Gillian was voted on to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting in July 2022.

Phyllis Duignan

Elected Director

Phyllis has been Chair & Treasurer of the CSRF Eltham Group since 2010 and before that was Secretary & Treasurer. She has served as a Board Director for six years until she stood down in 2018. Still full of energy she decided to run again to lend her support to the need to increase the CSRF’s new membership statistics.

Richard Wildash

Elected Director

Richard has been a Life Member of the CSRF since 2013, joining before he retired from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2022. Since retiring he has become an active Volunteer befriender on the CSRF’s befriending schemes.

Management Team (Fellowship Office)

David Tickner

Chief Executive & Company Secretary

David is our Chief Executive and Company Secretary. He has worked for the CSRF for just over 15 years joining first as Editor of the Fellowship’s magazine avanti before taking over as Head of Communications. He was promoted to the post of Deputy Chief Executive in 2014 and was made Chief Executive in 2016. Before joining the CSRF he worked as an Editor-in-Chief in magazine publishing for over 12 years with business clients including London City Airport, Harrods Estates and Champneys.

He is responsible for overseeing all the CSRF’s operational activities including engagement with our groups, volunteers, communications & partnerships, providing secretariat support to the Board of Directors, HR and Finance.

David also holds the role of Company Secretary which involves organising our Annual General Meetings, liaison with Company Members and taking the minutes at Board meetings. He has also been an active volunteer befriender on both the CSRF’s befriending schemes and he edits the Fellowship’s newsletter, Fellowship News.

He is also sits on the Board’s Working Group for Pre and Post Retirement Matters and Chairs the Group Leaders’ Network and the Diamond Anniversary Planning Committee for the CSRF’s 60th anniversary in 2025.

Outside of work David volunteers with other charities (he is Company Secretary for We Are Family Adoption and a Trustee of a local Almshouse charity). He also enjoys reading (he co-ordinates the CSRF’s book club), art, culture & museums, history, politics, movies and writing. When he is able to find the time, he also enjoys dog walking and travelling.

Denise Headley

Deputy Chief Executive

Denise is our Deputy Chief Executive and has oversight of Fellowship Office as well as being responsible for our befriending schemes.

She has worked in the arena of later life issues for many years as an Information Officer for Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham.

Denise has also served as a local politician in North London serving as a Ward Councillor in Edmonton and Bush Hill Park. More recently she has begun a broadcasting career and presents a weekly broadcast called ‘Headley Highlight’ which she is developing into a popular bulletin covering topical issues. When not working she enjoys discovering new places and festivals around the UK.

Denise works part-time and is in Fellowship Office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and works from home on Thursdays. She also sits on the Board’s Working Group on Pre and Post Retirement matters.

Ieuan Payne

Admin Support Officer

Ieuan has been working in the Industrial Sector for the past 8 years and has changed his career path quite drastically, as he is now an Administration Support Officer and trying to solidify himself a career in an office setting.

He is a great lover of music and loves to study it in his spare time. Over the past 13 years, he has learnt to play drums, guitar and bass and will only continue to do so. also loves experiencing live music also, enjoys taking part in festivals, live shows, concerts etc.

He is planning to continue working his way up the career ladder, trying to make the most out of his career and life in general.

Adam Bell

Communications Support Officer

Adam is a Communications Officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and previously worked for philanthropic groups.
He is a musician, who has played the drums since the age of 12 and has also played in bands. He has attempted to play the guitar and piano, but is ultimately not patient enough. Adam loves listening to and collecting music, reading books, cooking and being active outside.

He is looking to carve out a career in writing and journalism, preferably the fields of sports and music.

Jean Anderson

Office Volunteer

Jean is our Fellowship Office volunteer. She helps in the office maintaining and updating records and working on our befriending schemes, including quality control by telephone.

She has been volunteering for the CSRF for over 10 years, starting before she retired from the Civil Service.

Jean is an enthusiastic member of the CSRF Book Club and participates in our Zoom Book Groups, once ironed quilts in a quilt factory for a month and is now trying to get to grips with her new tablet.
Jean visits Fellowship Office on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis but also sits on the CSRF’s Diamond Anniversary Planning Committee for 2025.