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Our Patron

Lord Low of Dalston

Lord Low of Dalston CBE

“Everyone in society is of value no matter what their age, ability or background. Timebanking helps people realise their self worth, building local support networks helping to address the social care crisis and end loneliness. Timebanking UK provide the resources needed to set up and run time banks in communities and I am pleased to support their vision and mission.”

Lord Low is a law scholar and a member of the House of Lords

He has been a lifelong campaigner for the rights of blind and disabled people, especially in the field of education.

Current staff

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Sarah Bird

Chief Executive

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Martin Simon

Founding Advisor

Nicki Baker

Operations Lead

Ian Toplis

Ian Toplis

Information Manager



Aurelia St.Clair








25 Associate Consultants – Committed to specific projects/themes based across the UK

We have additional ad-hoc Associate Consultants helping us deliver a range of training topics
and workshops as and when required.

Our current trustees are


Duncan Laker

 Duncan studied biology and graduated from the University of Stirling in 1980

He subsequently worked in the environmental charity sector in Scotland before moving back south.

Since then Duncan has undertaken a variety of roles and has been running his own telecoms business since 1998. As Managing Director he is responsible for all aspects of the business and, in particular quality and compliance. His customers range from household names like Fred Perry, MIND and YMCA to small local businesses and charities.

As a trustee for Timebanking UK Duncan brings a wealth of experience across a broad range of topics and hopes to be useful and relevant to the organisation.

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Grant Jessup

Grant began his working career in banking product sales before taking the plunge into the demanding and fast paced industry of recruitment. Initially starting at one the leading recruiters of the time, based in London, he has become somewhat of a start-up and growth specialist, always creating and growing new desks and divisions.

After 9 years in the industry, he has most recently held divisional director roles overseeing concept, creation and delivery of new businesses. Currently employed by Capita Plc, a FTSE 100 company, he is commercially astute and well abreast with the latest digital marketing and social strategies.

Outside of the office Grant is on the board of governors of an ‘Outstanding’ school in South London and a firm believer of developing community cohesion and wellbeing.


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Gregory Taylor

Gregory is freelance consultant and freelance writer. He has been working in the charity and PR sector for five years since leaving Bristol University, this has included working as a public affairs researcher for the Salvation Army and for MIND as policy researcher based in North London. He also worked for the National Autistic society undertaking campaign work on employment issues.

Craig Ryan

Craig is a freelance journalist, copywriter and researcher, as well as a partner at Lexographic, which provides expert communications services to trade unions, charities and small businesses.

Craig is editor of the NHS managers magazine, Healthcare Manager, web editor for the Managers in Partnership trade union and a former head of communications at the top civil servants union, the First Division Association (FDA), where he launched the award-winning Public Service magazine. He has also worked with several national charities including Seafarers UK, the Institute of Public Policy Research and Which?

Craig writes mainly about government, economic policy, work, the NHS and Europe, and is currently working on a major research project on the UK civil service. As well as being a trustee of Timebanking UK, Craig is treasurer of Stroud Valley School Parent Teachers Association and vice chair of Stroud Labour Party.

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Beth Taubner

Founder of Mercurylab, Beth Taubner has been a Transformational Brand Strategist and Creative Director working with strategy and creative communications for over 20 years. Beth has developed a proprietary approach to branding using  a combination of
psychological, visual and analytic processes. She creates branding programs and
distinctive concepts, visuals and communications for businesses large and small, for
photographers, fashion, publishing, retailers, hospitality, products, non-profits,
entrepreneurs and creative professionals in the US, UK and worldwide. Beth offers one-on-one consulting and coaching,
and business consulting on brand and creative development, communications and implementation worldwide.

Company Secretary – Sarah Bird


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