We welcome Michael to our SLSW Board of Trustees

Michael Knight new Trustee at Shared Lives South West

We have welcomed Michael Knight to our SLSW Board of Trustees.

We caught up with Michael to find out more about him and what experience he will bring to the board.


Tell us a little about your background…

I came to the end of my full-time paid working career in 2001 and have been fortunate to have a number of roles since.

My background is in chartered accountancy and I was a partner at Ernest and Young until 2001 and since then have held numerous non-executive positions.

My wife says it helps keep my grey matter in tact to continue using my skills and experience.

My motivation to be on the board at SLSW is twofold. I want to remain doing some activities where I have experience and I feel I have been treated well, so went to give something back.

Did you know about SLSW before joining the board?

No I didn’t, but when looking up support for my father with Dementia I became more aware of the challenges facing care and the sector.

The organisation and service is so desperately needed. I have felt welcome, taken care of, had a great induction and the staff team are energetic and motivated.


What will you bring to the board?

The other trustees will be the judge of that, but in all seriousness, it will be my background in finance.

I was a chartered accountant from 1974-2001 and have served on the board and was chair of the audit committee at Charles Taylor Consulting plc, as well as being the non-executive director at Sutton Harbour PLC.

I was also a Trustee & Finance Committee chair at National Maritime Museum Cornwall from 2005-2014 and was appointed as an external expert advisor to audit body the International Oil Pollution Compensation from 2011-2021.

I think my skills from these roles will help me on the board at SLSW.


What do you enjoy doing away from being a trustee?

I exercise regularly. I’m very active and walk,  hike mountains, play golf and used to sail. We’ve traded sailing for a campervan. It’s like sailing but you don’t run aground!


Find out more about being at Trustee at SLSW here.

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