Our trustees

Ridgeline Trust is the working name of the charitable company which is limited by guarantee, incorporated on 12 May 2003 and registered as a charity on 15 September 2003 under the formal title of “East Reading Horticultural Therapy and Community-Based Training Ltd”.

The directors of the company are also charity trustees for the purposes of charity law, as stated in the company’s Articles.

Current trustees

Sara Uren (Chair since 2021) – over 20 years’ experience of working in voluntary and public sectors in a variety of roles including advice, administration and volunteer management. She was appointed Trustee in November 2017. Since becoming Chair in 2021, she has assumed the lead on governance, contracts, personnel and staffing.

Ros Richards – joined Ridgeline on her retirement from the University of Reading, where she was Head of the International Study and Language Institute, with extensive experience of leading and motivating teams to achieve successful implementation of programmes. She was appointed Trustee in November 2017 and assists the Charity with business development planning and making funding applications.

Margaret Osborne – over 21 years’ experience in management and volunteer roles.  She was appointed Trustee in November 2018 and assists the Charity with publicity and with managing the Friends scheme.

Stuart Donald – over 25 years of business experience gained in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as an Executive Manager and Board level Director. Stuart was appointed as a Trustee in 2022 and is also a volunteer supporting Ridgeline clients on a weekly basis.

Jane Ruse – joined Ridgeline on her retirement after 20 plus years in a global HR role within the private sector. She initially joined Ridgeline as a volunteer and was appointed as a trustee in 2022.


Gillian Charles – a qualified accountant, Gillian supports the trustees in her role as Treasurer, which she took on in 2019.