The policies of the Fund, as administered in line with the Trust Deed, are determined by a body of Trustees who are unpaid. The Trustees have a variety of experience and skills to assist applicants in difficulty, including a solicitor, present and past senior managers, union officials, and external appointees.

The Trustees of the Fund 

Chair:  Dale Haddon

David Blake
Ernie Dudley
Graham Hadfield OBE
Chris Littlejohns
Richard Poole
Bryan Roberts
Pauline Vickers
Alan Wiltshire TD
Eddie Phipps
Shaun Davis
Mel Tomlin
Ian McKnight



A Profile of Phil 

Phil BowermanPhil Bowermanlives in Cambridgeshire with his wife Mandy. They have been married for 41 years; have two daughters and four grandsons. Phil joined the Post Office as a Postal and Telegraph Officer in 1971 and within a couple of years became involved in his local Union branch activities and progressed at area and regional level. During his time at CWU Headquarters he occupied a number of roles ending up as Head of IT. Shortly after arriving at Communication Workers Union headquarters, Phil became more actively involved in the work of the Rowland Hill Fund and 12 years ago was invited to join the Trustee Board.

"I look back, with pride, at the part I played and the many things we achieved over the years. The Post Office has played a huge part in all our lives over the years and the hard work and dedication of its employees should never be forgotten. That is why the Rowland Hill Fund, and its sister charity, the Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution (POOBI) are so important.

It was a great privilege to be appointed to the Trustee Board and although I find the role can be quite saddening, it is also very rewarding. When we see colleagues having to cry out for help with even the most basic of things, I find it hard to believe that in a country with so much wealth there is still a need for organisations such as ours. The reality of the times, however, cannot be ignored and at least we are there as a safety net to help out members of our "family" in times of need. Thank goodness for the Rowland Hill Fund!"