Caroline Horrill

Caroline is a business graduate of the City of London and Thunderbird International Management School, Arizona.

Caroline’s background is in consumer marketing. Over 20 years she managed brands for some of the world’s biggest advertisers including Pfizer, Unilever and Cadbury Schweppes. Her most recent role was as a Marketing Consultant. Previously she was the Marketing Director responsible for Cadbury’s non-chocolate portfolio.

Caroline has been a member of Winchester City Council since 2014 as the ward member for Wonston and Micheldever and has been involved in her local community for many years as a parish councillor, Churchwarden and as a volunteer at the village community shop.

Caroline was born in the New Forest and so is very familiar with Hampshire and has lived near Winchester with her family since 1993.


James Fillingham
Deputy Chairman

James is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he has worked for 25 years.  He is an ICAEW qualified accountant. James currently leads PwC's Transaction Services business and has experience of many sectors and industries.  In particular he coordinates various of PwC's global relationships with private equity investors, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. 

Prior to becoming a trustee and deputy chair of Youth Options in 2011, he was chair of trustees at Dreamwall, a charity specialising in working with looked after children.  He worked closely with Youth Options prior to the merger of Dreamwall and Youth Options in 2011.

He studied Accountancy and Economics at Exeter University.  He lives just outside Farnham in North East Hampshire with his wife and two children.


Richard Coleman

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Richard joined Exxon in 1974 in the Controller's Department of Esso UK's Refining and Marketing Division as a financial analyst.  He has had extensive financial experience in Exploration and Production, Refining and Marketing, International Marine and Chemicals businesses and has held various key managerial and executive positions in these areas.  As well as assignments in the UK, Richard has worked at Exxon's Corporate HQ in New York.

Richard retired from Exxon Mobil in 2009 and is currently Treasurer of Citizens Online and a Trustee of Youth Options and Shipwrecked Mariners Soc .  He is married with 3 grown-up children and lives in a village near Winchester.


Lucy Varcoe

Lucy’s career has included investment banking at Goldman Sachs, corporate social responsibility at Business in the Community, and youth development work at Raleigh International. 

Lucy studied geography at Cambridge University, and was until recently the Chair of Trustees for Manda Wilderness Community Trust, a small charity in Mozambique, as well as being a trustee of Youth Options. Lucy re-trained in Garden Design at Sparsholt College and is now a garden designer.   She lives near Winchester with a husband and 2 daughters.


Roy Perry

Roy Perry is the Former Leader of HCC and has been a member of HCC since 2005 representing the Romsey Rural Division

Prior to joining HCC in 2005 he was a member of the European Parliament from 1994-2004; initially elected to represent Wight and Hampshire South, covering constituencies from Winchester to Portsmouth. Subsequently he was MEP for the SE Region

Roy was a member of the Parliament’s powerful Budgets Committee and was Budget Rapporteur of the Education and Culture Committee directly responsible for a budget of €600m

He was Leader of Test Valley Borough Council from 1985-1994

On Hampshire County Council he served as Leader 2013 – 2019 and was Executive Lead Member for Childrens Services 2010-2013. For 6 years he served on LGA Children and Young People Board Chairman 2013-2016 and continues to represent LGA on the Soulbury Committee for Youth Service

Currently a Trustee of Hampshire Cultural Trust

He read Economics and Politics at University of Exeter and by profession was for 20 years a lecturer in Politics and Administration.

He lives just outside Romsey on the edge of the New Forest. He has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. His younger daughter Caroline Nokes MP is chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Women and Equalities

Sue De Salis

Sue De Salis

Sue has been involved with Youth Options for several years as the charity’s Fundraising Vice President. She is therefore familiar with the charity and very supportive of its work. Her background is in the law, having worked for many years at a leading international law firm. She has now retired from her legal career and is involved in the tourism industry.

Sue studied law at Cambridge University and then joined international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she became a partner, specialising in corporate tax law. Sue was also involved in management aspects, including as head of department, taking a particular interest in staff recruitment, mentoring and motivation and was also Trustee of the firm’s staff pension scheme. After retiring from the firm, Sue undertook some legal consultancy work, including for Bond Dickinson (now Womble Bond Dickinson).

Sue is now a professional “Blue Badge” qualified tourist guide for the South Central region of England, taking huge pleasure in guiding visitors around some of the lovely and fascinating sites in our area. She lives in Winchester with her family and two dogs.


Karen Dagwell

Karen qualified as a geography and history teacher and taught in London secondary schools for 28 years. She then became headteacher of a large secondary school in Southampton and consequently moved to Winchester. Following her retirement from this role, Karen continued to work in education as Associate and then Regional Leader for PiXL – Partners in Excellence. This involved visiting secondary schools regularly in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Jersey and Guernsey and working closely with headteachers and senior teams.

Karen is now a qualified ‘Green Badge’ tourist guide for Winchester and is Chair of the local Winchester and Area Guides Association. She is also a Winchester Cathedral Guide.

Karen is married with one grown up son and lives in Winchester with her husband and very naughty Cairn Terrier.

Hayley Straker

Hayley Straker

Hayley completed her degree in Culture and Politics at the University of Roehampton in 2005 and started a career in retail buying the same year. She has a total of 16 years’ experience within the DIY retail sector across a variety of commercial roles and is experienced at setting corporate strategy, creating & tracking budgets and vendor management.

She has been with Kingfisher for 11 years and  after spending 6 years within the B&Q buying team she moved to a centralised role within the group overseeing the category specific range development across 8 operating companies.

Originally from London she now resides in Romsey with her partner and 3 daughters and is has also been Trustee for Test Valley Citizens Advice Bureau since December 2020.