Our Team


In addition to our wonderful team of volunteers we currently have the following staff team

Chief Officer – Tracey Elmore

Tracey joined Fusion Maidstone in August 2013. She is responsible for the day to day running of the centre and all aspects of running the charity; in particular finance, HR and health and safety.

Community Projects Co-ordinator -Annie Palmer

Annie joined Fusion in September 2018 and is responsible for co-ordinating projects that benefit the immediate community of Park Wood, but also the surrounding areas of Maidstone.

Volunteer Cafe Shift Leaders- Val Baker and Steven Cunningham

Our cafe is run by an all-volunteer team led by Val Baker and Steven Cunningham. Their role is to supervise all aspects of the cafe including food preparation, customer service and volunteer supervising.


Donald Wright – Chairman

Don joined Fusion as a Trustee in May 2013 before becoming chair in April 2019. He had spent 37 years in High St Banking and retired in December 1999. Since retirement he has carried out various roles including being a Non-Executive Director with the NHS. He has for also for 20+ years been the Chair of a local Secondary School. Don is now trying to work towards a quiet retirement but is still hands-on with helping the centre’s facilities work effectively.

Matt Burton

Matt has been a trustee at Fusion since 2016, shortly after being elected as a Borough Councillor for Park Wood, where the HLC is situated. He lives locally and also works for a Marden-based, family-run medical equipment manufacturer.

Gary Cooke- Safeguarding trustee

Gary is the Kent County Councillor for Maidstone South East which includes Park Wood. He actively supports the Park Wood community and has supported and helped to instigate a number of community based initiatives.

Ian Pearce

Ian joined the trustee board in 2015 because he felt that at his age he could help the older residents. He was a founder member of South East Maidstone Active Retirement Association based at Heather House for 11 years, and was elected chairman for 7 years up until he resigned in October 2017. The club was very successful with 200 members most years. It was a very pleasant and rewarding position dealing with and helping retired members from the age of 55 to 90+.

Lynne Selman

Former NHS executive director since 1999, holding posts in Bromley, West and East Kent areas. Since retirement in 2008, she has been active as a Trustee truestee in several health-related charities and also holds positions in a local rotary club and Leybourne church. She is married with two to adult children and four grand-children. Lynne currently lives in Leybourne Near West Malling.

Tad Taberer

Tad has been a Trustee at Fusion since 2015. His day job is CEO of Maidstone Community Support Centre charity. He has worked in the charity sector since 1992, starting with working with people who have learning disabilities and mental health barriers, and now in his current position