PROMISEworks’ Trustees

Robert Peto (Chair)Robert Peto - is a chartered surveyor who has been working in the commercial property world in the UK and abroad for 46 years. During 10 years as Chairman of DTZ UK he was responsible for a staff of about 2000 in 16 offices. He involved the company in Business in the Community and godfathered the charitable giving programme. In addition to his leadership role at DTZ, he was Global President of RICS in 2010 – 2011, a member of the Bank of England Property Advisory Group from 2007 to 2011, and Surveyor to the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers from 1997 to 2016.

He is currently chairman of two publicly-quoted property companies, a non-executive director of several private property companies/vehicles including Bath & West Enterprises Ltd. a subsidiary of the charity, The Royal Bath & West Society.

He lives near Glastonbury, and is married to Sue, who is a mentor with Route 1,an Independent Visitor and an Advocate. They have two adult sons, both of whom work in the creative world.

Linda BarnettLinda Barnett  I retired from the post of Director of Social and Children’s Safeguarding for Somerset County Council in 2012 where, alongside many other responsibilities I chaired the Children’s Safeguarding Board.

I trained as a social worker at Sussex University from 1974-76 and held a wide range of fieldwork and management in Haringey and Somerset during a career spanning almost 40 years. Before taking up my final post, I set up Somerset’s Youth Offending Team.  In 2007 I was awarded the MBE for services to Youth Justice Child Protection.

I have been involved with PROMISE from the outset, having been instrumental in making the very first bid to set it up. I am also a longstanding trustee of STAR and currently its treasurer.

I live in Combwich.  I’m a keen gardener and sing in the Combwich Community Choir.

Kev O'DonnellKev O’Donnell  (Treasurer) -  I took early retirement in 2013 after a general management career within the aerospace industry.  Too old for football, too young for bowls  and with a phobia for gardening, I turned to the voluntary sector for inspiration.

After working as a volunteer buddy with local lads I discovered PROMISE and trained as a mentor in 2014.  I have since joined the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board as a Community Member and very much enjoy being involved in the wider aspects of nurturing our young people and helping them  to fulfil their full potential.

When not volunteering I am usually to be found helping out with my local football team, watching the Wolves or bopping to Northern Soul music.  As they say, you can take the lad out of Wolverhampton….

lucy martinLucy Martin – I have been a civil servant for all of my working life and a Promise mentor since 2013. My work involves helping vulnerable people, including children and young adults, and I sit on many of Somerset County Council Statutory boards.

I believe every child deserves a chance to achieve their aspirations and welcome the opportunity to support some of them on their journey. I am orignally from Tewkesbury but moved to Birmingham as a child. Since 2006 I have lived in Somerset with my two children, both of whom are now grown up. I enjoy the countryside and taking my Labrador, Addis on long walks.  I also enjoy gardening, cooking and live music.


Maddy ConwayMadeleine (Maddy) Conway – I have 36 years’ experience as a Social Worker, in London and the South West, specialising in Children. In the last 17 years I have worked specifically with disabled children and for 15 of those years managed a Team. An awareness and knowledge of Safeguarding is essential to the role.  I have delivered Safeguarding training to a variety of professionals and volunteers.

I also work for the Criminal Justice Department with Vulnerable Witnesses, working closely with Police and Courts, mainly in relation to Safeguarding issues.