About us Who we are Trustees and Patron Veryan Johnston, MBE. Veryan was appointed as a Trustee Director of Vindolanda Trust in April 2016 and is currently a member of the Staffing Committee for the Trust. Veryan is an experienced HR Director. Her early career was spent in the water industry and more recently in Higher Education. She was Executive Director of HR at Newcastle University for 17 years until December 2015. Veryan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Veryan continues to work with institutions in HE as a coach, mentor and consultant. She is also a Trustee for Hadrian Learning Trust and Newcastle University Development Trust.