The people who govern Hope
The people who govern Hope
Our wonderful Trustees and Patron support us every step of the way. Here’s a bit about each of them – you’ll see exactly how their skills fit together to underpin everything we do.
A word from our Patron, Maggie Turner OBE
Hello, I’m Maggie and I’m very honoured and proud to be a Patron of Hope Support Services. I’m a trained social worker and having worked for a number of years in the Probation Service and as a social worker in the Children and Families Team, I was recruited by Childline to develop its UK-wide schools programme – CHIPS – setting up a peer-led anti-bullying programme and giving Childline a physical presence in UK schools. This is where I first came across Sue (Hope’s founder) whose work with young people greatly enhanced the CHIPS programme. In 2003 I became CEO of the Diana Award, recognising the achievements of inspirational young people, and I was awarded with an OBE in 2010 for services to children and young people.
My belief has always been that children and young people should be the central part to organisations set up for them. They should play a prominent role in all parts of the organisation through setting up youth boards, consultation groups, conferences and as spokespeople at events. That’s why I’m so passionate about Hope and the work that it does to support children and young people, and bring them hope and comfort in dark times.
Our Trustees and Board
President and Founder
Sue has an extensive background as a therapist and trainer, having worked with young people since 1994 within Social Services and the Youth Service. She spent many years working with disaffected young people in schools and worked on several projects with young offenders and children in care. Sue also worked in partnership with Childline to set up a peer-support programme within secondary schools throughout Herefordshire.
With this experience and knowledge, Sue founded Hope Support Services. She set about building a strong team of like-minded, passionate individuals with a range of professional skillsets to establish this highly successful and unique service for young people. Sue has always been passionate about a young person’s voice and Hope’s ethos and methods reflect that.
After a 20 year military first career, James Greenfield spent the subsequent 25 years in the not-for-profit sector. After some full time fundraising work, his administrative experience has encompassed charity administration and grant making; he was the Administrator of the E F Bulmer Benevolent Fund (which makes grants to former employees of H P Bulmer and to charities in Herefordshire) from 2004 to 2019. Since 1998 he has been the Secretary of the International Dendrology Society (promoting the study and enjoyment of trees, with 1500 members in 50 countries). Over the years, he was a fundraising consultant to a number of charities in the West Midlands.
James came across Hope in its very early stages, and immediately realised that the concept was different, exciting and thoroughly worthwhile; one to which he could contribute through his experience in funding and fundraising.
Zinnia has taught in Herefordshire and Worcestershire for the past 20 years and is currently working as the Director of Pastoral Care at an independent girls’ school, where mentoring young people forms a large part of her role. A passionate advocate of each young person’s right to good mental health, Zinnia has welcomed the opportunity to work closely with educational and medical teams to promote youth wellbeing.
In addition to her teaching role, Zinnia has been a School Governor and is the founder of an Educational Wellbeing Collective which offers schools in the Three Counties an opportunity to share good practice pertaining to pastoral matters. Recently Zinnia organised an online Festival of Wellbeing aimed at 14 – 25 year olds.
Trustee – Vice Chair and Clinical Lead
Sam is employed by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Lead Nurse for Specialist Palliative & End of Life Care.
She has been a registered nurse for nearly 20 years. Whilst she contributes a wealth of clinical knowledge to the board, it is her personal experience that drew her to Hope ten years ago.
Her mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 7 and her father died of lung cancer when she was 14. There was no support available at that time, which drives Sam to ensure that there is now.
Trustee – Financial Director
After gaining an Economics Degree and working in industry, Julian set up his own marketing and business development consultancy. Over the next 25 years, Julian built this up to become market leader in its field. After selling the company, Julian wanted to use his experience to help others. He realises the importance of helping younger people through difficult times, which will help them for the rest of their lives. Julian is also a Trustee of a local charity offering alternative education to 14-18 year olds. In his spare time, Julian also has a farm and plays a range of racket sports.
In his role as Finance Trustee, Julian is responsible for making sure that all monies are properly accounted for. He oversees the financial budget for Hope to ensure that expenditure is only incurred when the charity can afford it. Julian makes sure that all donations are wisely spent and in keeping with their stated aim. He also understands the importance of Hope maintaining an appropriate level of reserves at all times.
Trustee – Schools Lead
Nick has worked in secondary education for over 20 years. He has taught at schools in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire. He has carried out a variety of roles and is currently Head of Year and Head of RE at John Kyrle High School, a large, successful 11-18 community school in Ross on Wye.
His experience as a pastoral leader has given him a special interest in organisations that work to support young people through difficult times in their lives. Nick has witnessed for himself the positive impact that Hope has had on teenagers at John Kyrle.
Trustee – Secretary
Rebecca has a background in politics and gender, holding a BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Women, Peace and Security from the LSE.
She has a passion for the charity sector, particularly working and volunteering with organisations that tackle inequality and social injustice. She works as a Trainee in Regional Programmes at Islamic Relief Worldwide, a humanitarian and development charity with its headquarters in Birmingham.
As Secretary, Rebecca ensures Hope’s quarterly meetings run effectively and takes comprehensive minutes.
Trustee – Digital Lead
Logan has a mainly healthcare background, studying his BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at Liverpool John Moores University before going on to gain a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Warwick. Having previously worked on a number of European Regional Development Fund projects (focusing on medical technology and big data analytics), he now works as the Innovation Project Manager for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).
His role here is in Implementation and Adoption of innovation in the healthcare sector, and helping to ensure that new processes, drugs, devices and services are introduced to regional NHS partners in a safe and efficient manner.
The work Logan does with Hope Support Services centres around the development of the Hope digital service and technologies. As a trustee he provides advice around R&D, Intellectual Property and connecting with regional and national healthcare infrastructure.