Jan Weston – Chairperson
Jan has been a trustee since May 2013 and is currently our Chairperson. Jan used to run her own accountancy and training business and her range of skills have been a great asset to The Gap. For the first two years of her tenure, Jan held the post of Treasurer and proved instrumental in the implementation of a new accounting system. In 2015, Jan took over as chairperson and continues to provide valuable guidance to staff members and her fellow colleagues on the Board of Trustees.
Andrew Baugh (Secretary)
Andrew is retired having spent his entire working life at Massey Fergusson, however, he has kept himself busy since his retirement by sitting on the Boards of charities and school governing bodies. Having been a friend of The Gap for many years, he joined the Board of Trustees in March 2011 and acts as The Gap’s Health and Safety representative. His extensive knowledge of charity law proves invaluable during board meetings and he is a great source of local information.
Jeremy has lived close to The Gap for the past 10 years and has been a great friend during that time. He became a Trustee in July 2015 and is also the co-leader of the Open House Church which meets at The Gap every Sunday. We occasionally hold Quiz fundraisers and Jeremy is our resident Quizmaster, setting questions which test the most dedicated followers of trivia! Outside of The Gap, he and his wife are dedicated foster carers and have looked after 100’s of children, from tiny babies, right through to teenagers. Jeremy is a medical writer by trade.
Emma Stephens (Deputy Chairperson)
Emma became a trustee of The Gap in April 2015, she has an MA in Social Work and a background in working with women and girls who have been subjected to sexual exploitation. She is now undertaking research in this field whilst working towards gaining her PhD. Emma’s knowledge and experience has allowed The Gap to develop a robust Child Protection policy. Emma also actively volunteers for The Gap with social and fundraising activities.
Helen is HR manager for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and has been a trustee since March 2011. Helen is an invaluable resource as she regularly gives us expert advice in all aspects of HR as well as being involved in the development of our staff members. She is also responsible for supervision sessions with Marcos to ensure the Business Plan remains the key focus.
Jemima became a Trustee in April 2015 and has since been involved in a number of fundraising events to help The Gap raise much-needed funds. Jemima has an MA in social work and has worked in Warwick for the past 7 years as a Mental Health Social Worker. Prior to qualifying, Jemima worked with older adults. Her experience in mental health issues has proved very important over the last 12 months as she has been able to provide her fellow Trustees with valuable advice when dealing with difficult policy-making decisions.
Diane Davies (Treasurer)
Diane has been a Trustee of The Gap since July 2015, being appointed to the post of Treasurer. She has a degree in Business Studies, is a CIMA qualified accountant and has a background working in Finance and IT. Diane uses her knowledge and experience at The Gap to monitor the financial well-being of the organisation by chairing our Finance Committee meetings and working closely with Kate (the Administrator). Diane also actively volunteers at The Gap for social and fundraising activities.
Our youngest Trustee at just 23 years of age, South African born Thato is a regular volunteer Youth Worker and therefore represents the needs of young people on our Board. His infectious personality and positive outlook on life makes him a truly inspiring person to be around and the young people greatly respect him. Thato became a Trustee in October 2014 and since he came on board, has been instrumental in the recent redevelopment of The Gap’s vision, mission, values and logo.
Emily is The Gap’s newest recruit who happened across our advertisement for an IT Specialist Trustee whilst fundraising for The Gap Abseil Challenge in April 2016. After looking at their current website she knew immediately that she could help the team. Keen to get involved with a local community centre and put her skills to good use, she applied and has since re-developed their website and continues to support with internet marketing. Emily runs her own internet marketing consultancy and training company Online Toolbox Ltd and is a part time higher education lecturer, delivering courses to 1st and 2nd year degree students in website design.