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Our Trustees


Our Trustees

Our trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic focus of the charity, ensuring that it remains true to it’s stated purpose and values. Like all our volunteers they are unpaid and give freely of their time.

James Sharp
Chair

I have been Chair of our remarkable trustee body since 2020; I am so proud of my fellow trustees and our many, many volunteers. To do all we do without a single paid member of staff is remarkable.

I work as a part-time community Church of England Vicar doing things like University Chaplaincy and Interfaith work, also helping lead a community choir called Local Vocals, based with children and family members of Linwood School. I am also a B&B co-owner with my wife Andi (I cook the breakfasts, she actually runs the place); both of which serve as a therapeutic mid-life crisis since our 3 grown up children have moved away!

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David Clayton
Vice Chairman

For more than 20 years David has been the Managing Director of a German company’s UK subsidiary, that specialises in the automotive sector. He joined Hope for Food in 2017 as a volunteer, subsequently joining the Trustee board as Treasurer and more recently as Vice Chair.

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Mary Duncan
Operations Manager

Mary is a retired secondary school teacher who, together with husband Eddie, joined the charity in 2017. Since then they have been involved in all aspects of Hope for Food. She is currently Operations Manager with particular responsibility for the unit which is the logistical hub for all the charities activities. Mary also looks after publicity for Hope for Food and she gives many talks to local schools, businesses and community groups as well as media interviews.

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Pauline Stevenson
Treasurer

Pauline works full time as a Branch Manager for a high street bank, and has 36 years experience in the banking industry.  When her children were younger she was a school governor and the Treasurer for the local community rugby club. She started volunteering with Hope for Food in 2018, when she and her branch team came along to help pack Christmas food hampers. Having learnt how much the charity did to support the local community she continued to volunteer and became a trustee in 2019.

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Sandy Smith
Community Liaison

Sandy began volunteering with Hope for Food in 2018 doing a bit of everything, having previously volunteered with a big national charity. Prior to that she spent over 20 years working in the Life Assurance industry the majority of which was spent handling customer complaints. Sandy enjoys watching and participating in sport and has recently been introduced to ladies softball cricket which she finds great fun.

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Brian Sutherns
Homeless Liaison

Brian is a full time project manager delivering road and rail infrastructure projects in his day job. He joined the Charity in 2018 as a volunteer and became the Homeless Liaison Trustee in 2021. His role is to ensure the delivery of twice weekly community meals supporting clients who are either homeless or in supported accommodation. Brian also represents the charity on the Homeless Partnership, working with multiple agencies in the BCP area to provide additional targeted support to those with specific needs to ensure their wellbeing.

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Lesley Watt
Secretary

Lesley is a retired Marketing Communications professional with over 30 years experience in the Financial Services sector and has also run a small craft based business which developed from a passion for all things creative. She joined Hope for Food in 2021 and began volunteering at both the unit and at community meals. After taking on an administrative role and learning more about what makes the charity tick and how vital a role it plays locally, Lesley became Secretary and Trustee in 2022 and also oversees the charities website and social media.

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