Becoming a mother, very quickly showed Hilary that the one size fits all approach does not generally work with young children. After a brief experience with state school she was blessed to be able to teach her daughters at home until they were old enough to join their brother in the school which their church had opened.
She is a great believer that every child deserves the very best that we can give in terms of love, encouragement and time, not material things. And if some children need something extra or something out of the ordinary then we should do our best to provide it.
Hilary is an active member of Living Rock Church and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow into individuals as her own children have done.
Stephen is an experienced CEO, Director, Non-Executive Director, Chairman, Trustee and Author
He grew up in his father’s business before going on to starting his own. He developed his business interests into a small group of companies before moving on in the late 1980s to start an academic career. Stephen’s university roles each encompassed business engagement and he has spent the last 25 years working with many private, public, and third-sector organisations to address their challenges and opportunities. This has involved diagnosing organisational issues and putting together wide-ranging packages of support, from short term interventions to medium and long-term development strategies. Over those years he has worked on multiple assignments ranging across corporate governance, strategic analysis development and implementation, change management, leadership and management development, succession planning, recruitment and selection, new product development and total quality management initiatives.
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The experience that I bring as a trustee is mainly related to my professional background. Until two years ago when I retired, I worked as a social worker for forty years. For most of this time I was employed by Leicestershire County Council and have worked with a variety of service user groups over the years.
I have a number of years experience working with Children and Families and supporting children in need, children in foster care and children on the Child Protection Register. For the last twenty years I was involved in Adult Services, for the most part in the County Transitions Team, where my role was to support young disabled adults leaving special needs schools across Leicestershire and those placed outside of the county. Along with professionals from other agencies, I completed comprehensive assessments of their social, educational and health needs and worked in a person- centred way to identify suitable placements and activities and sometimes accommodation for them when they left school. Most of these young people had severe learning disabilities and some had complex health or communication needs.
I have been involved extensively in obtaining funding particularly for high-cost or bespoke packages of support.
I have had a lot of experience in supporting parents with disabled teenagers in planning for their future. I have a sound knowledge of various physical and learning disabilities, complex health needs and behaviours which can be challenging.
I worked closely with professionals from statutory agencies but also from the private and voluntary sector. I was familiar with a wide range of resources for disabled young people across the county and was involved in considering risk factors relating to staffing levels and equipment.
I think that I can use this knowledge of young people with disabilities to enable me to bring a worthwhile contribution as a trustee to The Father's Heart Youth Ranch. I have a great deal of empathy for children and parents in difficulty and distress and especially as a committed Christian, am able to support the ethos and goals of the Ranch.
Originally from the North east of England, I have lived in Leicestershire for over 30 years. I am married with two grown up sons and two young grandchildren.
Children of all shapes, sizes, temperaments and needs have filled my working life as a teacher and school leader. I have always sought to give all the children in my care as many opportunities as possible to be the best that they can be in all spheres of their lives. Since retiring I now continue to enjoy supporting children’s development through my work with Father’s Heart Youth Ranch.
I also enjoy the additional opportunities that retirement brings to spend additional time with my family and friends, to travel, and to support various activities at Living Rock Church in Stoney Stanton, where I have been a member for many years.
"I've been 'into' horses all my life, and been blessed to even own my own.
Having always been involved in children & youth work via church, it's my joy to combine the two, being a volunteer at The Father's Heart Youth Ranch, and recently becoming a trustee.
I am married to Glyn with two grownup children who live in the South. Most of our married working life has been together in a business started from scratch, an Audio Visual company, whose role is to supply and install into churches & education, plus the DJ industry. "