“I have been involved with Beyond the Horizon for over 8 years, as a volunteer Counsellor and offering occasional admin support and for the last year I’ve been Chair of Trustees for the new charity. I am a Samaritan at the Birmingham Samaritans, having retired after enjoying 30 years as a teacher.”
Alan has been Chair of Trustees since Feb 2014.
“I set-up Beyond the Horizon in October 2003 and am now the Chief Executive Officer [and Trustee] of Beyond the Horizon Charity. I have the privilege to lead the work of Beyond the Horizon and its staff and volunteers and am responsible for the day to day operational management of the charity. I work therapeutically with young people and adults for the Charity. I have over 12years experience of working with bereaved families and have worked as a professionally qualified counsellor since 1999 working with children, young people, adults and couples.”
Jeanette has been CEO and a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2014.
Rev'd Debbie Collins
Debbie has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since November 2016.
"My husband has been in ministry for 22 years and in our current church I have served 3 terms on the deaconate (leadership team). The role also holds the title of 'Trustee' and I feel that I have a good understanding of the responsibilities involved in this.
I worked in the voluntary sector for 10 years, at Stepping Stones, which has given me a good insight into governance and how the voluntary sector operates".
Vivienne has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2014.
“I am an employment tax specialist. I started my career with HMRC and since 2000 have worked at KPMG. I have previously been a school governor and also worked with Birmingham Action on Homeless which is a charity dedicated in helping the socially disadvantaged back into employment. I live in Solihull.”
Colin has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2014.
"I am employed by Beyond the Horizon Charity as a Senior Practitioner, working therapeutically with children on a one to one and group basis and as Head of Service, assisting with the day to day running of the charity. I have over 15 years experience of supporting children and their families and have seen first hand the importance of offering support to families with emotional needs. I am currently undertaking the necessary training to become a qualified Play Therapist.”
Jenny has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2014.
"I Grew up in Hall Green and moved to Bournville when my mother remarried. I left school at 16 and started working for Lloyds Bank in Birmingham and London. I worked for Cadbury Schweppes from age 21 for 25years and left when my girls were young. I spent 10 years in the education system so I could have all school holidays with them. My husband left us when the girls were 4 and 8, when I met Jeanette. My daughter used the service provided by Beyond the Horizon and found it useful. I have just left my daughter at Falmouth University to study a Masters in Advertising. My younger daughter is in her last year of A levels. I work 2 days a week for an estate agent showing people around properties for sale/rent. I like cooking which has become more of a challenge recently with my eldest daughter becoming a vegan. I have elderly parents living nearby, my mother is suffering with dementia and I also have a couple of lodgers. I like to renovate houses, my last project was 13 years ago and I feel like I'd like to do another one! Julie has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since September 2016.
“I live in the Tyseley area of Birmingham and have 3 grown up sons and 3 grandsons. I recently retired from full time work having spent nearly 41 years working for the Inland Revenue/HMRC as an executive officer. I am a Christian worshipping at my local church where I am involved in various activities. I am also the treasurer of the local scout group and help run a weekly lunch club for elderly people.”
John has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2014.
Reverend Paul Nash
"I was previously the chair of BTH's advisory group. I have worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital since 2002, and has been Senior Chaplain since 2004. I am also Director of Red Balloon Resources: for paediatric daily, palliative end of life and bereavement care for children, their families and staff. I am co-convenor of the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network (GB&I)and have an academic post for a day a week lecturing on working with children, families, community and young people and am the convenor of the Grove Youth Series of booklets."
He has written several books including "Supporting dying children and their families". He is married to Sally, enjoys playing golf, holidays in Cornwall and blogs. Paul has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2014
“Having been a secondary school teacher (I am now retired) and having had a lifelong involvement in various charities and community ventures, I am really pleased to be part of Beyond the Horizon because it does such valuable work with children and young people.
Charities need to have Trustees as a legal requirement, but I think it’s important that the Trustees are prepared to roll their sleeves up and get involved in whatever needs doing to support and advance the organisation, and I look forward to doing that."
Pam has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since June 2015.