“I have been involved with Beyond the Horizon since 2006, as a volunteer Counsellor and occasional admin support. Since we became Beyond the Horizon Charity, I’ve been the Chair of Trustees. I retired after enjoying 30 years of teaching and I am also a Samaritan at the Birmingham Samaritans.”
Alan has been Chair of Trustees 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
"I am both an independent Counsellor and an Accredited Play Therapist; I specialise in working with clients who have a diagnosis of Autism. Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked for as a primary teacher and SENCO with qualifications in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Language and Communication Difficulties, I worked in various educational settings in Birmingham for over 29 years, the last 13 of these was spent in the Communication/Autism Team as a specialist teacher and area manger.
I am currently completing an MA in Integrative Counselling at the University of Manchester. The focus of which is counsellor’s attitudes to working with clients with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome.
I have been involved with Beyond the Horizon Charity for many happy years as a voluntary play therapist/counsellor and more recently joined the board of trustees."
Sara has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2017.
"I am a third sector management, recruitment and funding expert and I managed corporate fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital from 2007-2014. I have managed a national business programme (community investment, inclusion and diversity etc) and founded Gamma Talent, a specialist recruitment and consultancy agency focussing on the Third Sector in the Midlands. I am volunteer Co-Chair of ThriveBrum, a Business Ambassador for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and I’m involved in the management of Harborne Hockey Club.
Living locally, I have been aware of the work by Beyond the Horizon Charity for a number of years. When I was 6, my Dad suddenly died, and I think ultimately the underlying reason as to why I’d like to be a Trustee is because I have an understanding of loss as a child and I’d like to support the amazing service BTHC provides."
Fidelis has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since October 2018.
“ I’m a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and have worked in finance, sales and commercial teams over the last 20 or so years.
I have worked for Eon, Accenture, Deloitte and other blue-chip companies around the world, as well as being Finance Director for a local challenger brand.
In 2018, I moved to Highways England as a Divisional Director, leading on forecasting, decision support and financial analysis across the company.
The experience and expertise that I bring to Beyond the Horizon Charity includes accounting, forecasting and financial modelling, sales and budgeting, and MI functions.
I live in Solihull with my wife Cressida and daughter Molly. I like eating out and going to the gym (I am more successful at the first one).”
Scott has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since Nov 2019.
“I have 14 years experience of the charitable sector and understand the financial and regulatory pressures that are associated with this field of work. I presently work at Birmingham City Council in a transformation programme that will affect the landscape for social care and, ultimately, funding for charitable projects. My professional background also includes the fields of disability, HR, education, childcare, and the NHS and this breadth of professional experience, alongside the personal aspect of being a mother to two children, I feel will benefit the work of Beyond the Horizon Charity. I firmly believe in the work of this charity and look forward to my time as a Trustee.”
Elaine has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since January 2019.
"I am a senior finance professional with board level experience across many sectors and an extensive background managing complex solvent and insolvent acquisitions and subsequent stabilisation programmes. My previous board roles include residential care for young adults with complex needs arising from autism, residential care for young females who have suffered from CSE and the trading entities of a large local hospice. I also spend a lot of my free time managing a junior football team!
The last few years have been particularly challenging on a personal level with a number of deaths to family and close friends and I’m looking to help soften the impact for others in whatever small way I can."
Toby has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since Nov 2019.
Sajda is the Director of SB Training and Consultancy, where Sajda leads on offering consultancy to organisations looking at service design and delivery, setting up and facilitating focus groups and interviewing individuals and presenting back findings to stakeholders.
Sajda at present is working as project lead for a new service following a successful award from the National Lottery Community Fund for a project built on recommendations from extensive research on a South Asian Mental Health research Project funded by Clinical Commissioning Group. Sajda has proven herself as an expert communicator – able to tailor delivery to the audience-respond to feedback and maintain her focus on the purpose of the communication.
Sajda has over two decades of experience in early years and family support sector and the mental health sector ranging from advocacy, delivering well-being training and more recently business development through coaching and mentoring she set up her own independent consultancy in 2012.
Sajda develops and delivers bespoke training packages for voluntary and statutory organisations and has experience working with schools, community and local government agencies, building an extensive network over the last 8 years of delivering training.
Sajda is a National trainer for Mental Health First Aid England as well as I independently delivering all Adult and Youth Products and also holds a license to deliver Emotional First Aid, and more recently has become a Suicide First Aid Tutor.
One of Sajda’s many professional achievements is her work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Pakistan where she delivered training to multi agency teams alongside parents as partners,
Sajda enjoys reading and quality time outdoors.
Sajda has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since September 2020.
“ From a very early age, I have experienced my own personal losses and family separation, which has made me want to help other families who have had similar experiences. I am proud to have worked in Birmingham’s charitable sector for the past 20 years.
"I am currently employed by a perinatal mental health charity as their Business Director. I joined Acacia 13 years ago and have led the growth of the organisation from a small self-help group, to a citywide organisation employing 25 members of staff and supporting over 600 families per year. In my role, I oversee strategic development, financial, fundraising, national partnerships, HR, and marketing functions. I am a passionate advocate for the VCS sector and the positive impact charities can have across Society.
"I am inspired by the mission of Beyond The Horizon and am excited to become a Trustee.”
Vicki has been a Trustee for Beyond the Horizon Charity since January 2021