“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.
"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 have a background of 20+ years in the Manufacturing/IT Consultancy Business, working across the UK and EMEA as a Senior Consultant, and ultimately as Talent and Leadership Manager.
I now work in private practice as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and, along with other commitments, volunteer as a Counsellor for BTHC, enabling a very clear understanding of the needs and benefits of this service.”
Fay has been a Trustee of Beyond the Horizon Charity since Feb 2017.
"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 25 years 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.
"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.
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 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 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.