Volunteer Centre & Community Transport Coordinator
Volunteer Centre Volunteer
Deputy Chief Executive
Administration & Marketing Officer
Volunteer Centre Volunteer
John worked as a GP in Redditch for over 20 years and a then a few years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS). After retirement he was a Justice of the Peace in the adult criminal and family courts. He has been involved in Redditch One World Link(ROWL) Emmanuel Church at the Ecumenical Centre, Redditch, YMCA Worcestershire, Redditch Children’s Centres’ Advisory Board, Redditch Interfaith Group, and Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcomes Refugees (BRWR). Outside Redditch he is on the board of a charity supporting a rural hospital in Sierra Leone where he worked for a few years in the seventies and have visited several times again recently.
Dr Benjamin Costello FRSA (Vice Chair)
Ben is a Research Fellow and Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham with experience working across the Health Services Management Centre, Institute of Applied Health Research, and Department of Philosophy. His current research interests and engagements are in applied moral philosophy, mental health, and FGM. He was an Associate and Advisor to the Mental Health Policy Commission, whose final report ‘Investing in a Resilient Generation: Keys to a Mentally Prosperous Nation’ he co-authored and launched in Westminster in July 2018. Ben passed his PhD viva voce in December 2018 and is a current Fellow of the RSA.
Andy Hopkins (Treasurer)
Karen manages Home-Start North East Worcestershire, an independent family support charity based at Community House working exclusively with Worcestershire families who may be needing support for a wide array of reasons. These may include mental health, domestic abuse, disability and many other difficulties. They help these families to tackle whatever issues they may be facing whilst offering a supportive and friendly approach which is almost exclusively delivered via the help of volunteers. As well as being a trustee of BARN she is also a trustee of Community House, Redditch.
Jenny has spent her career as a governance specialist, most recently in the further education sector at Heart of Worcestershire College. Other roles include company secretary of the West Midlands Museums Council and Professional Services Manager at ‘ICSA: The Governance Institute’, of which she is also a member. Jenny has personal experience of volunteering, as she was a volunteer advisor at Bromsgrove Citizens Advice Bureau for a number of years.
Yvonne Rendell (Chair)
Yvonne is an experienced manager and consultant with particular expertise in all areas of business change management and ICT related management. Areas of business specialisation include Higher Education, Central & Local Government, Housing Management, Property Management, Payment Management, Defence, Logistics, Manufacturing, Retail and Utilities. She runs her own consultancy company, and has acted as project manager and consultant for clients such as the University of Westminster, University of the Arts London, and the Learning and Skills Council. She is an active member of Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcomes Refugees and Churches Together in Bromsgrove.
Geoff has been Head of Children and Families at YMCA Worcestershire since 2011, where he manages alternative education, Foundation Learning, early years and childcare , volunteering, youth and community activities and mental health and emotional well-being. Specific projects include National Citizen Service, Talent Match and Prison Family Support Service. Geoff is an experienced and successful assistant director in Educational and Children’s Services. He offers stability, continuity, leadership and management. He has proved himself highly skilled in transforming underachieving services, in offering inspirational leadership and successful change management. Prior to this Geoff was an assistant director Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Children’s Services. As an assistant director he has successfully led school reorganisation programmes and implemented capital improvement projects including the management of private finance initiative programmes.