Sarah Kelly, Chair of Trustees
Sarah has been involved with Early Years education throughout her student and working life and was involved from the very beginning when founder Sheenagh Davis, MBE set up HOPE in 1998. Sarah was appointed Chair of the Board in 2017 and has supported the Trustees as interim Chair at times during her time on the Board. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of Early Years is used in her role as Ofsted nominated Trustee.
Gill Tait, Vice Chair
Gill is a dentist by profession and has lived in Bromyard for over 25 years. For most of that time she has practised as a dentist in the town and brings her knowledge and experience of working in Health to the Board. She and her husband both work locally and they have a grown up family. Gill was appointed Vice Chair of the Board at our annual AGM in November 2018.
Ian is a Qualified Management Accountant and is Finance Director of Caldwell Hardware Ltd. During his time as a Trustee, Ian has worked on a number of the board’s sub-committees, mainly focusing on financial aspects for the charity, and holds the post of Treasurer.. He lives with his family in Warwickshire.
Janet Pearce-Higgins trained as a primary school teacher at the Froebel College in London before teaching for 18 years in London and abroad. Subsequently she obtained a Diploma from the Dyslexia Institute in London. She returned in 1995 to the family farm outside Bromyard, with her four children and husband. She has been active in a number of local organisations and was for 10 years a Town Councillor, including 2 years as Mayor of Bromyard.
Janet is a nurse by profession having specialised in adult and paediatric intensive care. From a management role at the Department of Health and various Authorities in the West Midlands she subsequently became a senior lecturer at Aston University Management School and Birmingham University. She retired as Chief Nurse and Director of Operations at Hereford Hospitals and now takes on various voluntary roles. Janet lives with her dog Sherrie in Ullingswick where she is visited frequently by her grown up family and grandchildren.
After studying at Edinburgh University, Jeanie worked as a freelance journalist in Turkey and later in London for the European public affairs company EPPA. She worked in London & Brussels and Eastern Europe, helping businesses (mainly) understand the processes of the European institutions. After living in Paris, she moved with her family to Herefordshire, close to where her husband grew up, and took on the vineyard established at their home. Jeanie is the Chair of the Buildings Sub Committee.