The Board of Trustees are a well established team who are committed to solving issues of debt and possible homelessness for local families. They possess a wide range of business skills and expertise which include; Charity and Company Management, Finance, Homelessness Issues, Family and Children’s Social Care and Business acumen
Rafe has worked in a variety of businesses over the last 40 years and currently advises companies on the best fit of the personnel and elements of their business. Team coaching and individual goal setting are major elements of his current work. In the past, Rafe was the Chairman of Fountain Housing Association from 1985 to 1991, which has now amalgamated with Knightstone Housing Association. Rafe has worked as a Financial Director and IT Consultant and brings a variety of business skills and knowledge to DHA.
Prior to DHA being established, Jean campaigned to establish a Housing Aid centre to advise people on their rights and help them to prevent homelessness. She has been a Trustee since DHA was established and has been Chair since 2001. Jean previously worked for Derby City Council Social Services and was involved at a high level in the protection of vulnerable children. Jean’s interest in preventing homelessness began at an early age, as her father dedicated his working life to helping homeless people, and in turn she has been involved in campaigning work for over 35 years.
Arwel became a Trustee of DHA in April 1996. His first involvement in homeless services was over 30 years ago, within the statutory sector as a front line manager of a 70 bed direct access Hostel. Following the closure of the hostel he continued to work within the statutory sector in a regional/national capacity where his role included co-ordinating the transfer of certain single homeless services from direct management by Central Government to that of the Voluntary sector. In 1996 he transferred to the Voluntary sector where he worked for a large support provider with interests in London, The Midlands and South Yorkshire. Arwel had area management responsibility for a diverse range of services to vulnerable people in Nottingham City, Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. Interests include rugby, football and gardening.
Paul became an Executive Trustee in 2008. After forty years in the Hospitality Industry Paul moved to Derbyshire, following his retirement as Chief Executive of a Berkshire based Hotel company. During his career he has worked and resided in various overseas countries. Paul has a commitment to help people who are homeless or in financial need, and to working with them to find ways forward from their situations.
Alan has served as a trustee since 2003. He has a skilled background in antique clock and watches restoration, which led him into establishing a successful events management company specialising in antiques fairs. Alan was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Derby Daybreak, and has used his business and event planning skills to raise funds and organise various local charitable events. He has personal homelessness experience as a child and is passionate about services that prevent children from suffering homelessness and poor housing conditions.
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