Meet the Trustees
Sue Bradshaw, Chair
I live in Abbots Langley where I grew up and went to school. I am married to Colin, and we have two grown up children, James and Katie. Both children went to Rickmansworth school and are graduates of Cardiff university- as am I. I started my career in the NHS as a student nurse, moving to pathology and headed up the Learning Quality Centre of Excellence for GSK. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Fun fact Christmas is a themed event in the Bradshaw household, previous years include pirates, James Bond and the Oscars! I am a former governor of Rickmansworth School and previous treasurer of Abbots Langley JMI School.
Keith Fletcher, Treasurer
I spent my working career in the oil business and was fortunate to spend a significant amount of time living and working in other countries and being exposed to many different cultures. Not long after I retired I went to a Home-Start fundraising event with my wife who, at the time was a Home-Start volunteer. In a conversation with the Scheme Manager I offered to help to write the business case for a charity shop and from there on in I couldn’t get away! I became Treasurer and have spent many happy hours counting the money in and counting the money out. I am very fortunate to be a part of Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers service to the community.
Simon Boulcott, Trustee
I have lived in Watford and Three Rivers for thirty years with my wife Pauline and our two children were born and educated locally. I joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and was elected to the Chair in 2015. I have 35 years business experience having worked in the financial services sector which I left in 2013 to set up a consultancy business. I am currently working in the Social Housing sector helping with business and people strategy, I am also on the Governing body of a Further Education college.
Vikki Molloy, Trustee
I have been a Home-Start family volunteer for five years, and during that time have supported a number of families with a variety of needs. I have two teenaged children and, as well as my involvement with Home-Start, I am volunteer Citizens Advice Bureau advisor and run my own decluttering business. Prior to having a family, I was a civil servant, where I worked in a number of roles, which including working on legislation at the Home Office and having responsibility at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for the National Lottery Charities Board (now the Big Lottery Fund).
Georgina Sturmer, Trustee
I’ve worked in all sorts of places, from the trading floor of an investment bank to a charity recruitment agency. More recently, I spent a number of years working for a small firm that brings together businesses and charities, for mutual benefit. I took some time out to start my family, and contacted Home-Start to follow in my mother-in-law’s footsteps as a volunteer for the charity.
I am passionate about the work that we do to support local families, and I play a dual role as a volunteer. I am a Trustee, and also a Home-Visiting volunteer. This gives me a unique perspective on the organisation, and I love being part of the Home-Start ‘Family’.
Phil Brading, Trustee
I grew up in Northwood Hills. A graduate of Imperial College, London, my early career was in engineering with British Aerospace and the Ford Motor Company, before taking a job with the Canadian High Commission, where I worked for many years.I am married to Jane. We lived in Lancashire and then Essex before moving to Croxley Green with our two daughters, Jenny and Helena in 1984. They’re both now married with families of their own and we have four lovely grandchildren. In 1986 I became a Three Rivers district councillor in Croxley Green, a position which I held until I stood down in 2018. I have also served as a school governor and Croxley parish councillor at various times. I have been associated with Home-Start since 2008 when I joined as a volunteer.
Clare Leahy, Trustee
Originally from Harrow, I have lived in Watford for the past 14 years, with my husband and our two boys whom attend school locally. I first heard about Home Start when I first became a parent and I was impressed by the support the charity provides to local families.
My professional experience spans over 20 years working within the Health and Social Care sector in both charities and the private sector. I have a breadth of experience in supporting adults with Learning Disabilities, managing residential care services, roles in Learning and Development and Volunteering within the sector.
Chisom Jide, Trustee
Simone Collins, Trustee
I have lived in Stanmore for over 30 years and am married to Simon, and we have two grown up children. A few years ago I stepped back from practising as a corporate lawyer in the local area for over 15 years to spend time on causes close to my heart. I became involved with local and national charities focussed on social mobility and literacy. I have gained experience in setting up literacy and mentoring programmes as well as supporting fundraising efforts for local community based and school charities. I am passionate about working within the local community to provide hands on support to families.
Julian Lipton, Trustee
I have lived in Rickmansworth all my adult life, am married to Gill and we have two daughters that both go to school locally. I manage a business which delivers sport facilities to communities across the UK. I first heard about Home-Start in the local press, called to find out more and the rest is history! I am a Trustee and home-visiting volunteer and it’s humbling to be involved with so many special people all trying to make a difference within our community. I am football mad (Arsenal season ticket holder!), love 80’s music and play drums in a band.