Scheme Manager – Kerri Flanagan
Senior Co-ordinator – Michelle Steadman
Co-ordinator – Shabana Amin
Co-ordinator – Vanessa Slade
Group Co-ordinator – Angela Schofield
Family Support Worker – Rachel Gordon
Senior Administrator – Emma Franks
Admin Assistant – Vicky Wilde
Our Trustees have legal responsibility for the charity and employ the staff team. They set our strategic direction and oversee the work we do. Our Trustee board consists of:
Alan is married to Christine with 2 children and 4 granddaughters.
He has spent over 45 years working in the insurance industry gaining experience in management, sales, contract negotiation, personnel and administration and wanted to ‘put something back’. Alan joined Home-Start Kirklees as a Trustee in 2011 and has been Chair since 2015.
When not enjoying his family or being involved in Home-Start any spare time is given up to walking, holidays, going to the theater and cinema, reading, playing golf (not too good!), singing with Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society, having an allotment and Alan also has an interest in history through Marsden Historical Society.
Lynda spent her working life in what has now become Department of Work and Pensions. After many years in the benefit areas, she spent some time in finance and fraud, before becoming a management consultant which she considers the human equivalent of WD40! She has a lot of experience in project management from feasibility to evaluation and hopes some of this experience can be used to support Home-Start Kirklees’ activities.
Outside work, she has 2 daughters, five grandchildren and a neurotic dog – all of them well past Home-Start’s target age range. Fortunately, she has a reasonably good memory. She is pleased to have the opportunity to help other families get a helping hand when it’s most useful.
David Mason – Treasurer
BSc (Hons 1), ACMA, FBCS, FIMC, CEng
David has lived in the Holme Valley for over 50 years. He is married with two grown sons. He has been a director of several companies with over 30 years’ experience at board level in both the public and private sectors. His career took him all over the world working for a large international consultancy and other international organizations such as the UN, USAID and the European Commission. He has significant experience of both in the UK and abroad of improving business systems’ economy, efficiency and effectiveness and can demonstrate making savings in excess of £30 million per annum. He joined Home-Start in 2016 as our Treasurer.
Anna is retired, with a background in nursing, health visiting and lecturing. In 1999 she was working as a senior lecturer in child protection at the University of Huddersfield half time and also working as child protection manager for Huddersfield Health Trusts.
A number of her senior colleagues across other agencies (social care, probation, education and police) met together to discuss how best to support families with young children who were stressed and struggling for a number of reasons but who were not considered to be in need of intensive social care support or child protection services.
Home-Start was one of the options discussed and that is how Home-Start Kirklees was born. Anna has been a member of the management committee, a trustee and a member of a number of sub committees since that time. It has been hard work at times but continues to be immensely rewarding.
Jane isn’t from Yorkshire, but has been living here long enough to qualify as a Yorkshire woman! She has lived in Holmfirth for the past 16 years and raised two lads there. They’ve left home now, although they do seem to appear and empty the fridge on a regular basis, so Jane decided she wanted to do something that would help other people’s families.
Jane has been a librarian all her adult life, spending much of that time as a children’s librarian – give her half a chance and she’ll still tell you a story or sing you a rhyme. She currently manages a number of libraries in Kirklees. She is always keen for a cup of tea and a chat!
Vanessa Stirum joined Home-Start as a trustee in 2016. She worked in the probation service for 25 years and has been working as a divorce mediator across West and South Yorkshire for the past 10 years.
This has been combined with non-executive roles in the NHS stretching back to 1992, her most recent being a lay member of greater Huddersfield GP commissioning group. This gives her a good understanding of the current funding landscape.
On a personal level Vanessa is married and lives in Almondbury with her husband. All her children are grown up and she now has three grandchildren who she is lucky enough to see on a regular basis which is keeping her very fit! Vanessa believes Home Start has a bright and exciting future thanks to the fantastic contribution made by staff, trustees, volunteers and families.
Born in Lincolnshire, raised and educated in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the son of a miner, Arthur has lived in Yorkshire for the past 40 years. He has worked in social care for 37 years in a variety of roles including childrens residential services, youth offending, group work, social work and social care management. He have also Lectured at Thomas Danby College, Leeds and Bradford College. Arthur is a qualified social worker and manager gaining both qualifications in Bradford.
He has been committed to improving children’s services and ensuring children and families have the best possible support in their lives. In providing training, he has tried to ensure that workers continually improve their knowledge and practice, this includes student social workers as practice educators. Arthur’s own interests are his family, travel and sports.
Katie Sharp is a solicitor specialising in residential property. Having worked in the industry for 10 years Katie has a wealth of experience and in depth knowledge of the residential property industry.
Katie is an Enterprise Advisor for Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership where she works with schools and young people equipping them with employability skills they need to support and inspire their career aspirations. Katie is a keen runner and regularly participates in events on behalf of her local running club, Denby Dale Athletics Club. She is also an England Athletics Assistant Coach where she helps coach the junior section of the club.
Married for 31 years to Jonathan, she is a mother of three energetic grown up children and now a grandma to a young grandaughter.
Toni first began volunteering with Home Start on the Wirral when her youngest child started school. Toni has a background in both early years and the BBC. As a people person she felt it the best way for her to ‘give something back’. She never imagined just how involved she would become over the years!
As the scheme expanded Toni trained as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. She also came to realize that families often needed even more practical support than Home Start could give them, and with others with a similar vision, set up and ran, alongside her Home Start visiting, The Besom in Wirral, a local Christian organisation which sought to match local giving to local need. She worked very closely with families and statutory and voluntary agencies to try and improve home conditions by encouraging others to give skills, time or things.
Toni’s husband’s job brought them to Kirklees three years ago. In her spare time she loves upholstery classes, exploring the countryside and spending time with friends and her expanding family.