Our Patron and Trustee Board Members

Our wonderful Trustees and Patron support us every step of the way. Here’s a bit about each of them – you’ll see exactly how their skills fit together to underpin everything we do.

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Maggie Turner OBE

Patron

Hello, I’m Maggie and I’m very honoured and proud to be a Patron of Hope Support Services. I’m a trained social worker and having worked for a number of years in the Probation Service and as a social worker in the Children and Families Team, I was recruited by Childline to develop its UK-wide schools programme – CHIPS – setting up a peer-led anti-bullying programme and giving Childline a physical presence in UK schools. This is where I first came across Sue (Hope’s founder) whose work with young people greatly enhanced the CHIPS programme. In 2003 I became CEO of the Diana Award, recognising the achievements of inspirational young people, and I was awarded with an OBE in 2010 for services to children and young people.

My belief has always been that children and young people should be the central part to organisations set up for them. They should play a prominent role in all parts of the organisation through setting up youth boards, consultation groups, conferences and as spokespeople at events. That’s why I’m so passionate about Hope and the work that it does to support children and young people, and bring them hope and comfort in dark times.

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Sue Trevethan

Chair and Founder

Sue has an extensive background as a therapist and trainer, having worked with young people since 1994 within Social Services and the Youth Service. She spent many years working with disaffected young people in schools and worked on several projects with young offenders and children in care. Sue also worked in partnership with Childline to set up a peer-support programme within secondary schools throughout Herefordshire.
With this experience and knowledge, Sue founded Hope Support Services. She set about building a strong team of like-minded, passionate individuals with a range of professional skillsets to establish this highly successful and unique service for young people. Sue has always been passionate about a young person’s voice and Hope’s ethos and methods reflect that.

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Sam White

Trustee – Vice Chair and Clinical Lead

Sam is employed by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Lead Nurse for Specialist Palliative & End of Life Care. She has been a registered nurse for nearly 20 years. Whilst she contributes a wealth of clinical knowledge to the board, it is her personal experience that drew her to Hope ten years ago. Her mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 7 and her father died of lung cancer when she was 14. There was no support available at that time, which drives Sam to ensure that there is now.
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Alan Trevethan

Trustee – Financial Director and Treasurer

As a Managing Director with over 30 years’ experience of running companies of various sizes from £2M to £20M turnover, Alan prides himself on knowing where every pound is spent in any organisation he has any responsibility for and believes in the old maxim “look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”.
He ensures that all expenditure and income for Hope Support is fully documented and he also ensures that there is clear policy that Hope does not commit to any expenditure or contract that they do not have the funding to support. Having been responsible for the financial controls within Hope since its inception he continues to work with Hope to ensure good budgeting and cost control and oversees the financial management of the growing organisation including the investment of the charity’s reserves.

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James Greenfield

Trustee – Fundraising

After a 20 year military first career, James Greenfield spent the subsequent 25 years in the not-for-profit sector. After some full time fundraising work, his administrative experience has encompassed charity administration and grant making; he was the Administrator of the E F Bulmer Benevolent Fund (which makes grants to former employees of H P Bulmer and to charities in Herefordshire) from 2004 to 2019. Since 1998 he has been the Secretary of the International Dendrology Society (promoting the study and enjoyment of trees, with 1500 members in 50 countries). Over the years, he was a fundraising consultant to a number of charities in the West Midlands.

James came across Hope in its very early stages, and immediately realised that the concept was different, exciting and thoroughly worthwhile; one to which he could contribute through his experience in funding and fundraising.

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Nick Wardale

Trustee – Schools Lead

Nick has worked in secondary education for over 20 years. He has taught at schools in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire. He has carried out a variety of roles and is currently Head of Year and Head of RE at John Kyrle High School, a large, successful 11-18 community school in Ross on Wye. His experience as a pastoral leader has given him a special interest in organisations that work to support young people through difficult times in their lives. Nick has witnessed for himself the positive impact that Hope has had on teenagers at John Kyrle.
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Adam Jeffery

Trustee – Youth

Adam’s involvement with Hope Support Service’s started at the initial stages of the organisation. Sue invited him to become a member of the Y-Team. At this stage the Y-Team operated out of coffee shops but soon Hope had its first HQ! Adam has fond memories of being a Y-Teamer and ultimately it led him to purse a profession in working with Youth People and Communities (Adam was even an Intern at Hope).
Now, he is the Youth Trustee for the organisation which is a role he can bring professional and personal experience to.

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Rebecca Flecher

Trustee – Secretary

Rebecca has a background in politics and gender, holding a BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Women, Peace and Security from the LSE. She has a passion for the charity sector, particularly working with organisations that tackle inequality and social injustice. She has recently finished a Research and Development Internship at the Humanitarian Academy for Development in Birmingham, the research and leadership hub of the humanitarian charity Islamic Relief. She is currently based in Beirut while working for 3-4 months in Islamic Relief Lebanon’s office.
Rebecca’s position at Hope revolves around logistics and governance. She ensures Hope’s quarterly meetings run effectively and keeps comprehensive records.

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Logan Ryan

Trustee – Digital Lead

Logan has a mainly healthcare background, studying his BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at Liverpool John Moores University before going on to gain a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Warwick. Having previously worked on a number of European Regional Development Fund projects (focusing on medical technology and big data analytics), he now works as the Innovation Project Manager for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN). His role here is in Implementation and Adoption of innovation in the healthcare sector, and helping to ensure that new processes, drugs, devices and services are introduced to regional NHS partners in a safe and efficient manner.
The work Logan does with Hope Support Services centres around the development of the Hope digital service and technologies. As a trustee he provides advice around R&D, Intellectual Property and connecting with regional and national healthcare infrastructure.