All our Trustees/Directors are voluntary (i.e. work on an unpaid basis). They come from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of skills required to run an organisation like the Basement.
Chair of Trustees – Ann Holmes
Ann has lived in Bromsgrove for over 40 years and was a biology teacher at a Redditch school. She was an active member of a county-wide group dedicated to improving all aspects of education in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and has been a school governor of three local schools, chairman at one for many years. Once retired she served as a County Councillor, chaired the Children and Young people Sub-committee and was closely involved with the implementation of the Government’s “Quality Protects Initiative” and particularly listening to the views of young people from the ‘looked-after’ sector. During this time she became a founder member of the North Worcestershire Basement Project. She also became a Trustee on the Board of the local CAB and a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Council (now Community First). After her County Council service she was appointed a Non-executive Director of Redditch and Bromsgrove PCT where she remained until reorganisation in 2006.
Vice Chair of Trustees – Christine Lewis
Christine is originally from Birmingham where she worked in Sales, Advertising and Marketing but has lived in Bromsgrove for 35 years where she has brought up her 3 children. Before retirement she worked for 10 years with the Family Support Child Protection Team, Social Care, Bromsgrove/Redditch with 10 – 16 year olds and their Families and later with the Community & Education Team. She has also worked for Mencap (people with Learning Disabilities) and Coventry Churches Housing Association (on shared ownership housing). Christine is a trained Counsellor and has worked in a voluntary capacity with both Cruse Bereavement Care and Victim Support. Apart from the Basement Project work she is a Member of Manresa Link Spirituality Group (an Ecumenical Organisation) giving ‘Retreats in Daily Life’. She became a Trustee with the Basement in 2006.
CEO – David Morgan
David’s background is in Business Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Analytics. He currently runs his own business consultancy and support service (Meandi Business Services Ltd – www.meandi.me.uk) and was previously the International Business Director for an American supplier of high tech communication aids for people with speech disabilities, running the UK company, which he took from start up to become the market leader, and with responsibilities for distribution in Europe and Australasia. He has been a main Board Director of the British Healthcare Trades Association and is currently chairman of the Speech Aid Sector. He is also the Publicity Officer for the National Gardens Scheme in Worcestershire, a member of MENSA, a Methodist Lay Preacher, and a published author. A Bromsgrove High School ex pupil he has spent most of his life in this area and has been a Trustee/Director of the Basement since 2011.
Finance Director – John Perks
Originally from Kidderminster but now living in Foxlydiate, Redditch, John recently retired as Finance Manager for a subsidiary of an international group of companies which specialises in the provision of financial services to other businesses. He has previously worked with Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland subsidiaries, and a large automotive organisation. He now also works as a volunteer with the National Trust, Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways), and is a trustee of the pension scheme of his former employee. He joined the Basement in 2012.
IT Director – Carl White
Carl is an IT professional who worked as part of the IT support team in the UK office of a large multi national company specialising in disability products until 1998 when he started to specialise in high tech computerised communication aids for people with speech difficulties. In this position he supported clients who used the products together with speech professionals around the whole of the UK and also trained and supported distributors in Germany, Holland and Australia in terms of both the product operation, maintenance and repair. He was also responsible for the company communication systems, working closely and linking to the parent corporation in America. He currently lives in Stourbridge and is studying for a qualification in data base programming.
Safeguarding Director – Sheila Collins
Sheila has a lifetime of experience in guiding being a member of Girl Guide Association as Brownie, Guide and Sea Ranger followed by being Guider in all three sections until retirement when she started a Toddlers Club and joined Trefoil Guild. She worked for Worcestershire County Youth Service for 15 years . In 1999 with three other Youth Workers she founded Bromsgrove Youth Homelessness Forum, which later became known as “The Basement Project” of which she was the first Chair and has remained a Director ever since. She also has experience in a “hands on” capacity having worked as a Volunteer for several years. She has been awarded by Rotary International, The Paul Harris Award for “Service to the Young People of Bromsgrove”. Sheila worked in the Dairy Industry, before retiring to have her three daughters. Her interests these days include gardening, singing in a church choir, still running Toddlers, watching Cricket and Rugby and enjoying her six Grandchildren.
Other Trustees (without special responsibilities):
Sheila has lived in the area for over 25 years and prior to having 3 children was a District Nurse in Sussex. As the children grew older she was a voluntary youth worker with Worcestershire County Council at a ‘help and advice’ centre in Bromsgrove. In 1999 she was a founder member of the Bromsgrove Youth Homelessness Forum (The Basement Project) and its first treasurer and has been a director since. She has also worked as a volunteer within the organisation on and off for several years. Sheila is also a supporter of the NSPCC being on the Bromsgrove Fundraising Committee . Her interests also include ‘stitched textiles’ and she belongs to several groups ranging from embroidery to patchwork and quilting.
Operations Manager – Jackie Hooper
Jackie’s passion for supporting, enabling and advocating on behalf of young people led her to become another of the founder members of The Basement, having already worked with young people for about 20 years. She has been involved in youth service, outreach, youth centres, the youth enquiry service, schools, behavioural support, sexual health advice and also peer mentoring. Jackie has lived in Bromsgrove for 30 years and enjoys keeping fit and gardening.
Finance and Admin Manager – Carole Hill
Although originally from Yorkshire Carole has lived in Bromsgrove for over 20 years and qualified as an accountant at Raleigh in Nottingham. She has worked at the Basement since 2005. She started as an administration assistant before becoming the Office Manager, and now Finance and Admin Manager. Her main responsibilities are keeping the charities accounts in order, completing and submitting funding applications, maintaining operational statistics as well as general office admin.
Outreach Support Worker – Marina Benton
Marina has worked at The Basement since 2007, initially as the Private Tenancy Scheme co-ordinator before moving on to becoming a full time outreach worker. She is trained in counselling and is a Mediation practitioner. She enjoys the challenges of working with many diverse and complex needs and is passionate about young people being given a voice. During her time at The Basement she has built strong working relationships with other agencies and helped raise awareness of homelessness in local high schools
Outreach Support Worker – Nina Mozolakova
Nina has worked for the Basement for some time as a part time voluntary support worker before applying for a vacancy for a new paid Outreach Support Worker which she was offered in 2012. Nina has a lot of experience in the area of homelessness with young people.
Basement Drop In Team Leader – Lance Crabb
Lance has 10 years experience of youth support work and joined The Basement Project’s Drop In service in 2007. Originally recruited as the youth worker for workshops and activities, he is now the team leader and focuses on the delivery of support for the young people who access the service. In the past Lance has been involved in many youth projects and areas of working with young people in the county, including running youth centres in Catshill, Bromsgrove and Redditch and being a detached youth worker to work with young people who spent most of their time on the streets or in parks.