Our Board of Trustees play an invaluable role as we build for the future; supporting individuals and the Swale voluntary and community sector to thrive and flourish.
John Baker – Chairman
I have had a long career in management positions based around training and HR provisions for a number of private sector organisations. In addition to these jobs I also worked part time as a lecturer at Mid Kent College, teaching about Manufacturing Technology. Since 1978 I have always undertaken a number of voluntary positions including acting as a Governor at two Medway schools, Chairman of Young Enterprise Boards and Chairman of Kent Approved Training Organisations. In 2004 John took over the role as Chairman for Swale Community and Voluntary Services, where I continue to this day.
I have 14 years experience working across the public, private and Voluntary and Community Sector. I have led on multi-million pound regeneration projects targeting deprived communities and the delivery of early years, family support and family health related services targeting child poverty. In business I oversee the management of two early education settings, a mobile childcare business and a children's workforce recruitment agency. I am also proud to be a founder of the Family Food Bank service that provides support to families in crisis.
I have spent the last 22 years in leadership positions in both public and private sectors, working for Whitbread and within the secondary education sector. I also work part-time and voluntarily for an international children's charity and several national Christian charities focussed on social inclusion and cohesion.
I believe that this combination allows me to successfully bring business 'head' skills and experience together with a charitable and voluntary 'heart' position which closely reflects the ethos and mission of Swale CVS.
I am a retired bank manager, who followed this up as a marketing director of a local regeneration charity and then undertaking project management for Medway CVS. Now I am an associate hospital manager within the mental health service of East Kent Hospitals Trust and a trustee of local charities including SYDF.
I still retain interest in financial matters but the wellbeing of those disadvantaged by health, physical or mental is now my priority. During my husband’s term of office as Mayor of Borough of Swale I was able to meet many of the local groups within Swale and this engendered further interest in helping organisations benefitting the community particularly those without guaranteed funding.
Swale CVS Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NU