All our Trustees/Directors are volunteers (i.e. they 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 Project.
Chair of Trustees – Ann Holmes
Ann has lived in Bromsgrove for over 40 years and was a biology teacher in a Redditch school. She was an active member of a county-wide group dedicated to improving all aspects of education in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Ann has been a school governor of three local schools, and chairperson at one of them. 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’. This included listening particularly to the views of young people from the ‘looked-after’ sector. During this time she became a founder member of North Worcestershire Basement Projects. 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. She has lived in Bromsgrove for 35 years, where she brought up her three children. Before retirement she worked for 10 years with the Family Support Child Protection Team, and in Social Care in Bromsgrove and 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 Project in 2006.
Operations Director – David Morgan
David’s background is in Business Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Analytics. He has been a business consultant 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 County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme in Worcestershire, a voluntary Ranger on the Birmingham/Worcester canal, 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 Project since 2011.
Finance Director – John Perks
Originally from Kidderminster but now living in Foxlydiate, Redditch, John 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 employer. He joined the Basement Project in 2012.
Safeguarding Directors – two directors have responsibility for Safeguarding:
Sheila has a lifetime of experience in Guiding. She was a member of the Girl Guide Association as a Brownie, Guide and Sea Ranger and later as a Guider in all three sections. On retirement, she started a Toddlers’ Club and joined the 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’. She was the first Chairperson and has remained a Trustee/Director ever since. She also has experience in a ‘hands-on’ capacity, having worked as a volunteer for several years. She was 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 now include gardening, singing in a church choir, running the Toddlers’ Club, watching cricket and rugby, and enjoying her six grandchildren.
Lindsay joined the Board in 2013 and has a background in marketing, communications and organisational development within the Voluntary Sector. Formerly a managing editor of a national charity magazine, she later focused on communications, training voluntary sector organisations in marketing and communications. She works at present for Worcester Volunteer Centre and CVS as Sustainability Development Officer, where she supports groups as Funding Advisor and as Investing in Volunteers’ quality standard Advisor for NCVO. She helps The Basement Project with its digital media.
Other Trustees (without special responsibilities):
Hilda is one of the original founders and directors of The Basement Project. Now retired from her job in Education, she became a Lay Minister of St John’s Church in Bromsgrove in 2013.
Sheila has lived in the area for over 25 years and, prior to having three 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 that include embroidery, patchwork and quilting.
Anthony is a Councillor at Worcestershire County Council, where he is heavily involved with sustainability and waste disposal. He is a SFEDI qualified small business adviser and is currently working for several projects. Anthony also runs a website design and ICT Consultancy company called Striding 2 and is working on several heritage projects with Community Heritage in Birmingham.
Jean has been associated with the Project since its early conception and worked as the administrator for a while. Jean joined the board of directors shortly after this and continues to support the Project. Jean is an active member of Bromsgrove community and works in a local middle school.
Robert has practical skills that are very useful with a historic building to look after, and also leadership skills from his days working with the scouts. He undertakes voluntary work with NewStarts in Bromsgrove, where he helps to refurbish furniture.
Rod is a serving District Councillor.
Chief Executive Officer – 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 Project since 2005. She started as an administration assistant before becoming the Office Manager, and is now Finance and Administration Manager. Her main responsibilities involve keeping the charity’s accounts in order, working on funding applications, maintaining operational statistics as well as general office administration. Carole also plays active roles in the Finance Group and Governance Review Group.
Senior Youth Support Worker – Marina Benton
Marina has worked at the Basement Project since 2007, initially as the Private Tenancy Scheme co-ordinator before moving on to becoming a full time floating support 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 Project she has built strong working relationships with other agencies.
Youth Support Worker – Barbara Bunce
Barb joined the Basement Project in 2013 and has a range of experience working with young people. She recently returned to live in Worcestershire after a time working in Bristol. Her last role was in a hostel providing high level need support to vulnerable adults and she has previously worked with NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and homeless young people.
Youth Support Worker – Nina Mozolakova
Nina came to work as a volunteer at the Basement Project in 2010 while she was finishing her degree in social work. She applied for a vacancy for a new paid floating support worker which she was offered in 2012. Nina has a lot of experience in the area of homelessness with young people and is passionate about supporting young people.
Youth Support Worker – Amy Harbon
Amy joined us in May 2015. In the past she has been an instructor in PHSE in a school in Birmingham, run youth clubs, and been involved in schools work, and faith-based church work. She has previously been a volunteer at the Basement.
Amy is currently on Maternity Leave.
Youth Support Worker – Laura Brown
Laura is part funded by ourselves and part funded by The Axis Project in Wyre Forest. She is supporting young people in Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest. Laura grew up in Worcestershire and previously worked supporting gypsy and traveller families and as a youth worker in Kidderminster.
Youth Support Worker – Kennedy Adams
Kennedy joined us as a temporary support worker to cover Amy’s maternity leave. Kennedy, who is from Redditch, was previously a healthcare assistant for young disabled adults.