If you would like to join our team of trustees, please take a look at the role description below.
Cmdr Robert Cribb MBE, RN (Retd)
Commander Robert Cribb MBE RN (Retd) (Chair) joined the Royal Navy in 1968 and retired in 1995. From 1992 to 2010 he was Officer in Charge, the Joint Service Housing Advice Office based within the Military Headquarters at Wilton. He was awarded an MBE for his services to housing homeless ex regulars in 2005. He was appointed Chairman of Church Housing Trust in March 2015.
Leann Hearne is Executive Director of Care and Support at The Riverside Group and is one of the Riverside Care and Support nominees onto the board of Church Housing Trust. She presently sits on two Divisional Boards within the Riverside Group and has held Non-Executive Director roles within the wider housing sector. She was previously Director of Operations within the care sector and has a background in the commercial sector, including as Managing Director of an international manufacturing business within the construction sector.
Elizabeth Toher is a successful Senior Programme Manager and Director with Toher Associates, and has worked across a number of organisations including The Cooperative Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and KPMG. She is highly experienced at the development and deployment of business information systems, especially in the finance industry.
Christopher Daws is a chartered accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He was the financial and deputy secretary of the Church Commissioners for England until his retirement at the end of 2006. He was a trustee of Action for Children until 2011 and is chairman of the Action for Children Pension Fund. He has been a member of the Board for Actuarial Standards and the independent member of the audit committee of the Charity Commission. He is a trustee of The Share Foundation and CUBC Foundation.
The Ven. Dr Colin Hill
The Ven. Dr Colin Hill was formerly Archdeacon of West Cumberland, Chairman of the Board of Social Responsibility and Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Carlisle. Before that he was extensively involved in the development of a church-sponsored network of social housing projects in Telford. He maintains his commitment to social concerns locally by serving as a Chairman of the Board of a county housing association.
Elizabeth Wilson is Director of The Work Playground, a coaching and leadership development organisation whose aim is to build purposeful leaders and outstanding teams in organisations who want to make a difference. Liz has a background in sale and general management within publishing, retail and distribution and has been a charity Trustee and school governor for over 16 years.
Anne Parker CBE
Anne Parker was Director of Social Services for Berkshire before becoming the Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency. After chairing the National Care Standards Commission, she renewed her interest in Social Housing by joining the Board of Riverside Care & Support, where she saw the value of the work of Church Housing Trust for homeless and vulnerable people.
Revd Preb. Graham Earney
Revd Preb. Graham Earney has been an Anglican priest for 45 years with ‘hands on’ experience of homelessness issues for more than a quarter of a century. He was a member of the Riverside Care and Support board until May 2015, having held regional chairmanship roles for its predecessor, English Churches Housing Group.
Mark Bolton has a colourful history in both fashion and music. Following this rock’n’roll lifestyle he ended up in rehab and moved into supported housing. He first joined Riverside Care & Support’s board as an observer in 2011, then became a non-executive Director. He has faced homelessness personally, which helped inspire him to join Church Housing Trust’s board in 2016.
Richard Jacobs was Director of UK Marketing for international advertising agency Kinetic when Church Housing Trust was chosen as Kinetic’s Charity of the Year 2016, and was instrumental in organising a charitable bike ride and other activities that in total raised more than £70,000. He then decided to join the Trust’s Board and continue to support their work helping homeless people.
John Glenton is the Executive Director of Care and Support at The Riverside Group and is one of the Riverside Care and Support nominees onto the board of Church Housing Trust. John took over as the Executive Director in April 2016, following three years as Director of Operations. John shares a long history with Church Housing Trust as his career working within the homeless sector began in 1987 with Church Housing Association. He has held various front line and management roles over the years covering business development, strategy, and operations.
Looking for Trustees
We are always looking for new members to expand our Board of Trustees in new directions. The need for our help is increasing and we have an ambitious plan to double our income and the grants we give to individuals over the next five years. We are looking for new trustees to join our established Board, and help us to achieve these goals. If you want to make a difference to the lives of homeless people, please consider becoming a trustee. We are particularly looking for people with financial, legal and marketing experience. The position is not remunerated, but reasonable expenses are paid. Trustees come from across England, and the Board meets four times a year.