Terry, our Chairman first became a Trustee over 38 years ago, way back in 1985 when he was a young family man with 2 small boys. Living next door to the centre meant he was ideally situated to keep an eye on the setting. Terry’s career in Engineering Management has given him insight into Health and Safety, building control, people and project management. He is always on hand to lend an ear or mend a burst pipe.
In 2006 Terry became Chairman of The Trustees, he says
“The centre is a very special place where all children thrive and grow. The service’s we offer are unique and the support we receive from the community shows how valued the charity is. We have faced many challenges over the years, never more than the operational and financial complications bought about by Covid-19. However I am positive that the strength, determination and and skills of the fantastic staff we have will see us through. Families in the Forest of Dean deserve the support we offer. It is a privilege to be involved in such a worthy cause.”
Jon has been a trustee of the Opportunity Centre and our treasurer for three years. He works as a self-employed Design Engineer which has given him an insight and experience of company accounts.
Jon and his family first became aware of the centre is when their son came to the Nurture Group. Their little one continued to attend the centre through Rising 3’s and Preschool.
Jon says ” Our family received fantastic support always and my son enjoying playing and learning with his friends, until he started school in 2019, and we’re delighted for his brother to be starting a the Preschool soon.” In his spare time Jon likes to head into the Forest with his family for a run or bike ride.
Sue first became involved with the charity in 1982 through her Health Visitor and our founder Ann Smallwood, Sue has been a Trustee for over 20 years and still enjoys working with the team at the centre to make a positive difference to local children and their families.
Sue worked as a teacher in Primary and Special Schools and was manager within Early Years and Family Centre in the Forest of Dean and Gloucester for almost 30 years. This wealth of knowledge and experience is invaluable to The Centre.
Now retired, Sue spends her time working for a children’s charity to support children and young people who are vulnerable to underachievement. She is also a school governor. In her spare time she loves walking her dogs, gardening and spending time with her family
Liz has been a trustee for over 20 years since her daughters attended The Opportunity Centre as babies. With a professional background in primary education, she is passionate about early years development and inclusivity for all children.
A keen gardener, Liz spends much of the year outdoors, loves to travel – her favourite places are Cuba, Thailand, and Sri Lanka – and relishes time with her husband, three daughters and two cats.
Sue became a trustee in 2017, after working as a health visitor in the Forest of Dean for 19 years. The centre supported many of the families that she worked with and made a great difference to both children and parents.
Sue Says ” The Centre is totally inclusive to all who attend, and there is always a warm welcome.When I retired, I wanted to continue to support the charity, so becoming a trustee fitted me well. I have also enjoyed attending some stay and play sessions to offer mums support with babies and sleep issues.”
Retirement for Sue is very busy. She takes frequent trips in her motor home, with her husband, discovering some beautiful parts of Britain, there are lots of lovely walks with their Labrador Mali and she enjoys caring for their 5 grandchildren.
Catherine have been a trustee since 2016. She was asked to be a parent representative on the board of Trustees when Sonia and the staff helped her son Jack to find his voice and to communicate!
Catherine feels that the help they received as a family gave them peace of mind. The center not only guided Jack with communication skills, but also provided reassurance that Jack’s various allergies were always considered, meaning the family felt he was well looked after. Catherine, Jack and the rest of the family are a football mad and there is nothing better for them than sat watching a match on a weekend!