Terry first became a Trustee over 38 years ago, way back in 1985 when he was a young family man with two small boys. Living next door to the centre meant he was ideally situated to keep an eye on the setting.
Terry’s career as an Engineering Manager has given him insight into health & safety, building control, people and project management. He is always on hand to support the staff from lending a listening ear to mending 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 services 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 the strength, determination and skills of the fantastic staff will see us through. Families in The Forest of Dean deserve the support we offer. It is a privilege to be involved with such a worthy cause.”
Now semi-retired Terry enjoys the peace and quite of his garden, tinkering with his beloved sports car and spending time with his wife, grown up children and grandchildren.
Consultant Representative for Education
I first became involved with the Children’s Opportunity Centre in 1982 through meeting Ann Smallwood my then Health Visitor and founder of the Centre. I have been a Trustee for over 20 years and still relish the opportunity of working with the Children’s Opportunity Centre team in making a positive difference to the education of local children and their families.
I worked as a teacher in Primary and Special schools and was manager within Early Years and Family Centre provision for almost 30 years across Gloucester, Cinderford and Coleford.
By the time I retired I was headteacher of a large Infant School and Children’s Centre in Stonehouse and I now spend my time working for a children’s charity to support children and young people vulnerable to underachievement. I am a governor of a local Primary school.
I love walking with my two dogs in the Forest of Dean and trying to tame my sprawling cottage garden , learning to fuse glass and spending time with my family … a long suffering husband , two grown up boys and a my two year old grandson .
Consultant Representative for Education
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.
I have been a Trustee of The Opportunity Centre and their Treasurer for three years. I work as a self employed Design Engineer which has given me insight into company accounts.
I first became aware of what a fantastic place the centre is when my son Charlie came to the Nurture Group. He continued to attend the centre through Rising 3’s and Preschool and received fantastic support. Charlie always enjoyed playing and learning with his friends in this inclusive setting until he moved onto primary school in 2019.
In my spare time I like to head into the forest with my family for a run or bike ride.
Consultant Representative for Health
I became a trustee at the opportunity centre 4 years ago, after working as a health visitor in the Forest of Dean for 19 years. The centre has supported many of the families that I have worked with over the years and has made a great difference to both children and parents, it is totally inclusive to all who attend, and there is always a warm welcome.
When I retired, I wanted to continue to support this great centre, so I 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 is very busy. We take frequent trips in our motor home, discovering some beautiful parts of Britain. Go on lots of lovely walks with our very active young Labrador Mali and enjoy caring for our 5 grandchildren. When at home there is plenty of gardening to do!!
Consultant Representative for Human Resources & Law
I became a Trustee of the Centre after my grandson attended. He received such wonderful support at a time when, as a family we so desperately needed it. I thoroughly endorse the centre and the amazing inclusive atmosphere and support it gives to children and families alike.
I have had a long career in the charitable sector having been CEO of the local Citizens Advice Bureau and now as Operations Manager for Victim Support Gloucestershire. I am also on the Board of the Forest Health Forum. I have a degree in psychotherapy and in my spare time I run a local pantomime and enjoy singing and acting.
I am very proud to be a Trustee of The Opportunity Centre.
I have been a trustee since 2016. I was asked to be a parent representative, Sonia and the staff helped Jack to find his voice and to communicate! The help they gave us as a family, not only with the communication side, but also knowing he was safe with his various allergies gave me such a peace of mind!
We are a football mad family, nothing better than sat watching a match on a weekend!