Catherine Johnson | Chairperson
My name is Catherine and I live in Bourne with my partner of 17 years and I have two girls, now in their teenage years. I have been self-employed as a Strategic Business Development Consultant for nine years. I have been involved with mental health, well-being, charity work and fundraising for a number of years now and so, I have been extremely humbled to be involved with Don’t Lose Hope. Mental health and well-being have become somewhat of an interest and inspiration over the years, experiencing tragedy from a young age. Real life experience for me is a genuine tool for understanding and relating to the experience of others, integrity is a must, compassion comes from the feeling within, and as a team, we are hoping to combine all of our experience and tools within our community.
We look forward to welcoming you into our heartfelt environment.
Judith Fellows | Trustee
I was a senior Youth Worker in Bourne until I retired. As a teacher, I worked in a number of schools in the West Midlands and Lincolnshire. I was a founding director of Bourne Youth Theatre producing three shows a year over a 16 year period. My most recent claim to fame was to be Mayoress!
Having spent both my private and professional life supporting young people, in one way or another, I am totally supportive of ‘Don’t Lose Hope’ and the vital function it will deliver. I am amazed, and proud, to be included in the setting up of this new venture.
Lisa Crowther – Trustee
I have worked with children and young people for eighteen years; I have run Mums and Tots groups, worked in a pre-school, a primary school and a secondary school, as well as being the Chair of pre-school committees and the local school association. I moved into safeguarding and family support nine years ago; initially at primary level and currently in a secondary school. I have led parenting courses and groups for those who have been through domestic abuse. I have worked to support numerous adults, children and young people that struggle with their mental health and it’s something that I am passionate about; waiting lists are huge for the services available, which shows just how much of a necessity Don’t Lose Hope is.
Outside of work, I love to read, go to the theatre and spend time with family and friends. I have been married to Steve for twenty years and we have two teenage daughters. This is a wonderful charity and I am proud to be part of a team that wants to make a real difference in the community
I was born in a small mining village in Derbyshire. I started work as Mining Engineering Apprentice and am a qualified Mining Mechanical Engineer. I moved into teaching in 1969 and rose through the ranks to become headteacher at Baston Primary School before moving on to be headteacher at St Gilbert’s Primary School in Stamford. After two successful headships I was appointed as Senior Education Inspector for Lincolnshire. My long and varied career in education enabled me to work as a consultant at local, regional and national level. I was the first National Leader of Governance in Lincolnshire and in that role supported governance across many schools nationally.
I was delighted to be asked to become a Trustee for Don’t Lose Hope. I still marvel on a daily basis at the work the charity does to support the people of Bourne in so many ways. The four aspects of the charity, Counselling, Café, Shop and Community Garden provide an excellent service for people in need.
Richard is an experienced Finance Director with over 25 years’ experience. He specialises in helping complex organisations find finance for growth and achieve stepped increases in scale. He has held a number of senior finance roles with international companies, managing complex treasury functions and overseeing scores of company acquisitions. He is the founder and Managing Director of Pilot Fish, a specialist finance advisory company. In addition he has held a number of Trustee and Non Exec Director positions in Charitable and Social Enterprise organisations.