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.
Derek S. Bontoft | Trustee
A true “yellow belly” … born in Louth, North Lincolnshire. I was educated at De Aston School, Market Rasen, and Culham College, Oxford Institute of Education. I came to teach in Bourne in 1964, was formerly Deputy Headteacher and completed 51 years of service within the one school (now Bourne Academy).
I married Joy (The Joy of Flowers) in 1968 and we have just celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We have two grown-up daughters.
I am an avid sports fan, President of Bourne Town Football Club, and a keen Freemason.
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
Gill Collins – Trustee
I have lived in Bourne for 11 years and have two teenagers who are at Bourne Academy and Bourne Grammar. I currently run the locally based not for profit organisation, Sortified, with my husband Richard, and a great team of people. I spent many years working for the NHS, mostly in London, working with people in both physical and mental health clinical services. I am passionate about everyone being able to access timely, appropriate and quality mental health and wellbeing support, so I was delighted when I was asked if I would like to become a Trustee of Don’t Lose Hope. Looking after your mind is just as important as looking after all the other parts of you, and I have no doubt that this charity will have a positive impact on our local area and beyond.