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.


Alan Mutton | Trustee

My partner is Sue and I am a proud father of five and have eight wonderful grandchildren. Now ‘retired’, after working for more than 44 years for the Inland Revenue until 2005-2006 and a regional volunteer tax adviser for a national charity from 2006 to date. I have been an Association Football Referee for more than 50 years, serving as Chairman, Treasurer and Auditor of various related organisations, and Administrator/Board member/Director for a local football league since 1989. I have been a Trustee at Nene Valley Community Centre Peterborough since early 2017. Since coming to the locality in 1981, I have lived in Deeping St James for 12 years, Bourne for 19 years and Market Deeping for the past six years and whilst of course I shall never be a  Lincolnshire ‘Yellow Belly’ I am truly glad to have adopted this area for my home.



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.