Our Governance

Board of Trustees

 

Spurgeons is governed by its Board of Trustees, which works closely with the Executive Directors of our Management Team, to help guide their decision making. The Trustees are legally responsible for the charity, its assets and activities.

STUART CORNWELL O.B.E 

Stuart-Cornwell.jpgStuart has personally supported the charity for more than 20 years. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2008, following a varied career in the Navy, senior appointments in the probation services and for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). He was chairman of the board between 2011 - 2017 and also chairs the Organisational Development and Strategy and the Remunerations sub-committees.

Alongside Spurgeons, Stuart also chairs and serves on the boards of a number of UK-based and international charities. Driven by the impact that charities like Spurgeons make, Stuart also works with governments, companies and NGOs in East Africa on education, vocational training, feeding and welfare care to support the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

Stuart lives in Stockton-On-Tees and has been married to Margaret for more than 35 years. Both are members of Stockton Baptist Tabernacle.

ROMAINE THOMPSON Vice-chair

Romaine.jpgRomaine joined our Board of Trustees in January 2015, where she is currently Vice-Chair, as well as a member of the Organisational Development and Strategy sub-committee.

Romaine has been a practising solicitor for over 25 years, latterly as a partner. Spurred on by wanting to make a difference, she has worked with many charities both at home and abroad over the years, supporting them through legal changes. She lives in Shropshire and enjoys reading and listening to a variety of music.

SAFRON ROSE

Safron R.pngSafron was appointed to our Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently sits on the Standards and Outcomes Commitee.

Safron is an independent child protection consultant.  She is a serious case review author and delivers training on a range of safeguarding subjects to multi-agency managers and practitioners across England and Guernsey. 

Safron has over twenty five years’ experience in child protection social work, during which time she has held various operational and strategic roles.  She is a former Director at the NSPCC charity, has been a member of various government task groups and was a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Centre.

SIMON BERESFORD

Simon-Beresford.jpgAfter following the charity for a number of years, Simon joined our Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently chairs our External Communications and Fundraising sub-committee.

Simon is a professional fundraiser and has worked in the UK charity sector for more than ten years, currently leading the fundraising department for a Christian international development agency, All We Can. While specialising in corporate fundraising, he also has extensive experience in events, marketing, legacies and trusts work and holds a Masters in NGO Management. Alongside Simon's role with us, he is a committed volunteer at his church, Hillsong Church London.

NATALIE CRONIN Vice-chair

Natalie.jpgNatalie joined our Board of Trustees in 2014, where she is currently Vice Chair and a member of the Organisational Development and Strategy and Remuneration sub-committees. She is keen to develop the role of volunteers within the organisation.



Natalie has held senior roles in a number of high profile organisations, working for the NSPCC, The Children’s Society, Unicef, The European Commission and most recently as Chief Executive of the Prison Fellowship. Natalie also has more than 15 years’ experience working as a volunteer with homeless, disabled and older people, asylum seekers, and children in a variety of settings in the UK and abroad.

RUTH VINCENT

Ruth-Vincent.jpgRuth joined our Board of Trustees in 2012 and currently chairs our Standards and Outcomes sub-committee. Ruth brings a wealth of experience from the social work sector to Spurgeons.

Having worked briefly as a nurse, Ruth retrained and had a successful career in the civil service, holding Director positions in Children’s Services and Social Services at local authorities in the south east. After taking early retirement, Ruth and her husband moved to Kenya to volunteer for three years and, having returned to the UK, they still run the children's charity the Kenya Kids Education Trust.

SARAH POWLEY

Sarah.pngSarah joined our Board of Trustees in 2017. Sarah graduated at Nottingham University with a BA in Industrial Economics and initially worked for 13 years at KPMG (in both audit and mergers and acquisitions), where she was an associate director.

During this time Sarah also set up a charity Rainbow Farm to support a project for orphaned and abandoned children in Brazil, which she chaired for five years. She helped with the strategic review at the international aid and development charity Tearfund in 2006 and worked alongside the Global and Corporate Citizenship team at KPMG setting up charity partnerships before going on to be the Finance Director at the international children’s charity World Vision UK in 2007 for five years. 

In 2012 Sarah went to do a Certificate in Theology at London School of Theology before becoming the Finance Director at The Fostering Network for three years.  Sarah is now a full time foster carer as well as a Trustee for Viva the International Children’s Charity and a Director of The Evangelical Alliance Developments Trading Company.  In her spare time Sarah has volunteered for TLG, the pupil referral centre for excluded young people and Nightstop, which takes in homeless young people overnight.  Sarah is currently a champion for the charity Home for Good and is on the leadership team of her local church in Hounslow.

HELEN WATSON

Sarah P.pngHelen joined the Board in March 2017. Qualified in Social Work, with degrees in Law, and masters level qualifications in Social Policy and an MBA, Helen has worked in senior management roles since 1998 in Youth Justice and Children’s Services in local government.

Helen has worked at Executive Director level since 2008 across Children, Adult and Health and Wellbeing Services in local government before taking on a national role as Director of Strategy in Cafcass.

Helen is currently an Executive Director of Children’s Services.

Helen has Board level experience in education and health related services.

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74 Wellingborough Road
Rushden
Northants
NN10 9TY
01933 412412

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