Who we are

 

Chief Officer

Sue Weaver – Voluntary Chief Officer – Life experiences

  • Foundation 18 years in happy family with parents, elder brother and pets in beautiful house overlooking a Rhondda valley; secure environment; freedom to roam; surrounded by mountains and woods; visiting local farm after school; building an inner strength from absorbing the natural environment; Oxford Polytechnic – business, law and administration;
  • Employment Newspaper advertising, student accommodation manager; working up from temporary telephonist to Senior Manager & afterwards Board member of major London Housing Association; Chairman of two specialist housing committees, NHS & Council; housing consultant; founder of housing association for NHS staff; CEO for 16 yrs, £3.5 m turnover, 48 staff, six offices in SE England, 2,000 fully serviced homes accommodating circa 25,000 key-workers; brought all to successful conclusion. Adjunct to main employment – ran livery stables & saddlery; cattery & small-holding.
  • Major life events
    • 18 – 30 first love; leaving home; engagement ending; college life & house shares; father dying of cancer aged 64; back packing around America; mother’s suicide aged 62; buying first dog; tumultuous relationships; sexually assaulted; building network of life-long friends; living in Notting Hill; getting married; birth of daughter; husband’s nervous breakdown & ill-health
    • 30 – 40 birth of son; son’s serious illnesses & near death from meningitis – resulting in profound deafness; daughter’s life threatening asthma & subsequent eczema; nights on hospital floors, days travelling to do business presentations; own debilitating back problems; divorce; loss of infrastructure, security, money; soul destroying family court hearings; making ends meet; during one week lost family home, consultancy partnership, stables & saddlery; wonderful assistance from friends & child-minders; wonderfully positive son & daughter; restorative holidays with them driving round Britain
    • 40 – 50 renting a 1-bed annexe to house three people, dog, cat & office after owning 4-bed Edwardian house; managing as single parent; respite in horse-riding; setting up stables; having CAT counselling; surviving a malignant melanoma; rock solid friends; buying a little piece of heaven in a Farnham valley with partner; change of son’s school & special needs; caring for pets & rescued animals; horrendous discovery that partner was a child abuser
    • 50…. dissolution of partnership; redundancy from housing association simultaneous with need to raise substantial funds to buy out undesirable partner; drawing on inner strength; sanctuary of Lundy Island; searching for new purpose in life – does everything happen for a reason?  Children growing up & leaving home; son’s graduation & travels abroad; daughter’s wedding; retirement from housing consultancy work; becoming a grandmother; health scares & heart surgery; setting up & running CoS; being with amazing children who overcome extraordinary adversity and provided the new purpose in life
    • Enduring Beliefs – everything happens for a reason; life gives you what you need; focus only on the positive; give no time or space to the negative so it can’t exist; true contentment is being at peace with yourself; success is simply believing, without doubt, that you will succeed; happiness is to smile knowing that ultimately all will be well. What you think is what you create. “We are the designers of our own destiny”. Lisa Nichols
    • Relevant training Basic child development; safeguarding children; health & safety; qualified first aider

We are fortunate to have secured the support of eight dedicated trustees. They are:

Trustees

Paul Francis – Accountant (Chairman)

  • Is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
  • Is a Partner at LFM, Chartered Certified Accountants based in Alton, Hampshire. The practice employs 15 accounting staff, both qualified and trainees plus 1 administrator and has a large range of clients, from those having small part-time self-employment through to large companies with sales of tens of millions of pounds.
  • Married to Lana (also a Partner at LFM) and has two teenage children
  • Originally from Brighton but has lived in Surrey and Hampshire since 1976
  • His other business interests include a Property Development company, a Health Club and Spa, a Financial Services company and an Event Management business
  • Non business interests include triathlon, squash and Brighton & Hove Albion.

John Barwick MBE – Trustee

  • Long career at Coutts bank – architect of their Charity Banking Investment Management and Strategic Philanthropy propositions
  • Retired early from Coutts in 2011 to set up a consultancy specialising in Charity and Not for Profit Organisations while continuing to hold a number of Trustees roles mostly across special needs and disability
  • Chaired overseas charities and has travelled extensively on their behalf to deliver their objectives
  • Has spoken at many conferences and managed numerous “away days” to advance the expertise of both Trustees and SMT
  • Was awarded the MBE in 2008 for services to banking and to charity

 Penny Carey – Office Manager p/t

  • HND Business & Finance Degree
  • Over 15 years working for a blue chip company in various roles (HR, sales analyst, PA, office support & finance)
  • PTA and school community governor
  • School Link officer experience between local companies & schools, enabling schools to pool re-sources and encourage local business opportunities beyond school
  • Fund raiser for charities eg Animal Rescue Charity & Cancer Research
  • Fund raiser for local schools, hospitals and others
  • Social media training eg Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Google+ etc
  • BHSAI, providing many years teaching horse riding to children & adults
  • 5 years running my own equestrian business and dealing with the public
  • Wife and mother

Tanya Das – Teacher with SEN expertise

  • 7 years City experience as a Head hunter
  • PGCE in Mathematics from St Mary’s University June 2003
  • Maths Teacher – St Peter’s School – June 2003 to May 2005
  • Head of Year and Maths Teacher – May 2005 to September 2012
  • Inclusion Manager, Maths Teacher, seconded to Senior Leadership team – September 2012 to present
  • Accountable for SEN provision and Pupil Premium budget
  • Designated Teacher for Looked After Children (6 students)
  • 14-16 Alternative provision coordinator with Guildford Consortium of schools and colleges

Joanna Elliott – Trained NNEB Nursery Nurse

  • Experience of working in a London hospital on postnatal wards and Special Care Baby Unit
  • Worked in a Primary school
  • Childminder
  • Worked voluntarily in Farnham over the last few years
  • Weekly afternoons as Classroom Assistant in local Primary school/PTA
  • Member of a local fundraising group
  • Board member of Potters Gate Sure Start Children’s Centre
  • Help to run a support group for parents with children with Special Needs and run a special needs toy /book Library alongside this
  • Family Support worker – an attendee of Change of Scene
  • Children’s Church Leader and sat on PCC (Parochial Church Council) for many years
  • 2011 trained as an `Independent Parental Supporter’ for partnership With
  • Parents, a confidential and impartial service for parents of children with Special Educational or additional needs. Will attend school meetings and support parent involved
  • Family – Husband, two daughters and one son
  • Sister who has Down syndrome

Paul Noke – Consultant Therapist for boys aged 12-19

  • Following 30 years with Surrey Police working in child protection, he has worked with multi-agency partners and as a presenter /trainer
  • Has been involved in serious case reviews (SCRs) and sat on both Children’s and Adult’s SCR panels
  • He has performed the role of Local Authority Designated Officer managing allegations made against staff who work with children
  • He has been a counsellor since 2005 working with children, young persons, adults, couples and families
  • He is currently a consultant therapist at Apple Orchard, working with boys who have emotional, social and behavioural problems including inappropriate harmful sexual behaviour
  • He is also a restorative justice mediator; worked with foster parents and children, is a safeguarding consultant and also carries out independent investigations for the Catholic Church

Anna Smith – Fundraiser; PR/Marketing; SEN experience

  • Lives in Farnham, Surrey
  • Married with two children the eldest of whom suffers from autism
  • Has worked for various design agencies in the UK & Europe as a commercial product and packaging designer.  Currently works freelance
  • Runs a support group for families of children with special needs, based in the Sure Start Centre at Potters Gate School, Farnham
  • With other volunteers  is setting up a similar group in Hale, Farnham, Surrey, with the aim of addressing support for families with older children

Staff

Erica

Erica Evans – Senior Childcare Support Worker

  • Grew up in Farnham
  • BA honours, London Metropolitan University, specialising in photography
  • NVQ in Supporting Teaching & Learning
  • Travelled in China, Thailand, India, Australia and New Zealand meeting many wonderful people and experiencing some strange and amazing things, such as ice climbing, night swimming in glowing plankton shoals, getting suckered by leeches and eating chicken feet…!
  • Paid and voluntary work includes:
    • Tractor driving on a hop farm
    • Picking aubergines on an Australian plantation
    • Accounts (and office hamster management) for a sealant firm
    • Hydrotherapy for children with cerebral palsy
    • Youth photography workshops in East London
    • Bottle collecting in a Reading nightclub
    • A London fashion magazine (not my cup of tea!)
    • Homework help and activities at an orphanage in southern India
    • Holidays for groups of friends with physical disabilities
    • Art workshop for adults with learning disabilities
    • Artist residency at Treloar College
    • Care work in a residential home for adults with Down’s Syndrome and dementia
    • 8 years SEN Teaching Assistant in Kennel Lane School, Bracknell and a home carer for disabled young people
  • Currently lives in Reading with partner, 3 guinea pigs and 2 gerbils!

Kim Field (nee Durrant) – Child-care assistant

  • Lived in Farnham for 28 years, attending three Surrey-based schools (gaining nine GCSEs)
  • Worked since the age of 14 in local shop, baby-sitting and as a nanny for eight years
  • Worked one afternoon a week for three years in a family of two adopted children with the youngest child having ADHD and learning difficulties
  • Started helping with CoS as a volunteer in 2007 before it became a registered charity. Employed by CoS from April 2011
  • Trained first aider and current child protection awareness certification
  • Leads on AQA Unit Award Scheme her training for which was completed 2016.   Supervises all units undertaken by the children & young people who attend CoS

Lucy Brand – Job-share admin assistant and fundraiser

  • Wife and mother to a daughter and son
  • GNVQ Advanced in Business & Finance
  • Over 20 years working within Financial Services in various roles (Paraplanner, Pensions Department Manager and Operations Manager)
  • Financial Planning Certificate completed
  • Currently PTFA Chairperson at children’s Primary School
  • Fund raiser for Cancer Research and avid long distance walker to raise money for charity

 Charlie - photo

Charlie Butler – Part-time small holding general assistant

  • Works one day per week assisting with animal care and the children
  • General grounds maintenance

 

Susie Crosby – Part-time horticulturalist

  • Instrumental in setting up Farnham Local Foods
  • Expert in growing vegetables

 

Ellen McGuigan – Part-time childcare assistant with equine expertise

  • Lived in Farnham all her life
  • Attained Distinction at Level 3 in animal management
  • Currently working towards getting a foundation degree in animal behaviour and welfare at Merrist Wood College
  • Works at disability challengers, working with children aged 4-12 with all types of disabilities and enabling them to play and have fun

 

Nirma Morgan – Part-time admin assistant

  • BA Hons Business Studies and French
  • 5 years experience working for a Member of Parliament as a Senior Caseworker
  • 2 years experience working in Social Services for the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults team at Croydon Council
  • 2 years experience at the Australian Red Cross, Sydney as a Finance and Statistics Officer for a program supporting vulnerable teenage mothers and their children across New South Wales
  • Currently administrator for Change of Scene and Treloars disabled school and college

 

Andrea Parr – Job-share admin assistant and fundraiser

  • BA (Hons) English Literature & Greek Civilisation.
  • Spent several years teaching and travelling in Greece, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, & Argentina.
  • Spent 11 years as a stay-at-home mother to two boys.
  • Volunteered for NCT, as a school governor and as secretary for school fundraising arm.
  • Volunteer weekly for CAB.
  • Studying for MA in Creative and Critical Writing at Winchester University.

Volunteers

Janine Hughes – Volunteer Assistant

  • Providing help taking care of animals and infrastructure on days when children do not attend

Angela Park – Volunteer Child Psychologist

  • Providing regular guidance to staff and volunteers regarding children who attend since 2009

Sylvia Lunn – Volunteer Admin Assistant

  • Worked as PA with HR responsibilities with Sue Weaver for 15 years in a Housing Association
  • Lives in Shepperton but since 2007 has travelled to Farnham one day a month to help with admin
  • Originally undertook ad hoc admin to help establish CoS
  • Now more formalised role, taking responsibility for:
    • Administration of referral forms
    • Updating children’s attendance register
    • Calculating mileage
    • Issuing invoices to schools/referral agencies

Rick Gunner – Volunteer book-keeper

  • Volunteer as COS book keeper two afternoons a week; enjoy the purity of figures [and when they reconcile with the bank account!]
  • Previously Tax Inspector and Collector of Taxes for 32 years, and local union branch chairman and office rep for 12 years
  • Married with two children, one of whom is Aspergers; wife works as LSA in secondary school and relatives work in primary schools
  • Passionate about provision of support for special needs children at school; concerned about under provision and poor implementation of support
  • Interests are North Cornwall, cricket, badminton and gardening

Lisa photo

Lisa Howard – Horticulturist

  • Grounds and gardens expertise
  • Teaching the children about seasonal planting, running a vegetable patch and poly-tunnel, management of fruit trees
  • Overall planning of on-site planting

Leon photo

Leon Howard – General grounds maintenance and fundraiser

  • Grounds and gardens management
  • Fundraising through Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
  • Assisting at fundraising events

Jane Gates – Volunteer

  • Teaches baking
  • Makes children’s birthday cakes

Brian

Brian Lee – Volunteer

  • Teaches carpentry and DIY to attendees: – building hay rick, goat milking stand, goat house, bird boxes, planters, boot scrapers…
  • Maintains all of the animal housing and does odd jobs around the grounds/buildings

Malcolm Gates – Volunteer

  • Assists with bee hive maintenance
  • Cleans down old frames and builds new ones with the children

Jane Ward – Volunteer

  • Daily support in care of ponies
  • Fundraiser
  • Organiser of events, including:
    • 5th anniversary July 2013
    • Clothes sale Nov 2013
    • Barn Dance March 2014
  • Planting hanging baskets & planters for sale

Luke Welvaert – Volunteer grounds maintenance

  • Working with power tools when children absent from site
  • Maintaining hedges and care of fields

iS Foundation – local business

  • Provide free on-going administration assistance, including:
      • Minute-taking
      • Website maintenance
      • Event organisation

Nina Heath

  • Project Director for iS Health Group
  • Provides ongoing administrative support for board meetings and AGMs
  • A particular fan of barn-dance fundraising events, although has two left feet

Vicki Livingstone

  • Trustee of iS Foundation providing regular support
  • Project director for iS Health

Roda Muggeridge

  • Project Manager for iS Health group
  • Prepares monthly expenses spreadsheets
  • Occasional cake baker and volunteer

James Cockerill

  • Project executive for iS Health
  • Provides periodic administrative support for board meetings and AGMs

Joe Quemby

  • Project Manager for iS Health group
  • Provides digital and online support for CoS
  • Ongoing web editing and maintenance

Emma Clayton

  • Provides ongoing administrative support for board meetings
  • Occasional management of expenses

Other volunteers

Pauline Daisley-Brown Assistance with setting up & running 5th anniversary fundraising stall plus provider of CoS six alpacas.
Barry Davies Provider of music at CoS fundraising events.
Caroline & Steve Dyche Arranged for local artist Nikki Trowers to undertake six paintings of CoS animals and produced paintings, prints & cards for sale at their five shops; assist in setting up & running fundraising stalls, provide raffle prizes.
Janine Hughes Gardening
Diana Martin Assists with card sales/stalls and other fund raising events.
Ellen McGuire Assists with animal care and Parelli Horsemanship.
Sandi Moore 2010 – 2014 provided monthly pony riding lessons for CoS attendees & gave tuition to others to raise funds. Retired due to hip replacement.
Nirma Morgan Assistance with admin, one day per week.
Dominic O’Kelly Grounds Maintenance Assistant – plant and machinery work.
Helen Tindall Assists with animal care and with the children during holiday periods.
Luke Welvaert Once a month assists with grounds maintenance.
Kathy Wickins Assists in running fundraising stalls.
Peter Wickins Assists with projects, e.g. poly-tunnel; pond; tortoise house; hedge-cutting plus organising/assisting with fundraising events.

Corporate support

Looking for More – accountants

  • Provide free on-going:
      • Payroll support
      • Preparation of accounts
      • Tax returns
      • Venue for meetings

Serco – facilities management

  • Provide free ad-hoc infrastructural projects:
      • Bird and deer proofing
      • Boardwalk for ponies
      • Land-drainage
      • Filtration system
      • Vehicle bridge
      • Muck heap

Founder trustees of Change of Scene

Andrew Clarke – Member of CIPFA and CIPFA’s Charities Panel… Retired from CoS 2011

  • Head of Financial Services at Hampshire Constabulary (retiring Feb 2008)
  • Former Assistant Chief Executive at Winchester City Council and Senior Associate of Kimball Smith Ltd. Financial consultants to the public and voluntary sector
  • He is Chairman of Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship (SCRATCH) a regional anti-poverty charity and trustee of a number of local, national and international charities
  • Minister of True Life Church

Adam Edwards – Solicitor (Secretary)… Retired from CoS 2015

  • Finance Partner and Head of Corporate & Commercial Group, Cumberland Ellis, central London practice
  • Trustee of Find Your Feet – A charity working in partnership with groups in South Asia and Southern Africa to offer long-term sustainable solutions to poverty

June McKerrow – Charity Consultant…  Retired from CoS 2011

  • Former Head of the Mental Health Foundation. Commissioned a study that identified “that children are failing to thrive emotionally and find it increasingly difficult to cope with the demands of everyday life” because they are allowed “little opportunity to take risks and to learn from their mistakes…Children must be able to plan and take control, they must be allowed to try things and be free to experiment so that they develop their own abilities to solve problems”
  • Non-Executive Director of Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust Board
  • Director (part-time), Soundabout, a national charity helping profoundly disabled children and adults
  • Trustee Donnington Doorstep Family Centre
  • Adoptive parent of 15 year old daughter

Former trustees of Change of Scene

Doug Birt PhD – Housing consultant

  • Working with developers, landowners, local authorities and registered social landlords on affordable housing and viability matters for the development of residential and mixed use schemes
  • Committed to assisting with Change of Scene since its inception, including preparing the initial five-year business plan and preparing initial financial projections
  • Regular donor

Stewart Dakers (Ba Oxon) – Experienced youth worker

  • 10 years at Ford Motor Co and BEA as an Industrial Relations Officer
  • 6 years as an Estate Worker, Nature Conservancy
  • 10 years Countryside Ranger Waverley BC
  • 5 years Countryside Officer Waverley BC
  • Has experience of 4 years part-time youth worker
  • 8 years worker in charge as Detached Youth Work Surrey County Council
  • 15 years advice line worker for IPSEA (special educational needs)
  • 4 years Trustee for The Coldingley Crime Diversion Scheme
  • 4 years outreach worker supporting ex-offenders
  • Trustee director of YES+, with ex-offenders, delivering crime diversion workshops to young people at risk of offending
  • He is also a freelance writer for The Guardian Newspaper

“So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world”

Isadora Duncan