We are a small team of volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience. We love our town and are passionate about seeing homelessness eliminated in our community. We look forward to working with you.
Karen’s bio-pic is coming soon.
Email Karen: email@example.com
Safeguarding lead, Volunteer relations
Sally-Anne trained as a secondary school teacher, and has also worked as a Social Worker and Youth Offending Team Officer in London, before coming to Chesterfield in 2011. She currently serves as a Curate in the Church of England based in Walton and Ss Augustine (the church next door!).
Sally-Anne has been involved in the Hope House project since the beginning, inspired by a young homeless man whose life was turned around when he felt God’s call and was welcomed into a church family.
Sally-Anne is also involved in the Chesterfield Winter Night Shelter project and Gussie’s Kitchen, and attends multi-agency forums which work towards an end to homelessness.
Church of England relationships
Matt has been a Church of England minister in Derbyshire for over 20 years; firstly as Vicar in Clay Cross and since 2008 as Rector of St Thomas’ Church in Brampton. Matt is currently working as the Director of Discipleship, Mission & Ministry for the Diocese of Derby.
As a young man Matt served the homeless by volunteering at the St George’s Crypt project in Leeds. This deeply affected him and he has been concerned for the vulnerable ever since.
Health and safety
I have been a Director of Hope House since St Thomas’ first got involved. This has included being involved in the administration, ‘heavy lifting’ particularly following the fire and as the lawn mower! I was a volunteer at the Chesterfield night shelter last winter -doing the early morning breakfast shift -and will be volunteering again this winter.
Ann (my wife) and I have been members of St Thomas’ for nearly forty years. I came to faith a couple of years after we joined as a result of a confirmation course and the ministry of the then rector, Rev Christopher Frith. I have been a Church Warden, Pathfinder Leader, Magazine Editor, Occasional Preacher during my time at St Thomas’. My current role is Estates Manager.
Before retiring I worked as an engineer for British Coal and then as a health and safety manager at a large university.
Being retired I have more time for other activities including being a volunteer at Hardwick Hall, running, cycling and playing racket ball.
We have a married daughter who lives near bye with two children, so grand parent duties are apart of our lives, and a married son who lives in Bromsgrove
Church of England relationships
Trustee Paul Willis is a retired dentist.
Brought up in Chesterfield, and qualifying in Sheffield in 1979, Paul joined his father’s dental practice in 1983. He took over in 1992 and whilst running the practice, Paul also contributed to the administration of the profession as Chairman of the Local Dental Committee for 11 years, and as President of South Yorkshire BDA.
The practice grew in size and staff. When Paul retired in June 2019, there were two full time and one part time dentists, plus a hygienist 3 days per week, all supported by 8 dental nurses.
Along the way, Paul passed Membership examinations for the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and Diploma examinations in Dental Sedation. As the practice gained quality charter marks from the British Dental Association and Denplan Excel, Paul acquired an insight into developing procedures and protocols of the sort that are applicable to any business.
Paul became a practicing Christian at the age of 16. He has been recently influenced by studying the life of St Francis during a Lent course, and the growth of the New Monasticism movement. These have given him a real interest in establishing a community that helps the vulnerable and homeless to re-integrate into mainstream society.
Paul is married with two grown-up children.
Andrew’s bio-pic is coming soon.