Anthony is the Chairman, and pioneer to setting up Hand in Hand Foundation Worldwide. With his wife Catherine, they run a small Post Office and retail business.
I have previously been a trustee for Youth for Christ (Tunbridge Wells), helping set up the charity, before I moved away to the West Country. I have also for a number of years been a trustee and Honorary Secretary for Just Children Foundation (UK). Both charities were a privilege to serve on.
Once you have seen the work first hand you can't help but become engaged with helping. The passion that is stirred inside you helps you to view life in a different way.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
John-Mark has been fascinated for a long time by the relationship between poverty, justice and charity, particulary in the context of the Christian faith. Over the years this has lead to many things, from visiting refugeee camps in Turkey to an active involvement in the plight of street children in Zimbabwe via the Just Children Foundation ,and now, something new, with the Hand in Hand Foundation Worldwide.
By day John-Mark makes a living as a freelance software developer and is also actively involved in the youth work at St. James' Church, Tunbridge Wells.
Andy Appleton is a qualified Accountant and partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants in Hildenborough, Kent, he lives in Tunbridge Wells and is involved in St James' Church where he works with the youth (Year 6) and is an active member of the Mission ministry group.
Natasha has had a life long interest for charity, has taken part in and organised various fund raising events, as well as sponsoring a child in Kenya and visiting refugee camps in Azerbaijan.
Anthony asked me if I was interested in getting involved with Hand in Hand as a trustee and it was something I felt was right instantly. I want to make a difference in today's world and this was the ideal opportunity to help in a tangible way.
I cant wait for the work to begin.
Natasha's expertise as a lawyer adds a useful dimension to the skill set of the trustees.
Winston is a Christian involved with his local Elim church in Birmingham. Winston currently runs a small business with his wife Catherine. Winston has been to Zimbabwe in connection with charitable work on a number of occasions. Winston has a B.Sc in Biochemistry before going into Public Finance. Winston is a qualified Public Finance Accountant with over 20 years senior experience in the NHS. Winston Weir has sector experience and is currently a trustee of an independent school in the West Midlands.
David Pilch is a retired GP in Norfolk. Although no longer engaged in clinical practice he continues to be active in supporting colleagues. He has been a member of his parish church and a lay chair of its PCC for many years. He has been involved in a number of its charitable activities. In particular he has been personally involved in work in South India and Zimbabwe. He is also a founding member and trustee of a local nature conservation organisation and a trustee of a fuel charity.