Gareth Heard – Chair of the Board of Trustees
I have been involved with Home Start Wokingham District for the past 5 years. The past three years I have been fortunate to be Chair of Trustees.
In my professional career, I worked in an environment where delivering the goods, on time and in full was fundamental to success. The same principals lie at the heart of the work carried out by the dedicated team of volunteers and staff at HSWD. It is this dynamic attitude which makes HSWD such a successful and worthwhile charity to support and be associated with.
I intend to support them in their endeavours because I believe the Wokingham young children and their parents deserve all the support we can give them.
I worked as a Primary school teacher in Bracknell for about twenty years. On retirement I was looking to do some Voluntary work and felt that Home-Start was a good fit for my skills having worked with young children for so many years and having brought up three children of my own. I worked with a family with a disabled child for nearly three years. I then became a Trustee and have worked with a range of Staff and Trustees for at least six years. I currently chair the Staffing committee and the Quality Assurance committee.
Semi-retired Project Director with over 35 years of airline and general management experience, recently returned to UK after working abroad on major airport development projects. I wanted to support Home-Start because with a social worker in our family who specialises in dealing with teenagers, I understand just how important the early years are in shaping a child’s character, their education and their future.
I was lucky enough to become a Trustee at Home Start Wokingham following my recent retirement from a career in Education. As a teacher it was obvious how crucial it was for a child to begin their school life with the correct skills and resilience to enable them to achieve their full potential in whatever they choose to do. As a Parent and Grandparent, I have seen how much children learn and develop in the first five years and that Home Start helps families to give their children the best possible experience in their early years.
I joined Home-Start Wokingham District in August 2019 as a trustee. Having had help from the most wonderful volunteer myself when my twins were little, I know what a difference it can make to a family. I look forward to seeing more of this organization as my own children get older and I have more time to be involved.
I joined Home Start Wokingham District when I retired from full time work in 2014, taking over as Chair of Trustees, a position I held for four years. I have been a member of the Staffing and Resources Committee and now I am involved with Fundraising.
In my working life I was involved in Education Management and had experience of managing teams, leadership, student support and safeguarding issues, and I believe that I have the necessary skills to offer appropriate advice and guidance to our wonderful, hardworking staff and volunteers. Seeing my own grandchildren grow makes me realise even more how important the first five years are.
I became a Trustee of Home-Start having retired from being headteacher of a large primary school in the London Borough of Hounslow. The work Home-Start does with young families is much needed and of a very high quality. The professional team and the volunteers do amazing things.
I feel that as a Trustee I am part of a valuable community resource which enables so many children and parents to learn, prosper and grow.