Our Trustees

Friendship at Home is governed by our Board of Trustees, who are a vital part of our organisation and ensure we are doing all we can to improve the lives of older people. Collectively, our Trustees bring experience and expertise from a large range of areas.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee for Friendship at Home, please contact us directly.

Ray resized Ray Oxby – Chair

Ray was an Elected Councillor with North East Lincs Council, representing the South Ward,
from 2012 until 2019 and was the Leader until his retirement in 2019. He was also an active
Portfolio Holder in the Council during this time and led on numerous Regional and National
Partnership and Government backed initiatives. Ray has worked as a Local Government Officer
for most of his 36 year career, latterly as an Executive Director level, until his retirement in 2010.
He has been on the Trustee Board of FAH since October 2010, was Deputy Chair from 2014 and in
August 2019 he was elected as Chair. Ray brings extensive public, governmental and
voluntary sector knowledge and experience in strategic and partnership working and leadership
and also has held a variety of Chairmanship and leadership roles within other voluntary and
community sector Groups locally.

jenny-smith-picture3 Jennifer Smith – Deputy Chair

Jennifer is a retired Magistrate for Grimsby/Cleethorpes and is Deputy Chair for North East
Lincolnshire Standards Committee. She has a wide knowledge when it comes to working
with older people through many volunteer roles with the Health and Wellbeing Collaborative,
LINK, Health Watch (Hospital & Care Home Inspections), Hope Street Clinic (Trustee) – Falls
Collaborative. She also has 10 years experience volunteering with Friendship at Home.

Ann resized Ann Maggs MBE

Ann works for the Lincolnshire Housing Partnership as a Support Officer. Ann has worked in and with several
charities during her adult life and has a vast experience of working within the Voluntary
and Statutory sectors.

mick swales 002 Mick Swales

Mick is one of our valued volunteers. Mick has worked for North East Lincs Council as a member
of their Neighbourhood team for several years, and now works for Engweld /Energas as a
sales engineer selling welding products. Mick has been involved in the voluntary sector for
many years and has a keen interest in Friendship at Home. Mick has been a member of the
Trustee Board since October 2016.

Kristina Parker

Kristina is the Communications and Marketing Lead for NAViGO, the leading provider of mental health services to the NHS and beyond across North East Lincolnshire. A governor for a local school, she also brings with her 14 years of fundraising experience with the Shoreline and Lincolnshire Housing Partnership events committee supporting many local charities including Friendship at Home. Kristina joined the Trustee Board in July 2019.

Michael Bateson

Mike is a retired NHS senior manager who has a keen interest in the health and well-being
of the local community. He brings experience of strategic management and the use of new
technology in the delivery of health and social care. Following retirement Mike volunteered with Healthwatch NEL for over four years as a Board Member and a previous Chair of the Healthwatch Board . Currently a member of the Healthwatch Strategic Advisory Board and lay member of the STP Strategic Digital Board. Mike joined the Trustee Board in April 2018.

Jane Hyldon-King

Jane brings over 25 years’ experience working within public sector and parliamentary roles. She was first elected on to the then Grimsby Borough Council in 1994 representing the Willows, Wybers and Great Coates Ward, which is now known as Yarborough Ward. In 1999, Jane became Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Council, followed by Mayor in 2000/2001. Following the end of her Mayoral role, Jane became Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee at the Council which led her to become Deputy Chair of the Community Health Council and a Non-Executive Director of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for around 9 years. Jane is proud to have been involved with Engage (over 50’s group) which created the Engage Transport Group, which still remains to this day. Finally, her last major role was Cabinet Member for North East Lincolnshire Council covering adult social care, public health and health and wellbeing.  She is now a back bencher on the Health Scrutiny Committee. Jane remains committed to supporting groups like Friendship at Home and the voluntary sector. Jane joined the Trustee Board in May 2020.

 

Helen Leary

Helen has been involved with Friendship at Home since the beginning, helping raise awareness and running several social clubs until her retirement. Helen has worked in the Royal Navy; various secretarial roles and been a local authority welfare rights adviser based at the Citizens Advice Bureau for 20 years. Helen also brings many years of experience as a volunteer supporting young children with varying disabilities to enable their independence. Helen continues to volunteer at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital. Helen joined the Trustee Board in May 2020.

 

Rob Walsh

Rob Walsh was appointed Chief Executive of North East Lincolnshire Council on 1 January 2014, having been with the local authority since it formed in 1996.

Following a decision taken by the Council and CCG in 2017 whereby the two would take their much advanced health and social care partnership even further, the Council/CCG “Union” was formed.  On 1st August 2017 Rob was duly appointed Chief Executive of North East Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

In his role as Chief Executive Rob has been keen to promote the profile of the council and the borough with a view to creating the right conditions for investment, economic growth and community resilience, symbolised by the announcement by the Government of the country’s first Town Deal, for Grimsby.

Rob is a keen advocate of system integration, partnership working and a learning culture, recognising that an area like North East Lincolnshire can and will thrive if there is a clear vision and common purpose across all sectors – public, private, voluntary and community.

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