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
from August this month 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 Shoreline Housing 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.

Mike resized Mike Mercer

Mike is the Director of Services at Humber Care and has worked in the voluntary sector
most of his adult working life. He brings an in-depth knowledge of HR, commissioning
and writing funding bids.

Christine1 Christine Motley

Christine is a Reminiscence and Exercise Facilitator with a knowledge of working with
older people, and frequently works and interacts with Friendship at Home’s member.

mick swales 002 Mick Swales

Mick is one of our valued volunteers. Mick has worked for N E 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 a governor for a local school and brings 14 years of fundraising with Shoreline
Housing as part of their events committee for many charities, including FAH.
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. Mike joined the trustee board in April 2018.


Jill Knott

After taking early retirement from a career working as a customer services manager
for Shoreline Housing Partnership, as well as working in Local Government, the Civil
Service and the Local Housing Provider Jill joined the trustee board in January 2018.
Jill studied at both Grimsby and Hull University to achieve her Master’s in
Business Administration. Jill brings a wealth of experience in Policy and strategy
development which she hopes FAH will benefit from.
Jill has previously volunteered as a Trustee with FAH, Rape Crisis and NELWA.

David Walker
David is Ex-Army (1970 – 1997) – retired Officer.  He has been with FAH as a Trustee
since 2008 and Chair since 2014.  David took a short break from FAH in 2017 and has
just returned as a Trustee.  David has worked with several charities over the years,
specifically for over ten years as Chief Officer of a medium sized Charity based in Hull,
providing free Legal Advice and solicitors service specialising in homelessness.
David is now semi-retired though still works part time at St Andrew’s Hospice as
part of the fundraising team. He is also actively involved in several other charities
including Chair of Humber Care and a member of the Community Forum with the
local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

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