As a registered Charity our Board of Trustees have ultimate responsibility for running the organisation. The Trustees are voted onto the Board and we seek to have people with relevant skills needed to run the organisation such as personnel and accountancy but also those who represent the communities that we work with.
Ian Pears – Chair
REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER – HCB Group Solicitors
Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and moved to Northampton in 1987. He became a partner in a local firm of solicitors in 2005. He specialises in personal injury claims and has a particular interest in inquest work.
Helen Reay – Vice Chair
Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1990 after serving a five-year commission in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. The majority of her legal work has been in the area of social welfare law, first in law centres, for a short period in private practice, and finally at Community Law Service between 2007 and 2016. Helen specialised in housing, acting for defendants in possession, eviction, anti-social behaviour and homelessness cases.
Helen semi-retired in 2016, but continued working with CLS part-time as one of the duty possession advisers at local County Courts and also worked as a clerk to school governing boards on a part time basis.
Helen has been involved with CLS in one form or another since 1991and served several terms on the management committee, including two periods as Chair.
Stephen Hibbert – Treasurer
Chesterfield born Stephen has spent most of his life in Northampton and working in the legal profession. Proud father of two and owner of a very loyal Patterdale, he has been a local councillor for 11 years, has led the housing portfolio and has a particular interest in homelessness and rough sleeping and all of the consequences to health and wellbeing. Stephen loves music and golf, when the weather let’s him!
Morcea Walker MBE, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, is a retired teacher and Education Advisor. She is a Governor of a local school and a trustee of a number of organisations including Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, Northamptonshire Black History Association, Street Pastors and Healthwatch. She works, in a volunteering role within the community where she is able to give advice and support as appropriate, She has a passion to celebrate and value the diverse communities that make up the County of Northamptonshire
Cllr Sally Beardsworth
Sally is a local councillor (West Northamptonshire Council). She sits on a number of Council Committees. Sally is a retired Marie Curie nurse and also previously sat on Northamptonshire County Council’s adoption panel. She is also sits on the panel of two local grant giving organizations – The Thomas White Foundation which gives educational grants to young people from Northampton and Kingsthorpe Manor, and Town Trust which gives grants to people from Kingsthorpe and surrounding areas.
Keith spent the majority of his career as an international marketing director in the food industry where he travelled widely. For the past 4 years he has been an associate lecturer in business studies at the local University.
Carmel has worked in the social welfare field throughout her career, for welfare rights organisations in Northampton and Milton Keynes and over 20 years with an HIV charity in East London.