Break has been supporting children, young people and families since 1968

People

As Break has grown, developed and diversified, so has our team of experienced and skilled managers and Trustees in order to ensure the organisation maintains high standards of governance and leadership.

In anticipation of some retirements from the Board in 2019 and to provide for effective succession planning, we are pleased to announce the recruitment of three additional Trustees: Miranda Corti, Bev Hall, and Jane Darlington.

We also welcome two Trustee Observers: Louis Hilldrup-Boorman and Donna Watmough-Triggs. Plus a young person Shadow Trustee - Lydia Metcalf.

    Executive Team

  • Hilary Richards - Chief Executive

    Hilary is a qualified social worker with an associated Masters level qualification and also a degree in Business Studies. Hilary has worked in the field of social care for over 20 years, primarily in child protection, but always within the wider remit of working with children, young people and their families. Hilary considers herself to be privileged to be the CEO of such an amazing organisation that truly does change young lives. 

    Call: Hilary 01603 670100

  • Rachel Cowdry - Director of Care and Development

    Rachel Cowdry is a qualified social worker with more than 20 years' experience in a variety of settings. She has an executive diploma in Strategic Management and is an associate lecturer at UEA on the Leadership and Management programme.

    Call: Rachel 01603 670100

  • Mike Hudson - Director of Resources and Commercial Services

    Mike Hudson joined Break as HR manager in 2011. He is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, who, after a career in the food industry, took a post graduate qualification in Personnel Management. Mike and his wife Pat are long term foster carers.

    Call: Mike 01603 670100

  • Trustees

  • Alastair Roy - Chair of Trustees

    Alastair joined the Break Board as Chair in 2015. His professional working life
    was in the NHS, mainly in Norfolk, where he held senior and chief executive posts. His special interests have included public health and partnership working to tackle inequalities and improve health status. These interests continue in his commitment to Break. More recently he has chaired Horizon Health (a C.I.C. specialising in offender health) and is Chair of Community Action Norfolk. Alastair is a Member of the Active Norfolk Board - the County Sports Parnership - with emphasis on tackling inequalities/deprived communities. As the Independent Person (I.P.) for Standards in Public life for one local authority in Norfolk, he has wide experience of governance.
     

  • Trevor Brown - Trustee

    Trevor Brown is a retired senior social work manager and business manager of voluntary sector care organisations.

     

  • Simon Fowler - Trustee

    Simon is a former solicitor who has spent most of his working life in Norfolk. In retirement he is a non-executive director of a number of local charities.

  • Maureen Gardiner - Trustee

    Maureen is retired with a background in IT, marketing and innovation and futures research. She has held senior management roles in the gas industry, in local government and in the Post Office. She has been an industrial representative on academic and research boards and a management consultant. She is currently Chair of the East Anglia Branch of Benenden Mutal Health.

     

  • Geoff Gildersleeve - Trustee

    Geoff has a distinguished career in children’s social services with a wide range of experience and responsibilities. He held a number of posts in Norfolk Social Services at assistant director level between 1991 and 2006, when he retired. Since then he has chaired a Safeguarding Children’s Board and a Serious Case Review Panel, been a member of Independent Diagnostic Teams and provided advice to a number of statutory bodies as a consultant.  

  • Miranda Corti - Trustee

    Miranda is a qualified accountant with an MBA. Her career spans 35 years in the City, spent mainly in managerial roles in the financial services sector with a focus on change management and regulation. Prior to retirement last year she was Director of Operations for an international not for profit. Miranda has also held Trustee roles, including a mixed purpose settlement in Bethnal Green, East Herts Citizens Advice and she is currently serving on pension board of an investment bank and an advisory board of the National Trust.  Miranda and her son have made several visits to an orphanage in Chennai, India, working with the staff and children teaching English and having fun.

  • Jane Darlington - Trustee

    Jane has more than 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector through her roles in grant making foundations. In 2004 she set up the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and it was during her time as CEO of CCF that she first encountered Break. She is now the Executive Director a national grant making foundation that focuses it support on charities helping young people at risk.

    Jane is a Chartered Accountant and read Natural Sciences at Cambridge. She is mother to two sons, who live and work in London and Cambridge, and Jane and her husband live just outside Cambridge. Jane fills her spare time with dressmaking, gardening and baking, especially bread making. She is also a trustee of a local Almshouse charity.

  • Anne Joyce - Trustee

    Anne is Head of Events at Norwich-based Moneyfacts Group and has worked in
    marketing and live events for over 20 years. She has started departments from
    scratch at two organisations, building event brands that have become very
    well-recognised in their respective industries and running projects across
    Europe and the USA. Anne has supported Break in a fundraising capacity since
    2007, including running sponsored marathons and half marathons and coordinating
    group participation fundraising projects.

  • Bev Hall - Trustee

    Bev is retired with a background in Education, spanning over 40 years. She was a teacher, specialising in working with children who have special educational needs before becoming a headteacher. Subsequently she was one of a small group of headteachers employed by Norfolk County Council to work as a County Headteacher, leading schools in challenging circumstances. After a period as a Senior Education Adviser she became an Education Consultant, working with schools across Norfolk. In addition, Bev has been a school governor for many years. She is currently a Board Member with VNET (Viscount Nelson Education Network, Community Interest Company.

     

  • Sally Martin - Trustee

    Sally has worked in fashion and advertising in London for Martha Hill ltd, a family-run fashion and cosmetic business in PR, and as a director, a position she still holds. She is also a director of Martha and Daughter. She worked in Paris in fashion for two years for Models International in the 1970s. She is now company secretary for her husband's architectural and restoration business in Norfolk. She holds a current pilot's licence and has flown light aircraft for 34 years. Sally was one of the joint masters of the North Norfolk harriers and is still on the committee. She rode in several races and still rides (not in races!).

     

  • Donna Watmough-Triggs - Trustee Observer

    Donna has worked in children's services and education for the last 20 years. She was part of a highly successful pilot scheme called Support Care, which aimed to work with struggling families to prevent the need for children to be taken into care. She now works as a PhD Tutor forThe Brilliant Club Charity - a charity which aims to support gifted but disadvantaged children move through education to university - and is a PhD researcher in Drama and Translation at the University of East Anglia. Donna is Founder and Artistic Director of Goblin Market Theatre Company, a local company which focuses on community and youth work. She runs workshops for the University of East Anglia, the National Centre for Writingand volunteers for Norwich Cathedral's Schools and Families department.

  • Anne Ovens - Trustee

    Anne is an FCCA accountant and commercial business director whose main role is as the director of Aspiration Europe Ltd, since founding the company in 2004.

    Anne’s company provides CFO support services, IFRS & UK GAAP compliance and business project support to organisations in a wide range of sectors including technology, natural resources, manufacturing and retail services. 

    Anne is also a former kinship foster carer and has previously held a number of voluntary positions in the community, including as a school governor responsible for finance & resources and organisational roles for local fundraising events & celebrations.

  • Louis Hilldrup-Boorman - Trustee Observer

    Louis is the Marketing Manager at Norfolk law firm Clapham & Collinge and works alongside the senior management team to develop the marketing strategy for the firm. Louis manages a busy schedule of events, the firm's digital marketing, marketing literature, advertising and PR. In addition to his role as Marketing Manager, Louis is also the ‘Corporate Responsibility Lead’ for Clapham & Collinge and he has managed a number of large scale fundraising events in support of Break and worked closely with Break’s fundraising team.

  • Johnnie Sam - Trustee

    Johnnie is a Non-Executive Director of Ridgeons, one of the largest privately-owned builders’ merchants in the country. He has a background in consultancy, IT and business development. After working for Deloitte, Coopers and Digital Equipment, he has been a director or senior executive of several technology companies. Johnnie is currently a governor of Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.

     

  • Frank Shippam - Treasurer

    Frank is a partner at Norfolk-based chartered accountants MA Partners LLP. He holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a considerable proportion of his professional work is spent advising charities and not for profit organisations in financial and governance issues. Frank is also a governor of a Church of England primary school.

  • Prof. June Thoburn CBE LittD - Trustee

    June is an Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia. A qualified social worker, June has taught and researched across the field of child welfare since 1980. She has been a member of the national Cafcass Board and was Vice Chair of the General Social Care Council. She is currently the Chairperson of the Norfolk Family Justice Board, a trustee of the Norwich Family Contact Centre and a patron of the National Association of Independent Reporting Officers (NAIRO) and the Hamlet Centre. June was awarded the CBE in 2001 for services to social work.   

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