We are pleased to introduce you to our Board of Trustees.
Denise Carson - Chair
I have been the Chair of the Trustees for the past two years but my association with Nightstop has been since its inception in 2005. My passion for its work has continued unabated from the start. I believe we have remained constant to our core value of providing emergency accommodation for young people in crisis whilst expanding into the important areas of prevention and education in order to avoid homelessness in the young people of our local community.
Our Trustee board are a group of dedicated individuals who share a vision for Nightstop and I am confident that, together with our fantastic staff, we will continue to thrive, support the young people of the Wyre Forest and face any challenges the future might bring.
Darren Turner - Vice Chair
I joined Nightstop as a trustee at the end of 2015.
Having spent most of my career working in Banking, I transitioned to a role in Social Housing as a Business Transformation Manager (Change/Project Manager) with the task of helping a housing association in Derbyshire to become more effective at what it does.
Many of the skills that I use on a day to day basis, such as strategy planning and project management, help me to support Nightstop in its aims to help young people in Wyre Forest and the South Worcestershire area. I’m proud of the work Nightstop is doing and excited to be part of its next chapter.
In my spare time you’ll find me running through Birmingham’s urban centre or leafy suburbs.
Matt Glover - Treasurer
I joined Nightstop as a Trustee as I have a passion for helping young people in difficulties and agree with the approach of preventing homelessness rather than just dealing with the end problem.
As a senior manager at a bank, my skills are focused on change management, strategic thinking and an understanding of finance.
If I am not at Nightstop or at work you can find me being a dad for my two boys or out running in the countryside.
Mitch Pomfret - Trustee
I joined Nightstop as a Trustee as I recognise the great work the charity has done so far in the community and I'm keen to help support its plans on preventing youth homelessness. It is great to see how the charity has evolved beyond providing vital emergency accommodation for young people to now also focusing time and effort on prevention by tackling the causes of homelessness.
Having worked in Financial Services for over 20 years, I believe I have a range of business skills which can help shape and deliver the strategy for the charity so that it continues to provide the right support for young people across the area when they need it most.
Outside of work I am a football fan and, as a Mancunian, I follow (from a distance!) the highs and lows of Manchester City. I also play a bit of golf (badly) and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Lucy Edgar - Trustee
In a world that is so busy with work and deadlines, it's a real joy to be able to lend my skills to help support such a fantastic organisation that is making real, lived differences to the lives of young people in my community and that is why I am thrilled to be a Trustee for Nightstop.
My previous work in the Housing sector and for another social enterprise, helps me understand the challenges around homelessness, operating within public sector structures and the importance of being able to remain funded to in order to continue the good work of the charity.
Being a Human Resources manager and mediator, I am passionate about developing spaces where people are able to excel, ensuring that their work remains meaningful, challenging and enjoyable and so I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead in this Nightstop journey.
I spend my spare time dreaming up new places to go running, having completed three French marathons and a 4 day running event in Cyprus numerous times. Next stop is a run across the Azores and on the bucket list (and when I have managed to persuade my partner!), is the Polar Circle marathon in Greenland.
Rachel Tucker - Trustee
I was a former recruiter/head-hunter for more than 20 years, the last ten within the highest levels of the Public Sector, particularly within social care and education leadership. In recent years I have operated as an independent and associate researcher, predominantly within the not for profit sector and sat as a Board Trustee from 2015 until 2020 for Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust.
I became aware of the wonderful work of Nightstop in Spring 2020 and was able to initiate some local community fundraising events whilst getting to know the team and understanding what an essential service they provide to young people in Worcestershire. I am delighted to now be a part of the Trustee Board and seeing how we can further develop and strengthen our links and networks locally and nationally.
When not playing taxi driver for my two teenage sons, you’ll find me out running (slowly) with my scruffy terrier!