We are pleased to introduce you to our Board of Trustees.
Darren Turner - Chair
I joined Nightstop as a trustee at the end of 2015 and was elected to Chair of Trustees in 2022.
I spent most of my career in banking and currently I am Head of Business Change for an East Midlands housing Association.
Nightstop has grown significantly during my time as a Trustee and has increased it’s reach across Worcestershire. One of my key priorities is that the organisation continues to work in partnership to reduce youth homelessness.
In my spare time you will find me running through Birmingham’s city centre or leafy suburbs.
Rachel Tucker - Vice Chair
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!
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 Chief Technology Officer at a pensions advisory firm, 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.
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.
Steph Stanesby - Trustee
I am really passionate about supporting young people who are facing difficulties and don't necessarily have the same support and opportunities as others. Having known about Nightstop for a few years I joined as a Trustee in 2022.
I've worked in the charity sector in communications for most of my working career. I'm really keen to make use of my skills and experience to help Nightstop end youth homelessness by: promoting the services we offer, helping to raise funds to support this vital work and sharing the stories of those we have helped.
Outside of work if I'm not exploring hills and forests with my dog and family, I like getting lost in sci-fi and fantasy worlds as I'm a real bookworm!
Tom Leavesley-Matthews - Trustee
Having had a varied career spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors I am pleased to have joined the Nightstop Board of Trustees. As well as founding a successful HR consultancy, I led an internationally acclaimed project to develop new quality standards for services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence. Currently, I am Head of Partnerships at Pilotlight and am responsible for leading a team securing and renewing commercial partnerships and income.
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and someone who struggled with their sexuality as a teenager, I bring lived experience to my role as trustee.
Outside of work I am a proud adoptive father, enjoy running and spending time with my family.
Douglas Marshall - Trustee
I was born and raised in Kidderminster and now run a fast-growing Accountancy Practice in the town. As an adult I have always wanted to contribute more to our local community and give back out of respect to those who gave me the support I desperately needed to get through my adolescent years.
From conversations with the team at Nightstop and understanding the core values and culture of the charity, I immediately wanted to be a part of such a great team. I’m delighted about becoming a Trustee and am passionate about the work the Charity does and the difference it’s making to so many lives.
I relish the new opportunity of being a Trustee and am looking forward to adding value to Nightstop, bringing with me 20 years of accountancy experience. I’ve always been an avid fundraiser for Charitable causes and will now focus my efforts on raising funds to support the Nightstop. My first event is a relaxed social, followed by an Ultra Marathon, with other endurance events coming at later dates.
I’m a proud father of two beautiful boys, Jude and Vinny, and a husband to the wonderful Amy.