Sarah Hinton, Acting Chair  

Sarah joined the Home-Start Bradford & District Board of Trustees in 2002.

Sarah was a nurse in London, then worked as a nurse in Uganda and ran a health clinic in Zimbabwe, eventually setting up a charity for those with HIV/AIDS. She spent 10 years in Africa, before returning to Bradford.

Initially in Bradford, Sarah worked as a Health Visitor in the city, but now she works as the Project Manager for Shine (West Bowling). Her experience and understanding of families through her health visiting, influences everything that she does.

Sarah says: "I know, from health visiting and as a parent, that the most important years of a child are the very early ones.

"I love seeing the difference having a Home-Start volunteer makes to families."
  Pat Trenaman, Treasurer       

Pat joined the Home-Start Bradford District Board in June 2016 and she brings extensive experience in charity governance and finance through her work in the charity sector before retirement.

She first encountered Home-Start in the mid 80's when she was invited to join the steering group for a new scheme being set up in Aberdeen.  

Pat says: "At the time I was working for the Playgroups Association and was taken by the importance Home-Start placed on having volunteers with actual parental experience. The model made perfect sense to me and I enjoyed a three years association with the scheme, until we moved way from the area."  

"When I retired and moved back to Yorkshire in 2011, I discovered a Home-Start scheme only a mile away from my new home, and having been reminded how delightful and challenging the job of caring for young children is (I have two very lively grandsons), I offered my services."


Susan Milner, Trustee


Susan has been a Trustee since 2016. Susan brings a wealth of skills thanks to her broad human resources and organisational change experience in financial services.

Susan says: "Joining Home-Start Bradford District has given me an opportunity to use my skills and experience in a different environment and to give something back."

    Ursula Blagg, Trustee      

Ursula has been a Trustee since 2013. She is a retired teacher who grew up in Laisterdyke.

Ursula joined Home-Start Bradford District to support families in and around the area where she had spent time as a child.

Ursula says: "I would encourage anyone to volunteer with Home-Start Bradford District as the experience of supporting a family through their challenges successfully is heartwarming; it can also help you progress into employment or further training should you wish."

She adds: "I would encourage anyone who is finding life challenging with young children to approach Home-Start Bradford District as our volunteers are expertly trained, empathetic and enabling, supporting you in your journey moving forward. I believe in Home-Start Bradford, the staff, its volunteers and the fantastic support that they give the families of Bradford and Keighley."

    Sharon Hobson, Trustee       Sharon joined as a Trustee in 2019. She has 35 years' experience of working in children's services.