Sarah Hinton, Acting Chair

Sarah HintonSarah 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 TrenamanPat 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 MilnerSusan 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, Data Protection Lead

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.

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 District, the staff, its volunteers and the fantastic support that they give the families of Bradford and Keighley.


Sharon Hobson, Trustee, Safeguarding Lead

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


Trustee FAQs

What kinds of skills and experience do you need to be a Trustee?

Home-Start Bradford District needs Trustees with a variety of skills and experience and from a wide range of backgrounds. No special qualifications are needed, but it is important to have good interpersonal skills, a practical approach to working with people, an understanding of the pressures facing parents and an interest in supporting your local community. You may bring a particular expertise to the Board, such as professional skills in finance, IT, business, personnel management, or marketing and PR, but equally as important are listening and communication skills, commitment and common sense.

What is a Trustee?

Trustees serve on the governing body (Board) of a charity and are responsible for directing the management and administration of the charity. They have a wide range of duties and are responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining sound management of funds. They are mindful that in promoting the objects of the scheme they hold it in trust for current and future families. Trustees are responsible for the governance of the scheme; staff for managing the day-to-day running of the scheme. A Trustee should not be tempted to do the staff’s job for them but maintain a crucial distance to be able to set the direction and oversee the work objectively. Being a Trustee can be hard work but it is also rewarding, giving many opportunities for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community.

Trustees are not paid for their work, but may claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (such as travel to meetings).

What does a Board of Trustees do?

A Trustee Board may also be called a Management Committee, a Board of Directors or Trustees, but they all have the same responsibility, whatever the title. Home-Start Bradford District is an incorporated charitable company governed by a Memorandum and Articles of Association with the Board of Trustees responsible for ensuring the organisation works to the Home-Start Standards and Methods of Practice and in accord with the Home-Start Agreement and quality standards.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the scheme’s vision, for leading the strategic direction, the compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the performance and quality of the scheme and for ensuring that it operates within the Home-Start Agreement. It is also responsible for the scheme’s property, financial management and security, good governance, the promotion of Home-Start and for employing staff. The Board’s job is to ensure that the resources in the charity are used effectively to further the objects of Home-Start and for the purpose for which they were given.

What role does the Trustee Chair have?

The Chair plays a key role in providing leadership for the Board in deciding strategy and setting policy. As well as planning and chairing Trustee meetings, the Chair will also manage the induction of new Trustees. They takes the lead on ensuring the support and supervision of staff is happening effectively and will often represent the charity at external events and meetings.

Can anyone be a Trustee?

Most people over 18 can be Trustees. There are some exceptions: where a person has been convicted of an offence involving deception, an undischarged bankrupt or someone who has previously been removed as a Trustee. All Trustees must complete a DBS check.

How big a commitment is it?

Being a Trustee carries legal and financial responsibilities. It is an important role which will require time and commitment. Home-Start Bradford District Trustees spend an average of ten hours per month fulfilling their responsibilities.

What advice and support is available for new Trustees?

Every new Trustee has an induction programme within the Scheme. They are also invited to a regional Home-Start Induction Day as well as to other national and regional training courses and events. A full range of support is available, including the Home-Start Intranet, regular legal updates and the support of Home-Start UK specialist teams.


Find out more or apply

If you would like to know more about becoming a Home-Start Bradford District Trustee or Advisor please contact us.

Application Form (Word document - editable using up-to-date versions of Word)

Application Form (PDF - for printing)

Equality Monitoring Form (Word document - please return with your application)

Equality Monitoring Form (PDF - for printing - please return with your application)