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Our board of trustees

Richard Jones – Chair

Richard is a passionate supporter of Shared Lives having seen the difference it makes to people’s lives. Richard has  been a Director of Social Services, worked for government and been a senior executive in the NHS.

Richard continues to be involved  in social care and health through a range of consultancy work and as a board member of Anchor Trust and Action on Hearing Loss.

Richard is a keen walker and enjoys music  and bird watching. He is currently learning to play the trumpet!

Ian Coleman – Treasurer

Ian read Economics at university and is an Accountant by profession. He was Finance Director of one of the largest metropolitan councils for 15 years and now has his own business advising on financial management and pension fund management.

He holds a season ticket holder at Manchester United, (one of the rare breed who actually hails from Manchester…!) and enjoys being a member of the National Trust. He has supported us for over 10 years.

Martin Ewing – elected  (Scheme Worker) and Interim England Committee Representative

Martin Thomas – Wales Representative

Martin was elected to represent Wales on the Board of Trustees by the Shared Lives Plus Cymru Committee in 2014. Martin has worked with Shared Lives schemes since 2004 and is currently Business Manager for the South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme. He is particularly interested in scheme development and raising awareness of the Shared Lives model.

Amanda Clarke – elected Homeshare representative

Amanda joined Share and Care Homeshare in 2012, having previously had a business selling property in Egypt for seven years. Prior to that Amanda was in the initially in the fashion business, working for Harrods and Top shop and latterly headed the design and development team of Puma UK. She has two grown up sons. “I am of an age whereby I understand first-hand the difficulties faced when trying to make suggestions and decide on the most appropriate care for an elderly parent.  It is a win-win way of giving help to elderly people and allowing them to remain independent in their own homes while also giving younger people who are struggling to get on the property ladder, a chance to live in a low-cost way. Amanda became a trustee in June 2017.  She says, “I was delighted to join the Board and committed to helping to shape its future. The growing interest in, and recognition of, both Shared Lives and Homeshare UK – and how they support people’s care and independence is something I am very passionate about.”

Martin Ewing – elected scheme worker and interim England committee representative

I was born and raised in Edinburgh and went to Edinburgh University. Since then I have worked in various support settings in London, the West Bank and Leeds, including: supported living, supported employment, supported housing, outreach/ domiciliary care and Shared Lives. I am currently an Area Manager with St Anne’s Community Services, a registered charity and Housing Association based in Leeds.

I have been involved with Shared Lives and Shared Lives Plus since 1995, and throughout that time have always viewed it as the most person centred, and mutually beneficial form of support there is.

I live just outside Leeds in a small market town. In my spare time I enjoy playing five a side football, playing the guitar – badly, watching sport, and always have a book on the go.

Mark Howarth– elected Shared Lives carer

I have been a Shared Lives carer for 10 years and I am also the current chair of Herefordshire Shared Lives Carers Forum.

I spend a lot of my time working in the Adult Social Care world within Herefordshire dealing with everybody from local councillors through commissioners and local MPs. I’ve seen first-hand on so many occasions the difference Shared Lives can make.

I was elected onto the board of trustees in 2016 and I am keen to promote and grow Shared Lives so many more people can enjoy its benefits.

I am also the director of a small construction company and I like to spend time walking my Newfoundland dogs.

Brenda Tukei – Shared Lives carer

Brenda Tukei was a approved as a Shared Lives Carer in 2011, and has worked with many different people with different needs, ranging from mild-moderate learning disability to mental health. Brenda was inspired to apply after seeing a close family friend working as a Shared Lives Carer. Brenda believes that Shared Lives is an amazing idea and is literally changing lives of those who use the service – as well as those who provide the service.

Brenda Studied Law at University and worked in a legal advice centre for some time after graduating. She also has qualifications in hair, beauty, wig making and trichology and runs her own business (part time) from home.

Brenda’s passion for Shared Lives, comes from wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. She says, “Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. I feel a great sense of achievement when I see the people I support happy, as means I am doing my job right.”

Brenda has been a Shared Lives Plus board member since 2016.

You can see the most recently available minutes of the Shared Lives Plus Board of Trustees here:

Previous minutes are available here