Victoria Barber

Victoria Barber

Chair

Victoria has been a GP in Rushden since 1998, serving the local community. She has an interest in mental health and women’s health.
She is the GP Ambassador for Target Ovarian Cancer and gives talks around the country on their behalf. She has raised thousands of pounds for them through various sporting efforts and enjoys volunteering to raise awareness. Victoria  brings her expertise around health issues to both staff and the board.
Victoria joined the Board in 2019. 
Jennie Bone

Jennie Bone

Trustee

Jennie has been involved in local politics for many years, prior to which she worked in business with family and raised her children. Jennie is currently an active and valued member of local government, as a town councillor for a Higham Ferrers Ward. More recently she is involved in the local church, as a secretary for St Marys Rushden PCC. She brings a very local and present knowledge to the Board.
Jennie joined the Board in 2023.
Martin Coles

Martin Coles

Treasurer

Martin is an experienced finance director having performed that role in various sectors since 2002. These included board positions at a stock exchange listed company and a Derbyshire manufacturing business where he participated in a management buyout. Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a qualified secondary school teacher. Having lectured on professional accountancy courses, he took up the opportunity in the late 1990s to author/co-author a number finance and business studies texts. Until recently, and after fifteen years, he has been trustee and treasurer of a Northamptonshire based social care charity that promotes independent living for the elderly. 
Martin joined the Board in 2023. 
Chloe Cooper

Chloe Cooper

Trustee

Chloe has a degree in Law and Criminal Justice and currently specialises in Family Law and Child Protection.
Chloe has a real passion for helping others, especially those considered most vulnerable, and brings this and her legal expertise to the Charity.
Chloe joined the Board in 2022. 
Kathy Franklin

Kathy Franklin

Trustee

Kathy retired from her NHS Role as a Specialist Public Health Nurse in 2021. During her years in the Nursing profession, Kathy worked in a number of roles as a General Nurse, Community Midwife, Lecturer in Health & Social Care and finally as a Specialist Multiple Sclerosis Nurse.
More recently, she has been involved in the Roman Catholic Diocesan Safeguarding Services as a Trustee and Parish Safeguarding Representative.
For services to Community Nursing Kathy was awarded the ‘Queens Nurse’ title by the Queens Nursery Institute.
Kathy joined the Board in 2022. 
Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson

Trustee

Terry Johnson is currently employed at a community drug and alcohol service as a Recovery Worker, dealing with clients who are currently in active substance addiction.
In his earlier life he completed 10 years service in the RAF in an engineering role before working for 25 years in industrial engineering.
In 2015 he engaged in the residential and aftercare programmes at Recovery House due to substance addiction. He attends St Mary’s Parish Church in Rushden, and joined the Board of Trustees where he represents service users with a view to increasing the board’s understanding of both the requirements and also the problems that can be encountered during the rehabilitation process.
Terry joined the Board in 2019. 
Cheryl Lewis

Cheryl Lewis

Trustee

After graduating with a degree in Biology, Cheryl started her career as a research scientist before moving into primary care in the NHS. She then moved to New York for her husband’s job, where she volunteered with Corporate Angel Network, a charity that arranges free transport for economically disadvantaged cancer patients to and from their treatment centres. Upon her return to the UK, she rejoined the NHS, where she has worked in several different management roles since 2017. Cheryl has also volunteered for Scoliosis Association UK, where she offered support and advice to newly diagnosed patients, and subsequently trained as a vaccinator during the pandemic. She brings many years of patient-facing experience to Encompass.
Cheryl joined the Board in 2023. 
Paul Needle

Paul Needle

Trustee

Paul was ordained as a Church of England Priest in 1970 in Bradford beford moving into religious broadcasting with the BBC in Leeds.
This led to a full-time career in Commercial Radio as a journalist, news editor and radio presenter, then 10 years as Director of Broadcast Journalism training at City University in London, before running his own media training consultancy.
Latterly he worked for the BBC in Cambridge and Northampton as well as serving as a Vicar in local churches.
For 12 years he was Director of Communications for the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe. Now retired he still acts as a media consultant and enjoys locum ministry around Europe and, where permitted, in Northamptonshire. 
Paul joined the Board in 2018. 
Andrew Presland

Andrew Presland

Secretary

A member of Whitefriars Anglican Church in Rushden, and a Civil servant by profession. Andrew was previously Treasurer of the Faith Group for several years and is now its Secretary. He brings technical expertise as a statistician and local insight and knowledge from many years of involved community service in this area.
Andrew joined the Board in 2013. 
Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson

Trustee

Julie has over 25 years’ experience in the housing sector, most of it as a senior executive. Julie is a qualified accountant with extensive knowledge of housing finance, treasury, development and business planning.  Julie is able to ensure that organisations achieve financial success and continued viability.
Julie also has previous Social Housing Board member experience at The Community Housing Group and Watmos.
Julie joined the Board in 2024.