Meet The Trustee & Staff Teams

Established in 1999 we have a core team of 8 members of staff that operate across all areas of Warrington, as well as a board of trustees. We are part of a national organisation, but operate as an independent charity and raise all our own funds.

We have a team of trained volunteers, who offer support to families in their own homes for 3 hours a week.


Gwen Lightfoot, Chair

I have been involved with Home Start Warrington since its inception in 1997. During this time, I have held many roles on the management committee and have also been involved with the work of Home Starts regionally and Home Start UK. During all this, the one thing that has always struck me is the passion from everyone involved.
I have worked in the voluntary sector in Warrington for over 20 years and now work regionally for a national charity.
I live in Warrington with my husband and have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter, all of whom at one time or another I’ve roped in to support Home Start!

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Diane Nicholson, Treasurer

I live in Warrington, am married and have a son and a daughter.  I am a home visit  volunteer, but also a Trustee Director and Treasurer.  My skills are in Finance, Personnel Management, PR & Marketing and working with Children & young families.  My career has been in teaching at Secondary education level and this enables me to facilitate a session on the Volunteer Course of Preparation, “Parents and their children”.

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Anne Fox, Vice Chair/Volunteer Advocate

I live in Warrington and have one daughter.
I worked initially as a primary school teacher and then in moved into the Education advisory service. I am now retired.
I am a Home Start volunteer as well as a Trustee.
I also volunteer at St Rocco’s Hospice and support refugees through Care UK.


Anne Bramhall, Trustee

I am a Mum of 2 grown up sons, and I live in Warrington.
I retired after 38 years full time working in the corporate world. Previous roles have included managing, motivating and supporting a large team of field based people and dealing with all HR issues surrounding them.
I am also currently volunteering at a school (as well as being a governor), in a prison and with Home-start as well as being Trustee for them.


Lynda Elwell, Trustee

I live in Warrington, married with one daughter and one son, also five grandchildren.
I worked for M&S as an Audit Supervisor liaising with all staff including head office and other outside agencies then moved to Warrington Borough Council as an Assistant Play Development Officer. I am now retired.
My voluntary experience has been in my local primary school, the Air Cadets and currently as a trustee with Home Start.


John Povey, Trustee

I moved to Warrington to be an active Grandfather to my two grand children. Previous experience of being a social care commissioner for a local authority in the West Midlands and before that as a social worker, has given me an understanding of some of the pressures on families and therefore my determination to support the work of Home-Start.
I was asked to be a trustee of Warrington Home-Start after putting my details on a web site run by Warrington voluntary Action, my background in local authority commissioning being felt to be of particular relevance to the trustee board.
I enjoy many other interests such as photography, classical music, tying to keep fit, and more recently I have been active in supporting the creation of a new University of the Third Age(U3A) for Lymm and Thelwall.

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Dru Mansfield, Trustee

I’m the Mum of two grown-up children and I live in Warrington.  I originally trained as an Infant Teacher but I was unable to obtain a permanent teaching post so I went into Clerical work until I started a family. After my children started school I worked in different schools in Warrington in different roles: Volunteer, Teacher, Classroom Assistant and Early Learning Tutor. 

I was a Home-Start Volunteer for three years before becoming a Home-Start Trustee. As a Trustee I enjoy helping with fund-raising events, meeting families supported by Home-Start and assisting the Staff and Trustees with the important work done by Home-Start Warrington.

My hobbies are hiking, yoga and reading. I am also a Volunteer for the Stroke Association in their Communication Support Group.

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Andrew Tidmarsh

Andrew joined the team of Trustees at our AGM in November 2018. Andrew is now our Treasurer, assisting the admin team with all things financial. Andrew also sits on the Financial & Fundraising sub group and reports to the full board at each Management meeting. In his day job, Andrew works in Finance for a global Financial Services company.


Kate Griffiths, Scheme Manager

I am married to Brian and have three grown up boys.
I have devoted my working life to children and families in all different capacities. I have worked for Social Services, Education and Sure Start. I joined Home-Start in 2006 as a Family Support Co-ordinator and later progressed to Scheme Manager in 2009. I feel very passionate about Home-Start as I feel we really get to the root of families difficulties by being privileged to visit them in their own homes. My role is to ensure the smooth running of the scheme and to make sure we are offering a quality service to both families and volunteers.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family. I enjoy walking and have recently started to play tennis. As a way to relax I enjoy reading and knitting.

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Chris Murphy, Development Officer

I’ve been with Home-Start Warrington since November 2010 and my role as Development office is to ensure we have enough funds to operate. I have previously worked as a self-employed consultant, for Business Link, Learning & Skills Council, NWDA among others and have been able to bring those skills to my current role. I thoroughly enjoy working for Home-Start as I can see the direct impact we have on families lives and especially on ensuring children have the best start in life.


Steph Scully, Office Manager

I Joined Home-Start in July 2002, as a 16 hour part time Admin Assistant. I had previously trained as a Secretary at Halton College, Widnes and in 1979, I joined MANWEB working as a Clerical Assistant until 1991, when I had a career break to have my children. Our scheme has seen many changes since I joined and I became the full time Office Manager in 2009. I am married with 2 grown up daughters.


Leanne Smith, Finance Admin Assistant

Leanne is our Finance and Admin Assistant joined Home Start in November 2013.  Her previous roll was Managing Director of Ace Promotional Travel a Wholesale Holiday Company.  Leanne lives in Golborne with her Partner Matthew, her son Joseph and their dog Disco.


Helen Fearon, Family Support Co-ordinator

I joined Home-Start Warrington in November 2013 as a Family Support Worker, looking after families and supervising the volunteers that support them.  However, in 2017, I reduced my hours, working every Wednesday and very recently changed my role to be our Fundraising and Events Co-ordinator. If you have any ideas to put to me – call me on 01925 652320/576100. I have a son and a daughter.

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Eva Ross, Family Support Co-ordinator

I joined Home-Start in May 2017 as a Family Support Coordinator.
I have worked with children and families for the last 11 years in a variety of roles.
I am married with 2 children.

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Tara Shaikh, Family Support Co-ordinator

I am married and have three adult children.
I worked as a Primary school teacher for many years.
I joined Home-Start at the end of July 2017 and am a Family Support Co-ordinator.
I enjoy walking and gardening in my spare time.


Rachel Richards, Outreach Worker

I joined Home-Start as a Home Visit Volunteer  in April 2010, after having my children and looking after my grandson.  I felt that I had a lot of experience around family life to be able to share with families that needed a little extra help and support. In July 2012, a paid position became available to join the staff team, as an Outreach Worker.  In my role, I work with families that need help quite quickly, before a volunteer can be placed. I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


Laura Wilcock

Laura Wilcock joined us in October 2018, as our Finance Admin Assistant, covering Leanne’s role, whilst she is on 12 months maternity leave. Laura is married and lives in Warrington.