Meet The Trustee & Staff Teams

Established in 1999 we have a core team of 7 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, Lead on Data Protection and Health & Safety

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!

di n

Diane Nicholson, Trustee

I live in Warrington, am married and have a son and a daughter.  I am a home visit  volunteer, but also a Trustee Director.  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”.

Anne F website

Anne Fox, Vice Chair

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.

andrew tidmarsh

Andrew Tidmarsh, Treasurer

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.

Victoria G

Victoria Glass, Trustee

Victoria was co-opted at the November 2019 AGM, Victoria joins us with a background in Programme Management, Change Management and Planning and risk management.

Diana G 2

Diana Grylls, Trustee with Safeguarding Lead

Diana Grylls was voted on to the Board at our November 2019 AGM.  Diana is also a home visit volunteer, and she has supported families since completing her training in January 2013.  Diana comes from a background as a Social Worker and her skills include General Nursing and Lecturing.  Child Protection and Safeguarding are of paramount importance to Diana and she will guide the Trustees well in this area.

Ellie H for noticeboard

Ellie Harrison, Scheme Manager

Ellie Harrison joined the team in February 2020 and is our Scheme Manager! Ellie’s previous role was as a Service Manager with NYAS and her main focus was developing and maintaining positive relationships with local authorities and partner agencies, contributing to operational plans, monitoring budgets and updating contract monitoring information. These skills will serve Ellie well in her new role with us!

Lucy G for noticeboard

Lucy Glover, Business Development Officer

Lucy is our Business Development Officer and she joined the team on 13th January 2020.  Lucy joins us from a varied background including; MD of an Estate Agency, Promotions & Agency Sale planner at Guardian Group and a PA in Granada TV, to name but a few. Her key roles will be to implement, monitor and report on the fundraising strategy, to prepare funding bids and to explore new areas of funding.


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.

eva for display board

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.

Tara web site

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.


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, daughter Ayda and their dog Disco.


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.