About Our Trustees

The trustees are guardians of Havencare's values and business practices and, as such, play a crucial role.

While day to day operations are delegated to the CEO and  senior management team, the trustees are responsible for setting the future strategic and ethical direction of the charity and providing effective governance.

With their wealth of experiences and backgrounds, the trustees bring different perspectives and act as critical friends. They are able to take a rounded view of what is happening within Havencare and how we respond and plan for a changing future, ensuring our services are fit for purpose.

The board is also responsible for ensuring Havencare takes all reasonable steps to protect service users, promoting their rights as equal and valued individuals. They also ensure the Charity and those who work and provide services for Havencare are adequately protected through robust risk and safety assessments.

Promoting Havencare also falls within the remit of the trustees, as the charity develops and maintains good links with stakeholders and those with an interest in the organisation.

Stephen Reynolds, Chairman

Joining the Board in 2007, Steve has 32 years of banking experience, covering both branch and regional roles. Currently Relationship Director at Barclays Corporate, Steve's previous roles include Area Manager at Barclays Business Banking and Local Centre President of the Institute of Financial Services.

Well-versed in assisting owner managed businesses in the small and medium sized business sector to maximise their potential, Steve's interests include: Trustee of Newton Abbot & District Recreational Trust Ltd; member of the Newton Abbot Squash & Tennis Club, member of the Mid Devon Cycling Club and member of Stover Golf Club.

 David May, Non-Executive Director

Businessman David, who joined the Board in 2011, is the proprietor of an independent garage, established in 1979.

A Rotarian since 1991, focusing on community and youth groups, David chaired the Ivybridge Youth Venue Committee, raising funds resulting in the centre being built in 2005.

He was also District Councillor for South hams in 2002, Executive Member from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of Planning in 2011.

David's hobbies include breeding Texel sheep and Ruby cattle on his farm in Ivybridge, Devon.

 Kathy Cuthbert

Kathy joined the Board in May 2014 and is a district councillor and Vice Chairman of Community Life and Housing Scrutiny Panel and the Licensing Committee in Ivybridge. Kathy has become the board lead for overseeing staff practice development in line with National best practice guidance and has recently signed Havencare to The Restraint Reduction Network Pledge to reduce restrictive practice in social care.

 

Georgie Mills

Georgie Mills is an HR professional who graduated from Plymouth University with a Master of Arts in Personnel in Development complemented by her extensive experience of working at both strategic and operational levels to provide HR advice and guidance to Directors who manage a diverse range of charitable and commercial enterprises.

She specialises in Learning and Development and Employee Engagement alongside providing comprehensive support to senior managers on complex HR employment issues and general HR functions.

Her achievements include developing and implementing an innovative employee engagement model, designing and implementing a strategic learning and development programme which contributed to achieving IIP accreditation for her current organisation.

Georgie joined as a Trustee for Havencare in May 2015 and is deeply passionate about this new role, she is much looking forward to helping Havencare to explore and create innovative ways that enable individuals to be best version of themselves they can be.