Our Board brings a wealth of experience and commitment from the local community:

Clare Hearnshaw
Clare is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience, most of which has been within cancer and palliative care services in NHS and hospice organisations.

Sheila Barton
Having studied psychology, sociology, education & science, Sheila worked for thirty five years as a teacher in Hertfordshire secondary schools.  At her final full-time post, The Cavendish School in Hemel Hempstead, she was instrumental in broadening the School’s curriculum offer in vocational subjects, including setting up GCSE programmes in Home Economics, Design & Technology and Health & Social Care. She became a Trustee with Urban Access and then Signpost in 2014.

Angela Thurstan
With a degree in Sociology and a Diploma in Counselling, Angela worked as an Accredited Counsellor from 1993 until retiring in 2013.  As well as working in a GP practice, she was a Counsellor Lead in a Primary Care Trust in Bedfordshire and helped to set up the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme there. Angela became a Trustee in 2016.

David Martin
David has worked for YMCA since 2010 and has been Director of Resources since 2012. Prior to this, David was Head of Resources for a local authority leading on corporate resources such as property, procurement, HR and ICT as well as the management of Council Tax, Business Rates and Benefits. Outside of work, David has been the trustee of a number of youth charities. He has also provided leadership and support to a number of national and international projects and programmes for a national youth organisation.

Guy Foxell
Guy’s background is in Youth and Community work, his previous role was working at the UK’s largest youth centre, in South London. Prior to that he oversaw youth and children’s work at a variety of churches across the country and ran a charity delivering community programmes across the Welsh Valleys. Guy has a degree in Youth and Community work from King’s College, London, but before that he pursued an interest in ancient history and literature gaining a masters degree in Anglosaxon, Norse and Celtic.