SPACE Board of Trustees
Kate Francis – Trustee
Kate graduated from Keele University in 2001 with a 2(i) in Human Resource Management, Sociology and Social Anthropology. She enjoyed an exciting career in the travel industry for 7 years before spending some time exploring abroad. On her return Kate began work as a Mentor and then as an Employment Officer for people with disabilities. She now works for a local autism and learning disability charity as a Project Coordinator. Kate has two young daughters. Her eldest has Global Development Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder and a speech disability. Kate became involved with Space after attending the play sessions with her daughter.
Jonathan Haigh – Chair
Jonathan graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA in Business Studies in 2004 before completing an MA in Human Resource Management at Northumbria University in 2005. Jonathan then spent 13 years working in various different HR and People Management related roles within the Oil and Gas sector before taking up his current role as the Director of HR & OD at Muir Group Housing Association in 2018. As well as HR and People Management, Jonathan also has experience in health, safety and wellbeing, data protection and governance.
Jonathan became involved with SPACE after learning more about the charity at the 2018 SPACE ball.
Helen Rainbird – Trustee
Helen became a Trustee of SPACE in October 2018. After graduating from Loughborough University in 2003 with a 2(i) in Management Sciences, she worked in Sales and Marketing roles for 15 years on well known brands including Goodfella's, Typhoo, Morrisons and John West. She also achieved a CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Postgraduate Diploma. Helen is currently a stay at home mum and has three young children. She uses her previous commercial, communications and branding experience to help SPACE to continue to grow and develop.
Siobhan Williams – Trustee
Siobhan studied at the University of Central Lancashire and went on to work for Royal Mail in a variety of admin, management and senior management positions over 21 years. She has experience in HR, Revenue, Audit, Safety, Customer and Quality roles within Royal Mail. She also holds the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Siobhan has 2 young children, one of whom was born prematurely and has a neurological condition similar to cerebral palsy and Global Developmental Delay. They have been attending SPACE since it opened its doors in 2014 and Siobhan has been keen to be involved ever since as it is the only place that is fully inclusive for the whole family – including siblings.
Louise Smith - Treasurer
Louise has been Treasurer of SPACE since it was set up in November 2014. After gaining a 1st class honours degree in International Management and French at Manchester University, Louise qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the global accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2003. She worked within their audit practice for 8 years, managing the audits of large companies such as the Financial Times and MTV. Louise is currently a stay at home mum to three small children but uses her knowledge and experience gained whilst working as an audit manager to oversee the financial affairs of the charity.
Katharine Harvey (LLB) – Secretary
Katharine graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 2(i) in Law in 1995. She then went on to complete the LPC at the College of Law in Chester before qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. After working as a Defendant personal injury solicitor for 12 years Katharine returned to her home city of Chester. She is currently a stay at home Mum to her 2 young daughters, as well as working part time for the University of Chester Academies Trust. Katharine became involved with SPACE after getting to know Jemma when their children attended nursery.
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