Like all charitable companies, the Neighbourhood Network is governed by a group of unpaid volunteers who act as both trustees of the charity and directors of the company. They are our Board of Trustees. Our current Board of Trustees is made up of 5 people who come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of skills and experience to the Neighbourhood Network.
Charity Manager - November 2015 - Present
Sarah has worked in a variety of roles within the Community Sector for over 16 years. Working as a Senior Finance Clerk with Preston Road Neighbourhood Development Company (PRNDC), and then moving across to the Freedom Centre as a Sales Coordinator, which is where the partnership between Lucy and Sarah begun. Continuing to develop and learn skills needed to improve business outcomes and increase community engagement.
Outside of work hours, Sarah is an active member of her local residents association, and has setup a successful community Facebook page, acting as a modern day NHW page.
Sarah is constantly striving to improve the area she lives in and enhance community engagement by organising regular community events including clean up events and developing ideas which combat issues in the area. Sarah is also a School Governor at a Hull Academy, passionate about improving local education to the highest of standards.
Lucy graduated with a BA (hons) Tourism Management in degree in 2000, before going on to travel Australia throughout 2001. In September of this year Lucy was employed as a Room Sales Executive at the Ramada Hotel, eventually taking up the role of Conference Co-ordinator and then Sales Office Team Leader in a seven-year career at the hotel.
In 2008 Lucy transferred the skills gained in the private sector to take up a new role as Sales Co-ordinator at the Freedom Centre in Hull, a community facility built as part of a regeneration project within East Hull.
The role developed greatly over the seven years in employment, with responsibilities including social media updating, the designing of the company website and marketing of all products and services. During 2012 and 2013 in addition to this work Lucy also spent time as a PTH college lecturer teaching BTEC Travel & Tourism. In 2015 the opportunity arose to take over management of the Neighbourhood Network along with her Freedom Centre colleague of five years Sarah Weichardt.
Lucy’s hobbies include spending quality time with her young family and playing in a local netball league.
Charity Manager - Trustee Since November 2015
Trustee Since 2011
Now semi-retired Colin has his own IT consultancy originally in Cambridge and latterly in Hull for many years. An ex-Hull Grammarian he was born in Cottingham and went to Surrey University where he studied Electronics and Computing.
. Colin started a Neighbourhood watch group in Cambridge in the 1980s and joined the Bricknell Avenue Neighbourhood Watch group when he returned to Hull about 12 years ago. He now runs the Wyke Area Residents Neighbourhood Watch group and sends out the weekly bulletin to around 500 residents every week.
Colin is a Police Volunteer and although he now has mobility problems he tries to help the Police whenever he can. His interests include Drama, Amateur Radio and Genealogy. One of the founder members of the Neighbourhood Network Hull since its formation in 2011; he has been the Chairman of the Trustees since 2014.
Terry has run a neighbourhood watch group in the city since 1993 and is one of the founder members of the Neighbourhood Network Hull, becoming deputy chairman of the trustees in 2014.
He was born in Beverley and moved to Hull in 1967 where he has lived ever since. He attended the Hull School of Architecture before taking up a post with a private architect in the city, later moving to the local authority in Beverley, where he worked on a variety of building types including many police properties around the Humberside Police area.
After taking early retirement from Humberside County Council in 1996 he joined the Police Community Liaison Committee, later becoming a member the Wardens Steering Group and a member of the Northern Area Executive. Terry’s interests include travel, attending a local gym and participating in various classes and likes to play snooker, but without much success!
Trustee Since 2011
Keith Dunn Robinson
Trustee Since 2014
Keith started his career as an engineering apprentice with British Rail and went on to obtain a degree in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. He trained as a Cost Engineer with British Rail but in the early 70s moved to what was then Ideal Standard in Hull. His career started as a Cost Engineer but went on to include Marketing Manager and finally Customer Care Manager from which he took early retirement in 1994. Since then, Keith has spent time in the voluntary sector with Age Concern, British Red Cross, and The Advocacy Forum in Hull.
Throughout his long career in management (including his work with charities) he has gained a wealth of experience in finance, project management, HR and marketing. Keith was also a Hull-based magistrate until his retirement in 2010. Since retiring, Keith continues to be deeply involved in several local community initiatives (including establishing a Neighbourhood Watch and setting up a Friends Group of a local park). He is also a member of his local Methodist Church where he is part of a team developing community initiatives for, mostly, elderly people. This interest in community development is the main reason for his joining Neighbourhood Network.
Darren has responsibility for the delivery of Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention and Family Support services on behalf of the Together Housing Group. He takes a strategic lead on tenancy enforcement, community safety and early intervention projects. He has extensive experience of working for a number of Registered Providers and Local Authorities throughout the UK.
Much of Darren’s work focuses upon identifying and supporting vulnerable people within a housing environment. He has a proven track record of consulting with Tenants & Residents Groups to ensure that they are actively involved in neighbourhood-based projects, decision making and policy development.
Darren is an Associate Consultant for RESOLVE-ASB and Board Member at Action Housing (South Yorkshire & Derbyshire) who regularly delivers training and advises organisations on a national platform. He joined the Neighbourhood Network to learn from local people and understand the needs of our communities in Hull in order to be able to help develop resident-led projects and improve service delivery across the city.
Darren’s hobbies include football, rugby league, travel and Northern Soul music.
Trustee Since 2015
Trustee Since 2016
Sharon Porter is the sole Director of RDS Academy CIC and RDS Training Ltd. She has worked in adult education for over 20 years. RDS was created in 2008 to help people get into work in the Hospitality, Security or Warehousing sectors.