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 has previously supported a Hull Academy, as a School Governor and also helped to form a local football club. She now focuses her time on fundraising for local Cancer charity causes, of which she is passionate in improving local services and education.
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 - November 2015 - present
Charity Support Officer - May 2018 - present
Katie is no stranger to supporting a developing team and adapting her skills to assist in the task in hand. Her administrative and finance experience in supporting previous charities and employers has been outstanding. From working in a business community centre, the Freedom Centre, supporting the finance director and chief executive officer and then supporting a local firm in their finance team, her knowledge is diverse, and she has certainly shown adaptability.
Her personal time is mostly kept busy with her family, although she has a passion for the arts, comedy and theatre shows.
Born and bred in Hull, Debbie moved across to the south bank when she joined Humberside Police in 1979 as a police officer. Eighteen years, a husband and two children later she left the Police and began working for North Lincolnshire Council in housing. In 2001 to 2005 she did a part time degree in housing policy at Sheffield Hallam University and continued her work in housing moving across to North East Lincolnshire where she eventually took voluntary redundancy in March 2016 from her job as Head of Strategic Housing with North East Lincolnshire Council.
Debbie now works as Engagement Officer for the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner acting as his eyes and ears out in the communities of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Her main current interests are researching her family history.
Trustee Since Jan 2018
Trustee Since Jun 2020
Rob has a vast amount of involvement of working within the voluntary and community sector, with over 20 years of experience. During this time, he has worked with, and for an array of community organisations, such as Hull DOC and Hull Community Network to name a few. Due to his addiction to networking, he has helped establish several organisations to address particular social issues, such as period poverty. Because of his connections, he regularly supports group to develop and flourish.
He is an active member of Revive Church, a director of a couple of local companies and a trustee of a Yorkshire wide charity. He is also a governor of St James Primary School.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, country walks and drinking coffee, but his greatest love, outside his family, is theatre and the arts.
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.
Trustee Since 2011
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.
Devan has worked in the voluntary sector since leaving college back in 2015. He has worked in various roles starting out as the Monitoring and Participation Officer for Humber Learning Consortium (HLC) and the Hull Youth Justice Service (HYJS), and then moving across to continue the work with HYJS under the management of East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd. Devan has continued to work for ERVAS ever since.
Outside of working for ERVAS, Devan is an active volunteer for a number of local and national organisations, including acting as a youth panel member for the IOPC, Humberside Police, Step Up to Serve and a number of other organisations.