Chair of The Board
Helen is a full-time primary school teacher, a volunteer with the Jeremiah’s Friends bereavement group programme, and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jeremiah’s Journey. She became involved with the charity 21 years ago as the direct result of meeting Sheila Cassidy in the last few weeks before Helen’s first husband’s death. Sheila was an amazing support to Helen through a very difficult period. As a way of saying thanks, Helen decided to begin volunteering for Jeremiah’s Journey and hasn’t looked back since. From her first contact with Jeremiah’s Journey as a volunteer, to her longstanding role as a Trustee, Helen has made many friends and had the pleasure of seeing so many children, young people and their families remain in the Jeremiah’s Journey family.
Paul is our Vice Chair of trustees and a very active member of the charity.
He joined Jeremiah’s Journey as a trustee in 2020. He is director of Jarvis Nuclear, a company he set up after taking redundancy from his previous employer in 2017. Jarvis Nuclear are members of the Follow the Bear campaign. Paul is a governor of a special needs school in Plymouth and is a trustee of Mill Ford Friends and the Centipede Trust. Paul enjoys walking on Dartmoor and cycling and, along with his son, Adam, helps Jeremiah Bear get out and about!
Clinical Lead Trustee has been involved with Jeremiah’s Journey since it’s conception with Sheila Cassidy in 1996. Dr Jacqui Stedmon is an Associate Professor/ Programme Director, Doctorate Programme in Clinical Psychology at Plymouth University and brings a wealth of clinical knowledge and passion to the charity. Her involvement with the charity spans almost three decades and remains as dedicated now as when the charity was founded. For more information about Jacqui and her journey with the charity visit her page by following this link.
Eric has been involved with Jeremiah’s Journey since it was founded in 1996, becoming a member of the Board of Trustees about 10 years ago. He brings experience as a lawyer and as an independent financial advisor drawing on his practice, SWLaw, based at Lee Mill IVYBRIDGE.
Away from work, he enjoys a range of outdoor activities including walking with his Border Collie.
Ian became involved with Jeremiah’s in 2012 when he spent a year raising money for a chosen charity, He saw the charity featured in a TV programme and it struck home as he had been in the situation of losing both parents when in his early 20’s and having two much younger siblings. Sadly at that time there was nothing to help their situation so when the opportunity came to help such a worthwhile cause he took it.
After he had finished raising funds in 2012, he had got to know the people working for the charity and so decided, along with his partner Wendy, to carry on and help out as and where we could. They have since then helped out the fundraising team in their efforts doing what they can to increase the profile of the charity including having an alter ego as Jeremiah himself at events and school visits etc. Ian retired in 2018 and since then has helped out in the office a couple of days a week doing whatever he can to assist the team in their fundraising efforts. He was asked to join the board of trustees in 2019 and said that it was an honour and privilege to do so.
Steve Minton is a chartered psychologist, and an Associate Professor in Applied and Clinical Psychology at the University of Plymouth, and an Associate Professor in Education at the University of South-Eastern Norway. He has over twenty years of research and practical experience in preventing and dealing with bullying in schools and communities. Steve joined Jeremiah’s Journey as a Trustee in 2021, and outside of work, he enjoys nature, history and playing a variety of musical instruments.
Alan is a chartered financial planner and fellow PFS with over 30 years’ experience working in wealth management. This involves giving financial advice, tax planning and investment advice to high net-worth individuals and business owners. Through his involvement with the St James Place foundation he is experienced in the governance and general needs of charities.
Tara was moved to join as a trustee after the tragedy of the Keyham shootings in August 2021. She has been in business for 25 years as a Founder and Director of HotelDirect.co.uk
She is passionate about the arts, nature, Dartmoor, horses, and equestrian sport. While living in Cornwall, she dealt in original paintings for some years, specialising in the Cornish schools, and she still a keen collector now. Through the strangeness of the pandemic lockdown, she took up the cello (for relaxation!) and pursued a lifelong dream to begin writing by completing Faber’s eight month Writing a Novel course. She is excited about the next chapter, both with Jeremiah’s Journey – and trying to write her first novel.
Jo Hayward is the former Head of Plymouth College and an Independent Schools Inspector and joined the charity late 2021. She has worked in the education sector here and abroad for over 20 years and brings a wealth of educational and child related knowledge along with her business expertise.
Her interest in helping children develop intellectually, academically, socially, morally, and physically is supported by the outcomes of the work that Jeremiah’s Journey deliver. Jo has seen the work that the charity does not just within her own personal environment but also with the students at Plymouth College and because of this is passionate to help and support the charity as a Trustee.
Our Board will be sharing more with you regarding who they are and why they decided to become part of Jeremiah’s Journey. Please come back soon.