Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees

Has ultimate responsibility for the charity.

  • Dr Sue Hornibrook

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Howard Cohn

    Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Hilary Edridge


Our Trustees

Give their time and their expertise voluntarily.

  • Colin Wright


  • Pat Unwin


  • Joanne Ross


Our Trustees

Meet regularly to discuss and review our strategies and policies.

  • Bob Porter


  • Celia Glynn-Williams


  • Dominic Deeson


Our Trustees

Are committed to developing the charity in a responsible way.

  • Tom Evans


  • Trustees' report

    View our most recent financial statements and Trustees' report

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  • Our five year strategic plan


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Sue Hornibrook, Chair
Following a varied career spanning over 20 years in both the private and public sector, Sue graduated with a BSc in Business Studies, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics, both from Imperial College, Wye. She then lectured in Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility at Kent Business School, University of Kent. Sue joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and now spends time developing strong collaborative links between Porchlight and the local community. Sue became Chair of the Board in January 2016. Read Sue's story here...

Howard Cohn, Vice Chair
Howard spent 12 years with Kent Probation initially as Basic Skills Manager, then Commissioning Services Manager, responsible for procurement and contract management of wide range of support services aiming to reduce re-offending. Howard became the organisational strategic lead for Accommodation, Substance Misuse & Public Health, prior to taking voluntary redundancy 2015. Previously Howard was a Psychology lecturer and then Departmental Head within Further Education, in inner-London and Kent. Particular professional interests are partnership working and supporting innovation, having been involved in broad range of multi-agency strategic bodies.

Hilary Edridge
Hilary is currently Head of Major Gifts at the University of Kent. She has spent the last few years leading and managing an ambitious £5M capital fundraising campaign raising funds for the Kent Law Campaign. Hilary joined the Charity as a Trustee in April, 2015.

Colin Wright FCIPD
Colin is a project manager with Skills for Health, a not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of an improved and sustainable healthcare workforce across the UK. Established in 2002 as the Sector Skills Council for the UK health sector, Skills for Health helps to inform policy and standards focusing on health, education and improving the wider wellbeing of public health. Previously for nearly 20 years Colin worked as an independent workforce development consultant. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and recently completed an MBA as a part-time student at the University of Kent.

Pat Unwin
Pat trained as a teacher at The Froebel Institute, Roehampton and worked in education for over thirty seven years. She originally worked in primary schools but ended her career as Assistant Headteacher of a large secondary school, where she had responsibility for all Special Educational Needs across the school.
Pat joined the Board of Porchlight in 2006 and is particularly interested in the work Porchlight does in raising awareness of homelessness and how it affects young people. Pat was Chair of the Board from Janaury 2013 to January 2016.

Joanne Ross
Joanne trained as an Occupational Therapist in South Africa. Since making the UK her home, she has gone on to complete MSc and PhD studies within her discipline. She is registered with the HCPC and has a particular interest in mental health and emotional well-being. She has nearly 30 years experience working across public and private sectors and in Higher Education. She has recent experience as Lead Commissioner of Adult Mental Health Services within East Kent. Joanne currently works locally and runs an independent Occupational Therapy business. She joined the Board in July 2016.

Celia Glynn-Williams
Celia is currently Head of Marketing & Communication at Medway Council. She spent nearly 20 years working in senior marketing and business development roles in the city where she was involved in setting up the successful growth market AIM (Alternative Investment Market )and managing the London Stock Exchange’s relationship management with stock brokers and listed companies. After moving with her family to Kent in 2004, Celia worked in marketing roles for the Canterbury Cathedral Appeal and educational charity, the Trident Trust (now part of Pearson Group) before taking up her current role. Read Celia's story here...

Dominic Deeson
Dominic is publisher at Deeson Group in Canterbury and London. He has worked in print and digital communications for more than 40 years. The business provides traditional marketing communications services as well as building open source platform websites and providing social media services for large organisations and corporations such as ITV, the Scout Association, National Crime Agency, Shepherd Neame, Johnson & Johnson, and the Equality & Human Rights Commission. 

Bob Porter
Bob has worked in housing and homelessness for local councils in London, Canterbury and Shepway for over 30 years. Bob is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and an experienced manager. Bob says that a period of family homelessness as a young child has helped him realise how the unexpected turns of life can lead to homelessness for any of us and to a desperate need for help and support.

Tom Evans
Tom is a solicitor with a regional law firm based in Kent. He has experience advising on both contentious and non-contentious residential and commercial property matters. Tom joined the Board of Porchlight in 2017.