Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees

Has ultimate responsibility for the charity.

  • Hilary Edridge

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Howard Cohn


  • Dr Sue Hornibrook


Our Trustees

Give their time and their expertise voluntarily.

  • Colin Wright


  • Stephanie Goad


  • Tom Evans


Our Trustees

Meet regularly to discuss and review our strategies and policies.

  • Jenny Robson


  • Louise Coakley


  • Dominic Deeson


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Hilary Edridge, Chair
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.

Howard Cohn
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.

Sue Hornibrook, 
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...

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.

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.

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. 

Jenny Robson
Jenny has a strong interest in the development of policy and practice that address disadvantage for people in society. She has a long career history as a practitioner, leader and academic in children and family services. Jenny has worked in the public and voluntary sector. She is currently an academic working at the University of East London in the Cass School of Education and Communities.

Louise Coakley
With a background in A and E nursing and lung function Louise gained an MA in Health Education from the University of Kent and Lectured in Health Education and Research at Canterbury Christ Church University.  She undertook a number of research projects into health service delivery within the region.  She published extensively in the nursing journals and is particularly interested in the link between housing and health.

Stephanie Goad
Stephanie has held a range of senior leadership posts within the public sector, with 15 years experience at board level. Stephanie currently works at MHS Homes as Operations Director. Prior to her current role, Stephanie worked at Medway Council, leading the council’s transformation programme for six years and previously as Assistant Director of Communications and Enterprise. During her time at the council Stephanie led on organisation-wide transformation and has specialist knowledge covering strategy development, customer and digital transformation and implementation of new business models. Prior to joining Medway Council Stephanie worked at Westminster City Council and the Local Government Management Board. Stephanie has an MBA and a Diploma in Digital Business Leadership.