Meet our Patrons

Our Patrons

We're proud to have a President and a group of Patrons supporting our important work. 

  • Timothy William Brett JP DL

    Honorary President

  • Kathrin Smallwood


  • The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis DL


Our Patrons

Our Patrons believe in what we do and motivate others to become involved.

  • Paul Auston DL


  • Patsy Barrett


  • Paul Barrett MBE


Paul Hollywood

The Great British Bake Off star is one of our Patrons

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Paul Hollywood is patron of homeless charity Porchlight

Timothy William Brett JP DL

Tim was educated at St Edwards School Oxford and after management training, joined The Brett Group which was founded by his grandfather in 1909. He became a director and subsequently Chairman for nearly 50 years.

Tim is a past president of the Rotary Club of Canterbury and has always been involved in voluntary and charitable organisations.

His association with Porchlight goes back many years when he was chairman of the group that raised the funds for one of our young persons' accommodation projects.  

In 2006, Tim was made a Freeman of the City of Canterbury.

Kathrin Smallwood

Kathrin’s adult life has focused on the voluntary and charity sectors and she has been involved in successfully organising many major fundraising events. She is involved with Kent Minds, Cancer Research, The Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild and Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Over the past 10 years Kathrin has worked tirelessly as County President of St John Ambulance, an organisation which is volunteer led. Her people skills came to the fore when bedding in a new regional structure in 2010. She has paid particular attention to the youth element of St John, developing the next generation of volunteers.

Kathrin recently completed her role as High Sheriff of Kent (2016-2017), throughout which she focused on domestic abuse and young vulnerable lives.
Through her various roles and commitments she has been active in many areas of Kent life. Kathrin is married to Matthew and has three sons aged 22, 20 and 15.

The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis

The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis became Dean of Canterbury in 2001 following nine years as Dean of Hereford. The Dean is an Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University, Chairman of the Trustees of Jesus Hospital and also President of the Parkinson’s Disease Society in Kent. 

He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Kent and was given the Freedom of the City of Canterbury in 2008. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Kent and a Doctorate of Divinity from Yale University. In 2012 he was awarded the Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a keen musician, pianist and hymn writer.

Paul Auston DL

Paul Auston DL is the founder of Checkmate Group. He is a standing member of the International Safety panel operating under the auspices of The International Cargo Handling Association with specific oversight on matters relating to lifting and securing. He is the author of three industry related publications.

For six years, Paul served as Trustee and then Chair of Demelza House, a children’s hospice based in Kent, Sussex and South East London. On retiring he was elected Vice President. He is a Trustee of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund based in Portsmouth and is actively involved in raising funds and awareness in the wider community of the needs of families and children, 'The forgotten casualties of conflict'.

He served on the development group raising funds for the restoration of Canterbury Cathedral and is Honorary President of The Sittingbourne Historical Group, (HRGS).  As Deputy Lieutenant of Kent he is also Swale link with specific remit and responsibility for matters within the borough. 

Paul Barrett MBE

Born in 1960, Paul Barrett was born and educated in Canterbury and Northamptonshire.  After completing his Business degree from Middlesex University, Paul joined the family motor business in 1981.  He is the fourth generation of the Barrett family to be involved in the business which was founded in 1902.

An active and well-respected member of the Kent business community, Paul has chaired Canterbury for Business for over 10 years and is a member of various Kent business advisory boards and partnership schemes. He is a long-term supporter of Pilgrims Hospices and a trustee of: Canterbury Cathedral, Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust. Paul is a keen cyclist, and a regular at many charity-cycling events both local and abroad. Paul is a Kent Ambassador, an Honorary Freeman of the City of Canterbury and was given an Honorary Fellowship by Canterbury Christchurch University in 2015. Paul is High Sheriff Elect for Kent for 2019/20.

Paul was awarded an MBE for his services to fundraising and the community in the 2019 New Year's Honours list.

Patsy Barrett

Patsy grew up in Kent and worked for a market research and advertising agency in London.  She has been involved with many local charities mainly organising hugely popular and successful large-scale fundraising events.  These include: Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Canterbury Cathedral, The Lady Mayoress’ Charity and The Marlowe Theatre.  She is also a supporter of the Canterbury Festival.

Patsy and Paul are very much a team and together have raised an enormous amount of funds for local causes.  They married in 1989 and have two adult daughters, Kathryn and Alicia.


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