The Havering Volunteer Centre would like to proudly introduce their brand new board of trustees, who bring with them varied and valued skills.
Since retiring from commerce, Simon has become involved as a volunteer as an Independent Custody Visitor, the CA Witness Service and acting as an appropriate adult at Ilford Police Station. He is also a member of Redbridge Safer Neighbourhood Board and Stop & Search Monitoring Group.
Jan is currently employed by Saint Francis Hospice as the business development manager and has been working in the voluntary sector 30 years. Jan was previously the divisional manager for the North East London area at Victim Support and in that time managed extensively large budgets, partnership working, many successful projects and teams of trusted volunteers. She has a long standing passion for the voluntary sector and this is displayed by her joining HVC as a member of the board of trustees.
Simon is a retired manager in a Bank and currently volunteers with CAB witness service, a current volunteer for Brookside Theatre and is the Secretary with the largest table tennis club in the area. His financial background is deployed overseeing Havering Volunteer Centre’s budgets and finances. Simon has been volunteering for 10 years and offers HVC a varied diverse range of expertise.
Linda Van den Hende
I have spent all my working life in the public sector, firstly in Local Government, a short stint in the Health Service and latterly the Metropolitan Police. I have held a series of senior Management Services and HR roles since the md 80’s, including six years as Head of HR for Newham Council until 1992. My last employed role was with the Met Police where amongst other roles I was Director of Occupational Health Services for four years and latterly the Director of the Strategic Disability Unit, which I set up and ran for two years. I had a national role in the police for Disability, Mental Health and Occupational Health. I spent my last five years of work as a self employed HR/Management Consultant working in the police service, mainly for the Association of Chief Police Officers where I led on national police pay and conditions negotiations and other Police Forces in England and Scotland. I ceased working in 2010.
I have been an elected Councillor for Havering Council since 2006, representing Upminster ward. I was a school Governor for fifteen years at my son’s secondary school and twelve years, ten years as Chair, for a Special School in Havering, Education Foundation Governor for Coopers Coborn School, Vice Chair of Havering’s Stop and Search Monitoring Group, a member of the local police ward panel, a Trustee of First Step and a Rotarian. I undertake work for the Local Government Association as a member of the Resources Board and all the NJC/JNC bodies for Local Government Services, Fire and Rescue and other groups. I am married to a serving Police Officer.
Pat had an extensive career as a civil servant in the Unemployment Benefit Service for North East of England and then East London, she later moved onto the department of Trade & Industry as a policy advisor dealing with employment rights on redundancy, insolvency and business transfers. She has spent 16 years as a magistrate at Romford and Barkingside courts and since 2016 has volunteered for the Witness Service at Romford. Pat brings with her a wealth of knowledge having been a member of the board of trustees for Havering citizen’s Advice for the past 18 years and a trustee secretary of the Murole High School Trust, which is a charity sponsoring a school for orphans in Uganda. She regularly leads worship in the parish of St Andrew Hornchurch and loves creative writing, reading and travelling by train around Europe