Our Trustees


Geoffrey Thomas, Chair

Geoffrey has been a Trustee of HOST since 2015 and Chair since June 2017. He is also a Trustee of The Proud Trust, having volunteered for LGBT charities for over 20 years. Formerly a lay member of the local Magistrates’ Advisory Committee and Community Panel Chair with the Youth Offending Service, he is now a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Thorn Cross and a magistrate in Greater Manchester.

Geoffrey has 36 years of experience in secondary education, with over 20 in senior leadership roles as Assistant and then Deputy Head Teacher. He has been responsible for; pupil well-being, behaviour and attendance as well as performance management/appraisal, professional development, capability, recruitment, teacher training and quality assurance. In these roles he has supported other schools/LAs in the East Midlands and across the North of England in the development of health education, assessment/records of achievement and in-school behaviour units.

As well as his teaching and leadership roles Geoffrey also has 15 years’ experience of governorship. He has been a chair of governors at a large junior school as well as a Pupil Referral Unit, a governor of a secondary school and an associate governor of a secondary school.

Tafheen Sharif, Vice-Chair

Taf has been with HOST as a Trustee since 2015 and Vice Chair since 2017. She has been governing for over 15 years and has been trained as a National Leader in Governance (NLG) by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Taf is a Councillor for Mossley, Tameside Council, having been elected in May 2016 and has previously served as a Councillor in Luton, being lead cabinet member for Community Safety. She is also the former Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire leading on Community Engagement and Partnerships. Taf is dedicated to making a difference to communities and has founded a number of successful initiatives. In a relatively short period she was recognised nationally and awarded “Young Councillor of The Year” by the Local Government Innovative Unit for showing energy, dynamism and a fresh approach to making positive changes to communities.

Taf has held a number of directorships and board level positions including at a Law Centre, and a housing associaton, and has also governed at a number of schools, currently with Buckton Vale Primary School.

Nicholas Bennett, Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

Richard Barrett, Trustee

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Councillor Jim Fitzpatrick, Trustee

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Shirley Hoyland, Trustee

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Jill Reynolds, Trustee

Jill joined Home-Start in 2007 as a trustee in Stockport and joined the Board of HOST following the merger in 2013. Jill trained as a hospital social worker, specialising in paediatrics. After qualifying she worked in London in the community and in special schools and was later based in hospitals.

Following the birth of her first child and a move to Manchester Jill began working in research. She was involved for many years in psychosocial studies of children attending the renal unit at Manchester Children’s Hospital. Jill also worked on a breast cancer study at Christie Hospital and later on the evaluation of an innovative adoption project. She is the joint author of a book and of a number of research papers relating to her work. During her career Jill has also worked as an assessor for the Family Fund and for the Independent Living Fund.

Jill is now retired but continues to work on a sessional basis as a panel member on Social Security appeal tribunals. This still leaves space for Jill to enjoy spending time with her family and friends and to pursue interests including music, cinema and travelling.

Carolyn Roberts, Trustee

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Pauline Williams, Trustee

“When I retired as a primary school teacher I wanted to continue to help young children but not at a direct 1:1 level as I had in work. The opportunity came to be a Trustee for Home-Start and I felt I had practical, relevant experiences to help support the charity.

I am a mother of 3 grown up children and a grandma who minds 2 of our grandchildren every week, so understand the stresses and strains that young children bring. I have been a Trustee for 8 years at HOST and seen many changes as we take on new challenges.”

Sian Wimbury, Trustee

Sian is Assistant Director of Operations for mental health at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust with over 15 years experience in mental health services in the NHS crossing provider and commissioner organisations.

Sian specialises in developing and maintaining commissioner relationships, contract management, service development and performance improvement. Sian has supported the development of a number of services across Manchester since starting in the NHS including long stay rehabilitation services ensuring some of the most vulnerable people are cared for in services close to home and the development of the Manchester Resilience Hub following the 2017 terror attack. Sian started in the NHS on a university bursary placement supporting the clinical governance team at Manchester mental health and social care trust. Sian is passionate about mental health services and working to deliver parity of esteem.

Sian became a trustee in 2015 whilst on maternity leave following the birth of her son.
Outside of work Sian’s interests are spending time with her family, playing netball and travelling.