Our Friends elect Trustees at the Martineau Gardens’ Annual General Meeting to take overall responsibility for our organisation. They play a vital role, they volunteer their time and working together to make important decisions about our charity’s work.
Sue Roberts, Chair of Trustees
I have been a Trustee at Martineau Gardens since January 2014 and later that year, I became Chair. I worked in the NHS for 27 years’ in service delivery roles and in commissioning. I led the Birmingham service for people with learning disabilities and region-wide specialist rehabilitation services, helpfully relevant to the work we do at the Gardens. Having recently left St John Ambulance after two years as the Regional Director, West Midlands, I am currently running a Hospice In Leeds. I have lived in Birmingham for 19 years, moving here from Leeds. I now live in Harborne and spend my time time keeping fit at the Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club. I have relatively recently taken up (not very successfully!) Cross country skiing and cycling. One of my ambitions for the Gardens is that we exploit opportunities for joint working with other organisations with similar charitable objects in order that we might, jointly, have more impact in the areas of fundraising, service sustainability and growth.
Tim Bruton, Treasurer
I have lived in Birmingham all my life and currently live less than one mile from Martineau Gardens. I have been a Chartered Accountant since 2003 and currently work in industry (Jaguar Land Rover) as a finance manager. I am married with a teenage son.
I joined Martineau as an opportunity to share my finance expertise with a group of people who make life better in a myriad different ways. I feel I have gained more from the Gardens than I have contributed and know that the Gardens prove everyone has something to offer.
Glenys Thomas, Trustee
I was brought up on a farm in the Cotswolds which was referred to by an elderly man in the village as “the bloomin'(bit stronger actually) League of Nations” So left home as soon as possible to do a psychology degree and subsequently followed my interests in other countries. Over the years I taught social workers about group dynamics and human behaviour whether in therapeutic, family, community, or management/staff development settings From my perspective Martineau Gardens can provide a really healthy social ,emotional and physical environment where individuals can flourish supported not only by the staff but also each other. I feel as if I have come home.
Margaret Holmes, Trustee
I live in Kings Heath, have taught yoga part-time for a number of years. I have three young grand-daughters who I’m very fond of. My first contact with the Gardens was in 2000 when I was a councillor on Birmingham City Council and the Gardens were under serious threat from developers. Subsequently I became a Trustee, having been very impressed by the special atmosphere of the place.
Martineau Gardens is an extremely worthwhile Birmingham resource, providing, amongst other things, a unique service and support for people from all backgrounds and all ages. Personally, a visit to the Gardens invariably cheers me up!
Peter Arnold, Trustee
Tom Walkling, Trustee