Daryl is the Chair of our Trustees, bringing vision and energy to Open Door. He is Managing Director of Scribble & Ink, and an experienced business consultant. He has an active involvement with South West Youth Ministries (SWYM), YMCA, Seeway Trust (a project in Tanzania), and is a member of Christchurch, Woodbury.
Open Door Exmouth has a small staff team who oversee the projects and the running of the charity, and a large, invaluable team of volunteers who help across all our projects, all of which is guided and supported by our Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees
Lin is a retired accountant and is the Treasurer of Open Door. She has over 25 years of financial management and business planning experience, across businesses, charities and self employed. She is also a volunteer support worker and counsellor for Open Door and is a member of Christchurch, Woodbury.
Peter is a retired Operations Manager for Devon County Council Social Services, Children and Young People's Service, and is our Safeguarding Officer. He brings a keen awareness of social issues and a wide knowledge of statutory services. He is also one of our Project Leaders for Men’s Shed. Peter is a member of Hope Church, Exmouth.
Dave spent the first 18 years of his career working as a mechanical and electrical design engineer, then retrained as a computer systems engineer, and spent 23 years as a voice and data network support officer for Worcestershire County Council. With all that technical knowledge, Dave is the obvious choice as our Health and Safety Officer! Dave is married to Sue, attends Hope Church, Exmouth, and volunteers at Men's Shed.
Sue began her working life as a medical secretary, then retrained as a primary school teacher after she had her two boys. She was also a school governor during this time. Sue was diagnosed with ME in 2004 so retrained as a gardener but she is still just as passionate about supporting the pastoral needs of the children and young people in our town. Sue is married to Dave and attends Hope Church, Exmouth.
Katie brings experience from her days formerly as a primary school teacher, more recently working for Devon County Council alongside the Early Help team, supporting vulnerable young people, and currently as a foster carer. She is particularly passionate about our Ice and Haven projects. Katie attends the Grace Gathering community in Exmouth.
Staff and Project Leaders
With a background of working and volunteering for local, national and international charities, Helen joined Open Door in April 2013. She has a huge heart for the vulnerable, and is passionate about seeing Open Door continue to respond to the needs of the Exmouth community and about making a positive difference in peoples’ lives. Helen is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the charity and for driving it forward. She is most likely to be heard saying, ‘My door is always open,’ and ‘Where has the day gone?!’
Sandy is incredible! She handles all aspects of our administration and office management, supporting Helen and each of the project leaders in whatever way is needed and always with a smile. She will be the first person you reach when you contact Open Door via phone or email, and will always do her best to help. Most likely to be heard asking, ‘How can I help you?’ She’s lovely!
Maureen is our wonderful Cafe Project Leader. She oversees all elements of the Café Project, from food service, to support work, to reporting, budgeting and planning, and supporting the volunteer teams! Maureen is passionate about listening to customers, clients, volunteers and staff to make sure the project is the best that it can be. Most likely to be heard saying, ‘Pudding for table 10 please!’
Kit is our Café Chef and as all our staff, volunteers and customers will testify, is a ray of sunshine! Always smiling, she cooks over 60 meals per day, from delicious fried breakfasts to amazing homemade specials including roast dinners and a famously tasty lasagne! Kit herself would say, she couldn’t do it without her fantastic kitchen helpers, they are the ‘dream team’! Kit is most likely to be heard… singing!
Jenna is our brilliant Haven project leader and spends her time preparing for and delivering the support sessions for primary, secondary, parent and carers groups and attending meetings to support the Haven children and families. She is so passionate about supporting children and young people that she has also recently set up her own part time business, Esteem, which she delivers on her days off. Most likely to be… listening, advising and advocating!
Lisa is our newest addition to the team and she is fantastic! She has a wealth of experience in children and families work and has truly hit the ground running taking on the leadership of the ICE Project. Lisa is passionate about serving the children, young people, families and schools of our town, and about enabling the ICE team to grow and develop to be able to make even more of a positive difference. Lisa is a real encourager so she's most likely to be... saying something nice!
With over 20 years experience working with youth, Louise leads our mentoring team, providing 1:1 and group mentoring herself and supporting a small group of trainee mentors, collectively supporting around 40 young people each year. She is also an integral member of the ICE Team, helping out in the Hub, with events - wherever is needed! Louise is a fantastic listener, gives wise advice, and truly cares for every young person. Most likely to be... listening!
Having been involved with Open Door since the inception of the Child Contact Centre, Marion is our longest serving team member! She has a heart of gold and cares deeply about putting the needs of the children first and supporting the families as much as possible through what is often a really tough time. She is also a huge fan of her volunteer team, who in her words, are all amazing! Most likely to be heard saying, ‘I need to go shopping for more toys!’
Lovely Ali has been a big supporter of Open Door for many years and got involved as a Nightshift volunteer soon after the project was set up. She is passionate about supporting the night time community of Exmouth on Saturday nights, and has even been known to take out brownies to share with the Exmouth door staff, to brighten the cold evenings! Ali is super friendly so if you see her, do say hello! She’s most likely to be found… chatting!
As well as both being trustees, Mick and Peter are our Men’s Shed Project Leaders, which is a great excuse for them to hang out in the shed, building stuff, and having a laugh with the guys! In all seriousness, they both bring a wealth of experience as project leaders and are true assets to the Open Door team, taking the Men’s Shed project from strength to strength. They are most likely to ask… ‘Who’s making tea?’