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.
In light of his 20 year career in electronics and 11 years as development technical manager for M&S, Mick is our Health and Safety Officer. He is also a Project Leader of Men’s Shed, with Peter. Mick brings a wealth of wisdom and experience from having worked for various Christian organisations as well. He attends Christchurch, Woodbury.
Stuart is a Paramedic and Director of First Aid training business, Action for Life. He delivers our first aid training and also chairs our Café Board, helping to review and develop the project, and support and encourage the team. He lives in Budleigh with his family and is part of Grace Gathering which meets 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 our most recent addition to the team, joining in May 2016. She brings with her a wealth of administration, office management, and organisational skills, all of which are highly valued at Open Door! She will be the first person you reach when you contact Open Door via phone or email, and she’s most likely to be heard asking, ‘How can I help you?’ She’s lovely!
Maureen joined us in 2015 and has been a fantastic addition to the Café team. She oversees all elements of the Café Project, from food service, to support work, to reporting, to 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 wonderful 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 aka wonder woman! Not only is she leader of the Ice Project, inspiring the team and supporting countless young people throughout Exmouth Community College, she’s also established our most recent project, Haven. In her ‘spare’ time, she runs a youth club at Exmouth Baptist Church, spends time raising awareness of the refugee crisis, and is mum to two gorgeous young boys! Most likely to... need chocolate!
With over 20 years experience working with youth, Louise joined us in 2015 and quickly established herself as an invaluable member of the Ice Team, and a huge support to many young people within Exmouth Community College. She will also be on the Haven team when it launches in January. She is a fantastic listener, gives wise advice, and truly cares for every young person she mentors. Most likely to be... listening and encouraging!
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?’