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?!’
Tim is an experienced manager, having worked and volunteered in a day centre for over 10 years. Having a heart for those who have met difficult times for whatever reason Tim is keen to facilitate pathways leading to stability in their lives. He knows great change can happen by small acts of kindness through ordinary people like himself.
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!
I love helping to support people, equipping them to manage their own Mental Wellbeing. It is a privilege to offer this kind of support at Haven, celebrating the positives and working through the hard times that life can bring, together.
Rose has been with ICE since September 2019. She is currently overseeing the mentoring program ICE provides at the college. Rose has 7 years of experience in youth work and is passionate about enabling young people to grow and flourish in every area of their lives. Alongside mentoring, Rose has worked in partnership with the college RE department to provide events and lessons for students across the school years. She loves getting to know people and hearing their story.
With considerable experience of working with Children and Families, Claire leads our Parent Hub Project. She is committed to supporting all mums, dads and carers of children on the life-changing journey of being a parent. Claire is a great listener, so is most likely to be found on the sofa having a cuppa with a parent!
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 being a trustee, Peter are our Men’s Shed Project Leader, which is a great excuse for him to hang out in the shed, building stuff, and having a laugh with the guys! In all seriousness, he brings a wealth of experience as project leader and is a true asset to the Open Door team, taking the Men’s Shed project from strength to strength. He is most likely to ask… ‘Who’s making tea?’