Christine Naylor – Chair (Parent Of Next Stepper)
As mum to 30 year old Matthew, who has complex needs I was one of a group of parents and professionals who recognised the need for the provision of a service that would meet his, and other similar young peoples’ needs when they left Ravenscliffe, the excellent specialist secondary school here in Halifax.
It seems a long time since but bM (before Matthew) I worked for a large building society primarily responsible for the mortgage budget gaining investment management experience. More recently I have worked for the Calderdale Adult Education department and enjoyed teaching adults with disabilities such topics as basic skills, health and wellbeing and art and crafts. I have also been a support assistant for cookery, literacy and numeracy as well as swimming.
I am a trustee and past Chairman for a national charity, the Tuberous Sclerosis Association and am married to Philip, without whose help and support I would not be able to manage my various volunteer roles. We have been fortunate that we are able to enjoy a reasonably active life with Matthew, who despite the complexity of his learning difficulties and his epilepsy, is physically able and very eager to walk and cycle on his tandem (at the back!) with his dad.
Like many parents of children with special needs, I have represented, attended, spoken at, lobbied and been involved with numerous organisations and events, with the sole intention of improving the lives of our offspring. It therefore gives me great pleasure to see the development of the Next Step Trust into the flagship provision that we originally envisaged at the start of our journey.
John Mooney – Company Secretary
With a degree in engineering and a diverse career in UK manufacturing industry, I am currently self employed running a Packaging Compliance Scheme for local businesses providing environmental advice and consultancy. I have been married almost forever and have a grown up daughter who loves to dance. When I am not working, I love to walk on the hills & moorland of Yorkshire.
I have been working with a number of organisations like The Next Step Trust for over 10 years, including Pennine Magpie, a like minded organisation in Calderdale for adults with less severe needs.
Mo lives in Halifax with husband and teenage son. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 having studied at Manchester University. She trained in Manchester and practised in Leeds before joining Wilkinson Woodward in Halifax in 1992 where she is a partner. She specialises in employment and litigation work.
As well as being a trustee she is a governor at a local primary school.
Leigh-Anne Stradeski is the Chief Executive of Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire. She came to Eureka! in 2000 from Canada where she was Executive Director of the first Canadian children’s museum in London, Ontario.
Leigh-Anne is a great believer in the importance and power of community, and has been involved in many charities on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Community Foundation for Calderdale for the past 9 years.
She has a particular interest in ensuring that children and young people with disabilities have access to opportunities and experiences which will enrich their lives and was therefore delighted to join the Next Step Trust in 2013.
Since leaving the world of high street retail management in 2000, the last 17 years have been spent working to support individuals and organisations in the development and achievement of positive social change within our communities.
Over the years I have held the posts of Head of Sales for The Big Issue in the North; Chief Executive for The Big Issue South West; Executive Director for The Big Life Group of social businesses and charities; and both Operations Director for Yorkshire and then North of England Director at the British Red Cross.
As a provider of support to many individuals, social enterprises and charities in the development of their social purpose initiatives, I had the privilege of meeting the Management Team and Trustees at The Next Step Trust when the charity was just over one year old.
Such was the impact on me of the purpose of The Next Step Trust – but also the clear signs, even at that early time – of such a genuine and special culture that I have always been proud to retain my relationship with the organisation.
It is an honour to be a Trustee for this wonderful organisation and will bring all I can to ensure that we keep walking through life with the Next Steppers so that they, and their families, can live happy and fulfilling lives.