Meet The Trustees

Marches Family Network is governed by a volunteer trustee board who meet on a monthly basis.  We are looking for trustees who are passionate about creating a society that includes everyone.  We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have experience of social care, childcare, charities, business, or disability issues.

If you would like to become a trustee of our Charity please contact us on 01568 614908.

Rick Mather

Rick Mather

Joined our trustee board October 2022, following retirement from a career in the defence industry, prior to which he served 25 years in the Army. He now keeps busy with a number of voluntary roles and is delighted to be able to support Marches Family Network, having seen 2 of his children inspired by the work it does, during their time as youth workers with the charity.

Rick is married to Kate, a Primary School Headteacher, and has 3 grown-up children. He keeps busy as a part-time copywriter, looking after 2 demanding dogs, and finally getting around to a range of overdue maintenance tasks on the house and garden. In addition to Marches Family Network, Rick also gives his time on a voluntary basis to other local organisations. For relaxation, he enjoys cycling, and is learning the essentials of bike maintenance.

Karen Turner

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Trustee with the Marches Family Network in Herefordshire, UK. In this role, I aim to share the varied experiences and skills I’ve accumulated over the years. As a Chartered Member of the CIPD, I believe in the importance of creating inclusive environments for individuals and the provision of appropriate support services for families raising children through what can often be an exhausting, emotional and isolating journey.

My career has been varied and interesting as an HR professional, Business Director, and latterly Neuro-Coach and Wellbeing Practitioner. I have gained diverse experience and a broad perspective in various sectors including transport, hospitality, technology, oil and gas and child development. I have first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities that individuals and families face in the world of neurodiversity. In my spare time, I support pregnant women who have suffered discrimination, through employment tribunals My interest in neurodiversity is very much a personal one, motivated by my own experiences and a genuine hope to foster greater understanding and acceptance in our communities. This personal commitment, alongside my professional background, guides my contributions to the Marches Family Network, where I hope to make even a small difference in the community we serve