Phoenix Staff Team
Barney does a bit of everything at Phoenix, supporting everyone and anyone as needed and utilising his background as a tutor by delivering functional skills training to co-workers to improve their employability. Prior to that he was a journalist and is delighted to have found a new way of using his communication skills.
Chas, a retiree, had a previous background in commercial ventilation and air conditioning management and was a volunteer at Phoenix before being enticed to join the staff group. His construction site experience has proved invaluable in solving our property maintenance problems and although he is kept busy in all departments, his work in the woodshed is legendary – it is fair to say that he loves a challenge!
Brian brings a wealth of experience to Phoenix from his background in industry, including over twenty five years working at local company, Domino Printing Sciences, where he was Director of Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Since joining the board, Brian has taken particular responsibility for the key area of health and safety.
Charles comes to Phoenix from a financial background as a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience, and is working to build on the community’s financial and governance foundations. Phoenix is the first charity he has been involved with and he is enjoying engaging with a charity he feels inspired by.
Becky is a local Milton resident who became involved with Phoenix through the Milton Little Library Project. Becky brings many years of HR experience to the team and is excited to be part of a charity for the first time. "I love the strong sense of purpose and community at Phoenix and its a brilliantly fun team to be a part of"
'The Phoenix Trust is very much a family affair for Neil; he was introduced to the charity via his father David, who has been a valued trustee for a number of years. Neil has volunteered in all manner of ways and is often found helping the co-workers cook a hot lunch for the team. Neil's design and fit out company COEL is a sponsor of the Trust, and he recently rallied his local business contacts into funding and building a recreational room for the co-workers to enjoy a game of pool or a round of darts during their free time. As David steps down, Neil is delighted to take on the role of trustee and looks forward to adding to the enrichment activities which are so valued at The Phoenix Trust.'
Anna has been a secondary school teacher for over twenty years, initially as a science teacher and as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) for the last thirteen years. Some of the children she has taught are now co-workers at Phoenix Trust, and her own child attends as a co-worker. Anna believes that everyone can reach their potential and beyond with the right adaptations, reasonable adjustments and work arounds, and that Phoenix provides the right balance of a workplace in which to learn new employability skills and nurturing, caring environment. Anna is looking forward to working with the Phoenix Team, mucking in when needed.