A young boy jumping.

The Board of Trustees comprises volunteers who take responsibility for leading strategic direction; monitoring performance; and ensuring that there is compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements: always within the scope of the national Home-Start agreement.

Our Trustees also take charge of financial management, the employing of staff, the premises from which the work is administered, good governance and the promotion of the organisation’s activities.

Jonathan Wardle

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Jonathan joined the Board of Trustees in November 2014.  A resident of Chesterfield but works within the NHS locally working with clinical commissioners to improve joined up care for the population of the High Peak locality within North Derbyshire CCG. Father of three almost grown up children, keen cyclist who attempts rather than conquers the local hills, and improving allotment gardener.

Gabby Costello


Margaret Peters


Margaret is a retired teacher who worked locally at New Mills School, Blythe House Hospice, and Salford University. She currently works in her private counselling practice and is a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor. Her experience ranges from delivering training to working with children and families in challenging circumstances. She has steered two successful BBC Children in Need bids and ran the Children in Need funded ‘Back on Track’ project at Blythe House Hospice. She is passionate about giving children the best start despite circumstances that produce inequality, whatever they may be.

Julia Brunt


Elaine Mcdonald


Elaine is now retired but has a wealth of experience and expertise of working for a wide range of organisations in the public and Social Care sector, including the Inland Revenue, Derbyshire County Council, the Careers Guidance Services and Connexions Derbyshire. She has also undertaken a wide range of voluntary roles including Crossroads Derbyshire where she has been a Trustee from 2007 and Chair of Trustees from 2013, B4Y (Buxton for Youth), where she has been a Trustee since 2014, The Bureau (Glossop) where she has been a Volunteer since 2018 and was recruited as a Mentor for the Lifeskills programme and Home-Start High Peak where she has been a Trustee since 2017. Elaine has a BA in Social Science and has extensive experience in people management, delivery of services to families, organisational development, training, networking and multi-agency work.



Grandmother MIRY is a retired deputy head teacher of a school for children with special needs and is used to working alongside educational psychologists, social workers and the police education section.



Another grandma, LESLEY, an Early Years teacher, is a former volunteer, then co-ordinator, with Home-Start in Hampshire. Since moving to live in Hayfield she has been supporting many local families in the High Peak.



We are proud to have JANE as a trustee, as Jane has been with Home Start UK since inception. She has been a trustee with us for 9 years, previously to this she was a trustee for Sheffield for 10. She was a primary school teacher, and then she became a Relate Counsellor over a span of 20 Years. Following  this Jane spent 25 years as a counsellor with Derwent Rural Counselling Service. Jane is now taken a step down from her trustee roll but to honour her commitment we have named the 9th December ‘Jane Farley day’ when we celebrate our volunteers .

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