Hope into Action Reading – Trustees
Tom Ward’s calling to work with vulnerable adults and addiction stretches over eighteen years of valuable experience with the marginalised and homeless. This was gained at Yeldall Manor and Prospects, not forgetting his contribution to solving homelessness with Wycombe District Council. These, teamed with his desire to see churches engage with homelessness, brought the vision for Hope Into Action Reading. Tom is married and studying towards an MA in Christian leadership and Theology and actively involved with Reading Family Church.
Pamela Ward has been a healthcare professional for 30 years as a Doctor of Chiropractor and a Cranial Practitioner. She is married to Tom with three grandchildren. Pamela has been involved in church leadership over many years in a variety of capacities and attends Reading Family Church. Pamela is currently studying toward an MA in Christian leadership and theology. She has a passion to minister to and pastor women.
Barry Semark is an experienced Design and Communications professional. He has run his own small business in Reading for the last 10 years, having spent the previous 30 years running (and often starting) London-based design agencies, 2 of which were PLC subsidiaries. He and his wife became Christians late in life and now have a commitment to a new spiritual path and giving something back to the community. One route is helping the vulnerable, through HIA, Reading. Barry attends Reading Family Church.
Ian Bate is married to Jill and they both go to St Michael & All Angels in Spencers Wood. Ian has been treasurer of the PCC for 26 years. He retired from the National Housing Federation in 2011 as Head of Finance after 40 years’ experience in finance in the UK, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He is a Trustee of Vinjeru, a charity providing educational material to schools in Malawi and has worked as a mentor for the Fredericks Foundation which is a smaller version of the Prince’s Trust. He has two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren.
Mick Lebaigue had a career in builders merchant sales, was in house church leadership and became full time Pastor in 1998 as the church was growing. He has worked with children for over 40 years and has 30 years’ experience in pastoral care. He is married to Mary and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He retired and moved to Reading in August 2015, to downsize and be near the grandchildren. Mick and Mary are already very involved in Reading Family Church which, after 41 years in their old church, has proved to be a wonderful new spiritual home.
Pamela Villa works as a support worker for Sevilles in Reading and is currently studying for her Care certificate, level 1. Sevilles provides support to vulnerable adults (over 16) to enable them to maintain their independence in their own home. Originally a junior school teacher from Cameroon in West Africa, she is married to Tino, is mother to four children, and serves in the welcome team at Reading Family Church.