Meet The Trustees
Our Board of Trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise to The Stone Foundation hailing from diverse backgrounds and providing robust governance to the organisation.
Elaine Thomas, CEO
Prior to working for the Stone Foundation, I was the Business Development Manager with Stepping Stones. I began to realise that having a charitable ‘arm’ could potentially attract funding with which to widen the scope of Stepping Stones’ core activities to further enable and empower Service Users. After months of research and having recruited worthy individuals to act as Trustees, the Stone Foundation was born in July 2015.
Rob Morris, Chair
I have been working in support of others for the last 12 years, having trained as a Life Coach and in recent years, mentoring. I have also worked in media sales, recruitment and marketing. I feel my recent background is well suited to supporting vulnerable people but also helping them achieve their goals in life.
In my spare time, I am a lead singer in a band and also enjoy acting and spending time with my wife, three children, two dogs and a cat.
My experiences within performance, coupled with my professional life have given me so much knowledge on how to move people forward with confidence and I’m happy to provide this experience to The Stone Foundation.
Chris Poole, Vice Chair
I am a retired Sales Director having worked in the electronics and computing industries for 40 years. I enjoy travel, gardening, keeping fit, motorsport and fishing.
As well as being a Solicitor specialising in Property Law, I have also been involved with several voluntary organisations over the years.
I served for 20 years as Deputy Chairman of Suffolk Mind and helped create ESAN – the East Suffolk Advocacy Network at St Clements Hospital.
I was a founder member of the Charity which became CHILD helping children with Liver disease. I was also a Trustee of ASBAH the spina bifida charity.
I have been a School Governor and Parish Council Chairman and for many years and have presented Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Suffolk.
My hobby is running and I have completed 9 full marathons and many half marathons most recently the Great North Run for the third time.
I have worked in education for almost 40 years as a teacher, headteacher and as a senior manager for education in two local authorities. I currently work as an independent education consultant working across the Eastern Region. I bring extensive experience of working in public service to improve outcomes and life chances for young people through education and learning.
I am particularly passionate about supporting those who find themselves disadvantaged by circumstance or health. As a parent, I have had direct experience of the challenges that vulnerable people face, especially in accessing support at times of personal crisis and distress.
I applaud the aspirations of the Stone Foundation to find innovative ways to provide affordable housing to those in most need, especially in a time of increasing demand and reduced public sector budgets and am very pleased to be offered the opportunity to offer my skills and experience as a Trustee.
I am a retired Nurse and Health Visitor, having worked within the NHS for over 30 years. I have a degree in Community Practice Health Visiting from Anglia Ruskin and two grown-up children.
My current job is a Community and Charity Engagement Specialist for a renewable energy company called Haven Power and coordinate activities for our offices in Ipswich, Northampton, Oxford, Cardiff and London. I’ve been working here for 8 years and covered a variety of roles including Internal Communications. In my current role, I develop and deliver a number of Community and Charity activities such as volunteering and fundraising. I also work closely with schools in Ipswich to as an Enterprise Adviser and a Cornerstone Employer by supporting young people in having more meaningful encounters with the world of work as well as supporting a variety of activities at schools for the students to learn about STEM subjects.
I’ve been supporting the Stone Foundation with their Ready, Steady, Rent programme by delivering interactive sessions about understanding how to manage your electricity whilst in tenancy, and energy saving tips. Since supporting the charity with the programme, its become clear that we can all help in some way to help vulnerable people with everyday life skills and advice.
I want to be able to help those people that use the Stone Foundation to flourish and become independent. Being a Trustee of the charity gives me that opportunity.
I work as a Housing Solutions Officer for Local Government; I work in accordance with National Homelessness Legislation as well as local housing policies. I am passionate about the welfare and wellbeing of others, especially in relation to housing and homelessness. I fully believe that everyone has the right to a safe place in which to live and call their home.
Previous roles have included working in the public, private and voluntary sectors. I have extensive experience working with vulnerable adults experiencing difficulties often at a time of crisis in their lives. I have a sound knowledge of welfare benefits, housing affordability and options available. I have also implemented, promoted and delivered Pre-Tenancy Training for The Stone Foundation whilst working as a Development Officer.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family being outdoors with Nature. I am also into holistic therapies such as Reiki.
The ethos of The Stone Foundation strikes a chord with me and I am delighted to be a board member.