“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way, we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said,
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Our Volunteer Teams
Hope Nottingham would not exist without the support of its volunteers, both past and present. We have approximately 250 volunteers supporting Hope House, Carlton Community Hub and our satellite food banks across the city. You can find out more about our work Empowering Volunteers here and about current Volunteering Opportunities here.
In addition to our registered volunteers, we are regularly supported by ad hoc volunteers, those who fund or food raise for us, those who support The Trussell Trust Tesco supermarket collection days, run fundraising events for us, take part in food parcel packing sessions or who save us valuable funds by offering their labour and services to help maintain our premises. Find out about Corporate Volunteering and Partnerships here.
Every hour of time given, really makes a huge difference to our work, for which we are truly grateful.
Our Board of Trustees act as our governing body and are ultimately responsible for everything we do. The Board is made up entirely of volunteers who do not receive any remuneration.
DR Paul kirkwood
Paul brings 32 years' multi-national heathcare company experience, with technical management roles including Director of Manufacturing, Director of Security and Crisis Management, and Director of Health, Safety, Environment and Security.
He lives in Nottingham and joined Hope as a volunteer in 2014 and has been a Trustee since 2015.
Anne brings over 20 years of charity experience, working with business leaders, Government and voluntary sector organisations at the Prince of Wales Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community.
Anne lives in Nottingham, is a Church Warden of a local church and joined Hope as a Trustee in 2020.
Christiana has 30 years' experience in Accountancy and Finance, currently working as a Financial Controller. She has been involved with various charities for over 10 years as both Treasurer and Fundraiser and is enthusiastic about passing on her knowledge of accountancy.
Christiana lives and worships in Nottingham and joined Hope Nottingham as Assistant Treasurer in 2020.
Jez brings 25 years experience working in leadership and management roles for multi-national engineering firms. A career break led to a year leading a local charitable social enterprise, before working 5 years as a Business Manager in a local school. He still provides consultancy in school resource management.
Jez volunteers at Citizens Advice, Bilborough food bank and in maths tutoring at a local school. He lives in Beeston and worships at St Barnabas in Lenton Abbey.
Charlotte is an accredited member of the Civil Mediation Council, an experienced workplace mediator and Human Resource Management lecturer, teaching up to level 7. She manages her own HR Consultancy supporting organisations with HR training and projects. Her passion is people engagement.
Charlotte has also previously worked for a Catholic Schools Trust and lives near our new Carlton Hub.
Trustee applications are currently closed.
We are blessed with our diverse and skilled range of Trustees, who are committed to providing good governance and development and support of both our strategy and our people. Applications are currently closed for new Trustees but if you feel you have particular professional skills and would like to enhance our team in another role, please get in touch here.
our staff team
Over 80% of our staff team began working at Hope Nottingham in voluntary roles
our staff team
Over 80% of our staff team began working at Hope Nottingham in voluntary roles
Hope's Founder & Ambassador
It was Nigel's vision for 'Uniting Christians, Serving those in need and Bringing God's love' alongside his sheer drive and hard work which led to the set up and ongoing development of Hope Nottingham. Read more about Hope's Vision and history here.
Following 12 years as Director, Nigel has stepped aside to take a well earned extended leave from mid July but will return part time in October 2022 to focus on promoting Hope's vision, partnerships and sustainability.
Dominique has over 25 years' management experience including 14 years in the charity sector in senior operational roles, both locally and nationally. Inspired by Nigel's vision, Dominique is committed to ensuring the developing strategy meets the need of our local communities, whilst ensuring our people are well supported. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and holds postgraduate qualifications in Leadership and Management.
A member of the Senior Management team, Michael brings over 40 years of management experience, including 7 years as a Prison Chaplain.
Michael joined Hope in 2015 and works tirelessly equipping and engaging members of our diverse communities. Michael's passion and commitment has seen him lead the development of our allotment and he is now focussed on leading at our new Carlton Community Hub.
Iain joined Hope as our Support Manager in 2020, following 5 years of volunteering. His role oversees our Cafe, Friendship Projects, Allotment, Community Food Club and skills projects at Beeston.
With 12 years' experience as a secondary school teacher, he enjoys spending time with local people and leading volunteer teams to support those in need. In addition he is part of our Safeguarding Team and helps with our Marketing.
Alex joins us with a wealth of experience in the charity sector having previously worked for Christian Aid and Safe Families.
After a decade of working as a Youth Pastor and then supporting volunteers and Church partnerships, Alex joined us to support our fantastic 360-strong army of volunteers across our 14 food bank locations as well as recruiting new volunteers and delivering training.
area foodbank support coordinator
After leading Hope Nottingham through our highest ever levels of food distribution during the pandemic, Claire gained huge expertise in referral management and has recently moved into full-time support of our Foodbank operations, advising and caring for our volunteer teams, coordinating our food stocks and van team. She loves a spreadsheet, but is also highly creative having run her own business for 8 years making carnival costumes.
youth & community
Jade has over 12 years' experience working with young people, children and families from diverse backgrounds and has a degree in Youth & Community Work with Practical Theology.
Jade is passionate about supporting young people in their community through our Toddler and Youth groups and ensuring safe and inclusive environments for children, young people, parents and carers.
Admin & facilities coordinator
Louise brings to Hope over 14 years of broad charity experience in both church and healthcare settings.
Her past roles have included providing pastoral and spiritual support, working with volunteers, staff management, administration, office coordination, health & safety, risk and governance.
Her excellent communication skills balancing empathy and professionalism ensure our office is led in line with our values.
Rosie joined Hope as a staff member in November 2022, having already volunteered at our allotment, cafe and supporting our Friendship Club. Her outgoing and bubbly personality is a perfect fit to coordinate our social projects including Two's Company Befriending and our monthly Community Meal. Rosie also works as a freelance 'creative' and has a degree in Media and Journalism - skills we cannot wait to utilise!
Tilly first got involved with Hope House when we opened in 2010, and is a great advocate for the local community. She joined the staff team in November 2020 as our Cleaner and works hard to ensure all areas are clean and welcoming for our guests and team.
Tilly is also a very dedicated volunteer, supporting in the kitchen in our Cafe, our Community Food Club and helps organise and advertise our monthly Community meal.
Lauren studied for a Masters in Chaplaincy at St John's College, and has gained experience in educational and children's Chaplaincy, as well as compassion ministry.
She supports volunteers and staff to deliver services and leads community-based prayer and spiritual activities at Hope House, demonstrating her passion to see individuals flourish in all that God has planned for them.
Andy brings over 20 years' in commercial IT security and consultancy, alongside recent knowledge gained in many aspects of Charity Operations from an Operations Management role with a local Parish PCC.
Andy has always been interested in charity finance, having previously held a charity Treasurer role and can be relied upon to ensure our robust financial management.
carlton community hub worker
David brings 30 years mutual building society experience with great insight into social vulnerability, the impacts of financial hardship and experience supporting the general public.
David volunteered with the Hub for 6 months before being appointed to support its day to day running, inspired to apply by the amazing volunteer team, partnership work and their impact on the local community.