Manna House Trustees
As Manna House is a registered charity we have a Board of Trustees whose role is to oversee everything we do at a strategic level and ensure that we comply with charity legislation and adhere to our charitable objectives. As Manna House is also a company limited by guarantee, they are also our Directors. They are also volunteers and support our work in many other ways and we are hugely grateful for their help and advice.
We have recently been talking to quite a few people from a range of backgrounds who have asked about joining the board, which is very exciting. We hope to be adding some new faces to this page soon!
Colin Greaves (Chairman)
Colin graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and developed a career in Engineering Project Management. Moving to Cumbria in 1984 with a change in vocation, he served as pastor in a local independent church, leading change and growth over a period of some 20 years. He was one of the founding members of the Manna House team in 2003, building upon experience with an earlier homelessness project in the district. In addition to Manna House he is a trustee of a charity supporting schools and churches in Africa. Colin and his wife Chrissie also work as part of the Midlands-based World Prayer Centre team leading mission teams and networking with churches across the UK. He is also active as a Mentor and Spiritual Director with local churches and mission projects.
Marilyn has been a Trustee of Manna House since we began in 2002 and is currently Vice Chair. When she started with us she was a District Councillor with an interest in housing and homelessness. She has continued to see housing as an important issue for the most vulnerable members of society. Marilyn is a former Mayor of Kendal and took social inclusion as the theme for her time in office. She works as a mental health counsellor with the Birchall Trust.
Tony Wade is our Treasurer and also a longstanding volunteer at Manna House.
Mal began working with Manna House as its first Manager, after it evolved from a similar charity known as The Granary, in 2001. She retired through ill health in 2003 but retained an active interest in the organisation, becoming a member of the board some time later. Her main interests are family, painting, lovely holidays to exotic places, and enjoying Cumbria! She is passionate about Jesus and His Church, and actively involved in King’s Church, Kendal.
Fiona Nelson ran the Winter Shelter for us in 2016-2017 and came to us with loads of experience with the homeless sector in other parts of the country. She lives in Staveley and is another active member of King’s Church, Kendal.
Paul studied at Wolverhampton Polytechnic where he obtained a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies and has worked as an Independent Financial Adviser for nearly twenty years. More recently, he has been working as a Will Writer, and is a qualified member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers. In his spare time, Paul enjoys cycling on his tandem with his wife Jeannette, and attends a local church.
Sarah Playforth, Judith Robinson and Keith Talbot joined the Board in October 2018.
Judith graduated in history at Southampton University and then studied at Guildford College of Law. Kendal being her father’s home town, she came here for her practical training and stayed to practice as a Solicitor, mostly part-time to allow for the needs of a family of three daughters. She is a Catholic and has an active interest in local history and in natural history. She volunteers at Kendal Museum, assisting the curator in updating catalogues of the extensive collection natural history specimens.
After graduating in Mathematics, Keith spent over thirty years in the computer industry, including twenty years running his own business. He and his wife Gay then retired to the Lake District and founded a charitable trust which principally funds specific medical work in developing countries. They have three children and two grandchildren. He is an outdoor enthusiast and a Catholic.