We are pleased to introduce our team.
Val Huxley – CEO
After a life changing visit to Romania in 2004 Val left her family and friends back in Kent to support the then fledgling charity. Few would argue that since joining the charity she has been the main stay whilst going through many changes over the years, serving selflessly. Respected by project leaders and loved by hundreds of the children and families within our projects, Val is fired for the charity’s objectives in helping to relieve communities from poverty. She worships regularly at her West Wilts Vineyard Church, Trowbridge.
Bill Huxley – Volunteer Director, Business against Poverty
Founder of Business against Poverty, relationship is at the centre of who Bill is. He loves to link businesses and other communities to the international projects we work with, currently in Romania, Nepal and Haiti. He has an ambition for all those who engage in the fight against injustice and poverty to prosper financially, emotionally and spiritually.
He is a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and a Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) & Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (MACC), Person-centred working within an integrated framework specialising in trauma therapy. Bill is also a Certified and Accredited Personal Coach and a Member of the Association of Coaching (MAC.) Bill attends the West Wilts Vineyard Church in Trowbridge.
Stuart Brown – Volunteer, Head of Ethics and Sustainability Enterprise
Stuart Brown gained a 1st Class Bachelor Science degree from the University of London in 1977 and is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager. He started his working life in research chemistry before joining Thames Water in 1979. In 1988 he joined a major firm of consulting engineers where he helped to develop the company’s water environmental business, along with managing a number of projects and acting as an internal quality assurance auditor. Between 1998 and 1999 he was based in the Czech Republic, working for the Dutch research organisation TNO. In 1999 Stuart set up his own freelance consulting business, specialising in policy and institutional development in the environment and related sectors in transition economies. From 2012 to 2013 he was the European Union High Level Policy Adviser to the Minister of Environment of Moldova, under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme. Most recently he has been working in Vietnam in connection with developing bilateral trade relations with the European Union. Stuart and his wife Esther visited Romania as a personal initiative in 1990, since when Stuart has worked regularly there, to the point where he is now a fluent Romanian speaker. In parallel with this, Stuart is also a musician and composer, with published works that have been performed in the USA.
Jenny James – Charity Manager
Jenny initially became involved with the charity in early 2010 for 2 months under the Vodafone World of Difference scheme, and kept the charity close to her heart and stayed on as a volunteer after returning to her normal job. She spent all of 2011 backpacking through South America before returning home and joining the team at People against Poverty as a full time member of staff.
Lorraine Breese – Book-keeper
Lorraine is married to Dave and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. She came to England from South Africa in 2005 and joined us in November 2012 after working for local Wiltshire businesses. Lorraine worships in Upper Studley Baptist church in Trowbridge.
Sophie Thomson – Office Assistant
Sophie became involved with the charity under an apprentice which she completed in August 2016.
Sophie trained for six years and holds a Third Dan Black Belt in Choi Kwang Do International Martial Arts, which has contributed to her discipline and ethics in life. Since working with the charity Sophie has learnt and developed her skills and grown in confidence and is looking forward to pursuing her long term career.
Claire Anello – Lead Ambassador
Whilst organising networking events in 2014 Claire met Val, and after a visit to the PaP office to hear all about the good work she decided to join us on an Awareness Trip to Romania in 2015. Although already an ardent supporter and Child Sponsor, seeing the projects firsthand really made her want to be more involved with the charity, so when in July 2016 the Lead Ambassador opportunity arose Claire was delighted to join the team.