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 attends the 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.
Jon Williams – Student/Adult Development Director
Jonathan trained at Exeter University as a teacher of English, Physical Education and Outdoor Education. The Development Programme with local schools has now grown significantly and has become his major focus after 38 years teaching. Jon spends much of his time shaping , designing and delivering community developments that are achievable with our student or adult project teams. He is a member of Holy Trinity Combe Down.
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.
Liz Ludlow – Apprentice Office Admin
Liz joined the charity as an apprentice in June 2017. Before this Liz worked for a social enterprise, working to create opportunities for women in India who had been exploited. Previous to this she spent 8 years working in Argentina for a community development project. This also involved teaching art and English and translating for international medical teams. Liz is passionate about social change and social justice but also enjoys taking time out to make her own jewellery which she sells online.
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.