Meet The Team
Lighthouse People – Discover the personalities who help lead and guide us.
So, ‘Lighthouse People’, who are they? These are the folks central to the organisation. From the Staff, who lead us on a day-to-day basis; the Trustees, who are responsible for governance and strategy; and our volunteers, who are invaluable in the delivery of our activities, they all bring their incredible talent and dedication to ensure we can deliver support to those who need it.
Diana ‘Dee’ Kay
Our only paid employee, Dee, was appointed Leader at The Lighthouse in late 2023.
Let’s hear what Dee has to say about herself and learn about what brings her to the organisation.
I was born in Southern Africa and spent a lot of time travelling around the world with my parents. After eight years of travelling, my mother had had enough of moving from continent to continent. In addition, she wanted me to go to the same school for longer than two years and was quite literally tired of packing up the kitchen sink!
I have been employed in several different areas in my life, which have included working on a horse ranch in Australia, working in the hospitality industry, and, for the last 20 years, I have worked in health care. I am now taking a break from health care and putting my energy into working within the charity sector. I consider that I can bring many skills to The Lighthouse, such as empathy (drawn from lived experience of anxiety and depression), compassion and a sense of humour!
I am fully aware that previous custodians and volunteers of the Lighthouse charity have dedicated a lot of their time and energy to running peer support groups, drop-in sessions, and much more. I hope that during my time of being part of The Lighthouse Community Mental Health Hub, I can continue to be part of an amazing team and charity.Dee – October 2023
We’re governed by our Board of Trustees, who are all volunteers for The Lighthouse. The trustees have ultimate responsibility for our charity’s vision, performance, development and strategy. Moreover, they meet regularly to discuss our governance and operations.
As of November 2023, we have five Trustees. They are:
Robin Beadle, Daniel Birkett, Fiona Cameron, Sarah Mason and Jakki Morgan.
Our volunteers are crucial in helping us change lives. In brief, their roles are varied, from being members of our Board of Trustees, running our Drop-In activities and other services, and fundraising to cheering us on at events, carrying out research, managing communications and social media or speaking about the organisation at events and talks. Occasionally, a volunteer may carry out several different roles. Altogether, they all help improve the lives of local people experiencing difficulty with their mental health and well-being.
While we are keen to have more, The Lighthouse has 13 amazing active volunteers. Among them are:
Fee, Robin, Dave, Jayne, Jenni, Cathy, Anne, Jessy, Jenny, Adie, Nigel, and Paul
Lighthouse People are mostly Volunteers
As of October 2023, only Staff are paid employees of The Lighthouse. Our Trustees are volunteers, and our Volunteers are, of course, volunteers. Undeniably, we could not function as an organisation without the skills, knowledge, and life experiences they all bring.
Finally, The Lighthouse is always keen to welcome new volunteers to help with our services and activities. If you are interested and want to learn more, then – Visit our Volunteering information page.