Meet the Team
Scheme Manager Debbie helped launch the scheme in 1990.
A mother of two and grandmother of five, she has always been interested in parent/child attachment, psychology and family dynamics – qualifying as a counsellor in 2015.
Alongside Home-Start and her grandchildren, her other passion is Jive Dancing.
Dartford Co-ordinator and Special Needs Lead
Rosie has been with Home-Start since 2010. She is the Co-ordinator for the Dartford and Swanley areas. She has a life-long passion in supporting children with special needs; as well as being a proud member of the Down’s Syndrome Organisation and a mother of three children. She particularly enjoys working with families and volunteers, supporting those families reach their full potential and achievable goals.
Gravesham Co-ordinator and Scheme Administrator
Mother of two, Paula has worked with the North West Kent Scheme for 11 years, reading Counselling Studies at the University of Kent for 2 years obtaining a HNC. She continues her interest in Couples & Family Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Domestic Abuse and Parenting Programmes. In her spare time she’s a keen gardener, dancer, stained glass restorer, dressmaker and anything creative.
Trish Burleigh has been a member of the Board since 2012 and Chair since 2015, believing that being part of Home-Start North West Kent is a privilege. She undertook Volunteer Training to gain real understanding of the work of Home-start and, upon completion, decided to become a home-visiting Volunteer as well as a Trustee. Prior to becoming a Board member Trish was a Secondary School Headteacher, always enjoying working with young people, especially those under 18.
Vice Chair and Safeguarding Lead
Pamela became a Trustee in December 2016 then Vice Chair in September 2017. Having worked in the commercial legal sector prior to having her two children, she has worked in education for many years since initially supporting children and families who had English as a second language and then as a Senior Support Worker. As a member of a school’s safeguarding team, a trained counsellor and more recently an independent panel member for a fostering agency. Pamela was first involved with Home-Start NWK having co-worked with a volunteer and witnessed the difference their support made.
Jayne joined Home-Start NW Kent in 2009 as a home visiting volunteer, then in 2012 became a trustee and took on the role as Treasurer. Married with two grown up daughters, her background is in finance and pre-school.
Gill is a creative thinker who used to work as Head of Performing Arts in a large comprehensive school. She provides the music for her local church, which regularly collects funds for Home-Start. She also volunteers in the Home-Start office, specialising in data entry. Gill joined the team in 2013.
Margaret De-Graft Aidoo
Health Visitor Margaret joined our scheme as a trustee in June 2012, representing local referrers. Her help in training newly-recruited volunteers, utilising both professional and personal experience as a mother of young children, is invaluable.
Grandmother of four, Jennifer, became a home visiting volunteer in 2014 having recognised a need for the Home-Start service frequently during her career as a GP. Following initial training, she supported families for a period before joining the Board of Trustees.
Sharad is a construction industry professional, retired as Assistant Head Of Design in Local Government. He served as a Director of a Day Care Centre for over 25 years and his association with Home-start started over 20 years ago with his wife Jayashri serving as Volunteer. He has been a trustee for the last four years, happy to contribute in service to his local community.
Rosanna is a Dartford Borough Councillor who first came into contact with Home Start in 2016. In 2017/18 she became the Dartford Mayor choosing Home Start as one of her supported Charities. She enjoys much contact with staff and volunteers, appreciating the wonderful work they do. She became a Trustee in 2018 and is pleased to help in whatever way she can.
Jonathon has been a trustee since 2019 following eight years on the local council. He lives in Swanscombe, serving as a governor at a local school. Jonathon works in the transport sector and has a strong interest in strategy and governance matters.
Ken became a Trustee in 2019 bringing a wealth of commercial experience from his previous role as Chief Operations Officer for a global real estate company. Born and raised in Dartford, Ken now lives in Wilmington with his wife Theresa who is a Home-Start volunteer.
Pamela became a Home-Start trustee in 2020, introduced to the service via her work as Family Liaison Officer and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in a local primary school. She was delighted to be accepted as a Board Member – to be involved with and witness to the amazing role Home-Start NWK play in the local community. Pamela previously had a career in counselling and psychology and is passionate about individual and family well-being.
Sarah joined the scheme in 2019. With a background in children and families support services, she currently works as a Manager for the Early Help service in Dartford.
Sarah lives in Gravesham and supporting her community as a Borough Councillor.
She has two grown up daughters.