Our Board

Below, you’ll find an introduction to our wonderful Board Members, we hope you enjoy finding out more about them…

Linda Jones

I was born and brought up in Leicestershire and have lived in Hallaton in the Harborough District for over 27 years. My career was in criminal justice. I was Chief Probation Officer in Leicestershire and Rutland for 16 years, before joining the Home Office and Ministry of Justice as the Regional Commissioner for prisons and probation in the East Midlands. I retired in December 2009.

I joined the VASL Board as I wanted to give something back to my local community. I really enjoyed my professional life and wanted to share my knowledge and skills. I am proud to Chair the VASL Board. I am a trustee on 2 other charities, including the Hallaton and Isabella Stenning Charity which manages 16 almshouses, the village hall, recreational ground and allotments in Hallaton and the surrounding area.

My other passions are wildlife – I am a volunteer at Rutland Water Nature Reserve – travel, reading, walking, gardening, watching sport and playing golf, when I have the time!

Mike Herbert

I was born and brought up in Leicestershire and have lived in Market Harborough for over 20 years. After a career in public service of 43 years, I retired in 2007 and looked around for something useful to do, preferably working for the community.

I was appointed as a Magistrate to the Market Harborough and Lutterworth Bench in 2008, and since the closure of Market Harborough Court House, have served on the Leicester Market Harborough and Lutterworth Bench. I became a volunteer driver with VASL in 2008, and shortly after, I was appointed as a Trustee and now Director. My particular remit on the Board is social transport.

My other interests include grandchildren, sport (watching), reading and travel.

Gail Lamb

I have lived in the Harborough area for nearly 30 years and am originally from Sheffield. Following graduation from Loughborough University I spent more than 25 years in the private sector holding a variety of business, project management and information systems roles. I worked in a number of different organisations covering manufacturing, supply chain logistics, and travel (including 13 years working for Golden Wonder in Market Harborough).  I then commuted to London for several years to work in the public sector, managing the delivery of IT-enabled change in the Crown Prosecution Service.

Following retirement a couple of years ago, I knew I wanted to work in the voluntary sector so I visited VASL to find out about opportunities, and volunteered as a Befriender. I was quickly matched up with an individual in the area and thoroughly enjoy visiting her once a week. I also applied for, and was accepted in the role of Treasurer on the Trustee Board for VASL.

In my spare time, I enjoy travel, singing in a choir, Nordic walking around Harborough, visiting family and friends, and the theatre and shows.

James Lindsay

I am currently Head of Corporate PR & Government Affairs for Celesio UK which includes Lloyds pharmacy. Most of my career has been spent in various senior corporate communications roles in both public and private sectors including Westminster, Whitehall, The Post Office and now Celesio UK. I have also been an active School Governor for over a decade both in Market Harborough and south London.

I became involved with VASL because I believe strongly that volunteering and the third sector plays a unique and critical role in improving and enriching the lives of many people who live in Harborough and south Leicestershire. VASL is a very professional and effective organisation which continues to make a significant positive contribution to our local communities.

Ann Charlton

I come from a manufacturing background managerial level, working for international companies involved in the export/transport of many hazardous materials until retirement. I am not at present involved in any other aspect of VASL due to personal commitments. My desire to become involved with the board at VASL was mainly that I was impressed with the professionalism of both the board and staff, my main aim is to see more projects and for the charity to go from strength to strength.

Linda Freer

I worked in the Leisure Industry for the last 25 years of my working life, this included working for RCI Resort Management America and RCI Europe, before a management buy resulted in me owning my own business, Resort Solutions Limited.

Resort Solutions was based in the centre of Market Harborough, an ideal location for all the obvious reasons; not least that the offices were above Starbucks coffee shop!

The business was sold at the end of 2012 and I retired after many years of travelling, to spend much needed and enjoyable time with my husband, two grown up children and our newly born first grandchild.

I have lived in the Market Harborough area for 32 years and love our countryside location, as do our animals, three pigs, chickens and the more usual cat and dog.

I love walking, gardening and all types of music and am a member of Kibworth Ladies Choir.

I was looking for something to do that would give me the opportunity to give something back to this wonderful community that we live in when I saw an advert for new Trustees for VALS Board.
I was appointed in November 2015 and now hold the position of Company Secretary.

VASL is a wonderful charity where staff are dedicated and passionate and everyone involved has the same single aim, to do their best for the clients in the community.

Kate Godber

I have lived in Market Harborough for seven years; I live with my Husband and our two young children. I work as a Solicitor at Edward Hands and Lewis Solicitors practising Private Client Law.

Since a young age, I have volunteered for various projects including helping in homeless shelters, running a youth club and more latterly being a member of the Harborouh Twenty 12 Lions Club. It has always been important to me to give back to the Community where I live.

I have recently joined the VASL board and believe that role will be enhanced by my previous experience in the voluntary sector. I also anticipate being the legal sounding board for any matters that may arise for VASL.

Peter Van Herrewege

Peter is, married to Jessica and they have been residents of Great Bowden for in excess of 40 years, which is also now also the home of their two grown up sons Simon and Thomas.

Following a 40 year career in the health and social care industry, operating a number of care homes including the Peaker Park development at Market Harborough, Peter’s local knowledge of the needs of the community of Market Harborough, and the services available to support people in the community offers a sound background knowledge to contribute as a Trustee to the Board of VASL.

In their leisure time Peter is often found upon the local golf courses, and Jessica enjoys riding her horse and her long-standing association with the Fernie Hunt.

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