Meet the Trustees
Below, you’ll find introductions to our wonderful Board Members, we hope you enjoy learning more about them…
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 two 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!
I was born and brought up in Leicestershire and have lived in Market Harborough for over 20 years. After a career of 43 years in public service, 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 my grandchildren, watching sport , reading and travel.
I have lived in the Harborough area for nearly 30 years but 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.
I come from a manufacturing background at managerial level. I worked for international companies involved in the export/transport of many hazardous materials until my retirement. My desire to become involved with the board at VASL was mainly because I was impressed with the professionalism of both the board and staff, my main aim is to see more projects develop and for the charity to go from strength to strength.
I lived in Market Harborough with my husband and two young children for nine years until 2018 when I moved to Rutland. I work as a solicitor at Bird Belderbos and Mee Solicitors in Oakham, 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 Harborough Twenty 12 Lions Club. It has always been important to me to give back to the community where I live.
I joined the VASL board over 3 years ago. I enjoy all aspects of the role of trustee and 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 over 40 years. The village is also now 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.
I have been married to Jef for 30 years and we have lived in the Market Harborough area for approximately 3 years after relocating from Hertfordshire.
After my early retirement from a more than 30 year career in the financial services industry, I wanted to volunteer to help people. I initially volunteered as a Community Champion which I find extremely rewarding and worthwhile. Finding out more about VASL made me want to further support the excellent and worthwhile work they do. I therefore successfully applied to become a trustee and hope to contribute to this amazing organisation for years to come.
I am also a committee member of the South Leicestershire U3A. My leisure time is spent walking our dog, doing various different crafts and cruising.
I have lived in Market Harborough for 4 years, and have two young boys who keep me busy.
My background is in sport and I am an International Relations advisor for UK Sport working internationally and domestically with a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports.
I have experienced first-hand the benefits to be gained from volunteering and over my career I have worked closely with volunteers in a variety of roles including in the establishment of an international sports volunteers programme.
I strongly believe in the importance of making an active contribution to my local community and it is a privilege to be a VASL Trustee and to play a role in supporting the fantastic work that the charity undertakes.