Our Trustees

Message from Jane Mann, Chair of Trustees:  Jane-Mann-257x300

Dear Friends,

Jimmy’s exists to give practical help to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. It’s a place where men and women can regain their dignity, where they can re-learn the basics of living that we all take for granted and begin to feel human again. It’s a place where those who need it can get help to tackle addictions and mental health problems, where they can learn to live again in a world that can be so hostile and frightening. All this is possible under one roof because of the support of so many people: our countless donors, the City and County Councils, the Homeless Transition Fund and the many individuals, schools, Churches and businesses who care about Jimmy’s.

May God bless each one of you for whatever part you have played in the work at Jimmy’s in the past, and whatever you may do to help us in future. We would also never have come this far without the help of our volunteers, whose selfless giving of time and energy makes Jimmy’s what it is. We also owe special thanks to Tony and Gill Barker and Richard and Joan Howlett, who so selflessly started the work that we now continue. The staff at Jimmy’s have been there for our guests whenever they were needed, through the difficult times that we would never have wished for, and the great times for which we have all worked so hard.

With continuing help from everyone – our supporters, donors, volunteers and staff – we can keep working towards more great times ahead.”


henryHenry Brown – Chief Executive

Henry started as a volunteer at Jimmy’s in April 2010 and joined the staff as a Project Worker in July 2010. In March 2011 he was appointed Chief Executive. His background is in executive retail and he has been involved in a number of charitable projects through the interests of the local church. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Newport University and is married with three children

Meet Our Trustees

Jane-Mann-257x300Jane Mann – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Jane has been a Trustee of Jimmy’s since it opened in 1995 and Chairman of the Board since 2005. Married with three children, she has worked in the caring profession all her life. Jane is an active Street Pastor in Cambridge and currently the National Ladies President of Gideons International. She is also a member and Deacon at Zion Baptist Church.

fionaDr. Fiona Blake – Vice Chair

Fiona has recently retired but prior to that was employed as a psychiatrist working with adults of working age for the Cambridge and Peterborough mental health trust. A trustee of Jimmy’s since 2006, she has a special interest in the homeless mentally ill and works with the GPs at the Access surgery, which was specially set up to meet this medical needs of the homeless.

John Durrant

John Durrant has worked for Newmarket Open Door for the past fifteen years, helping to provide supported housing for homeless and vulnerable young people aged 16 to 24, two Charity Superstores, a Foodbank, Recycling Centre and an SOS Bus.He has previous experience as a community worker, supermarket department manager, student accommodation and hotel and catering. John served on Cambridge City Council for 21 years, serving as Mayor in 1996-97 and chaired many key committees of the Council, including Planning, Property and the Environment. In addition he served as chair of Emmaus Cambridge for many years and has been a trustee of Jimmy’s for over fifteen years. He has also served on a number of local charities and organisations including two local museums,.

John is also a local historian and author and chair of Cambridge Blue Plaques. He is married with three children and eight grandchildren.

11731679_833823656736808_3652568661186842535_oWendy Godfrey

Wendy is an HR professional with over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, both as a volunteer and employee. She has worked in a number of charities covering children’s needs, housing, and disability. She has set up an out of school club, served as a Governor at the local sixth form college (where she Chaired the HR and Remuneration Committee) and has also Chaired a charity supporting children with a disability and their families.

She brings to Jimmy’s experience of strategic and operation HR management in rapidly growing environments with huge cultural change as a result of changing government agendas. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

kiranKiran Kapur

Kiran became a trustee in 2013 and brings experience in communications and marketing. She lectures for the Cambridge Marketing College and is the author of 3 marketing books. She has lived in Cambridge for 17 years.

steveSteve Lown

Steve was appointed a trustee of Jimmy’s in February 2014.As a member of a local Baptist church he is part of the café management team. He is also involved in other local Christian charities.

He has been involved in design and print since 1972 and self-employed graphic designer since 1991.

Steve is married with one son.

geoffGeoff Mann – Secretary

Geoff is currently a trustee of Jimmy’s and has been on the Board since 1996. He is an accountant who has worked for himself since 1999, specialising in the charity sector. Geoff is also an active Street Pastor in Cambridge. He is a member and a deacon at Zion Baptist Church and is married to Jane who is also a trustee of Jimmy’s. Geoff is currently a trustee of the Gideons International, a worldwide charity based in the United States of America, having been a trustee of the Gideons International in the British Isles for the previous 9 years.

306_C2884 (2)John McHale

John is a Project Manager with 13 years’ experience in the property and construction industry and has managed over 50 construction projects within both the public and private sectors.  He  joined property developer Wrenbridge in 2007 having previously worked for Arcadis as part of the Commercial Project Management Team in Birmingham. John specialises in the technical and delivery aspects of projects having an enthusiasm for ensuring they are delivered on time and on budget. John is a keen skier and Coventry City fan.  John has also been a regular volunteer at Jimmy’s since February 2012 working on Reception and  also helping in the kitchen.  He became a Trustee in May 2016.

davidDavid Silver – Treasurer, Chair of Finance Group

David is a Cambridge-based Chartered Accountant, currently Financial Director of Napp Pharmaceuticals. He has now been in Cambridge for 30 years since arriving in 1984 to study Geography at Downing College. In addition to financial and management expertise David brings a knowledge of Charity accounting and governance.

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johnJohn Stanton – Chair of Communications Group

John came to Cambridge as a student and has lived and worked in the area ever since, most recently as a technology consultant. He has lived in Great Shelford for 40 years where he and his wife Polly raised four sons and attend All Saints church in Little Shelford. Now semi-retired he has been a trustee of Jimmy’s since 2013 and is also a trustee of the Cambridge Literary Festival.

eileenEileen Taylor

Eileen is a member of the Zion Baptist Church in Cambridge and, as a Trustee of Jimmy’s for six years, is keen to see the link between the church and the shelter nurtured. Eileen is married with two children.Eileen is pleased to be able to take an active role in the work that Jimmy’s is doing with the homeless in Cambridge.

hilaryHilary Wyllie

Hilary joined Jimmy’s Nightshelter as a volunteer nearly fifteen years ago, having previously worked with a homeless charity in Edinburgh. When family circumstances no longer allowed doing an evening shift, she became a Trustee of Jimmy’s. Hilary is married, with three children and one grandson, and attends her local Baptist Church, where she is active in Children’s work and pastoral care.