Knowledge, experience, passion ...
Our Board of Trustees is here to support the charity achieve its aims and mission. The Board sets the charity’s strategic aims and ensures that necessary resources are in place in order for the charity to meet its objectives. All members of The Board take collective responsibility for the performance of the charity and all decisions are taken objectively and in the interest of the charity.
The Board is responsible for satisfying itself as to the integrity of financial information and the effectiveness of the charity’s system of internal control and risk management processes. They have a wide range of experience and knowledge and add value to us an charity. Some members have been with us many years (as part of Trident Housing Association) and some have recently joined but one thing for sure is that they all believe in Trident Reach and dedicate their time and knowledge to support us to get bigger and better every year.
Matt Knopp – Chair of Trustees
Matt is Director and a founding partner of Eastside Primetimers, a leading social enterprise management consultancy established in 2005. Early work included pioneering investment ready programmes with DCLG to invest into new social enterprises, aiming to support homeless young people back into employment. More recently, Matt has created new services to support partnerships, mergers and new forms of joint venture between charities, housing associations and social enterprises in response to tougher commissioning environments. Apart from developing collaborative strategies, Matt specialises in moving charities to more sustainable models of delivery. In particular, this entails working closely with The Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Investment Funds as an approved provider advising on investment and contract ready strategies.
Matt has served for 8 years as a Board Director of Bikeworks CIC, a former UK Social Enterprise of the Year award winner. Bikeworks run retails shops, mechanic training and local cycle training services, working with a range of groups from those managing mental health, to ex-offenders moving back into employment. Recent focus has been on redeveloping the model into new income generating areas, away from over reliance on local authorities.
Louise is a Management Consultant having spent the last 5 years working within UnLtd to develop social enterprises. A former employee and customer of Reach, Louise has since studied and worked within Homelessness services, community development and project management. Specialisms include housing and more specifically homelessness and domestic violence and social impact measurement and reporting
Abigail Robson is an experienced practitioner in housing policy, practice and development in local government Housing Services. She is professionally qualified as a quantity surveyor. Abigail is now researching for a PhD at Birmingham City University, in a collaboration with a national contractor Willmott Dixon. She Chairs Trident’s Housing Board and Social Audit Panel.
Rob is a Qualified Chartered Accountant with a wide range of experience of the provision of business, risk management and audit advisory services to a wide ranging clients but especially specialised in the not for profit sector with Housing, Charities, Colleges and NGDB’s figuring strongly in the final 10 years of his career before retirement in 2009.
Rob was a partner in a National firm of chartered accountants in 1996 during which time he established, first in Wolverhampton and then in Birmingham, a practice sector specialism delivering services to the Housing and Charitable sectors (including education). Since retirement Rob now hold several Directorships and Trusteeships with such organisations.