COVID 19 update

Following a recent government press conference on 14 June 2021 and moving along Stage 3 of the roadmap, we wanted to let you know we are still here for you.

We continue to follow Government and National Youth Agency Guidance and are still able to provide services with additional measures in place to do this in a controlled and safe way.

For our updates on COVID and how to get help and support please click here.

Our Board of Trustees

Valerie Hopkins
Chair of Trustees

CHAIR OF TRUSTEES from November 2017. Valerie has had a varied and rich career which she believes could make a real contribution. Qualifying as a chartered accountant with a forerunner of Ernst and Young, Valerie moved onto the stock market as an investment analyst. Valerie says: When family came along she changed directions and spent some 9 years with the old ILEA, lecturing in accounting, audit and investment at a college which is now part of South Bank University and latterly taking up the pastoral role of Group Tutor. Valerie joined Penna, the outplacement consultancy as a career counsellor, whilst at the same time studying for a post grad diploma in counselling at Roehampton. The training on the course underpinned the importance of communication skills in any role and so Valerie took on the challenge of setting up her own consultancy, Humanitas, to provide support and training to City firms and Valerie is still coaching and mentoring senior executives. Valerie also continued with counselling roles on a voluntary basis and has worked in a number of charities with a richly diverse group of clients, including trafficked girls from Bosnia, enforced marriage victims from India, young drug addicts and many more. Further studying followed Valerie’s first general counselling qualification, and she has since completed courses in group work, brief therapy, systemic family therapy and finally a post grad diploma from Birmingham University in solution focused therapy which to this day, underpins the majority of Valerie’s one to one work.”


Mark Mitchell
Trustee

Mark worked for the University of Portsmouth until his retirement in 2011, where his last post involved overseeing the training of probation officers in England and Wales. Mark has extensive experience of local school governance, particularly in special needs education. He chairs our Service Delivery & Development sub-group.

Steve Dimon
Trustee, BRS Director

BSc in Computer Science; passionate about sport, especially cycling. Steve runs a local IT support company specialising in security & business continuity. Steve brings a wealth of experience in IT and in business development, brand building and promotion. He is a member of the Resources sub-group and also is director and chair of Bicycle Recycling.

Julian Titmuss
Trustee

Julian is currently employed as the Strategic Assurance manager for NATS a global leader in national air traffic control and airport performance. He also has 22 years’ service in the Royal Navy which has given Julian a wide and unique range of experiences. As a Logistics Officer his expertise lies in HR, finance and logistics. Julian is also a qualified management accountant (ACMA). Julian is chair of the resources subgroup.

Steve MIller
Trustee

Steve has spent the past 27 years working in engineering and program/change management within the technology sector, leading teams of up to 250+ people as part of large scale deployment projects across the world. Steve recently left the corporate world to set up his own business management consultancy company.

Portia Charles
Trustee

Previously practising as a barrister specialising in personal injury law, Portia has also volunteered in roles including Homestart (supporting families with young children), parish safeguarding, and PTA treasurer.  

Professor Mark Button
Trustee

Professor Mark Button is Reader and Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud at the University of Portsmouth. Mark teaches on various courses within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and has written several publications based on this area. Mark was Chair of the Motiv8 Trustee board from May 2002 to November 2017.

Tim Caley
Trustee

Tim has had a career in youth work and services to young people for over 40 years, beginning in a Sheffield youth club, a youth officer in Reading, Portsmouth, head of the local authority youth services in Hampshire and West Sussex, an Ofsted inspector and, finally, consultant and adviser.

In 2012, Tim worked as a temporary project officer for Motiv8 and this was where he first experienced the high quality of the organisation’s work. Subsequently, Tim joined the Board of Trustees (in 2013) and served for three years, resigning to concentrate on writing a book. This was published in February 2019 and entitled “Keeping Them off the Streets - a youth work story.”

Returning as a Trustee in 2020, Tim is particularly interested in fostering the ‘links’ between field work staff and the Board and advising on youth work quality, evaluation and impact