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.”

Mary Longhurst

Mary has worked within both commercial and charitable organisations for many years. Her PHD in CSR communications as well as her outstanding voluntary work with HAY has allowed her to provide remarkable support, guidance and knowledge in the charity sector for the last 30 years. We are pleased to have Mary as one of our credible trustees at Motiv8.

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.

Steve MIller

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

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

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

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

Reinoud Noorduijn

Reinoud holds a BA (Hons) Accounts & E-Business from Portsmouth University and is Investment Advice Diploma qualified and working towards Certified Financial Planner. Reinoud is currently working for a holistic Financial Planning firm based in Wickham.  As a new member to the Trustee team he is keen to support the success of Motiv8 in any way possible. Reinoud has had experience in a variety of roles including Accounts, Stakeholder Engagement, Business Development

Richard John

Richard has a history of studying and implementing safeguarding in schools at doctorate level.

He also supports numerous charities with their safeguarding and substance misuse arrangements, this includes working overseas and locally in Hampshire with Pushing Change and Tall Ships Charity.

We are pleased to have Richard on board as one of our credible trustees at Motiv8.