Our Team

Our STAFF

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Mandy Fuller

administrator & volunteer co-ordinator

Mandy took over the role of Administrator & Volunteer Co-ordinator in October 2018,
having become aware of MCWS through her own church. She first became involved
with MCWS by volunteering with her children during the winter of 2016-17. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, walking, music and crafts.

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Gwyn Mcpherson

project Manager

Gwyn has been the Project Manager for Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter (MCWS) since Winter 2018-19.  However, she has been involved with MCWS since its inception and has undertaken roles as a Volunteer, Venue Lead (volunteer in charge of the venue), Project Worker, and now Project Manager. Gwyn is an authorised Lay Minister in a Church of England church in Maidstone and has served as a Street Pastor in the town since 2011.

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CLAIRE KEHILY
ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

Winter 2022 is Claire’s second year as Assistant Project Manager, although she was one of our Project Workers during the previous winter.  Prior to that she was a volunteer for 2 years, so she brings plenty of experience to the role.  Claire also works as a registrar and wedding celebrant for KCC, a self-employed Funeral Celebrant and a health and social care worker - a role she has held for almost 20 years.

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CLAIRE BANFIELD
PROJECT WORKER

This is Claire's first year working for the winter shelter. She has, however, supported the shelter in previous years and has actively fundraised for the shelter in the past. Claire also has personal experience of homelessness, which will support her effectiveness in this role.

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SAM BROWN
PROJECT WORKER

This is the first time Sam has worked with the shelter and she’s  really thrilled to join such an amazing team of people . Although her main career is Human Resources ,she  has  also worked for her  own church as an administrator and looked after teams of volunteers. Sam is  passionate about supporting people and helping others. 
 

MIKE
PROJECT WORKER

Mike has volunteered for the shelter in previous years, but this is the first time he has been employed in the role of Project Worker.  He brings the experience of volunteering plus compassion and a desire to help others who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.

Our Trustees

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Gordon Mackley

Chairman

Gordon is the Chairman of the Trustees.  He retired from work in 2016, after a 43 year-long career in railway operational management and transport information systems. He is a Licensed Lay Reader in a Church of England church near Maidstone. Gordon served as a Street Pastor in Maidstone from the start of the scheme in October 2008 until Covid restrictions were first imposed in early 2020. He was a Team Leader for many years as well as the Maidstone Co-ordinator for a period.  He became involved in Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter from the first year, serving as a volunteer.

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Martin Hinchliffe

Martin has a strong desire to help others less fortunate than himself. He is saddened by regularly seeing the homeless on the streets of Maidstone, London and other cities and attempts to play his part in supporting and reducing the number of street homeless. He has previously volunteered for Crisis at Christmas in London and has volunteered for eight years with MCWS.  He has been a Trustee of the charity for 5 years. He has experience in managing operations and safety management, following a career in engineering and is the lead Trustee for shelter operations.

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Wendy FOSTER

Wendy has over 30 years' experience as a senior Human Resources practitioner, mainly in public sector and not-for-profit organisations, and is the lead Trustee for this specialism. She is an active Christian and has good links with local faith-based groups.  In addition, Wendy is a Trustee for Citizens’ Advice Maidstone, a role that led to her increased interest in support for the homeless in Maidstone.

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Zofia Grzymala

Zofia is well known for her passion and dedication to helping homeless people and influencing change in the services provided. She has a substantial knowledge of the homeless and housing sector. Her professional experience includes managing Homeless Care charity (supported accommodation, day centre and food bank) as well as her roles within the Origin Group and Sanctuary Housing. Through many years in the sector, she has developed a deep understanding of what it really means to be homeless and the support homeless individuals need the most.  Zofia is currently working as General Manager of Kent Supported Housing.

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reverend John Tapper

Rev Canon John is a Chartered Accountant and is the charity’s Treasurer. John has assisted the Shelter both as an overnight volunteer and also collecting items for the guests.

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Richard has a commercial background in procurement, business transformation and property.  He has volunteered at two locations within the Shelter.  In addition to being a Trustee for MCWS, Richard is also a volunteer and Trustee for Homeless Care, Maidstone Day Centre.