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.
Gwyn was the Project Manager for Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter (MCWS) during both 2018-19 & 2019-20. 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.
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. He has served as a Street Pastor in Maidstone since the start of the scheme in October 2008 and is currently a Team Leader. He became involved in the Shelter from the first year, serving as a volunteer.
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 seven years with MCWS. He has been a Trustee of the charity for 4 years. He has experience in managing operations and safety management, following a career in engineering and is the lead Trustee for shelter operations
Zofia has substantial knowledge of the homeless sector and brings this to her role as Trustee. Until recently, she was the Manager of Homeless Care Maidstone Day Centre, one of the Shelter’s key partners, for 6 years. She has now taken on the role of General Manager for Kent Supported Housing.
Wendy has over 30 years' experience as a senior Human Resources practitioner 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 Maidstone Citizen's Advice Bureau, a role that led to her increased interest in support for the homeless in Maidstone.
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.
Richard has a commercial background in procurement, business transformation and property. He has volunteered at two locations within the Shelter and also volunteers and advises the Trustees of Homeless Care, Maidstone Day Centre.