Trustees

Our trustees have an extremely important role in The Learning Curve. They are listed below with brief biographies.

Jenny Budgell
Jenny is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and has run her own practice for over 20 years working with many local businesses in all sectors. She has been involved with the charitable sector for many years in her professional capacity and as a volunteer, usually as treasurer! Jenny was until recently a volunteer for 20 years within the Prison Service and is currently a mentor for young people within Wiltshire.

Jenny is a member of the Finance Subcommittee and also acts as the charity’s treasurer.

Doug Coombs
Doug graduated in Science and then later on in his career completed an MBA. He trained initially in Civil Engineering, working for Southern Water and then  progressed to the Telecoms sector, where he enjoyed a variety of management roles for BT, Marconi, and Vodafone. This included leading the management of large programmes and projects, such as London Docklands and the Jubilee Line Extension. In more recent times he has worked as Chief Executive for a Regeneration Charity and  as a Management Consultant delivering strategy, organisational development and a number of programmes and projects.

Voluntary Work - Doug founded a new branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Gloucestershire to help those affected by MS, and was Chair for a number of years. He has also been a Non Executive Director for various charities and has helped young people start their own business, acting as a Business Mentor for the Princes Trust. Doug is a firm believer in helping people to help themselves towards a better future, and is also a strong advocate of lifelong learning. Doug is a qualified Programme Manager, a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the CMI.

Doug is the Chair of the Quality Subcommittee and a member of the HR Subcommittee.

Rosemary Curtis
Following a career as a Senior HR manager in the pharmaceutical industry, Rosemary became interested in the voluntary sector through her involvement as a trustee in a number of charities starting with Victim Support in which she was involved (both locally and nationally) for 14 years.

That (and a Diploma in Arts Management – as a very mature student) prompted a move into freelance work specialising in HR and governance support for arts organisations and the wider not for profit sector.

Now retired, she is an active arts and heritage volunteer and a trustee of 2 local Swindon organisations – Big Breakfast + (supporting the homeless) & Nythe Community Centre. She is also a past member of the Wiltshire Probation Board.

Rosemary has a BA (Hons) degree in English and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Rosemary previously chaired Swindon CIPD branch and the local CIPD self-employed network.

Rosemary is the Chair of the HR Subcommittee.

Clive Hewitt
Clive was educated in the UK and US and achieved a Master's at the University of North Carolina in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures.

He has worked in media services at the University of Leeds and founded the new Learning Resources Department at the Brighton Polytechnic, now University of Brighton. He also worked at South Bank Polytechnic in the Distance Learning Unit.

Clive was a founder (volunteer) 1994 Trustee of Sussex EMMAUS, the fifth of the UK network of international EMMAUS Communities for previously homeless people. These people live and work to collect, refurbish and retail donated household goods. He is still a Trustee and Assistant Treasurer with work on training and development in the community, and is also a Trustee of EMMAUS UK and a member of it's Training and Development Group.

Clive founded "Farms for Families", to bring children and their parents/carers to farms for regular visits to help redevelop family bonds and social and "coping" skills by periodic work on the land.

Clive is now trustee of Taunton Deane T.V.A. and of the Taunton Home Furniture Services Trust.

Clive is a member of the Finance Subcommittee.

Jeanette Howells
Information to follow.

Martin Lane
After graduating Martin followed a career in the construction industry. He worked for market leading companies, coordinating and managing the supply of materials and equipment to major building and civil engineering projects across the South of England. For a time Martin was Regional Chairman of a professional association, The Concrete Society.

After completing a Post Graduate Certificate of Education Martin entered the teaching profession as a teacher of Geography. He held positions of responsibility in both pastoral and curriculum management and was very involved with extra-curricular activity working with students in the outdoors. More recently Martin has worked for the curriculum development and awarding organisation ASDAN and currently holds the post of Head of National Operations.

Martin is a member of the Quality Subcommittee.

Steve Milner
Information to follow.

Steve is the Chair of the Finance Subcommittee.

Miranda Seymour-Smith
Miranda has extensive experience in community education and the charity sector including as Principal of the Adult College in Lewisham; Director of Rathbone Midlands; Chief Executive of Women’s Education in Building; Director of Soho Family Centre and as Chair of MIDIRS – the charity for midwives’ research and CPD.

Miranda has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since December 2013.