Trustees

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

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.

Martin Lane
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Steve Milner
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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.