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Our Trustees

Lynn Mannering

Chair, Slide Away Board of Directors

Lyn has been aware of, and supported Slide Away since 2004, as both a friend and neighbour of Denise Ross. Her working life has been in the electrical industry, doing estimating and design for works in both the public and private sector. Starting in 1968 and forming her own company in 1997, the latter years being involved in mainly social housing and community projects. Lyn is closely involved in the village life in Fairseat; strongly believing that the community should support each other, Slide Away being a perfect example of one person's life experience being used to help others.

 
Sharon Clancey

Sharon has a nursing background and is qualified as a RGN and RMN, specialising in children and adolescence. She first started working with children on a young persons unit and from that developed a role as community psychiatric nurse working with young people in the Medway towns. Having taken a break from nursing to concentrate on family life Sharon took up a counselling role at a local school in Maidstone. Whilst working in this role she heard about the formation of Slide Away and was inspired by Denise Ross’s ideas and vision and has been a trustee ever since. Sharon lives in Tunbridge Wells with her partner and four children.

 
James Saunders FCCA DChA

James is a qualified accountant and has worked in the Charities and Education Group at RSM, Chartered Accountants for fifteen years. He joined the Slide Away board of trustees in 2010 to provide support on financial and governance matters. In his working life, he has a particular involvement in the evolving Academies sector and contributes regularly to sector newsletters and training sessions. Outside of work, James has been part of a fundraising committee and is himself a treasurer for a not-for-profit body. James holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting.

 
Linda Cann

Linda became a Trustee for Slide Away in 2012.  Through her role as Headteacher in a local infant school, she experienced the devastating impact of bereavement on children, the family and all involved on several occasions.  Linda greatly valued the support Slide Away was able to offer at such sensitive times, it was special and unique, making an enormous difference to the well-being of the young person and enabling them to cope more confidently in the school setting.  Now retired from a full time role in education, Linda works as a part-time tutor on the Greenwich University Teacher Training programme.  She enjoys volunteering as a School Governor and is a trained Bereavement Counsellor.  Linda has lived in Wateringbury with her husband for many years, they have three grown up children.

Stephen Beck

I graduated with a law degree in 1991 and studied for the Solicitor's Finals at the College of Law,Guildford.  I joined Whitehead Monkton Solicitors in Maidstone in 1992 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in 1994.  I became Managing Director of the firm in October 2011.  I have been a Tax & Estate Lawyer for most of my professional creer and have developed a significant wealth of experience helping clients with a whole range of issues from wills to estates to complex tax planning for high net worth individuals and, in particular, the rural community.  When I manage to get out of the office I seem to spend most of my time ferrying the children from one activity to another.  However, when I can, I love going on holiday and travelling; during my gap year I lived in Australia.  I enjoy eating out, the theatre, reading a good book and, when I can, flying light aircraft having gained my private pilot's licence in 2007

In addition to being a trustee of Slide Away I am also a trustee of the Cobtree Charity Trust and the Maidstone Grammar School Development Fund as well as being a Governor at Maidstone Grammar Schhol where I am also Chair of the Curriculum Committee.