We are pleased to introduce the four new members of our board of trustees: Bimini Love, Elaine Roberts, Kevin Prinsloo and Jude Cross.
Our board acts as a ‘guardian of purpose’ for the charity, ensuring that everything we do is in the interest of our beneficiaries and in keeping with the ethos of the organisation. Board membership is an entirely voluntary position, with trustees giving up their time to support the charity.
It is important that a board of trustees includes a wide span of expertise relevant to the sector, and Harbour Housing has always been lucky in this respect with the current board bringing in experience across the health, finance, legal, property and business sectors.
The incoming board members were selected for their specialisms that compliment and expand upon this existing pool of experience, as well as their empathy and understanding of Harbour Housing’s charitable aims.
Bimini Love is a young woman currently undertaking her undergraduate degree in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Originally from Cornwall she is the founder of Street Cramps – the social enterprise committed to tackling period poverty that provides essential hygiene packs to women experiencing homelessness and insecure accommodation.
Bimini has been recognised for her work with a Point of Light award from the Prime Minister as well as a seat on the government’s period poverty task force, and has raised awareness for her cause through giving a TEDx Talk and appearing on various television segments.
As a young person with a passion for tackling injustice, and a particular interest in women’s issues and fundraising, Bimini brings an incredibly valuable perspective to Harbour Housing’s board of trustees.
Bimini hopes to push for further youth involvement within communities and is using her position on the board to continue advocating for this.
Elaine Roberts is a local resident of St Austell and has worked in the library service for many years. After being introduced to the work done at Harbour Housing on a tour Elaine immediately decided she wanted to help.
She has been providing invaluable CV and interview advice to beneficiaries for several years, preparing residents for interviews with employers and landlords, and helping to build confidence and rebuild skills.
Elaine was nominated for the Volunteer Cornwall Awards in 2019 and was awarded highly commended in the good neighbour category.
Her time working in the library service has given her experience in dealing with a vast array of different people with diverse backgrounds, helping her to develop her adaptability and approachable nature.
Elaine’s experience working directly with clients is a huge asset to the board of trustees and her role as an existing volunteer will ensure that this side of the organisation is fully represented at the management level.
Kevin Prinsloo moved from South Africa to St Austell with his wife Tracy and their two sons in April 2015 when Kevin was appointed the pastor of South Coast Church.
Kevin obtained an undergraduate degree in statistics at the University of Cape Town and began working as a corporate retirement fund consultant in 1989, eventually being appointed as the head of the consultants and actuaries division of the largest employee benefits consultancy in South Africa.
In 2008 he left the corporate world and became an independent consultant, serving as a professional trustee on the boards of corporate umbrella pension funds. He still retains a number of these appointments to this day, providing his services from St Austell.
In 2002 Kevin completed his masters degree through Henley Management College and in 2018 he obtained his honours degree in Theology through the South African Theological Seminary. He harbours aspirations of continuing his theological studies at some point.
Kevin is passionate about uplifting and empowering those who are disadvantaged, and will bring his strong links to the local community, services and key individuals to support Harbour.
Jude Cross has worked in the field of housing and homelessness for over 20 years, gaining a wealth of experience in designing, delivering and commissioning services to support those in need of accommodation and support.
She has worked within Local Authorities, in small charities and within housing associations, always leading from the front, not afraid to develop new ways of working and championing approaches that take account of the whole person such as psychologically informed environments, trauma informed care and coproduction.
Jude currently works with the Peabody Group who are responsible for 66,000 homes across London and the South East including the largest provision (over 1000 self-contained units) of accommodation commissioned as part of the Rough Sleepers Initiative.
Harbour is lucky to be benefitting from her vast experience in the homelessness and housing sectors as well as her commitment to supporting individuals facing multiple disadvantage.
The wealth of experience our four new additions to the board bring with them will be a huge asset to the charity and we are excited to get their input on ongoing operations.
We are so thankful that they have decided to invest their time in our charity and pleased to be able to welcome them into our family!