Meet our Board of Trustees:
Caron Betts                                                                                                                 

Caron has been a volunteer at The Hamlet Youth Club for 3 years. Her love of volunteering prompted her to join our board of trustees. Caron works as an accountancy tutor, building and delivering online training to ACCA students. In her spare time she enjoys martial arts, the gym and, of course, supporting our teenagers at our youth club! 

What does Caron love about The Hamlet?

Before volunteering at The Hamlet I really felt that there was something missing from my life, something that gave me a reason, a purpose, something more than the daily routine. I knew there had to be more and I knew that I wanted to do something that made a difference. The Hamlet has taught me about kindness and patience and being a nicer person. Most of all I have been reminded of the importance of laughter. As a trustee I hope that I can use my optimism and knowledge to support more children, young adults and their families who are living with disabilities in Norfolk. 

Sue Coombe

Sue has been professionally linked with The Hamlet for many years, having spent her career as a paediatric physiotherapist at the Jenny Lind children’s department at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. Sue has worked with children and young adults (from birth up to age 19, sometimes older) who had long term disabilities. This involved visiting children and their carers/families in a variety of settings, including home, school, and sometimes The Hamlet! Her role also involved a significant element of teaching, mainly to medical, physiotherapy and nursing students, but also to parents and carers.


What does Sue love about The Hamlet? 

During my professional life as a paediatric physiotherapist in Norwich, I worked with many children and families, many of whom were lucky enough to receive the wonderful support provided by The Hamlet. I referred so many families in the knowledge that they would be given wonderful support, and that the children would enjoy a stimulating environment whatever their needs, and always the best of care. I know how highly valued it is, not only by the families, but also by my professional colleagues, who always had complete confidence in the high quality of care, and the commitment of the staff and volunteers at the centre.


Hester Coutanche                                                                                                        

Hester is an international development professional who was looking for an opportunity to combine her professional expertise in corporate governance, social inclusion and public policy with her personal experience of parenting a child with additional needs to support a local charity. Having recently relocated back to Norfolk with her family, becoming a trustee of the Hamlet was an ideal opportunity to do this.

What does Hester love about the Hamlet?
The support and opportunities it provides to help its users achieve their potential in a happy and caring environment, as well as the vital support and guidance it provides to their families and carers. 


Tania Davies                                                                                                               Trustee Tania

Tania is a parent trustee, who has two young children with additional needs. Tania comes from an early years background and is a qualified nursery nurse. She is actively involved in supporting the children’s service, especially the Little Bee sessions. Tania has supported the development of this service in a very practical way. She also makes wonderful cakes for our numerous bake sales!

What does Tania love about The Hamlet? 

I love the atmosphere that can be felt as soon as you walk through the door. It’s an atmosphere of love, care, security, compassion and a place I and my children can feel safe and where other people will really understand what I and my family are going through. I know I can share my problems and concerns in complete confidence knowing that the staff will go out of their way to help me in any way that they can. The respect and genuine concern between all the staff and parents is so evident every single day.

It’s my safe place!


Steve Elliott                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Steve is a trustee, who used to have a son who attended The Hamlet Children's Services. Steve is a sergeant in the metropolitan police service, involved with supervising teams of police officers on operations based in London. Steve enjoys his sports spending time on his physical fitness. Originally from Lancashire, Steve is a true family man, amazed by the opportunities being a father and husband, has to bring. 

What does Steve love about The Hamlet?

There is a real acceptance of everybody regardless of who they are. At The Hamlet, everyone shows so much love and compassion for each other. I recently undertook a 10 mile endurance race to raise money for The Hamlet. I have also started to provide practical support to parents and families. I hope that me being a trustee, will help assist the children, adults and families further. It would be great to be involved in a move to increase the capacity of The Hamlet and develop a new site! 

Nick Hancox                                                                                                               

Nick is our chair of Trustees. He is a practising solicitor who has lived in Norfolk for most of his life. He is a valuable member of the board being able to cast a legal eye over how and what we are doing at board meetings. 

What does Nick love about The Hamlet?
The smiling faces; the service users and their families are always happy with us.



Stuart Marpole                                                                                                            Trustee Stuart

Stuart has been involved with The Hamlet for many years, both as a professional social worker and now as a trustee (Vice Chair). Stuart’s experience in social care and disability brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board.

Stuart knew our founders, Jack and Margaret Wymer very well and understands the foundations on which the charity was built.

What does Stuart love about The Hamlet?

It was my good fortune to know Margaret and Jack Wymer, founders of The Hamlet, and to work with them, particularly Margaret, for a while. I share their philosophy of involving families, minimising disability, maximising ability and providing quality care.  I also worked with Margaret’s brother, Gerry Blyth, (now a patron of The Hamlet) when he was manager.  

For me, the purpose of The Hamlet continues to be being positive about children and young people with disabilities, supporting families, quality care and a ‘can do’ approach.



Gary Pearce                                                                                                                 Trustee Gary

Gary was involved with The Hamlet in 2016  when he was the architect for the reception area at Ella Road. Gary lives in Norwich with his wife and two wonderful canine friends who keep him sane when things get tough! He is a very keen cyclist, fisherman and artist.

Gary says, ‘I believe my architectural skills can be utilised in improving The Hamlet’s property, including improving the quality of the spaces for users and staff, making the buildings more energy efficient and monitoring the condition of the premises.’

What does Gary love about The Hamlet?

I have admired the commitment and care demonstrated by the staff that I have met. Witnessing the enormous impact that this has on the families that The Hamlet care for has been humbling.


Ann Way                                                                                                                      Trustee Ann

Ann wants to help The Hamlet in whatever way she can. Her expertise and skills from her social work background is of great benefit to the charity.  Her work spans over 40 years as a youth worker, children and families’ social worker, researcher at the UEA and now an independent social worker for family courts in care, adoption and private law proceedings in civil courts. 

What does Ann love about The Hamlet?

Friendliness and opportunities for children. I knew Jack and Margaret Wymer from the early days of the Toy Library and then Margaret when she sat on Norfolk’s Adoption Panel.





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