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 and is the Vice Chair of Trustees. 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. 
Alex Lynch
Alex has been a volunteer at The Hamlet Charity Out of Hours Club since 2007. She has also helped out with ad hoc fundraising activities, such as rattling buckets in the Theatre Royal, wrapping presents in the Castle Mall, being the elf in Santa’s grotto and roaming the Norwich Beer Festival as a Hamlet mascot. Her love of volunteering at The Hamlet prompted Alex to join the board of Trustees. Alex  works in the recruitment and outreach team at The University of East Anglia. Her work involves managing a range of projects that help young people make decisions about higher education. We are so pleased Alex has decided to join the board of Trustees!
What does Alex love about the Hamlet?
I love seeing our Out of Hours members having fun, developing friendships and trying new things – everyone is included and supported. It’s also clear when chatting to families what a difference The Hamlet makes to them and how valued the charity is. All the staff and volunteers are so caring and dedicated and it really shows in the services delivered.
Jon Nelson                                                                       

Jon is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession. He is also a former Trustee and was very helpful with the refurbishment of Johnson Place when the children’s service first moved here in 2011. We are so pleased to welcome him back to the charity!

Jon big fan of football and his team Norwich City Football Club! Living in Norwich, the family, friends and his local community are all important to him and he likes nothing better than spending time with the people he cares about.

What does Jon love about The Hamlet?

I love its spirit, drive and ‘can do’ attitude. The charity gets things done for the benefit of the children, students and staff. I want to make a difference and influence positive change. I hope I can support the charity to grow and expand according to the needs of the people who use it. I want to raise the profile of the charity for everyone to know about it.


Stuart Marpole                                                               

Stuart is the Chair of Trustees and has been involved with The Hamlet for many years. Stuarts 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 do you 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

    Ann Way                                                                   

Ann wants to help The Hamlet in whatever way she can. Her expertise and skill 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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