Our Trustees are the backbone of the Sabre Trust.
Brain has just been recognised in the New Years Honours List and appointed as a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO). This award is given by The Queen to those who have helped her personally. Brian has been supporting The Prince's Trust for 35 Years as a volunteer and it is estimated he has helped more than 1000 young people to access employment, education and training. Brian's ongoing commitment and his willingness to share his expertise has had a positive impact on The Prince's Trust.
Brian's professional career was in youth services from which he retired in 2003. He then worked in adult education on a part time basis for 3 years. He has been a lifelong supporter of the St John Ambulance, and qualified as a registered trainer in 1992. He was presented with the Serving Brother award in 2011. Brian is now secretary of the Sabre Trust, a Trustee and volunteer assessor.
Kevin Masters has been a volunteer with the Prince's Trust since 1986, first in London, and then with Sussex since 1990. For many years he steered the Sound Live programme in Sussex. He has been the Vice Chairman of Sussex Development Awards panel for the last 10 years. During the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics he was a volunteer Games Maker. With his intimate knowledge of the East End of London he had the privilege of chauffeuring the various international sports ambassadors around the many Olympic venues. Last year he volunteered for the 'January to March' project, providing breakfasts for the homeless. This year he is doing it again.
Kevin is now the Vice Chairman of The Sabre Trust, Treasurer, Trustee and volunteer assessor.
Kat currently works for local government but her previous roles were in the caring and support fields. Kat has many years experience as a volunteer, and for the last 10 year she has been a volunteer with The Prince's Trust, initially as a mentor, but latterly as a volunteer assessor for Development Awards. Kat states she loves working with people of all ages, but the joys and challenges that come from working young people are where her heart really lies. Kat goes on to say that her fellow Prince's Trust colleagues have become firm friends. When Viv proposed to form The Sabre Trust she was honoured to become a Trustee. She has met some of the young fencers... "their energy and determination are inspirational and it is brilliant to be involved in an organisation that wishes to help them reach their full potential. It is also thrilling to know that these young fencers could well be the Paralympic medallists".
Phillipa has recently retired after 25 year as a careers adviser in mainstream and special schools. The experience she gained in her career has provided the ideal skill base for her volunteering. Phillipa has been a volunteer with The Prince's Trust for over 25 years and for 10 years was the Chairman of the Sussex Development Awards panel, providing guidance and leadership during several periods of change and financial difficulty.
Phillipa has now also taken the Chairmanship of the new Sabre Trust. As well as being Chairman she is a Trustee and volunteer assessor.
Joan retired four years ago after a long career working for a Sussex local authority as the sheltered housing officer. The experience gained in her profession helped Joan with the skills needed for her voluntary work for The Princes Trust, where she is a volunteer assessor for the Sussex Developments Awards panel, and in her 32nd year of service.
Joan's other voluntary work is in guiding and scouting, which has occupied her attention for 60 years. Joan has added The Sabre Trust to her 'Volunteer Portfolio' and works as a volunteer assessor.
John is retired Chartered Civil Engineer, and a member of the Charted Management Institute. He has been a member of The Prince's Trust as a volunteer assessor since the 1980's, involved with the Scouts Association in various roles since 1991, and is on the council for the South of England Agricultural Society. He has now added to his portfolio the role of Trustee and volunteer assessor for The Sabre Trust.
John says he has supported young people all his life in various ways, and hopes that by so doing he has been able to help them to develop and fulfil their potential.
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