Trustees

Home Leone Trustees are:

John Spencer – Chair

Professional leader with leading expertise in the personal injury sector. John has over 30 years litigation experience. He has proven success in strategic development and alignment within a rapidly changing market. He has given input in the not for profit and business environments. John has exceptional relationship management skills, has forged good partnerships and held prominent positions within the solicitor’s profession. He has had high level involvement in cross party government policy development and is recognised for his professional knowledge and practical no-nonsense approach. A respected leader who is prepared to challenge and continually seek improvement, whilst never losing sight of the needs of every party involved. John was also awarded for outstanding achievement at the 2012 Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury (PI) Awards, which celebrated talent across the UK’s PI sector. John chaired the PI Awards judging panel in 2015. In 2015 John achieved the outstanding achievement award at the Modern Claims Awards. Following the tragic death of Lydia, one of John’s three children in 2014 John completed his year as president of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and his three-year term as a member of the Civil Justice Council. He continues as non- executive director and chairman of Spencers. In 2018 he was appointed trustee and chaired Home Leone, a Sierra Leone charity based outside Freetown, a position he has resumed in March 2019. John is determined to use his skills and experience to help Home Leone achieve its vision of providing homes and infrastructure for some of the World’s poorest people.

Nigel Hyde – Chief Executive

Nigel is married with 4 adult daughters and lives near Southampton. A Chartered Accountant, with top 4 firms, for 13 years, Nigel since ran operations in 2 charities before going on to found and build Mission Direct, a volunteering international development charity that took thousands of volunteers to build school, homes clinics and more among the poorest on earth. Nigel is a non-exec director on a few boards, undertaking some property development and after 2 years of preparation and research, founded Home Leone in 2014. A Christian who speaks across the country, he demonstrates a passion to enable the world’s poorest to make the most of their opportunities

Cameron Findlay

Cameron is married with 3 adult children and lives near Edinburgh.  After leaving the Royal Engineers in 1987, he was a self-employed carpenter before founding The Replacement Door Company Ltd and opening his first showroom in 1992.  He has since developed, managed, and grown the business in his Managing Director role. The company presently has 2 Scottish production sites servicing clients all over the UK.

Having been profoundly affected by the Tsunami disaster in 2004, he volunteered to help in the reconstruction and relief operation and over the next 10 years he spent many weeks overseas helping with construction and humanitarian projects.  He is part of a leadership team in his local church, a keen golfer and swimmer and enjoys reading traveling and spending time with family.

Bob May – BPl Dip Mgt FdMM AoU MCMI FRTPI

Bob is married with 2 adult children and lives near Manchester.  Starting his career in local government, has been a Planning consultant for over 23 years.  Presently a director of the employee owned town planning and development consultancy Turley with offices throughout the British Isles.    Here he heads up the Expert Witness service and is head of Corporate Social Responsibility.  He sits on Manchester and Sheffield University Partnership Boards.

In 2012, Bob brought a Turley CSR team with Nigel to Sierra Leone.  He has since brought a team a year overseas and worked in a range of other developing countries.  With Home Leone, he is helping us develop corporate teams, village urban design, training Sierra Leonean planners and working with the Princes Foundation.  Bob is a Lay Reader in the Church of England.  He brings 30 years’ experience of planning and project management and is currently supporting the development of planning in Sierra Leone.

He says “What Home Leone does, is it practically addresses the severe poverty in a methodical and sustainable way. I strongly support the ethos of developing infrastructure, jobs and community, thereby equipping individuals and families with a lifeline out of poverty and into a future where education, employment and good health are possible.”

Dr Rebekah Taylor – BM BMedSci 

Rebekah is married with 3 young children.  She is inspired by Home Leone’s work.  She graduated from the University of Southampton in 2013 and works in local hospitals as a junior doctor. Currently working in Winchester, A&E department with a plan to be a GP.

She did many volunteering trips to 4 developing countries whilst growing up.  She volunteered in hospitals in Africa, seeing firsthand the medical challenges and opportunities. Rebekah can see how Home Leone’s strategy is taking a truly comprehensive approach, developing knowledge, experience and expertise.  She has written a course for young people lacking self-esteem, leads a youth group at her church and looks after the children.

“My husband, Zak is a doctor in Psychiatry and has been to Sierra Leone with Nigel.  He was extremely impressed with Home Leone’s work.  He ran clinics, met healthcare workers (including mental health) and is also passionate about the work and vision of Home Leone”.

Dr Clive Thursfield

Clive is the Research Director at Birmingham NHS Trust.  Working with Home Leone, he has taken on the role of Deputy Chief Executive, with special responsibility for Helathcare, Education and the process of selection and moving people in to the village.

 

Dr Abs Dumboya and Andrew Sesay – Sierra Leonean Trustees

These gentlemen sit on the local charity board and have helped steer Home Leone’s vision and implementation from its early days.  Dr Abs is himself disabled with polio, yet set up “The Dorothy Springer Trust” introducing IT education among the disabled.  He is also a consultant across Freetown.  Andrew has many years community development experience.

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