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The Board of Trustees are a well established team who are committed to solving issues of debt and possible homelessness for local families. They possess a wide range of business skills and expertise which include; Charity and Company Management, Finance, Homelessness Issues, Family and Children’s Social Care and Business acumen  


Rachel Morris, Chair of Trustees

Rachel was delighted to join DHA as a trustee in 2016.  She has managed homelessness services for 15 years prior to her current role as Chapter Steward at Derby Cathedral.   Rachel chaired the Derby Hostel Liaison Group and the Derby Street Drinkers Intervention Panel but her particular passion was ensuring homeless teenagers had the same life chances as others. Rachel lived in Derby until she was 18 then moved around the UK managing different businesses before moving back to Derby with her family.  She supports many local charities as trustee, mentoring and supporting fundraising events.  Rachel is passionate about Derby County Football Club and works as a carer for young footballers who live at her family home learning independent living skills.

Jean Seaman

Jean Seaman, Trustee

Prior to DHA being established, Jean campaigned to establish a Housing Aid centre to advise people on their rights and help them to prevent homelessness. She has been a Trustee since DHA was established and has been Chair since 2001. Jean previously worked for Derby City Council Social Services and was involved at a high level in the protection of vulnerable children. Jean’s interest in preventing homelessness began at an early age, as her father dedicated his working life to helping homeless people, and in turn she has been involved in campaigning work for over 35 years

Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips,Trustee

Paul became an Executive Trustee in 2008. After forty years in the Hospitality Industry Paul moved to Derbyshire, following his retirement as Chief Executive of a Berkshire based Hotel company. During his career he has worked and resided in various overseas countries. Paul has a commitment to help people who are homeless or in financial need, and to working with them to find ways forward from their situations.  

Alan Cartwright

Alan Cartwright, Trustee

Alan has served as a trustee since 2003. He has a skilled background in antique clock and watches restoration, which led him into establishing a successful events management company specialising in antiques fairs. Alan was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Derby Daybreak, and has used his business and event planning skills to raise funds and organise various local charitable events. He has personal homelessness experience as a child and is passionate about services that prevent children from suffering homelessness and poor housing conditions.

Jean Douglas, Trustee

Jean joined the Trustees in 2014, and has been delighted to see DHA develop into the vibrant and growing organisation which it is today. Her working life was spent in Nottinghamshire, working with the county Youth Service in communities across North Nottinghamshire, eventually as part of the senior management team at County Hall. Towards the end of her working life Jean lectured at Nottingham Trent University, initially to roll out training to staff in the short lived Connexions strategy for young people.

Andrew Deighton, Trustee

Andrew became a trustee of DHA in January 2016. He moved to Derby from York in 1987 and worked at Rolls-Royce for 26 years. Andrew set up his own people and team development business in April 2014. This allows him to focus on the areas of work he is passionate about and where he can really make a difference to people and businesses. He coaches and mentors individuals and works with small, medium and large organisations. He particularly enjoys helping businesses build high performing teams. Andrew is a voluntary mentor for students at the University of Derby and Nottingham Trent University, and a volunteer with the Inspiring the Future organisation. He is married with twin daughters and a son.

Guy Freeman, Trustee

Guy Freeman joined the board of trustees DHA in 2016. He is also chair of the DHA HR and H&S committee.
Guy is a chartered engineer and spent his early career at Rolls-Royce, where he worked for 26 years. Since leaving Rolls-Royce Guy has worked in the charity sector, first at Young Enterprise and then at the British Red Cross, where he is currently the service coordinator for the refugee support service in Derby.
Guy has also held a number of other voluntary positions including chair of school governors and supporting the UN Global Compact

Andrew Knighton, Treasurer

Andrew joined DHA as treasurer in August 2016, stepped down from the role in February 2017 due to other commitments, but was re-elected as treasurer again in January 2018. He is a qualified chartered accountant having worked for a major blue chip company in the logistics sector for nearly 31 years. In July 2014 Andrew decided to take his career in a different direction and set up his own accountancy practice, concentrating on working with small businesses, not only dealing with statutory reporting requirements but also giving business advice on how to maximise their potential.