The Trustees

A Message from our Our Patron

I am Patricia Toulson, married with two sons and three grandchildren with a very personal interest in helping children maximise their potential even when coping with severe hearing difficulties. I became deaf in my thirties but my hearing is now greatly improved following  cochlear implant surgery so I am excited by the wonderful work happening at St. Joseph’s School to the benefit of deaf children especially in such a poor region of the world.

I will be using every opportunity to raise awareness of St. Joseph’s School whilst promoting my recently published novel ”Inside Out,” which is currently available from Amazon as a paperback and e-book. This was a project I only felt confident to do as a result of  the cochlear implant surgery so I realise how important it is for these children to get the best hearing and education possible in order to increase their future prospects.

Linda Freestone (Chair)

Linda is a lawyer who previously sat as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal.  She now works as a Financial Ombudsman.  She is a long-standing member of Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester Essex.

Gary Curtis

Gary is Director of a company which project manages marketing materials.

Sarah Thurlow

Sarah was previously Research Manager for an NHS Trust and is now retired

Chris Hudson (Treasurer)

Chris worked in Further Education Colleges for over 40 years and is now retired

George Sadd

George is a local businessman who has travelled extensively in Africa and is very supportive of the school

Charly Cox

Charly worked in Sierra Leone for seven years where she founded and grew her own highly successful communications company. During this time she was a regular visitor and stalwart supporter of St Joseph’s. Back in the UK for the past five years, she now works in leadership development as a coach and trainer, and teaches in the business school at Oxford Brookes University

Carole Curtis

Carole previously worked in the radiography department of a local hospital. She is a keen dancer and a great supporter of the school

Kate Dixon

Kate works in the voluntary sector and has spent time working in Sierra Leone including a spell at St Joseph’s working as Sister Mary’s assistant