Homeshare International is governed by a group of trustees who are invited to serve by the Board.
Trustees are drawn from many of the countries where homeshare operates and are chosen on the basis of their expertise as practitioners, researchers and administrators. Members of the Homeshare Network are also invited to nominate members of the Board.
Trustees are supported by a group of International Ambassadors and by various ad hoc working groups.
Read more about governance and finances.
The Baroness Neuberger DBE
Professor Malcolm Johnson, Director, International Institute on Health and Ageing, UK
Professor Anne-Lotte Kreickemeier, Founder of Wohnen für Hilfe in Germany
Cheryl Snider, (Chair), HomeShare Canada
Cheryl succeeded Rhian Bradley as Chair in 2018. She managed a homeshare programme in Canada, developed an informal network and a HomeShare Canada website to help coordinate and disseminate information. Cheryl has also been a homesharer. She has had a career in local government, non-profit organisations and for-profit companies.
Beris Campbell OAM, Homeshare Programme Consultant and Director, Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Association (HANZA), Australia.
With a background in social work, Beris founded the successful homeshare programme in Melbourne and plays a key role in HANZA. A Trustee since 2009, Beris was awarded the OAM for services to homeshare in 2011.
Kirby has been the Executive Director of HomeShare Vermont since 2000 and has many years’ experience in housing and social services. HomeShare Vermont has been running for over 30 years and has provided the model and inspiration for many other programmes.
Deborah Fox, Policy and Development (Homeshare) Shared Lives Plus, UK
Deborah has worked for shared Lives Plus since 2015 as the national lead for Homeshare UK, the national association. Over the past two years she has both driven and supported significant expansion of homeshare across the UK. She has worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years, leading on the delivery of multi-agency projects.
Régis de Kerautem, President, 1Toit2Ages, Belgium
Régis joined the Board in 2018. He co-founded 1Toit2Ages with Claire, his wife, in 2009 and supports the charity as its President. Under their leadership, homeshare has spread from modest beginnings in Brussels to cover most of Belgium’s large towns and cities. His day job is in consumer protection in Europe, a field he has specialised in for the past ten years.
Julie Melville, Research Manager, University of Alberta, Canada
Julie is currently managing a research programme on improving the quality of care for residents of nursing homes. She remains a consultant to the Beth Johnson Foundation in the UK for whom she ran the EMIL network, comprising over 600 people in Europe involved in inter-generational studies. Julie has also been both a homesharer and a homeshare coordinator so brings a wide range of expertise to our work.
Elizabeth took over the running of HI in 2007 when our late founder, Nan Maitland, retired. With a background in the voluntary sector, Elizabeth ran the medical research charity Research into Ageing and merged it with Help the Aged (now Age UK). She was awarded the OBE for services to medical research and has two honorary doctorates. As well as running HI, she chairs the board of trustees of the Creative Dementia Arts Network, and she is also training to become a genealogist.
Alain de Penfentenyo, President, ensemble2générations, France
Alain is a civil engineer working as a senior executive in a consulting engineering firm. After 15 years in Africa, he is currently in charge of projects in Europe and Central Asia. In 2006 he and his wife Typhaine founded ensemble2générations in Paris and he now supports the charity as its President.
Marlene Welzl, WGE!-Gemeinsam Wohnen, Austria
Marlene became a trustee in September 2017. She works for the Austrian Foreign Ministry, preparing speeches and background papers for officials and the minister. But she has also found time to set up and help run a new award-winning homeshare programme in her native Vienna. In addition to supporting conventional homeshare matches, the programme also places students in care homes.
Cyril Wood, (Honorary Treasurer), Accountant, UK
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Cyril has had a varied career, in both the private and voluntary sectors. He is the Chairman of The Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers as well as acting for a number of charities as a trustee and honorary treasurer.
UNITED KINGDOM: Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus and Chair, UK Homeshare Association
AUSTRALIA: Carmel Hurst OAM, Secretary, Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Association (HANZA)
AUSTRIA: Marlene Welzl, WGE!-Gemeinsam Wohnen
BELGIUM: Claire de Kerautem, untoit2ages
CANADA: Cheryl Snider
FRANCE: Typhaine de Penfentenyo, ensemble2générations
SPAIN: Alfonso Fajardo Barreras, Solidarios, Madrid, Spain
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