The Trustees of Homeshare International have announced major changes to the Board. Rhian Bradley has stepped down as Chair having served in the role for more than four years. Rhian was uniquely qualified in the role, having been both a management consultant and homesharer/adviser to our founder, Nan Maitland. An outstanding Chair, Rhian steered us successfully through two World Homeshare Congresses (in Australia and Spain), supported us through a major status change and provided hands-on support to the Board.
“It has been a great privilege to chair Homeshare International,” says Rhian. “I have worked with some truly committed, inspirational people who are not only driving homeshare in their own countries but who are also generous in sharing their expertise with the wider homeshare community.”
Having lived in the UK and France for many years, Rhian has returned to Australia where most of her family live. She will be sorely missed but we wish her well in her ‘retirement’.
We warmly welcome Cheryl Snider as our new Chair. Cheryl is a leading light in homeshare in Canada. She too has been a homesharer, ran a homeshare programme in Calgary for many years and now supports the homeshare community in Canada. Cheryl says: “I am looking forward to taking Homeshare International to its next stage of development. We face many challenges as a charity but there is much to celebrate. I am particularly looking forward to meeting many of you at the Congress next March (2019, in Brussels)”.
Hilary Todd has stepped down as a Trustee having been one of the charity’s founding members. A friend of Nan Maitland, Hilary joined the Board to manage our communications and she still runs our website in a voluntary capacity.
We are pleased to welcome three new members to the Board. Deborah Fox has played a big role in developing and supporting homeshare in the UK as she leads the Shared Lives Plus UK Homeshare Association. Régis de Kerautem is the President and co-founder, with his wife Claire, of homeshare in Belgium. Their programme 1Toit2Ages has spread from modest origins in Brussels to cover most of the country’s larger towns and cities. Marlene Welzl joined the Board in September 2017. She is the founder of a homeshare programme, WGE!-Gemeinsam Wohnen in her native Vienna.