Jo Vary MBE
Jo’s professional working life was in community and youth work/community education and involved street/detached/outreach work as well as centre based.
Having left school with virtually no qualifications, as a “mature person” Jo picked up quite a few, several of which were valuable in her work practice. During the last twenty years of “paid” working life Jo set up and managed a specialist Young Women’s Outreach Project, including seeing it through the charity registration process. Her work always involved targeting the most vulnerable people in a community with an emphasis on empowerment.
Now as a mother of 4 and grandmother to 4, Jo continues to work passionately for her community in a voluntary role, and is excited to be supporting the ethos, vision and practice of TIP, believing it to be a “cutting edge” initiative which is already making a difference to people living in Thanet.
Ann is a chef and caterer with a passion for seeing communities come together through the medium of food and a commitment to reducing food waste and transforming it into a solution to local food poverty.
Previous to her career in food, Ann was a trustee and spokesperson of a national charity. During that period she campaigned on behalf of the special interest the charity represented and has extensive experience of lobbying and networking from the Houses of Parliament down to local level.
Having herself dealt with personal mental health issues for several decades, she has deep empathy for those attempting to navigate alone the mental health support – or lack of – offered by the state and a commitment to improving both the experience, the process, and the outcome thereof.
Rachel grew up in Suffolk and lived in a variety of places in the UK before settling in Thanet.
She qualified as a Primary School Teacher in July 2002, and since then has gained experience in a wide range of educational contexts working with children and young people from ages 3 to 19 year old NEETS.
Rachel has a passion for education and loves breaking down barriers in this area. Married to Nigel, she enjoys spending time together with their two amazing boys.
Roarke has joined the TIP team as a response to his current involvement within the homeless community and those with wider needs. He is involved with the Aspire Homeless Project as an outreach worker and is part of the steering committee for the Thanet Winter Shelter.
His background over the last 15 -20 years has been one of business startups and project management with an emphasis on marketing and income generation strategies.
His drive and passion in this area is born out of his experience of homelessness and the years of sofa surfing and uncertainty he experienced as a young man.