WHO we are
"showing love and support to those in need”
Jeremy Hill – First Trustee
Jeremy Hill has been been in Financial Services for 37 years His company , Integra Financial is focused on providing personal financial advise to Private Clients
In his spare time Jeremy likes to get to the gym , play tennis, golf and loves two walk the family’s much loved Labradors Gunner and George .
Jeremy belongs to a local charity , The Link , which involves visiting some of the older men in his village every week to provide companionship and support
Anne Hill – First Trustee and Financial Controller
Anne is Canadian by birth but has lived in the UK for the last 33 years. She has worked in the finance sector for 35 years and has been a Financial Controller for the last 15 years. She has three grown up children and likes to relax by walking her two Labrador dogs.
Anne is an active member of her local Church and believes strongly that her faith should be demonstrated by assisting those in need in the community.
Annette Davies – First Trustee
Annette has worked for District Councils for the last twenty five years starting originally in Residential Care in Adult Services and then, latterly, in Children’s Social Care. More recently, her role has been managing a team providing support to children with disabilities.
She has two adult children and has been part of a Community Church for nineteen years.
Her concerns are for the disadvantaged and she has worked as a volunteer in Asia in slums and squatter areas in India and the Philippines. In England, she has supported a homeless shelter and was a keyworker in a housing scheme for young offenders. She has also helped in drop-ins, as well as children and youth work and at one point, with her husband acted as Emergency Foster Carers.
She is excited to be part of the Cowshed in order to support people at their point of need and is curious to see how the charity will grow and develop. Her role as a trustee is on a personal level and not representative of a work capacity or view.
Suzanne Miles – First Trustee
Suzanne has over 10 years experience in global marketing roles in both software and hardware companies. In her current position, International Marketing Manager, Suzanne is able to effectively utilise her content, event and partner management skills within the EMEA and APAC countries.
Suzanne is married and has a young son.
Prior to joining The Cowshed, Suzanne helped arrange and staff youth events. She is excited to be part of The Cowshed team and looks forward to seeing the charity support her local community.
Jonathan Newport – First Trustee
Sally Russell – Founder and CEO
After successful careers in both retail and the education sector including owning three of her own shops. Sally decided to move into the charity sector in 2017. In her first role she designed, setup and ran a boutique shop for First Days Children’s Charity. Following on from this she moved to Trinity Homeless Projects where she is currently their grants manager helping to raise funds for their partner organisation Slough Homeless Our Concern. She has three children, two currently at University and one in the sixth form.
In May 2018 she set up The Cowshed with her husband after identifying a need in the local area and it was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2019. Sally is passionate about supporting those in most need in our society in a practical and loving way.
Kester Russell - Founder
Kester left school at 18 and began a career as an officer in the Army serving in a number of overseas roles, Northern Ireland and Iraq. After 8 years he left the Army to study a Psychology degree at York before spending 15 years in the Defence Electronics Industry.
In 2012 he made a major career change moving in to the education sector. He is currently the Director of the Enterprises Company for Bradfield College and has recently also become a Director for their International Company and is leading the efforts to establish International Schools for the College in a number of countries including China and Thailand.
He helped his wife Sally to set up the Cowshed in 2018 and continues to support the charity operationally and strategically.
Sharon Ketley – Referrals Co-Ordinator
Before Sharon joined The Cowshed, her early career was spent in High Street Fashion, both in retail management and marketing before spending a significant number of years with a boutique recruitment firm. Becoming a first-time parent in 2006 marked a change of direction and a move into the charity sector, finding fulfilment in the support of parents through the National Childbirth Trust and more recently at First Days Children’s Charity.
Now mum to three fabulous children, she is passionate about social inclusion and equality in our local communities, and feels strongly about the environmental impact we have as we go about our daily lives.
“I am looking forward to making a positive contribution through the vital work that The Cowshed will be doing in both these areas.”
Hayley Bennett – Volunteer Coordinator and Craft Group Leader
Hayley has lived and grown up in Wokingham since she was 3 years old. She is married with 2 children.
She has worked in childcare for the last 25 years after training as a nursery nurse. During this time she has been a nanny, childminder, maternity nurse, worked on a postnatal ward in hospital and now works with the health visiting team.
She was taught to sew by her grandma when she was a small child and loves making presents for family and friends. She also loves anything crafty, taking photos and enjoy baking.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and helping to make a difference to the community we live in.”