Jane Samson - Chair
I bring a love of people and creating structure so that everyone on the team can contribute and shine in the work we do at MJT.
As a Senior Lecturer for the School of Medicine at UCLan for Leadership and Communication I’m delighted to be able to use my skills to support the whole community of MJT.
The impact MJT creates for the people of Cumbria is why I want to contribute and work with this wonderful team.
Sandra Howarth - Treasurer
My role is the treasurer for the charity (and some administration especially around the ball). My background is quite varied but currently I have my own bookkeeping business which I do from home and this allows me the freedom to look after my family, me and walk my little dogs.
Why do I support the charity, because if I can help in a small way to make a young person from Cumbria or military persons life a little bit better then that makes me feel happy.
Helping others and making a difference is what I enjoy doing! Having started life as a Scots Guardsmen before progressing to becoming a firefighter and then an entrepreneur of 20 years I have a wide and varied background, with the military discipline backing me up.
Making a difference to the lives of those that need support, and helping those dedicated to making changes in peoples lives is why I am so passionate about the MJT
As the newest trustee member I am keen to bring past military experience and current commercial skills to my trustee role.
Having experienced first hand the benefits of Army adventure training from trekking in Chile, or climbing Mount Kenya, to abseiling in the Lake District, the strength in team building and working together to reach personal goals is something I love to see and hear in the MJT beneficiary stories.
Having left the Army many years ago and now working in a senior management role locally, I am delighted to join the vibrate MJT team to offer support to Cumbrian children.
An ex-colleague of Michelle, I flew Puma helicopters in the Royal Air Force and then worked at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund as an Area Directors.
I have seen first-hand the difference the MJT grants make to the lives of serving, ex-serving members and their families. I am absolutely delighted to be part of the MJT team and help with its work.
Most of my working life has been spent in the tourism and hospitality sector. However, more recently I have worked with vulnerable and challenging children in a residential school setting. After seeing first hand how opportunities can alter and change children and young people, I was happy to help the Trust.
Apart from the Trust, I spend my days as a dog groomer, I also have three boys to keep me busy, two dogs and I am also a child welfare officer for a local junior football club.