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Paul Photo Paul Martin
Chief Executive Officer

Paul Martin joined The Matthew Project at the beginning of March 2014 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following a national recruitment exercise.

Paul said he believes that 'The Matthew Project is at such an exciting and challenging stage in our 30th year. I have been attracted by the Christian ethos of putting a non-judgemental faith into real action serving so many local communities. Coupled with the commitment, professionalism and care of the teams providing vital services I feel a great sense of privilege to help lead The Matthew Project into the future at such a significant time.'

After graduation with a science degree Paul worked for multi-national companies and then the public sector in scientific roles and then leading services for Environmental Protection. This led to a wider role providing Environmental Health, Public Health and Emergency Planning to protect the public and enhance the quality of life and environment in Kent. This included major regeneration plans to create real, lasting change in some of the most deprived communities in the south-east of England.

Then Paul took a new direction taking a strategic role with the Christian organisation MAF UK that brings help and hope to isolated communities across the developing world. This role grew to encompass strategic planning, income generation, marketing, supporter services and volunteer management across the UK as well as developing the charities work globally.

Paul concludes 'Now we have this great opportunity to build on the great work of The Matthew Project over 30 years. I will stay close to the work and team as we develop our strategy to meet the challenges and take the opportunities to provide vital services and meet the unmet needs of our community'.

Hear Paul Martin's interview on Radio Norfolk's Sunday Breakfast with Kirsteen Thorne.



Paul Hoey has been a Trustee of The Mathew Project since 2000, serving six years as Chair of the Trustee Board and more latterly as vice Chair. Other community and charitable activities include serving as a school governor, active membership of Holy Trinity Church Norwich and advising 3rd sector projects. Paul trained and worked as a teacher and youth worker in a state maintained school and voluntary youth organisations before joining Norfolk County Council in 1988. Before retiring in December 2015 he held posts including; Assistant and then Deputy Principal Youth and Community Officer for Norfolk; Senior Education Officer responsible for Children with Special Education Needs; and latterly; Head of Norfolk's Integrated Education Advisory Services responsible for a traded income budget of £11m and 350 staff. This post was also a member of the County Council's Education Senior Management Team. He brings proven knowledge, skills and experience in: human and financial resource management; management of change; service improvement; commerciality; legal compliance including safeguarding.

Margaret Wade has been a Trustee of The Mathew Project since 2015 and was previously a Trustee for Living Word Church. Other community and charitable activities include serving as a School Governor, Chair of the PTA and fundraising for various children's and cancer charities. Her early career was spent with John Lewis Partnership in a variety of management posts. In 2000, she moved into the education and training sector, forming her own Norfolk-based company with a UK-wide team, currently delivering a range of accredited management programmes, workshops, coaching and consultancy projects and, in partnership with a University, delivering a Foundation Degree for Early Years. She has extensive knowledge, skills and experience in human/financial resource management; staff development across public, private and not for profit sectors; Project Management; sales and customer service; and establishing collaborative partnerships with academic institutions.

Andrew Warren has been a Trustee of The Mathew Project since early 2013. His business background means his role is principally related to the healthy state of the finances of The Matthew Project. Other recent charitable activities include serving as a trustee and treasurer of Relational Mission, which serves the local churches that form part of New Frontiers in the east of England. His professional background is as a Chartered Surveyor. He owns a building and property Investment Company and an independent estate agency. He has also taught functional skills mathematics at Kings Lynn College over a three year period.

Lorie Lain-Rogers was recently been appointed as a Trustee of The Matthew Project, adding her experience with the Seven Cs Community Project which will form a key part of our skills development service. Seven Cs promotes a return to health for those recovering from addiction by the provision of training and therapeutic work. Lorie co-founded the project in 2011. It became a charitable company in early 2013 with Lorie serving as Managing Director. Professionally she trained as a teacher specialising in woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing. She taught in four schools before setting up her own furniture making business in 1982. She was secretary to the Norfolk Furniture Makers Association for 13 years, a founder member and first chair of Bergh Apton Conservation Trust and Bergh Apton Local History Group; Chair of Trustees for Call To Prayer (ecumenical prayer charity)and for many years a trustee of the Bergh Apton Parish Charities and The Tenwinter Charity.

Stephen Lock has been a Trustee of The Mathew Project for over 20 years, serving the last 10 years as Chair. Other charitable activities have included serving five years as Chair for a local Scout Group parents and leaders committee. He is also an active member of Kings Community Church with involvement in youth and children's work. Stephen has worked for over thirty years as a supply chain professional, firstly in the food manufacturing industry and latterly in the building materials manufacturing industry. The different roles undertaken include Production Planner, Data Capture Manager, and Project Manager. He is also an Accredited SAP Software Consultant. His involvement with The Matthew Project led him to undertake business and management studies that included achieving an MBA accreditation.

Richard Capper has been a Trustee of the Matthew Project for six years. He was until his retirement at the end of 2014 Canon Pastor at Norwich Cathedral where he had served for ten years. He became involved in the Matthew Project when he worked with others in establishing an annual Remembrance Service for those who had died from alcohol or drug problems. In his role as Canon Pastor he was responsible for the many volunteers who assist at the cathedral as well as being chair of the Cathedral Enterprise company. For many years he was a trustee of the National Council for Social Concern which was the successor charity of the Church of England Temperance Society. He is also Chair of the Trustees at the Norwich Centre for Personal Professional and Spiritual Development.

Greg Gibson is a partner in the Norwich office of national law firm Mills & Reeve. Greg advises a wide range of organisations, from central government departments to a small local start-ups on commercial contracts, outsourcing, public procurement and related issues. Before joining Mills & Reeve, Greg was an in house lawyer at Warner Bros., advising on legal issues relating to the first two "Harry Potter'' films, amongst others, and at ITV, where he advised on television production, website and sports rights agreements. Greg is also a trustee of the Mills & Reeve Charitable Trust and The Norwich Tanzania Association.



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