The Board of Trustees

Spadework is a charity which is managed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall management of the Charity.



Sue Murray is married and mother of an adult daughter and son.  She enjoyed a varied working life, mainly in sales and marketing and, following a ten year career break during which time she became a parish councillor and a school governor.  Sue retrained as a Teaching Assistant and spent the last 11 years of her working life at Kemsing Primary School.

She was a Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor and former Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.  Spadework became one of her charities in her second year of office.  She became a Trustee shortly after her term of office ended.

TONY YOUNG (Treasurer)

Tony has had many years’ experience in complex not for profit organisations as well as wide exposure to commercial organisations. He has also had many years’ experience of being a director and company secretary. He enjoys the challenge of providing good commercial, operational and financial management and is an accountant and chartered secretary with wide ranging skills.

He has been a charity trustee since 2002, joining Spadework in July 2011. He is also currently an associate governor of a local primary school.

Tony lives in Offham, is married with two grown up sons and is a classic car enthusiast.


Trevor began his career with HSBC (formerly Midland Bank) in 1970 and after successfully completing his banking examinations (ACIB), undertook many positions including Branch Manager and Commercial Manager in various retail branches in Kent and Sussex and also in the bank’s Corporate Finance Department in Poultry, London.

On his retirement after 35 years, he now works on a part time basis for a local independent garage specialising in the repair and servicing of prestige and high performance sports cars.

Trevor and his wife Eve now live in Tonbridge and have a daughter, Claire, who works in the theatre and a son, Paul, who has been a trainee at Spadework since 2002.

Having been involved and a supporter of Spadework since Paul joined, Trevor became a Trustee in 2009.


Jim was appointed as a Trustee in November 2013.  He recently retired as a Trustee of ICAN, a charity for children and young adults with communication difficulties.  He is a Trustee and Treasurer of Kent Association for the Blind, serves as a coordinator for visitors with the RBS Pensioners Association, who visit elderly pensioners in the Kent Area.

Jim is a retired senior executive of Coutts and Company and co-edits the Quill Magazine for Coutts and Co Pensioners.  A liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Palisterers and a Freeman of the City of London.

Jim lives in Addington, near West Malling with his wife Bernadette and has three daughters and five grandchildren.


Edward lives in Offham and has been a Trustee of Spadework since November 2013.  He held Director positions in both the public and private sector for over 15 years before joining a consultant group specialising in organisational recovery and turnaround.  He received his MBA from the University of Glasgow and is currently involved in writing a series of books on the causes of organisational failure and development of organisational capability.


Karen has worked in the voluntary sector, starting in mental health with MIND since 1980.  That was followed by jobs in London, working with people with severe physical disabilities in a user-led independent living scheme, managing therapeutic horticulture projects, and then running a multi-purpose Settlement.  Karen did an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation at the London School of Economics and since 2007 has been the Chief Executive of the Kent Association for the Blind.  She lives close to Spadework in West Malling.


Peter lives in Sevenoaks, Kent and is widowed with one grown up daughter.   He retired in 1999 having spent 39 years working in the agricultural manufacturing industry. During some of this time he spent 20 years living in Belgium working at the company’s European headquarters where he helped set up and manage their after-sales organisation.

He was invited to join the Spadework Board of Trustees as an observer in 2000 and in 2003 he became a Trustee.


Jim is a retired Metropolitan Police Officer and former Vicar in the Church of England serving as the incumbent at East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston. He served 30 yrs in the Police in Central and South East London, including 6yrs investigating serious internal corruption at Scotland Yard. He retired in 2001 having served in Eltham, South East London, dealing with issues emanating from the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry. He was ordained as a priest in the church in 1996. Although he retired from the church in 2015, he still serves in the church conducting services locally, including West Malling Abbey, and is a mentor for serving vicars.

Jim lives in Offham with his wife, Jean, and has 3 children and grandchildren who all live locally. He can often be found serving at Spadework in the Café as a volunteer.



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