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Our Trustees

Lyn Mannering

Chair, Slide Away Board of Trustees

Lyn has been aware of, and supported Slide Away since 2004, as both a friend and neighbour of Denise Ross. Her working life has been in the electrical industry, doing estimating and design for works in both the public and private sector. Starting in 1968 and forming her own company in 1997, the latter years being involved in mainly social housing and community projects. Lyn is closely involved in the village life in Fairseat; strongly believing that the community should support each other, Slide Away being a perfect example of one person's life experience being used to help others.

Sharon Clancey

Sharon has a nursing background and is qualified as a RGN and RMN, specialising in children and adolescence. She first started working with children on a young persons unit and from that developed a role as community psychiatric nurse working with young people in the Medway towns. Having taken a break from nursing to concentrate on family life Sharon took up a counselling role at a local school in Maidstone. Whilst working in this role she heard about the formation of Slide Away and was inspired by Denise Ross’s ideas and vision and has been a trustee ever since. Sharon lives in Tunbridge Wells with her partner and four children.

Linda Cann

Linda became a Trustee for Slide Away in 2012.  Through her role as Headteacher in a local infant school, she experienced the devastating impact of bereavement on children, the family and all involved on several occasions.  Linda greatly valued the support Slide Away was able to offer at such sensitive times, it was special and unique, making an enormous difference to the well-being of the young person and enabling them to cope more confidently in the school setting.  Now retired from a full time role in education, Linda works as a part-time tutor on the Greenwich University Teacher Training programme.  She enjoys volunteering as a School Governor and is a trained Bereavement Counsellor.  Linda has lived in Wateringbury with her husband for many years, they have three grown up children.

Stephen Beck

I graduated with a law degree in 1991 and studied for the Solicitor's Finals at the College of Law,Guildford.  I joined Whitehead Monkton Solicitors in Maidstone in 1992 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in 1994.  I became Managing Director of the firm in October 2011.  I have been a Tax & Estate Lawyer for most of my professional creer and have developed a significant wealth of experience helping clients with a whole range of issues from wills to estates to complex tax planning for high net worth individuals and, in particular, the rural community.  When I manage to get out of the office I seem to spend most of my time ferrying the children from one activity to another.  However, when I can, I love going on holiday and travelling; during my gap year I lived in Australia.  I enjoy eating out, the theatre, reading a good book and, when I can, flying light aircraft having gained my private pilot's licence in 2007

In addition to being a trustee of Slide Away I am also a trustee of the Cobtree Charity Trust and the Maidstone Grammar School Development Fund as well as being a Governor at Maidstone Grammar School where I am also Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Nigel Crocker

Nigel Crocker has 40 years of experience of working with young people 8–19-year-old as qualified youth worker and more recently as Early Worker for KCC and currently as Wellbeing Manager for Wilmington Academy, Dartford.   He has worked with young people from all backgrounds and ability providing one to one support to enhance their self-esteem and confidence and encourages young people to reach their full potential.

He has varied experience with supporting young people with stress and anxiety issues.    He set up and ran one of Kent County Council flagship inclusion projects encouraging young people with autism to participate in all mainstream activities alongside other young people.

He understands the difficult times families go through when there had been a bereavement in the family and the support both adults and children need.

He is married with two adult sons and lived in the north Kent area for most of his life.    He is a member of Gravesend and Meopham Rotarian club and over the years has been involved in many fundraising enterprises.