The Living Room’s Patrons:
Lady Verulam. Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
Mr Stuart Lewis DL
Hon Life President/Founder:
Mrs Janis Feely MBE
Trustees of The Living Room:
Patricia Garrard – Chair and Treasurer of the Trustees
Patricia was born in Berkhampstead and has lived in Hertfordshire all her life. Patricia was widowed in 2002 and has three adult daughters. She retired from full time employment in 2008 but remains interested and involved in local charities and community affairs and is a trustee of several charitable organisations including Keech Children Hospice, The Hertsmere Homeless Project and actively supporting MacMillan Nurses.
Patricia retired in 2008 as the East of England Regional Finance Director for Groundwork UK and the Hertfordshire Groundwork Trust. She was also the Finance Director for the National Urban Forestry Unit until 2005.
Patricia was elected District Councillor for St Albans in 2006 and has served as Governor and Chair of Governors of two local schools.
Mary Corbett OBE
Mary’s working life has been in the voluntary sector, either as a practitioner or manager-in education, community development, alcohol addiction, marriage and relationship counselling, and social policy. She is a trustee of two other charities, both involved in education: one with emotionally traumatized teenagers in the UK and the other in Nepal. She is not into housework but loves cooking and having family and friends around a table. A hopeless linguist she is currently learning Arabic, does geriatric Qin-Gong, is a qualified spiritual accompanier. She is rarely without a book on the go and whenever possible indulges in her passion for modern ballet (watching) and walking in wild places.
Mary has special responsibility for all client services policies.
Rev Jos Perris – Trustee
Jos originally had aspirations to be a Prison Psychologist or Psychotherapist specialising in addiction, but she fell instead into marketing and advertising where she remained until she married and started a family. She set up a marketing company in Kuala Lumpur and in London. She then felt called to the Priesthood and was ordained in July 2011 and is currently Curate at St Peters Church in St Albans. She is Vice-Chair of Urban Access which is a youth counselling service in Hemel Hempstead. She has always been interested in different cultures and has travelled around Asia.
Dr Kevin Vaughan – Trustee
Kevin worked in a rural hospital in Uganda and as a GP in Birmingham till retiring from medical practice in 2004. He then worked for the Christian Medical Fellowship till 2011. Currently he is Vice-chair of the International Christian Medical & Dental Association, a trustee of the Christian Medical Fellowship UK and Lay Vice-chair of Christ Church PCC St Albans.
Kevin is married to Sheila and they have three married children and seven grandchildren. Kevin loves global travel, walking and talking.
Tracy Lacey-Smith – Trustee
Tracy is a solicitor and a Partner at SA Law (based in St Albans) heading up the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team. Tracy has also practiced employment law so has a lot of experience dealing with employment and HR related issues. She has previously been governor of a secondary school in Kings Langley and sat as a non-executive Director and Company Secretary of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce.