Our Trustees

Alison Hosford
Chair of Trustees

Alison Hosford is the current Chair of trustees and visits the charity regularly. She has gained helpful insights into the daily work of ‘Beyond the Wall’.  She has a working knowledge of people with additional needs and is keen to see the charity thrive and develop to be the best it can be.

Having spent most of her career in Tower Hamlets, London as a head teacher and OFSTED Inspector she now works with schools in challenging circumstances as an Interim Leader.

She has been involved as a volunteer in other charitable work and has several leisure interests such as wildlife, walking, riding and gardening.

Currently Alison lives with her dogs and horses in a village north of Framlingham, Suffolk.

Judith Gowland 

Judith visits the charity on a weekly basis. She keeps abreast of current trends in the area of learning needs. Over the last few years Judith has also got to know the clients, staff and volunteers. Judith  ensures the charity is forward looking and accepts all challenges as positive opportunities.

She has been a restorer of Works of Art on Paper for twenty- five years and travels widely in this role. Before that a Medical Immunologist for over twenty years.

Judith has been involved in charitable work for some years and is currently involved with the Suffolk Gardens Trust.

She is married with two grown-up children and lives near Eye.

Doris Erith

Doris Erith retired 8 years ago after teaching for over 30 years in local primary schools.  For many of these years Doris worked as SENCO, liaising with pupils, parents, teachers and the local authority.

Born and bred in Norfolk, Doris lives with her husband on their farm on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Activities such as cooking, gardening, reading and trying different craft work are enjoyed by Doris as well as talking with her teenage grandchildren about their various interests.

As a Trustee Doris often visits the charity and has got to know many clients and staff. Her visits mean that she can see first-hand the progress people make on a weekly basis. Her commitment has ensured that the charity has gone from strength to strength.

Wendy Missons

Wendy was a secondary school teacher for 35 years, the last 15 of those as headteacher. Her last post was in Norfolk.  Her expertise is across a range of areas, including multi agency working, special needs, governance and business management. Wendy has a deep commitment to ensuring all members of our society lead rich and fulfilling lives. 

Wendy now gives her time to project, voluntary and charitable work, including 'Beyond the Wall'

Diane Kearsley
Trustee from 2016
Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire Diane lived there for the first 25 years of her life. Following art school, a career in graphic design seemed appropriate and was followed by working for a small publishing company specialising in political reference journals. Personal circumstances brought her to East Anglia where she has lived in both Norfolk and now Suffolk for several years.   Because of her interest in local politics she decided to stand as a local district councillor and was an elected member of a local authority for almost 20 years. This continues to play a major part of life involving her in a number of community interests and trying to make that difference.

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