Meet the Trustees

Chaffinch is run 100% by volunteers, and that includes its board of trustees.

Sarah Woods 

(Membership Secretary & Sponsorship Coordinator)

When did you become a Chaffinch trustee?
Chaffinch was my vision after a visit to Kibera.  I pulled together a board of trustees in February 2014.

What is your favourite book?
I’m an avid reader so that’s a difficult one.  I’m going to cheat and choose two!  Firstly ‘fizz’ by Zvi Schreiber which is both fact and fiction, taking you on a journey through time discovering the nature of the universe and the laws of physics.  My second selection is ‘If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat’ by John Ortberg.  It’s about stepping out in faith, doing scary things because it’s right rather than playing it safe and never getting the most from life.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to stay busy.  I enjoy numerous crafts including beadwork, jewellery making, crochet, sewing, and anything else that grabs my interest.  I have also developed a love of cooking and finding new, exciting recipes online.  I do voluntary clean-up in my community (litter picking plus marking and reporting dog mess, needles, and fly tipping to the local council).

Would you rather live in the mountains or beside the sea?
Another tough question.  I love sitting and watching the sea and listening to the waves.  It’s very relaxing.  However, I think I’d have to live in the mountains, surrounded by green and with plenty of hiking opportunities.

Bob Mitchell

When did you become a Chaffinch trustee?
I first became a trustee and the charity’s first treasurer at inception in February 2014.

What is your favourite type of music/who are your favourite musicians?
My favourite music genre is progressive rock though I like to listen to many others and have photographed over four hundred different artists/bands within the last five years across the musical spectrum.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Most of my time is occupied by the combination of two of my passions in life, namely music and photography. I take photographs of musicians performing in venues in York and around the UK, at festivals, and occasionally in Europe regularly travelling with the artists.

What one piece of wisdom can you share?
I believe life is about sharing and caring. The more you contribute, the more fulfilled you’ll be.

Linda Mitchell

(Secretary & Acting Treasurer) 

When did you become a Chaffinch trustee?
I became a Chaffinch trustee in February 2014 when the charity was first set up. At the time it didn’t even have a name.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I have a varied range of interests. I am a bit of a butterfly, enjoying variety. At home you might find me doing cross stitch or knitting. Out and about you might find me at a yoga class, a mindfulness group or volunteering in the box office at Joseph Rowntree Theatre, a community theatre in York. I like to visit historical houses and I enjoy watching live theatre shows and having a few drinks with friends. I also love to relax on a spa break. 

What personal achievements from the past few years are you are most proud of?
In the last few years I am proud to have mastered the box office computer system in the theatre and can now use it confidently. I have also learned how to meditate which I find both useful and enjoyable. 

What is your favourite film?
My favourite film is The Railway Children. Why? Firstly because I have happy memories of being taken to see it at the cinema as a treat. Secondly because it is such a good story and has a happy ending and thirdly because it is filmed in Yorkshire on the Worth Valley Railway.

 

Chris Janik

(Chair)

When did you become a Chaffinch trustee?
6th February 2019 – my birthday! I brought cake to the trustees meeting!!! 🙂

Which figure, historical or current, has inspired you and why?
That’s a tricky one… I have a couple of famous figures that I admire, one being Sir Alex Ferguson. His ability to work with all people and make everyone part of the team and adapt to new challenges with huge success is inspiring. My parents inspire me, my Mother’s determination and ‘get on with it’ attitude in the face of challenges, but also with sincerity and caring. My Father’s (retired GP) drive to succeed and provide the best care for his patients and family.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy exercise in most forms, particularly circuit/HIIT training. I love watching and playing football and have a keen interest in cars and motorsport. I enjoy travelling and holidays with family and friends. We love to visit my wife’s family and holiday in Malaysia and need to plan the next trip! I enjoy spending time with friends, typically in a pub. 🙂 The most important thing is to spend free time enjoying life and there is no better way than with my 6-year-old son, who can always find fun in the simplest of things!

Would you rather explore a museum or spend the day mountain biking?
It is safe to say, I would much prefer to be outdoors and mountain biking sounds fun! I am not greatly interested in museums or the arts, however there are the odd museum that grabs me! That said, it is usually the architecture of the building I am interested in rather than the contents of the museum.

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