Meet the Shine team
CEO Charity Lead
Sarah started Shine with a few others in a very small way in 2010, as a response of St Stephen’s Church to the needs of the community in the area of West Bowling where she lives. She has overseen the development of Shine over the years, leaving Health Visiting in 2016 to fully concentrate on leading the charity.
Prior to moving to West Bowling in 2005 Sarah worked in Zimbabwe as a Nurse and a Health Visitor, establishing a charity for those with or affected by HIV. This charity, Kubatana, still works in an area of Manicaland today.
Sarah sits on the Board of a number of other voluntary organisations including Home Start Bradford District, Bradford Trident and Better Start Bradford. She is increasingly asked to speak or advise on the establishment of grassroots charities, particularly those connected to churches.
Sarah is married to Jimmy, the vicar of St Stephen’s and St Matthew’s and has three adult children. She now keeps her home full with lodgers and animals!
Lou has been the Operations Manager for over a year now, having known and recognised the valuable work of Shine since it began. The role is wide ranging from the everyday activities, to the short and longer term projects that keep moving Shine forward. There are no dull days!
Prior to Shine Shine Lou's formal training was in primary education, in which she worked in for 20 years, alongside Christian community youth work and foster caring. Any chance she gets, she's watching or playing tennis or outside with her dog, Freddie.
Woody (Stephen Woodrow)
Community Engagement Worker
Woody has been married to Rachel since 2010, with a step daughter called Hannah who now lives in Australia.
Woody began working at Shine through a Near Neighbours’ program in January 2012, and started as a full-time Community Engagement Coordinator for Shine in January 2014.
His role is very varied helping people with benefit advice, appeals and housing advice. He also runs a support group around addictions, a gardening group, food distribution and debt advice. I really believe in the work we do at Shine and it is great to see the difference in peoples lives.
Families and Communities Worker
Sam has part of Shine for just over 6yrs. She is the Families and Community and runs some of Shine's wellbeing groups. Her job is diverse, managing Shine's now thriving Clothing Bank the early year's group Little Dots, and the arts group Creative Threads. Sam says that she is not well educated but has adapted herself and her life experiences to fit the things does for Shine, giving genuine authentic care to those she helps.
Community Development Worker
Seema's background is in Psychology, she came to SHINE as an ILM from Incommunties in 2019. As a Community Development Worker she works with individuals, families and the community. Seema delivers one to one sessions and groups such as English Chat and Little Dots. She supports individuals and families to speak English confidently and also tackle various issues from mental health, parenting to domestic abuse and encourages them to thrive in all aspects of their life.
Meet the Trustees of Shine
Chair of Trustees
Sam loves to serve the local community and previously spent eight years in school governance, volunteered in various church roles and worked for In2Out, a charity which mentors young people as they leave prison. As part of her role as Director of The Harrogate Hub, she visited Shine in April 2021 to learn from what we do. Sam immediately fell in love with Shine and wanted to be part of the team - she joined as Chair of Trustees just a few months later.
Prior to that Sam was at Procter & Gamble, leading brands such as Gillette, Ariel, Pampers and Head & Shoulders. She also led the creation of P&G Clean Water- the campaign that fronts the company’s social responsibility programme which has provided over 14 billion litres of clean water to those who need it.
Sam is passionate about people and helping their voices to be heard, things that Shine is passionate about too.
Shaeron Caton Rose
Shaeron is an artist and loves making creativity and wellbeing a significant part of people’s experience. She reaches out those who don’t usually have access to such an experience:
"I believe that everyone has the right to dignity, respect and the opportunity to flourish."
Shaeron works part time at an art and crafts day centre for disabled adults as well as delivering workshops to the community and exhibits as an artist across Yorkshire and further afield.
Linda has had a varied career in health visiting working in Loughborough, London and now in Bradford. She has extensive experience in safeguarding children and in running groups for parents.
She is a trustee of the York Glaziers Trust and is the chair of the Planning group for the spouse’s elements of the next Lambeth Conference to be held in 2022.
She offers a ministry of spiritual direction in the diocese of Leeds. She is married to Nick, the Anglican Bishop of Leeds, and they have grown up children and three lively grandchildren.
Rev. Jimmy Hinton
Jimmy has been the Vicar of St Stephen's for the past 15 years. He is also the Vicar of a neighbouring parish St Matthew's for the last 11 years. Jimmy loves West Bowling, he even lived in West Bowling from the ages of 4-8 and started his schooling at St Stephen's Primary. He is now a Governor at the very same school.
Jimmy has a deep connection with West Bowling is well respected by the community, regularly supporting people no matter their faith.
He can also be spotted cycling around the area, and often heads off into the Dales.
Ian has been a Trustee of Shine since May 2016.
He currently works as a Programme Facilitator with a partner charity, Better Start Bradford.
He regularly works one day a week from
St. Stephens Church, giving him a good understanding of the day to day work of Shine staff. Seeing Shine in action influenced him to become a Trustee.
Before working at Better Start Bradford Ian was a Senior Information Officer with Bradford Families Information Service. Previous to that, he was a Community Engagement Worker with a cluster of children centres in Calderdale.
Helen moved to Bradford in 2017 to begin working at St Stephen's CE Primary School as a class teacher. For a number of years, she lived, worked and worshipped in West Bowling.
Whilst now living in the Wibsey area of Bradford, she continues to worship at St Stephen's Church and educate young minds at the primary school.
Having been part of the community of West Bowling for a number of years, and still very much linked to the area through faith and work, Helen has seen the impact SHINE makes to people's lives. The role of trustee allows her to be part of this impact and in particular ensure that SHINE is working to provide better opportunities for the young people of West Bowling.