Chair of Trustees
Karen has retired from working as a doctor for 40 years, and in Medical Education for 25 years. Karen has been privileged to build and work in education programmes for all NHS staff, including personal, professional and team building skills. Relationship skills are very important for the NHS to work well and safely. Through working with the charity Arthritis Research UK, and Health Education England in Wessex, she has led training programmes that focus on skills and behaviours for the benefit of our communities. Karen also has a long involvement with education research. She believes that good relationship skills are essential to develop as a person and for a good community and society. To have MARS input when students are at the point of developing their skills and opinions is timely for individuals to make the right choices for themselves.
John has had a 35 year career in business leadership, most recently as Managing Director of a software development company with about 60 staff. For over 10 years he was Church Warden of a large Church in Poole and is now Lay Chair of the Poole Deanery. Through his leadership roles, he has seen the significant impact of communication and relationship skills – both good and bad! He is passionate to make a difference in the community and in wider society, and is committed to growing, supporting and encouraging healthy relationships and families at every opportunity. Together with his wife Liz, he leads the Marriage and Family Ministry at their Church.
As Geography graduate I can find my way around most places! However, as a mother and grandmother, I know that the way forward is not always obvious. So any help a family can receive is valuable. I am now retired, but worked as an Advice Worker for over 22 years. This was mainly at a University dealing with housing, finance, benefits, relationship and academic issues – so I have experience of working with young adults and knowledge of the issues faced by this age group. My hope is to use all my experience and knowledge to help the next generations make informed and positive choices through the MARS TRUST.
Nigel Martin has experience as a Science Educator for The Science Dome in schools around the country and has specialist responsibilities for working with SEND children, helping to develop new projects like the Science Zone in Boscombe and involved in various community events.
“Many of my presentations include zooming around the universe in a mobile planetarium, so I often take children and young people on a journey to Mars in the dome! This new journey is somewhat appropriate and I am very excited to be supporting the MARS Trust! Work experience spans across various sectors including Banking, Church and Community, Youth Housing and Advisory Services, Finances and Aviation. I cannot remember a time when I haven’t been involved in working with young people. I moved to Poole from Wealdstone over 30 years ago and trained at Moorlands College. I’m married to Helen and between us we have 6 children aged 16 – 26. When I’m not working you can find me singing with Questa Voce or behind the camera.”
Ian is a proper born and bred Dorset man, married to Lyn, with two amazing sons. Most of his working career was spent running the family transport and warehousing company serving is its Managing Director until the business was sold in 2016. He joined The MARS Trust in 2017 as Operations Manager until he became a full time retiree in April 2021! He is an active member of the Lantern Church in Merley, serving on the Sub-committee and serving as one of the worship leaders. His hobbies are spending time with family and friends, walking and golf, however Ian is still passionate about our young people and is excited to be returning to The MARS Trust as a trustee. He's looking forward to working with the team again.