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Board of Trustees

Families United Network Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees have a legal and moral responsibility for governance across the charity.  They are also responsible for the strategy and development investing their authority in the management and staff to achieve this.

Our Trustees serve as volunteers therefore they are not paid for their work. Serving as a trustee is rewarding and enjoyable, and an opportunity to serve the community while learning new skills and meeting new people.

Some of Families United Network trustee’s have valuable personal experience in children with disabilities, to compliment this we are currently looking for people to serve as trustees who have a professional background in accounting, legal or media/marketing.

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining the board of trustees.

Meet the board..


Jo Stuart
Chair of the Board
I’m Jo Stuart, mum to Maxwell and Wills who have autism, severe learning difficulties and ADHD. Our family have been using FUN’s services since 2005. The charity has been a life saver for my family and we have never missed a holiday club. I love FUN and because it’s so special to me, I have been Chair of the FUN trustees since 2009, and I am still very keen to improve what we can do for children with disabilities and their families in Bedfordshire.

Julia Higgins

Julia Higgins
Vice Chair

I’m Julia Higgins, mum to Cameron who has a M-CM Syndrome, right-sided hemi hypertrophy, Autism, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety and Epilepsy.  Our family have been using FUN’s services since early 2009 and have been on the board since July of the same year. Cameron is now 14 years old and is very independent when accessing all of the services at FUN because he feels so confident in the environment – its a joy to see.   He particularly enjoys attending the Youth Club on a Monday night and the Saturday respite services, both of which are brilliant for me as well because I get a much needed break.  I am very thankful for everything that FUN has to offer.

Over the years we have always supported FUN with attending charity events and organising events ourselves and its something that we have always been proud of.

We also have a beautiful dog called Bonnie who is a registered PAT dog so I do hope at some point in the future I will have an opportunity of bringing her in for the children to meet her.



Julie Tompkins
Trustee and Treasurer

I am Julie Tompkins, Mum to two children, Tyler & Kayleigh and a qualified Certified Accountant since January 2000, working full time based in Watford.  Tyler has global development delay and has been using FUN since beginning 2014.  FUN have provided Tyler with a safe environment from which Tyler has thrived upon and this has increased his independence and confidence as he develops into a young man.

I wanted to be able to give back to this amazing charity to help us to develop and grow, continue to support other families whose children, siblings and family can benefit from the facilities we can provide and improve upon in the coming years.


Lisa Ellis

Hi, I’m Lisa and have three grown up children. I have worked for Luton’s Special Educational Needs Service for 15 years supporting children with severe and complex needs and their families. My husband and I are also carers for a little boy who has been part of our family for 10 years. I joined FUN as a trustee in the summer of 2015 and I am really excited to be part of the FUN journey.


Anthony Stratford

I’m Anthony Stratford – Dad to Charlotte who has Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

It has taken many years to get a clear diagnosis for Charlotte, during which time she has struggled to join in with activities that other kids take for granted – simple things such as a bouncy castle or a ball pit.

Discovering FUN was huge for us as a family. Charlotte is able to join in with other kids, and experience things that would otherwise be very stressful for her, in a fantastic environment where she can simply be herself.

Professionally I am a security supervisor of many years and have also been involved in the fire service.