Huw is intelligent, curious, good at connecting disparate ideas and finding solutions to diverse and complex problems. He can tend to ask lots of questions and initiates debates. He is perceptive and aware of a range of issues and uses the knowledge gathered from his questions and what he notices to help find answers to difficult situations.
Huw lives in East Yorkshire with his 17-year-old son. He has a MA from the University of Leeds and a BA (Hons) from the University of Wales.
I returned to the UK in 1981 after living and working in Australia for 10 years where I met my wife Carol and where our two children were born. From 1981 until I retired in 2003 I worked in local authority social services departments, first under Humberside County Council and later under Hull City Council. During that time I had a range of roles, including training officer, manager of a day service for people with learning disabilities, area manager and a commissioning manager.
Since retiring I have done a variety of jobs, working with health and social care staff to integrate health and social care, implement the Care Act 2014, introduce personalisation or devise an autism strategy in places like Barnsley, Cumbria, Sunderland, York, North East Lincolnshire and Hull. I am also a trustee on the board of HICA, the Humberside Independent Care Association and enjoy keeping in contact with the services that organisation provides.
Most of my time now is spent with family – we now have four grandchildren, all within an hour of our home in Hessle – and travelling in the UK and overseas. We particularly like visiting Italy for the sunshine.
Carol will vouch for my incompetence at DIY but I do paint the odd window frame and mow the grass and trim the hedge when it’s absolutely necessary. I gave up playing tennis years ago and go to the gym just often enough to fool myself that I can continue to eat and drink more than I should.
When I was approached about becoming a trustee of Matthew’s Hub it was a very emotional moment. This is a service very close to my heart. Owing to our family’s experiences over the last 25 years I’ve been involved in various committees and organisations which promote the interests of children and adults on the autism spectrum. I hope that as a trustee, I will be able to support the great work that is done by Matthew’s Hub.
Offering a space with a range of support to those people for whom no support has ever been available, I believe that Matthew’s Hub is a rare and special organisation. I’m so happy that we are able to do it here in Hull and East Riding.
Our home is in the East Riding, and I was born in Hull. Although I lived in London for a long time, I returned here in the late 80’s. We love living here and have no intentions of moving again! I’m joining Matthew’s Hub as a parent with no professional background in health or social care. Just a knowledge of what it’s like for my family living with autism.
I am Ian Bourne, a 50 year old speaker from Hull. I speak on the evocative subject of Disability awareness of all types having been born with Cerebral Palsy, and having had a largely positive and fulfilled life so far I feel I have something to offer the Hub as a trustee.
My background, having worked some 26 years for Local Government is in the fields of administration, budgeting, middle office and systems management, computers to a degree, up-keeping databases and being the office entertainer. I hope these qualities will somehow be of use to Matthews Hub.
My chief interests outside my more sensible roles are rugby league and supporting Hull KR, music, cricket, going out for meals, going to new locations and being a social animal. I live on my own in Anlaby and my ambition in life is to walk in a straight line.
I am the person who had the initial idea of a charity helping young people on the autistic spectrum when they reach the age when they can’t go any further with their education and they struggle to find the motivation to look for a job and to find a safe place where they can socialise, relax and have access to services which can improve the quality of their lives. Sadly my son Matthew, in whose memory MH was created, could not benefit from such a service, but I wanted to do all I could so that nobody else would have to suffer in the same way. I have an academic background, having worked for 34 years first at Bangor university and then at Hull teaching Italian language and literature. For four years I was Admissions Tutor for the department of Modern Languages at Hull University, a position which gave me the opportunity of developing skills in communication, negotiation, mediation and public speaking. I am passionate about MH and believe that in the short time of its existence it has made a big difference to the lives of many vulnerable young people. I am very happy to act as a trustee for MH: this will give me the opportunity to be more involved in planning and shaping its future. I retired from academic life in 2013 and live in Cottingham with my partner Steve, who is also involved in helping MH. I have another son who lives and works in Italy and I make frequent trips there. My other interests are learning to play the organ, volunteering in a refugee welcoming centre in Hull, opera, theatre and walking.