David Irwin

Chief Officer

David joined St Chad’s in January 2014 having previously worked as a consultant. Prior to this he was Director of Children and Family Services at the Brathay Trust. He has lived and worked in New Zealand where he was Director of Operations for the Housing New Zealand Corporation, Wellington.

A former Chief Executive of Tees Valley Connexions Service, David was Principal Youth Officer at Sunderland City Council from 1996 – 2002. He has a background in Community Development, Community Education and Youth Work.

Joan Hoult

Family Support Co-ordinator

Joan joined St Chad’s in 2004 as a Family Support Worker after attending college as a mature student. Prior to this she worked as a Seamstress for 10 years and had a successful career in sales.

She has been Co-ordinator for 8 years and describes her role as ‘not a job but a journey where hopefully I can make a real difference in helping local families fulfil their potential’. Joan has managed St Chad’s successful ‘Changing Lives’ programme for the past three years.

Jodie Ross

Childcare Supervisor