Our Trustees and Staff

Mission Control

We love our trustees, staff and volunteers, and whilst we are currently only a few we still thought you’d like to see who’s steering our ship!

John Tobin - Chair
John left school in 1977 and studied woodwork as an apprentice. His career took off in 1988 teaching apprentice’s woodwork at a local college which was challenging but rewarding. This inspired his decision to become an Instructor passing his skills onto offenders to make products which was interesting and unique.
John’s career has progressed over the years and his current role is Regional Manager for prisons ensuring the logistics of supplying the correct goods and services nationally and on schedule.
Outside of work John enjoys walking, cycling, and playing golf.

Gill Thomson - Vice Chair
Gill Thomson is currently working as a Reader (Associate Professor) in Perinatal Health at the University of Central Lancashire. Gill has a psychology academic background and has worked within the public, private and voluntary sector. She has experience of working in residential care homes and providing helpline support for a national charity. Gill has been involved in a wide range of consultation and research projects, the majority of which involved engaging with vulnerable population groups. Gill’s research interests relate to psychosocial influences and implications of health care, peer support models of care, and maternal mental health. She is also the member of an NHS ethics committee.

Dianne Thomas - Treasurer
Dianne is a Network Planning & Fibre Design Planner for Openreach, helping to deliver Superfast Broadband and local full fibre networks to the nation as part of the Governments national rollout of fibre broadband. Prior to joining Openreach in 2006 Dianne worked for BT for 18 years initially as an operator on 100, 999 & 192 before moving to the engineering side, responsible for the maintenance, upkeep & data integrity of the records and eventually Team Leader. Dianne has previously been a community volunteer through BT to visit deprived schools as a classroom assistant giving support through reading and craft activities. She has been heavily involved in youth football for many years where she was secretary of Newman Youth FC for two years.

Michelle Clinch - Secretary
Michelle Clinch works at HMP Kirkham as a Librarian offering a service to 650 prisoners, some whom have learning difficulties including reading and writing. She has excellent inter-personal/communication skills with prisoners and staff and she offers extensive and outstanding service to supporting prisoners through reading, creative writing, enrichment classes including art and card making, language classes, reading groups and much more. Before she joined the library Michelle worked for Lancashire County Council for 14 years and working with Children & Young Peoples Services supporting children aged between 9-18 years old with Maths, English and ICT projects, using football as a motivational tool at Preston North End FC.

Patsy Francis - Trustee
Patsy has over 30yrs experience working in the Social Care Sector. Patsy started with young people with both physical and learning disabilities. Patsy went on to work with children who had endured sexual abuse and presented challenging behaviour. As well as Lancashire County Council Patsy has worked for Hertfordshire Social Services, Mencap and the NHS. More recently Patsy has been working at a local High School as a Learning Support Assistant within the Special Education Needs department(SENCO), working 1-1 with a visual Impaired student and also supported students with asperger's as well as students with challenging behaviour. Currently Patsy is employed by the NHS as a Health and Wellbeing Support worker based on the Mental Health Unit at a local hospital.

Jo Griffith - CEO
A part qualified accountant and financial controller to a family business, Jo has almost 35 years experience in the accountancy field, working with medium size accountancy firms (for the last 23 years self-employed), also managing all elements of property lets and tenancies, and many years experience working with a partner from St James’s Place Wealth Management organisation, a FTSE 100 company. Jo has 25 years’ experience of supporting her daughter who had learning differences (LD) and mental health issues. In this role she liaised and worked with a wide range of people, health professionals and agencies in an effort to support her daughter fully. Jo is now CEO of Lauren’s Forever Purple Charity and is working on many aspects of setting up and establishing the charity.

If you would like to get in touch, please use the contact form below.

Lauren’s (Forever Purple) Charity

Main contact:  Jo Griffith, CEO

Office - 4 Warwick Close, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 3JN

Telephone – 07947 807202 


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Registered Charity No.1181919