Chris Thorpe, Trustee

Chris Thorpe, Trustee

Personal Information:

 

 I have 3 grown up children, 3 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren. I was widowed in 2009. I was born in Suffolk and apart from a period from 1983-1997 when the family spent time in Northamptonshire, have always lived in the county. I attended Stowmarket Grammar School from the age of 11-18, and after doing A levels attended what was then the Civic College. I enjoy keeping fit and spend a lot of time walking. I also swim, do yoga and exercise in general. I am a member of the Friends of Belstead Brook Park, a local group that helps to maintain the park. I am an avid gardener and spend many hours working in my garden. I also spend as much time as I can with the grandchildren (free child care!).
Work / profession / skills:

 

 I retired in November 2015. I had been employed at Ipswich Borough Council for 10+ years where I co-managed the team dealing with homelessness and homelessness prevention. This required a high level of knowledge of housing legislation as well as the skills necessary for people management. I actively worked with the ILHP as a member of the steering group, and had a good awareness of housing providers in the town. My previous employment included working as a team manager in the claims department at Royal & Sun Alliance, and prior to that as manager of a young people’s information and counselling service in Northamptonshire where I managed the agency and volunteers. During this time, I studied for a counselling diploma in Transactional Analysis.
“Why did I volunteer to be an IHAG trustee?”:

 

 

 My links with IHAG, the Chapman Centre and being a member of the ILHP provided me with a good understanding of the organisation and agencies involved and I did not want to lose this. My earlier work with young people also provided me with knowledge about the issues facing young people, particularly those who are more disadvantaged. I had worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors and have a good insight into the types of issues facing organisations such as IHAG.