Deborah Bennett I joined the Board of Home-Start UK three years after becoming a Trustee of Home-Start South Leicestershire. I had supported the organisation in my last full time housing role as Executive Director of the local housing association. I saw at first hand both professionally and personally the difference the support of Home-Start can make to a family. I have had a long career in housing, 20 of these as a Senior Manager, running housing services in the public sector and leading social business enterprises. I bring these leadership skills, and extensive experience as both an executive and non-executive board member, to my role at Home-Start UK. I believe there will be a strong mutual benefit in having a Trustee role at both the local and national level, sharing understanding and knowledge from both an operational and strategic perspective. More than ever we need to support the work of Home-Start and the difference it can make to children, their parents and our communities.