Our Trustees

Our Trustees are all volunteers and help Life Path with its strategic goals. 

Picture taken March 2014.


John Higgins


John worked in services for people who have a learning disability in both the statutory and independent sector for over 40 years before retiring in 2006.  During this period he held senior management positions in both residential and day services, has been a Director responsible for the development and management of services for a national charity working in different areas of England, and most recently developed a new range of services for an organisation in the South West.

In addition he has worked as a Director of Human Resources with a particular remit for staff training and development.  

John moved from Leicestershire to Warwickshire and now lives in Shropshire with his wife Mary and has four grown up children.

Having worked in Coventry in his early career he is has really enjoyed the opportunity to renew acquaintances, particularly with those citizens he supported  when both he and they were much younger, and hopes that his past experiences will be of benefit to the organisation.

John was co-opted onto the Board on 27th February 2009 and voted as a Trustee at the AGM on 25th September 2009.  He was Chair of the Board from 26th March 2010, after being voted on by the Trustee's unanimous approval, until 17th December 2015.


John Ellis







John Ellis

John spent the first 24 years of his working life in Banking and the Building Society industry, for the last 10 years of which he was as a Building Society Manager, firstly in the North East and subsequently in Northampton.

He was then the Finance and Administration Manager of the Motor Neurone Disease Association for 3 years, before taking a similar role at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire’s Adult Residential Education College. He became Deputy Principal during his 13 years there.

Having taken early retirement John continued to provide financial and administrative support to Knuston Hall on a ‘casual’ basis, as well as taking on a regular customer care role as Duty Manager. He also had a part time financial role at the University of Leicester’s Adult Education Centre in Northampton.

In a voluntary capacity he has spent time as Secretary of the local branch of the Building Societies Institute, and Chairman and Treasurer of the local branch of the Workers’ Education Association, where he also attends adult education courses. His main hobby is walking, and he is Vice Chairman of a local rambling club.

John was voted as a Trustee at the AGM on 12th October 2015 and is Chair of the Finance Committee.


Keith Chapman


Keith has a background in higher education having been a member of staff at Coventry University for many years.

He now has his own consultancy practice in building construction and is active in domestic energy efficiency matters.

He brings first-hand experience of learning disabilities through family members and folks he has known throughout his career.

He hopes to contribute whatever he can to the successful operation and good governance of Life Path, recognising the essential work that it does Keith became a co-opted member of the Board of Trustees on 8th March 2013 and was voted as a Trustee at the AGM in October 2013.


Robert Hall MBE


Robert served as a Director on the Newpath Board for many years.

However, on 15th June 2012 he was co-opted onto the Life Path Board and was voted as a Trustee at the AGM on 9th October 2012.

Dr John Herrick


John has been involved in teaching throughout his career. His first teaching post was in a secondary school in Nottinghamshire and finally as Deputy Head of a large comprehensive school in Northamptonshire. During his time in Northamptonshire he was responsible for the community aspect of the school and led a team developing adult education programmes. As a result of this experience he was appointed as Principal, Knuston Hall Adult Residential College, Northamptonshire and eventually as Head of Residential Education in Northamptonshire where he was responsible for five residential colleges.

Having retired from this post he now works for several local education authorities as an education consultant and teaches IT in a number of short term adult residential colleges.

Due to his interest in residential education John recently completed a doctoral research thesis into the value of studying in a residential setting. He is involved in the local community and is Chairman of Governors of a village primary school.

Having designed and delivered a course assisting the trustees and employees of Life Path Trust to develop strategies for the future, he was invited to join the Board of Trustees in March 2012. John was voted as a Trustee at the AGM on 9th October 2012.  John is Chair of the joint Human Resources and Health and Safety Committee.


Edward Lamb


Edward has lived in and around Kettering all his life and practices as a Solicitor there where his family have been in practice for over two hundred years!

He has been a School Governor for many years at the local primary school, a church warden of his local village church and also a Trustee of various charitable trusts.

Having a family member who is supported by Life Path Trust for many years, Edward became interested in becoming a Trustee after the AGM in October 2013.

Edward was co-opted onto the Life Path Board on 7th March 2014 and was voted as a Trustee at the AGM on 21st October 2014.





Philip Rusk



Philip is a Civil Servant in Birmingham and has been a volunteer with the charity since the mid 1980's. He has undertaken a wide range of activities as a volunteer so far. Most of the current volunteering is at the Kings Hill Lane site with the nursery and the function room.

Philip also served as a Director on the Newpath Board for many years.

On 15th June 2012 he was co-opted onto the Life Path Board and was voted as a Trustee at the AGM in October 2012.

Jennifer Withey


Jen is a full time carer for her son who is a service user at Life Path's Respite Service in Radford.

She enjoys gardening and has been helping to maintain the garden at Ellys Road for the past year.

Jennifer has worked as a lunch time Supervisor at 2 different schools, one of which was a special needs school.

Jen was co-opted onto the Board on 7th March 2014 and was voted as a Trustee at the AGM on 21 October 2014.


Jeffrey Rowe

Jeffrey Rowe


Jeffrey Rowe worked in the hosiery industry in Leicestershire before joining HM prison service, working in the field of prisoner education.  Since retirement he has been governor of his local primary school, recently retiring as Chair.  He has been very active in Rotary and other voluntary organisations.

Jeff is a regular volunteer at Newpath nurseries.

Jeff was co-opted onto the Board in June 2016 and elected as a Trustee at the AGM on 20th October 2016.

Judith Ryan


I am really excited to have been elected to become a trustee for Life Path.  It is an honour and I will do my best to serve the charity and ensure that the citizens rights and needs are met within the parameters of the Life Path remit.

I feel I have some valuable experience that will help me serve as a  trustee, in that one of my daughters has learning difficulties, and so I have first hand knowledge of the difficulties facing young people entering into the adult world.

I trained to become a teacher and taught for nearly 40 years in 6 Coventry schools.  Latterly I became a headteacher in 3 schools in Coventry, Rugby and Leicester.

Once I retired I became a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University, monitoring student teachers whilst on teaching placements.

I am now fully retired and am a grandmother to Seb who brings enourmous pleasure to the family.  As well as my work with Life Path, I am a member of one of the Coventry Rotary Clubs and am very involved in several project to raise funds and awareness for various charities.

For fun I enjoy many crafts, walking, aqua fit, cycling and socialising with close friends and faimily.  Thats me!

Mrs Judith Ryan was co-opted to the Board in December 2016 and was elected as a Trustee on 2nd September 2017.


The Trustees currently meet every three months.  The latest minutes for these meetings are available on the notice board in reception for our staff and citizens to read what has been discussed. 

You can also view them here by clicking on the documents listed here.

2017 meeting dates and approved minutes:

16th March 2017

15th June 2017

21st September 2017

14th December 2017


2015 meeting dates and approved minutes:

26th March 2015

25th June 2015

24th September 2015 

17th December 2015

2016 meeting dates and approved minutes:

17th March 2016

16th June 2016

22nd September 2016

15th December 2016