Play, therapy and support for kids with additional needs and their families


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Proud winners of

The Queen's Award

for Voluntary Service

Who's Who

Jane Holmes, CEO


Jane Holmes, CEO and Founder of Building for the Future.  

Jane has a 16 year old daughter with cerebral palsy who, along with several other mothers of disabled children, set up the charity in 2007. Before her daughter was born, Jane was a Human Resources Manager and has many years’ experience working in the hotel and restaurant industry. In her spare time she enjoys socialising, cooking, country walks and spending time with friends and family.


Mark Ashwell, Patron & Advisor


Peter Wood, Our House Building Manager


Retired architect and father to daughter Kathy on the autistic spectrum

Gisela Sharpe, Trustee & Treasurer


I am a Certified Chartered Accountant providing a whole range of accounting and business services. I am a FCCA (Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualified accountant and have been working in this field for fourteen years.


Jacky Mackenzie, Committee Member


Retired accountant with young son who has Downs Syndrome

Karen Woolford, Trustee


I joined Building for The Future as a Trustee back in 2009 and was an integral part of finding and project managing the renovation of a deserted office into the inspirational space we have for our children today. I remain on the board now as a representative parent of a disabled child.

I am married with 3 children, one of whom has cerebral palsy, and have a background in project management in the IT industry.



Ali Maunder, Committee Member

Mum to a daughter who happens to have Downs Syndrome.

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LeeAnn Matthews, Secretary and Trustee.


My name is LeeAnn Matthews and I am the mother of 2 delightful girls, one of which was born with laryngomalacia and hypotonia.  I discovered BFTF in 2014 and was extremely grateful for the help, advice and support I received as a mother of a child with special needs.

Valerie Lynch, Trustee


Val is a governance specialist with considerable charitable and private sector experience. She qualified as a Company Secretary in 1995 and was appointed a fellow of the ICSA in 2007. She specialises in governance, compliance, regulation, health and safety, risk and audit.

Andy Slay, Chairman of Board of Trustees


I have been actively involved in community and fund raising events in Wokingham over the past 15 years through the Lions, Charity Balls, May Fayre, Winter Carnival and Cantley Fireworks. Having retired in 2015 I have decided to devote more time to the community and became a trustee with BftF in 2016.

Gerry Mortimer, Trustee


Gerry Mortimore is a retired local businessman who has lived in Wokingham for the last 35 years. He has been a president of The Rotary Club of Wokingham and The Windsor Forest Unicorn Club.




Julie Lyons, General Manager


Julie has experience in working within the communities and organizing events.  She has worked with children and families for many years in schools and swimming.  She hopes to be an asset to the charity in raising awareness for us.

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