Sarah joined Manx Lottery Trust as a Trustee in January 2016 after spotting an advert for a new opening and then meeting up with some of the team to find out more about the role. She was impressed by all the work the Trust does in the community and was keen to get involved.
After two successful years as a Trustee, Sarah was elected Chairman in 2018. Her favourite part of the role is watching a project evolve from an initial funding request to reaching its end goal.
Sarah has two dogs, a cockerpoo and cocker spaniel, who she describes as ‘crazy but gorgeous’. In her spare time, she loves to take them on walks around the Island – particularly along the coastal footpath from Port St Mary to The Sound, as well as spending time in the water kayaking along the coast.
Nicole qualified as a Manx Advocate and Commissioner of Oaths in 2006 and, in 2019, decided to set up her own practice as a sole practitioner specialising in Private Client, Company and Commercial and Family law.
She joined the Board of Trustees in 2017 after hearing about a new opening through a colleague and learning about all the amazing causes the Trust supports in the local community. Her favourite aspect of the role is being able to make a significant difference to local organisations through the grant awards.
Nicole has three loveable Siamese cats – Bailey, Nandi and Jemima – and in her spare time loves to crochet, a hobby she picked up during lockdown.
Helen is Managing Director of Isle of Man Advertising & PR, a full-service communications agency specialising in graphic design, PR and website development. Since joining the Trustees in 2018, Helen has used her marketing expertise to bring plenty of fresh new ideas to the table and help the Trust continue to go from strength-to-strength.
Helen’s favourite aspect of being a Trustee is, without hesitation, helping to get community projects off the ground. Her top tip for applicants is to share a long-term plan, including how you intend to keep the momentum going after the initial project has been delivered.
Helen is proud to call the Isle of Man home and finds it difficult to pinpoint just one favourite spot. However, if she must, sitting on the rocks at Peel Castle watching the seals bask in the sunshine is definitely up there.
Stephen joined the team as a Manx Lottery Trust Trustee in July 2011, and had to take a break in 2016 due to a secondment in the Cayman Islands. On returning to the Island to retire from his position as Managing Director – Caribbean Region of Suntera Global in XX, the Trustees were pleased to welcome him back.
Before joining, Stephen had been looking for a role that would allow him to use his extensive financial experience and give something back to the Isle of Man community. He saw an advert looking to replace a retiring Trustee and felt it was the perfect fit.
His favourite aspect of being a Manx Lottery Trust Trustee is meeting with grant recipients and seeing the good it does in the local community.
Sophie has 15+ years’ experience working for start-ups in fintech and payments and has an MBA from Hult-Ashridge Business School. Sophie’s current role is Head of Product Commercialisation for a global payments company.
Sophie returned to the Island over 10 years ago and lives in the North of the Island with her family. Sophie believes the Isle of Man is a unique and extraordinary place to live and has been involved in charitable causes that help to support its people and environment since 2014. Sophie became a Trustee of Manx Lottery Trust in November 2018 has been active in several Manx Lottery committees including HR, marketing and governance. More recently, Sophie became a Trustee of Manx Wildlife Trust in March 2021.
Sarah, an MHK for Douglas South, joined Manx Lottery Trust as a Trustee in November 2021.
With a passion for all things community-orientated, becoming a Trustee made perfect sense! Sarah is really enjoying learning even more about the variety of dedicated charities and good causes in the Isle of Man – also highlighting these to her two young children so they can appreciate and understand the value of a community first approach in life.
With a background in education, Sarah spent 14 years as a Senior Education Support Officer at Ballakermeen High School, supporting students with complex medical and additional needs. She’s also worked extensively for Crossroads as a Holiday Scheme and Social Club assistant.
Sarah has a pet budgie called Timmy and a Parson Russell Terrier called Fynlo, and in her free time loves to go on walks, craft and spending special time with friends and family.
Trevor joined the Manx Lottery Trust in 2010, initially as Secretary and now Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the smooth running of the Trust and has a varied day-to-day role which involves liaising with many different stakeholders.
Getting to meet such a diverse range of people and being in the fortunate position to see projects develop from start to finish is the aspect of his role he finds most rewarding. Outside of the Manx Lottery Trust, Trevor enjoys good food, wine and holidaying in hot countries - the combination of all three is his version of bliss! He also loves to visit the theatre and go ballroom dancing.
As Administrative Assistant, Breda liaises directly with applicants and grant holders; dealing with enquiries and processing applications. She also regularly goes on project visits to see how projects are progressing, something she finds particularly rewarding.
Outside of work, Breda enjoys cooking and takes great pleasure in making homemade meals for friends and family. She also enjoys practising yoga which she finds helps her to relax and unwind after a busy day.