Heidi's Heroes | Meet the trustees
Heidi’s Heroes is a Cheltenham-based charity that provides practical support, care and courage to people of all ages across Gloucestershire when they need it most.
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Meet the trustees

Our trustees are:

There are currently five Trustees who manage and run Heidi’s Heroes on a purely voluntary basis and one Honorary Trustee, Sharron Davies MBE.

As a registered charity Heidi’s Heroes and its Trustees adhere to regulations laid down by the Charity Commission.

Paul Wood, Chairman

Paul, 51, of Cheltenham, was Heidi’s husband of 22 years and with the support of family and friends set up Heidi’s Heroes as a tribute to his late wife. Paul has worked in construction in Gloucestershire for nearly 30 years, and ran his design and development business with Heidi who was accounts director. He rose to the position of Major in the former Glosters Territorial Army, in which he served for 24 years.

He is a great supporter of Gloucester Rugby and enjoys socialising , sport and supporting his student daughter Millie, who plays rugby for England’s Womens Under 20s and son Tom, a budding engineer.

Paul Wood

Mike Hart, Secretary

Mike, 50, has worked in manufacturing engineering for more than 30 years before setting up his own independent manufacturing consultancy Devon Lean Ltd, three years ago. He too served in the former Glosters Territorial Army for six years and although he now lives in Devon he still has strong connections in Gloucestershire and visits often.

Married with two sons and a daughter, he enjoys rugby, socialising and is a Scout Leader for the Scout Association in Devon and a member of his Village Hall Committee.

Nicola Adams, Operations

Nicola, 40, is a chartered building surveyor operating in Gloucestershire and runs her own independent RICS registered practice Eve Building Consultancy. Married to Gareth, she has one son and two stepson’s and lives near Upton St Leonards. She is a staunch supporter of Heidi’s Heroes, having taken part in a half marathon and a mountain trek to help raise funds as well as helping co-ordinate the Swim for Summer campaign. She enjoys socialising, cooking and reading.

Nicola Adams

Richard Wood, branding and design

Richard, 47, was Heidi’s brother-in-law (Paul’s younger brother) and is a graphic design director for a PLC house builder. He has worked in design and marketing for 25 years and uses his professional skills to help build the charity brand and he designs much of the charity’s promotional literature. A father of one, he enjoys kayaking, sea fishing and swimming.

Ruth McDonagh, PR and marketing

Ruth, 50, is a Gloucestershire journalist who now specialises in freelance commercial copy writing, public and media relations and marketing. She has worked in communications in the public and private sector for 30 years. She knew Heidi on a personal and professional level and uses her writing expertise to help promote and market the charity to the public, the media and potential fundraisers. She lives in Winchcombe with her two dogs and enjoys walking, creative writing, socialising, reading and theatre. She is also a Trustee of Winchcombe Day Care Centre, a registered charity.