Who We Are

When they lived in Kenya, Richard and Claire Homer saw a need to provide high quality education to the neediest children of a local deprived area.

As a result, they helped establish Dominion Hope Academy in Gachie in 2012.

Karen Todd

Karen Todd

Chair

Karen is Director of Communications at Moorlands College, UK, and Managing Director of Simplicate, a concept development digital agency based in Dorset.  Through her company, she helps create courses, resources, books and businesses, and consults on national projects. 

Her work encompasses a number of sectors including Higher Education, mental health, substance misuse, Early Years, and family support, with a combination of public, private, secular and Christian clients. As an author and speaker herself, she helps take people on the journey of developing their ideas and bringing them life.

Karen is the chair of trustees and oversees educational training.

Richard Homer

Richard Homer

Treasurer

For more than two decades, Richard has worked within the voluntary sector and health & social care sector, predominantly in substance misuse. He has authored drug treatment programmes and managed recovery teams within custodial and community settings, both in the UK and East Africa.

His work in Kenya included overseeing the Bridging the Gaps alliance, a programme to improve the health and rights of people who use drugs. In the UK, Richard has led on numerous interventions addressing addiction, such as Alcohol Brief Interventions, Harm Reduction facilitation, Community Outreach and Peer Mentor Schemes.

As Treasurer, he is responsible for the financial management of the UK charity and oversees the administration of Dominion Hope Academy in Kenya.

Claire Homer

Claire Homer

Trustee

Claire has a lifetime worth of caring for others. As a Trustee she has firmly established herself as the Lead for children’s health and well-being.  This compliments her professional role as Nurse Practitioner.  When visiting Dominion Hope Academy, Claire leads the team offering a health clinic to staff and children at the school.

Having lived in Kenya she understands the needs of children living and growing up in a developing country and especially within deprived areas.  Claire is passionate for the welfare of children and to develop her Trustee role in this area.

Grace Dalgleish

Grace Dalgleish

Trustee

Grace is a self-employed community artist working in Wiltshire and neighbouring counties as part of the Creative Minds Art Network, a UK-based social enterprise. She is passionate about working with vulnerable and disengaged members of her local community, delivering accessible, fun art sessions to people from all walks of life. Working with community groups, local organisations, charities, libraries, etc., she supports people living with long-term mental health conditions, stroke survivors and those living with dementia, as well as pre-schoolers, after-school clubs and youth groups.

Grace is a team leader at her local Foodbank, where she volunteers every week. Grace and her husband are currently setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC) to address the need to support those with long-term mental health challenges. The project will consist of both outdoor ‘green’ therapeutic activities and an indoor workshop space, where Grace will facilitate creative activities.