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 is 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 to life.
Karen is the chair of trustees and oversees educational training.
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 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 is passionate about the vulnerable and disengaged members of the local and wider community. She and her husband established a Community Interest Company, ‘Meadowbrook’, in 2021. The project’s semi-rural setting will provide therapeutic activities for those living with long-term mental and physical health challenges and/or social isolation.
Grace has worked as a self-employed community artist since the start of 2018. She delivers engaging, inclusive and imaginative art sessions to various organisations, charities and groups within Wiltshire and the surrounding counties.
Grace also works part-time as an Early Years Practitioner in an Under 5’s Day Nursery near Bath. The nursery has a strong child-led ethos centred around nature and the outdoors.
Grace has previously worked closely with the local food bank, supported individuals with learning disabilities, and has led youth groups.