Meet the board

Meet the board

Peter Bower 

Peter began his career in industry, moving to local government more than 30 years ago, subsequently working for three local authorities in the Midlands and North. His experience includes leading the HR function for a large Council, change management, strategy, governance, project management and culture change. Following retirement, Peter became involved as a trustee as he wishes to use his experience to make a continued contribution to the community.

Tony Ball - Treasurer

Tony has over 30-years' experience as a chartered accountant in general practice, dealing with all aspects of audit, accountancy and taxation ranging from multi-nationals to corner shops. He has a long-standing interest in the charitable sector as auditor, accountant, treasurer, trustee and (often unofficial) consultant.

Vicki Bennetts

Vicki is passionate about developing services that support vulnerable children and families, starting her career as a child protection officer at NSPCC and eventually becoming a Senior Manager in Children and Families Social Care at Sheffield City Council. She was instrumental in the setting up of the now well-established Multi-Agency Support Teams (MAST) in Sheffield.

Bob Campbell

Bob has worked in the Addictions field for over 35 years in a number of different roles including frontline worker, residential service and prison services manager, business development and marketing and communications. He has managed large and diverse teams and been involved in change management, budgetary control and strategic planning. He has served on a number of consultative groups and was trustee of Breakthrough, Sheffield's former specialist addiction service for ethnic communities.

Marelize Joubert

Marelize has worked in the substance misuse and mental health field since 1999 with varying roles with the NHS, charity and social care including frontline practitioner, manager and trainer. Marelize qualified as a social worker at the University of the North West in South Africa in 1997, where she completed her Masters in Social Work and Addiction Studies. She joined Sheffield Hallam in 2007 and is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, in the Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies subject group.

Brendan Wood

Brendan joined the Social Work team as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam in 2013, following 30 years in the social care field with Sheffield City Council including as a Social Worker, Reviewing Officer, Care Assistant, Day Service Worker and Support Worker. Brendan was particularly interested in Substance Misuse and spent his final 14 years in practice in this field. He has a history of promoting service user participation and has carried this thread into Hallam by focusing on the student experience and engagement. 

Pam Essler


Enid Feather


Lianne Coates


Jenni Farrow