Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn  (Chairman of Board of Trustees)

Sean is a retired Head Teacher with three grown up children, and  has been involved with New Heights since it started back in 2007. Sean states “It has been a privilege to be one of the Trustees. It has been great to see how the charity has developed over the years. It is wonderful to see New Heights making a difference in the community”.



Claire Gutteridge (Trustee)

Clare is married to husband Richard and have two amazing children, Kate and Jack.  We have been fortunate to have had and continue to have a wonderful family life and it has been a joy to see them grow and become independent young adults. I have for the past 15 years worked in further education.  During this time, I have worked with many people who have become hard to reach and marginalised within society, many of whom have been disenchanted with the education system have experienced barriers to learning and, in some instances, have no self-esteem and lack confidence to achieve in an educational establishment. I have vast experience of delivering and supporting young people and adults to achieve their aims and objectives with their chosen qualifications to set them on the right career pathway.  I am, also a member of a Fostering Panel for Ikon fostering in Walsall, I am honoured that I am able to support those on both sides to become foster carers. I am also currently working with a council delivering stand-alone training to their registered foster carers, this gives me hands on experience of the expectations of foster carers.  I am looking forward to bringing all of these skills in my role as a new trustee for New Heights and the people who use the services.


Susan Byrne (Secretary)

Susan has lived in Kingstanding for almost all of her life. She has worked in the fields of banking, finance, debt collection and financial distress.  Susan supports non-league football team Sutton Coldfield Town and enjoys reading. She became involved with the setting up of New Heights through involvement with Christ the King Church and wanted to help local people empower themselves to have a better life.  Susan has overseen some of the financial issues and processes of the charity and is currently involved in ensuring the charity’s compliance with current legislation and polices.


Michael Daly (Treasurer)

Mike Daly is an  accountant by profession. He has worked in a variety of sectors but mainly in manufacturing and construction. Mike is now an independent business advisor offering support and advice to a wide range of businesses. As Treasurer of New Heights, Mike’s responsibilities are to monitor the financial affairs of the charity, ensure that proper records are kept and keep the Board of Trustees informed on the financial health of the organisation.  Mike lives in Sutton Coldfield and has  been married for 36 years. His hobbies are football, travel and music.


JackRev. Jack Foxall (Trustee)

Rev. Jack Foxall was born in Kingstanding and brought up in Kingstanding and still live close by. He attended Cranbourne Road Primary and King Edward, Aston Schools. He worked with GPO Telephones from 1967 to 2008. In 1993 he became a School Governor Christ the King school and remained for 10 years. He joined the SVP in 2005 and then felt the calling to do more for the church and the community. In 2008 he began 4 years formation training and was ordained a Deacon in July 2012. He remains actively involved in supporting our Kingstanding community.


James Head

James Head (Trustee)

James has worked extensively in the entertainment business for over thirty years. His role in New Heights is to help with the website and audio visual media. He also designed the website for Christ the King Church. He enjoys walking and watching movies – but not at the same time!




John Lowe (Trustee)

John is a retired Local GovernmeJohn Lowent Officer. He has attended Christ the King for more than 10 years.  John’s interests include sport in general particularly soccer, cricket, golf, steam locomotives and model railways.




Sandra Mageean (Trustee)


Sandra Mageean has a wealth of experience supporting the local community.

She is the chairperson for the Thursday Luncheon Club, where they have on average of 45 members per week participating in exercise, bingo, quizzes, birthday parties, and day outings. Sandra is also the leading volunteer for the monthly Community meals. Sandra particularly enjoys running the monthly gatherings, knowing she and her team of volunteers are providing an important service to the most vulnerable through a hot meal and company.


Nancy Makombe (Trustee)


Nancy Makombe (Trustee) has a wealth of experience working with people from all walks of life, supporting people to live as independently as possible. She works in Finance and has also worked in the domiciliary care for over 10 years. Nancy has been living in Kingstanding for over 10 years and attending Christ the King Church. She is a mother of 2 a boy and girl and a huge F1 fan, also enjoying MotoGP and tennis.




John McGorman (Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees)

John retired in 2014 having worked as a senior manager for Birmingham City Council, for 34 years, initially in Adult Services. John also has 20 year’s experience working in Children’s Social Care and for the last 5 years managing an IT systems re-design programme. John enjoys working with a great team of Trustees, staff and volunteers. John states, “My role is to target funding opportunities so that we can continue to deliver high quality services for local residents.”