Helping the homeless out of homelessness
Judith Shilling - Chair of Trustees
Judith runs a Pharmaceutical Consultancy with her husband, and in recognising how blessed she is in life, wanted to reach out to help those who have so little. She led Dover Soup Kitchen for over ten years and has been involved with setting up a social supermarket (Dover Pantry) in Dover. Judith has been a trustee for DOC since its formation in 2016 and took over as chair of trustees in 2021. She has two children, one in the US and one in Canterbury, and is churchwarden at her church. When time allows, she enjoys working in the garden, travel and music .... which helps when married to a musician!
Peter Wallace - Vice Chairman
Peter has been a Christian for 27 years. He is blessed with a small family. He has a heart to see Dover regenerated both spiritually and physically and is particularly keen to see Christians working together across denominations to serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ within the community. He hopes his work as a town planner can also be used to enhance Dover as a place to live, work and visit. Peter is a Street Pastor and it was in his role that he was moved by the challenges of homelessness, leading to his involvement in helping set up the first DOC Winter Night Shelter (2016/17).
Dr Jonathan Pryse - Trustee
Jonathan is a GP Partner at Pencester Surgery in Dover. He moved down to Kent in 2018 having been a GP Partner in Buckingham for 20 years. He is married to Becky, who is a GP in Sandwich, and they have 2 grown up children, Matthew and Alice. Jonathan and Becky are both Christians and attend St George’s Church in Deal where they are actively involved. It was at St George’s that Jonathan heard about Dover Outreach Centre when Noel was giving a talk. He was inspired by this and felt a calling to get more involved. As well as being a Trustee Jonathan also acts as a link between DOC and Pencester Surgery. He visits DOC once a month to see patients on-site to facilitate access to healthcare for a group that often find this challenging. He strongly believes that equal access to healthcare is vital and believes this aligns with his Christian ethos.
Janet Jowett - Trustee
Janet has three children and seven grandchildren. As a local primary school teacher, she helped to influence and shape many more as well! Her retirement from work gave Janet spare time for helping others. Already very much involved with activities in her church led Janet into volunteering her services to help at the Foodbank as well, and it was whilst working there that Janet heard about the Outreach Centre just before it opened. As a volunteer at the Outreach Centre, (mainly on breakfast duties) since 2016, she has become a valued member of the team. A late arrival to trusteeship, Janet has a good working knowledge of the Outreach Centre's Christian ethos and values, which meet well with her own, whilst her first-hand knowledge of those who are the subject of the help provided at the Outreach Centre, adds a further understanding of their needs.
Gary May - Trustee
Gary has been teaching in South Kent schools for almost 30 years. He has spent the second half of that as a senior school leader making a difference to the lives of young people in communities with high levels of disadvantage. He is currently Vice Principal in a local secondary school where he has played a transformative role for almost a decade.
Gary is married to Tracy and is blessed with six great children and a wonderful grandson. He has lived in Dover for most of his married life, having originally moved here as part of a small church planting group.
Gary aspires to a life which braids together love, justice, mercy, and faith with works. He has an active interest in the nurturing of organic church expressions.