Who we are

Naomi, Ian McBainMcBains

Growing up, Ian was based in Liverpool and did an accountancy degree in Hull. He came to Brighton and Hove to work in a church for a year before then training as an accountant.

Naomi grew up moving around the world, trained as a Primary School teacher in Canterbury before meeting Ian in Hove whilst doing a similar year’s internship.
She taught in schools until their own children came along.

Wherever Ian and Naomi have lived, they have taken an active role in a church and the community they have lived in, often planning and leading local events involving a wide range of ages. Currently the family worship at The Point Church in Mid Sussex.

Ian is a self-employed accountant, a school governor and is involved in several local charities. He loves spending time in the garden, being with the children and reading.

Naomi is finding her past teaching experiences and many years of contact with families a key grounding for all she is doing at hope. She has a big vision for the future of the charity. In any spare moment she loves photography, chatting over a jigsaw and family games, although the children are setting the bar higher each time in order for her to win!

They have 3 children:

Cameron loves all things gadgety and technical, along with playing the drums and ukelele.  He is especially happy when working on a film project.

Beka, enjoys maths, science, history, gymnastics and horse riding. The results of her baking sessions are not to be missed! You wonder when she has time to play her violin!

Amelia enjoys reading and writing. She loves all things doggy or delicate but is happiest when having friends around for tea.

David Sadler

David Sadler

David works within the IT industry for a large insurance company. He is married to Liz, has 2 young children, Ruth and Nathanael,  and resides in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

David is an experienced youth worker and has a real passion to see young people find and use their gifts. He has been involved in helping to run a number events for young people and has a knack of creating incredibly silly, yet fun and exciting games for all the family.

He has been a part of hope for a 5 years and is excited to carry on this work to support and encourage the local community.

Catherine Powell

Catherine is a primary school teacher and was taught and inspired by Naomi when she attended primary school myself. She says “I was very honoured when Naomi asked me to join the board of trustees in support of the charity hope.”

Within her role in primary schools, she has worked as an inclusion manager which means she worked very closely with children and families who were vulnerable. Building confidence in families was an integral part of her work. However, as schools face restrictions with budgets, reaching families in need can be challenging. Therefore, she has felt first hand how crucial the work is, that hope does for our communities.

“The charity hope portrays more of what we need in this world. For people to be a little bit kinder and a little bit braver, for people to reach out to one another and for everyone to feel that there is a community on their doorstep willing and waiting to welcome them with open arms.

Naomi and Ian McBain, the founders of hope, embody everything that hope represents to me. Warmth, kindness and compassion. If hope is something that you need a little more of in your life, I hope you find the courage to join this community and that your dreams of hope become a reality.”

Catherine Wightman

Catherine Wightman

Catherine is married to David with 3 grown up children. She has worked as a nursery teacher for many years and more recently as a Forest School leader. She has first hand experience of bringing up children with challenges of several kinds and knows how hard and isolating it can be for parents and families in these situations.

She has been involved with hope for 3 years and really values the gentle approach of getting alongside people and building relationships.

She has been a kids church helper for nearly 20 years. She enjoys walking, reading, crafting, getting messy with children’s activities of all kinds when she gets the chance and particularly loves helping children experience the outdoors.

Rachel Heald

Rachel Heald

Rachel is married to Andy, and is a mum of three young girls. She is also a part-time freelance media and communications consultant, primarily working to support charities in raising awareness of their impact.

Rachel has a strong and active Christian faith. She is a member of the Kings Church Mid Sussex in Burgess Hill, where she is involved in supporting some of the women’s ministry events the church runs.

Rachel places huge importance on family-life and is therefore passionate about the way hope comes alongside mums (and dads) to support them through all kinds of challenges.