Dave Seddon OBE

Retired Principal
Baxter College

Dave Seddon OBE is a retired Principal of Baxter College Academy who won Head Teacher of the Year and Public Servant of the Year, and during his time there the College won several major awards for improvement. Prior to teaching Dave was a Community Director in Walsall, Recreation Development Officer and a professional footballer for Rochdale playing at Wembley in 2 Cup Finals.

Robert (Bob) Hart

Chartered Educational Psychologist

Bob Hart (Chairman) is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and prior to retirement was responsible for all of the Authority’s support services, reporting to the Director of Education. Following early retirement he worked as an Associate Board Psychologist for South Birmingham Mental Health Trust and as a Locum LEA psychologist and was a Registered Ofsted Inspector.

Mark Stebbings

Financial Advisor

Mark Stebbings (Treasurer) has excellent coaching and analytical skills with extensive knowledge of complex mortgage regulation and adhering to Financial Conduct Authority rules. With significant experience within Banking and Finance Mark has a Diploma in Retail Banking, and is also studying for 2nd part of DIMAP.

David Beaty

Retired Operations Manager

David Beaty (Secretary) has qualifications in Business and is currently Chairman of Bromsgrove Citizens Advice Bureau with 46 years’ experience in Operation’s Management, financial responsibility and people/team development.

Andrea Maddocks MBE

Founder and Chief Executive
Mentor Link

In 2002 I set up a children’s charity Mentor Link as a small local charity in the Wyre Forest. Fourteen years on the charity now supports around 400 children and young people in the West Midlands area each year and has 150 volunteer mentors who provide dedicated support.
In 2011 I was awarded an MBE for services to children and young people and the Voluntary Sector and remain both proud of the charity that I set up and committed to supporting distressed children and young people.

Latest News

Oakland Charity to support Mentor Link in Redditch


Mentor Link have received funding from the Oakland Foundation to support our work with children in Redditch and Bromsgrove.

Student’s Mental Health Documentary involves Mentor Link


Please take 15 minutes to watch this fantastic documentary made about mental health, and how it affects males in particular, as made by Joshua Rossiter from Birmingham Metropolitan College Kidderminster Academy. A must watch.

Case Studies

Terri’s Story


This is Terri's Story. Please click here to watch her film and find out more.

Luke’s Story


This is Luke's Story. Please click here to watch his film and find out more.