David Hamer (Scheme Director)
David is a qualified Paramedic and Training Officer working with the local NHS ambulance Service for the last 12 years. With a great passion for emergency healthcare much of his working time when not actively providing treatment is to teach members of the local community lifesaving skills such as CPR to adults and children alike.
David is married with three children and spends much of his free time with his family as well as training in his favourite sport of marathon running.
David commented: “ Heartstart is not just a course about saving lives, it is a course that provides an essential life skill that is never too late to learn, I wish everyone that undertakes the course an enjoyable and informative time under our expert teaching team.”
Naomi Mildenhall (Training Supervisor)
Naomi Mildenhall now works for Thatcham Town Council but was the senior neighbourhood warden in Thatcham since November 2006 and prior to that was a Neighbourhood Warden in Newbury for 18 months. She has trained to be a Community First Responder (CFR) and is a qualified NVQ Assessor. The Thatcham Neighbourhood Warden scheme is jointly funded by Thatcham Town Council, West Berkshire Council, and Sovereign Housing Association. Find out more about the wardens on our wardens page.
Nick Young (Scheme Coordinator & Child Protection Officer)
Dr Nick Young (not MD) has been involved with the community of Thatcham since 1999 when he became involved with Thatcham Historical Society. Since then he has taken on other activities and has served as Vice-Chair of Thatcham Vision, Chair of Thatcham Historical Society and in 2009 established the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures (PAML) which raises money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of the late Peter Allen (local historian and teacher). Nick is also a volunteer photographer working with Thatcham Town Council.
This scheme was established by Nick who has brought all the necessary people together to run the scheme. Nick is not only the Scheme Co-ordinator but also the Child Protection Officer and an instructor. Find out more about Nick from his blog.
Margaret Young (Secretary)
Margaret has a teaching background in Further and Higher Education. She has taught a range of topics and qualifications. As a volunteer she has led many fundraising campaigns in the area for various causes and continues this work with Heartstart Thatcham. Margaret is also our head fund raiser!
Kim Young (Treasurer)
Kim brings her financial skill from industry with her to the team keeping track of every penny for us.
Dan Carter (Trustee)
Dan Carter has been a Neighbourhood Warden in Thatcham since August 2012. He has held various voluntary roles at youth clubs’s in Thatcham since April 2010 and continues to do so. Heartstart has allowed Dan to continue with his passion of helping the Thatcham community in yet another way.