John Montague

John Montague B.eng (hons) FRSA - Chairman

John is director of Big Issue Invest part of The Big Issue Group specialising in Social Business Development and community led housing initiatives. Some of his current roles include delivering social business investment programmes for Big Issue Invest, supporting the development of a large community housing loan fund and supporting corporate clients in engaging and investing in social business and community led programmes.

John previously was CEO of a large social enterprise and has worked both nationally and internationally on supporting the development of social business and community led regeneration programmes.

John is also a non-executive director of a number of not for profit organisations including The Building Safety Group.

Rosemary Conley CBE

Rosemary Conley CBE - Patron

"I was honoured to be asked to be Patron from when the charity was originally formed and, latterly, delighted to become a Trustee of Steps. I am passionate about the wonderful work that Steps achieves and how the children and families are helped and supported by the remarkable team that work there. Most of my charitable efforts are devoted to Steps because of the incredible contribution it makes to the children and their families who attend. Steps is a very special place."

Mark Jermy

Mark Jermy - Trustee

I have been involved with Steps after having my ‘arm twisted’ to assist professionally as an Architect in the planning and delivery of ITV’s “Challenge Rosemary” Steps’ renovation project. Due to the extraordinary goodwill and efforts of many individuals and companies, the project culminated in the successful initial refurbishment of the centre in 2007.  The sheer joy and pleasure seen in the faces of the children when they achieve their personal goals, along with the enthusiasm of the staff, make Steps an inspirational organisation, of which I am proud to willingly serve as a Trustee."

Tony Carr

Tony Carr - Trustee

Tony was born in the North East and moved to Leicestershire in 2006 with his work. Married to Su with one daughter, Ellie, who has attended Steps since 2007, Tony joined Steps' Trustees' group initially as the parent representative before he was invited to join as a Trustee in November 2008. Tony is a senior Manager at the Caterpillar plant in Desford - who nominated Steps as their Charity of the Year for 2008. He is a member of the 'Caterpillar Cares' charity team which carried out fundraising for Steps in 2008 and 2009.

Heather Crate

Heather Crate - President and former Trustee

Trustee Heather gained a BEd and worked in education for 20 years. When her eldest grandson was born with cerebral palsy, Heather saw the benefits to him of the conductive education he had received at the Peto Institute in Hungary and Rutland House in Nottingham. In 1994, Heather’s family, along with three other families, decided to set up a centre in Loughborough and Steps was formed. Heather was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University in July 2004 for her work with Steps.