As a charity, we have a volunteer board of trustees who bring their own individual areas of expertise to benefit the organisation. The current board comprises: Derek Lum (Chair); Irena Sobolewska (Vice-Chair); Tony Aston,  Anna Krauss and Ruth Houghton. Among the many skills they have are: financial management; charity governance; staff development; performance management; local government, disability service development and adult social care.

In 2019, our founder and former trustee Donna Werner was named our honorary president.

The Trustees work closely with the executive management team (EMT) on the strategic direction of the business. They coordinate and attend quarterly board meetings, through which they review the work of the charity and provide advice, support and focus attention onto the areas that the EMT needs to consider and prepare for.

The Trustees work on a voluntary capacity for the benefit of the charity, this usually equates to one day per month.

Currently, we are particularly interested in hearing from people with financial and/or legal experience and expertise. 

Tony Aston

Tony became a member of the Bethphage Board in 2015. He retired as Sales Director of a commercial kitchen manufacturing company at the end of 2014, having spent 40 years in the sales and marketing environment.
As well as his participation in Bethphage, he enjoys playing golf and travelling.

Ruth Houghton

Ruth Houghton was born and educated in Shropshire and has lived here for most of her life. Ruth retired in December 2016 from a successful career in adult social care at Shropshire Council where her responsibilities included commissioning services for adults with learning disabilities and developing supported living services throughout the County. Ruth has a BA in Business Administration and an MA in Gerontology. Since retiring, Ruth enjoys travelling, undertaking voluntary work in her local community and serving as a local councillor.

Anna Krauss

Anna is the General Secretary responsible for the day-to-day management of the Council of Lutheran Churches in Great Britain (

She grew up in Bavaria, Germany and has a PhD in Protestant Theology studying in Germany and Scotland. She worked as a researcher at Heidelberg and Oxford Universities and has extensive experience of collaboration and co-ordination of both voluntary and academic organisations and research projects.

Anna Krauss
Derek Lum


Derek joined the Bethphage board in 2002, becoming Chair in 2004. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering Derek has over 35 years’ experience in industry and commerce as a director of private and public listed companies including Managing Director and Group Finance Director roles.


Irena Sobolewska

Irena joined the Bethphage board in 2001, becoming Vice-chair in 2004. With a Masters in Business Administration, Irena has over 30 years’ experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors as a leadership coach and organisational change consultant. Having sold her business in 2013, Irena now spends her time volunteering for Bethphage and other organisations.

Honorary President- Donna Werner

Donna established Bethphage in 1994 having travelled from Bethphage (now Mosaic) in the US to undertake preliminary studies with Shropshire Health and Social Services on the provision of transition services for people then living in long stay hospitals.

In 2019, on our 25th birthday, Donna was named honorary president. Donna brings outstanding commitment to the mission, vision and values of Bethphage. She has a wealth of experience having been both CEO of Bethphage and later, from 2004 to 2016, serving as a trustee. In addition to her work with Bethphage, Donna was Senior Vice President of Advocacy for Mosaic in Omaha.


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Latest Bethphage News

Bethphage Celebrates Shared Lives Week 2024

Bethphage Celebrates Shared Lives Week 2024

It’s Shared Lives Week and our Bethphage Shared Lives team have been enjoying week-long celebrations.

This week aims to highlight Shared Lives schemes across the country and celebrate the work of Shared Lives Carers.

Bethphage Celebrates 30th Birthday

Bethphage Celebrates 30th Birthday

As we mark 30 years of Bethphage, we were so pleased to bring our staff, people we support and Shared Lives carers together again for a big celebration!

Bethphage Announces Acquisition of Farm in Shropshire 

Bethphage Announces Acquisition of Farm in Shropshire 

We are delighted to announce the purchase of Lower Sutton Farm, situated in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, south of Bridgnorth.

We will be establishing a farm-based day opportunity for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.

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