John Hodgkinson

I joined the board of HEN to give help and support

 

My wife Jill and I have been married for 49 years and have a daughter and a son and 6 grandchildren.

 

After leaving school at 15 I attended Trent College. I spent 5 years on a course which taught all aspects of joinery manufacturing where we were examined annually and in the final year I obtained a City and Guild first class and Full Technological Certificate first class. (I received a special award from NJCBI for gaining the highest exam result in my final year). 

 

During the following 25 years in the joinery industry, I worked in various parts of the country gaining experience and receiving promotions which culminated in a senior management role in a large building firm in north London leaving as a Director of the Board. 

 

In the late 80’s I decided to change vocation and spent 10 years in the hospitality industry. I was a proprietor and manager of a restaurant and public house business.

 

On retirement, I had a key role in preventing the sale and development of the village playing field where I live. I formed a Charity to carry out this work and spent the following 13 years developing it as Chairman. We spent many years fundraising and were particularly pleased to secure lottery and various other grants to secure its role for the villagers.

 

I became interested in the effects of brain injury when my son had a serious motorcycle accident in 1999 which, among other things, resulted in him receiving a severe brain injury.To support his rehabilitation, I attended a local swimming group supporting adults with physical and mental disabilities. I decided to become involved with the group and was treasurer for 4 years. 

 

A relative support group for those with family members who have a brain injury was formed in Northampton some years ago and I was one of the original members. 

 

I joined the board of HEN to use my many years of business experience and also to give help and support in developing it for the benefit of all our clients. 

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