Who We Are

Stand Out Northamptonshire (SON) is an independent Northamptonshire based registered charity. The charity has been specifically set up to improve the social, health and economic outcomes of local children in care and care leavers.


With care leavers on our Board of Trustees and within our Volunteer Team we’re strategically positioned to make the biggest and best positive impact for increasing numbers of significantly disadvantaged children and young people.


Our Values









Dominic Goble DL JP

Councillor Dennis Meredith (Mayor of Northampton 2022-23)


SON has a Board of trustees including:


Professor Adrian Pryce DL (Chair)

Adrian Pryce DL is an Associate Professor in Strategy & International Business at the University of Northampton, where his research interests are in corporate citizenship and inclusive capitalism. He is also a founder member and Chair of The Crysalys Foundation and has served as Chair of Scott Bader Commonwealth Limited and Chair of Northampton Hope Centre homelessness for six years. He is also currently the chair of Screen Northants, a not for profit film making company with a social mission to promote opportunity and employability for young people in the film industry. In 2017 Adrian was made a Deputy-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire for his work with business, charity and the community, and he serves the Lord-Lieutenant on his Commerce and Community sub-committees.


Joe Plumb (Deputy Chair)

Joe is a local care leaver who is aspiring to have a career in Northamptonshire Police. Joe has been proactive in Northamptonshire’s care forums for several years and has helped to establish SON. He has an extensive network of beneficiary peers and is passionate about sharing his message to support other young people.


Graham Goss (Treasurer)

Graham Goss is a qualified Chartered Accountant who is a founder and still active member of Northampton Becket Rotary Club, also a Trustee of Skylark Partnership, which operates Northamptonshire’s Hospital Outreach School seeing it through to academy status. He is a founder member and trustee of The Crysalys Foundation.


Leonie-Jane Walker

Leonie-Jane is a Crime and Prosecutions Manager and has worked for Northamptonshire Police for 14 years.


Cllr Jonathan Ekins


Rob Gower

Rob comes with 30 years experience in the hospitality and leisure industry. His last 15 years in corporate life were creating a Costa Coffee international business through complex corporate Franchise and Joint Venture partnerships with international corporate business partners across 38 international countries. He now runs his own Travel Business as well as spending his time sharing his corporate expertise with other small businesses as well as within the charity sector.


Volunteer Team

We have a team of micro-volunteers who are supported by Mrs Jeanette Walsh. Jeanette grew up in care and went onto become a Northamptonshire Social Worker. Now retired, Jeanette is affectionately known in the county as, ‘Mother Christmas’ and 'Easter Bunny', for her role as a volunteer for Northamptonshire County Council collecting and distribution presents, food, eggs and resources for children in need, children in care and care leavers. Jeanette is also a trustee of The Faraway Children’s Charity.


Development Manager

Mrs Jane Deamer has over thirty years’ experience in successfully innovating and funding the third sector in the Midlands region. Jane was commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council in 2017 to help translate the initial vision, strategy and action plan for SON. In 2020 the SON Board hired Jane on a self-employed part-time basis to oversee the transition to an independent registered charity and implement needs led strategic development.


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