Hummingbird Hope Directors
Hayley completed a degree in Applied Performance in
Education. She then worked with Saltmine theatre company delivering performances and workshops in schools, churches and other venues to explore social issues such as knife crime and equality. She now works as a secondary school drama teacher in the North West of England. Hayley is developing tea based self care products including teas and facial oils. Hayley brings her creativity and a flare for interior design to Hummingbird retreat.
Alvin is a farmer and a pastor of River Sallee Evangelical church. He does a lot of work in the community especially with children and young people. As well as church work in Grenada, Alvin goes on short mission trips to other islands. His main role for Hummingbird HOPE is being a link to the local community and helping to identify potential or existing projects that Hummingbird HOPE can support. Alvin also keeps the garden maintained round the retreat house and watches over the house when it is empty.
Joshua has played football for as long as he can remember and is a skilled left back player. He completed a 2 year course at a football academy and he began a semi-pro contract. However for a number of reasons, he has decided that he doesn't want to pursue a professional football career. He is skilled at maths with a good head for business and finance and is now developing skills in this area. Joshua brings these skills to Hummingbird HOPE and his entrepreneurial vision is a real asset to our work.
Hilary has worked as a therapist for over thirty years, initially in the voluntary sector in youth and community work and then in helping to develop a whole person health care project and recovery college. She then trained as a clinical psychologist and worked in the NHS for about 20 years in adult mental health and is now a consultant psychologist. She developed Holistic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which brings spirituality and a more strengths based approach to CBT therapy. Hilary is also trained in art therapy, ecotherapy and spiritual accompaniment.
Hosten, with his wife Hilary, were the founding directors of Hummingbird HOPE. As a couple they planned Hummingbird Retreat but sadly Hosten died unexpectedly in August 2021, six months before they were due to move to Grenada.
Hosten was from the Grenadian island of Carriacou. He grew up in Grenada and moved to the UK when he was 18yrs old. Hosten was originally a welder and then worked for many years in a London city church as the verger, pastoral assistant and as a licensed lay minister within the Anglican church. After retirement he continued to volunteer at a church in Romford, Essex supporting older people through a weekly group, offering church services in care homes and pastoral visiting. More of Hosten's story can be found here.
Hilary along with their children, Hayley and Joshua, will continue the work he started and in memory of his commitment to God, his love for people and his sense of fun.
Delon is an experienced builder who has set up his own construction company and employs his brothers to help him. He has worked for the government on a few projects as well as helping to build the school and church in Pearls which are owned by Hummingbird HOPE. He has a young son called Nicholson, who enjoys helping his Dad when he can. Delon is leading the building work on the retreat house and, in his words, likes things looking "nice and dandy!"