Val Howard

Howard Val

My name is Val Howard and I have worked at the Trust for over 20 years. I began working for George Gordon-Smith (founder of the Orchard Trust)  in a caravan as an Accounts Assistant.  My role is now Administration Manager, a post I have held for many years.

My background is mostly in admin with experience in marketing, sales, purchase ledger and general accounts.

I also contribute to staff training at the Trust by sharing my experiences of autism from a parent’s perspective, as my daughter is autistic with a learning disability.

Since my daughter moved into an adult provision I identified a need for a support group at the Trust for family members and carers who might appreciate someone to talk to. Hence “Carers and Sharers” began in 2013. All new family members will be made most welcome.

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News and Events


  • 09/10/2018 9:21am
  • We have been nominated for 3 awards at the GCPA Care Awards! Well done to Sally Skelton at Kimberley Drive for being nominated for Aspiring Leadership, Phill Hucks at the Day Centre for Innovation in Care, Caroline Jones in Grants and Fundraising for Outstanding Contribution and Orchard Trust (Steph Austin, Lorraine Gomery, Paige Alexander and Christopher Robins at Sevenoaks) for End of Life Care.

  • 07/08/2018 2:40pm
  • Sunshine, music and games! We had a fantastic day at our Summer Fair on 22 July.