Val Howard

Howard Val

My name is Val Howard and I have worked at the Trust for 22 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 experience and knowledge 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 and share experiences with. Hence “Carers and Sharers” began in 2013. All new and existing family members will always be made most welcome.

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News and Events


  • 11/10/2019 9:22am
  • The Friends AGM is on 22nd October at 7.00 pm at Inn on the Wye. There is food available to purchase if anyone attending does not have time to eat before coming.

  • 11/09/2019 8:53am
  • Due to the power being cut off for essential maintenance on the power lines we will not be opening for Day Services on Wednesday 18th Sept.  The phone lines to the site will also be affected so please direct all calls to administration 01594 861137