Owen Shead (Home Ground Director) – Started his working career in local authority housing and after a number of years left to start his own company Community Voice in 1984. Over the following 17 years Owen grew Community Voice to provide independent living advice and services across the UK helping around 50,000 people per annum. He then decided to sell the company and retire to pursue other interests including his life-long passion for music, military history and renovating a farm house in France. After a few years it was clear that many of his old customers wanted him to become involved in the independent living world again. He then bought back Community Voice and started to build the business up again although this time he decided that it would be a Community Interest Company (CIC), investing profit back into various community projects.
He then set up Home Ground which is another CIC to pursue his interests of military history, music and helping the wider community. This involves numerous projects including a charity record with Russell Watson, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh Guards Choir and Simon Weston. This will be followed by a number of concerts across the UK later in the year including the above acts and many others. All profit from these ventures will be donated to the Falklands Veterans Foundation, Haig Housing’s Coming Home Appeal, Poppyscotland and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.
He is married to Thea, who is his co-director has been heavily involved in all his ventures. Together they spend their time between Community Voice, growing Home Ground, music (Thea and Owen are talented musicians in their own right), supporting communities and their family.
Thea Shead (Home Ground Director) – is the long standing Co-Director of Community Voice Ltd, HOMEGROUNDS main sponsor. With her husband and co-director, Owen Shead, she shares a life-long fascination with history. In the context of HOMEGROUND she is especially concerned with the social impact of the major wars, especially the plight of the wounded and the fate of bereaved families. Also within HOMEGROUND Thea is the driving force behind most things musical!
As singer, composer, arranger and musician, she is a key figure in the development of our fundraising activities through music. In addition, she leads on charities, celebrities and musicians liaison, events planning and the creation of publicity material.