It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our former colleague Sheila Hinton.
Sheila was the finance & resources manager at QSA from 2009 to 2016.
In all those years, she commuted (cheerfully!) from beyond Reading to our offices in Bethnal Green. She oversaw a step change in our financial health, a huge office move and the initiation of a number of key QSA projects which remain to this day, like Down to Earth and This Way Up.
Coming from a housing background, she was particularly proud to play a part in the development stages of an ambitious and innovative £2.3 million housing project for young adult carers, which, is now thriving in the guise of Move On Up.
Judith Moran, QSA’s director said “Sheila was so proud of the work we did at QSA – and very encouraging of her colleagues who worked directly with the people who use our services.
"I believe that our colleagues who work behind the scenes deserve as much credit for our successes as everyone else, so I would often try to stress this to Sheila. She batted this away. She was unassuming and didn’t want either the spotlight or the glory. However, we owe her a debt of gratitude, because she kept our finances steady at a time of great change and growth for us.
"Her ability to be calm under pressure and her high professional pride in being accurate and reliable made all of our jobs easier, and critically provided stability and certainty to the whole organisation. Sheila was pleased to be of service and discreetly performed many acts of kindness for colleagues, some of which I have only heard about in recent days. Our thoughts are with Sheila’s brother, family and friends at this time.”