BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our Board of Trustees is a group of elected members whose role is to supervise the affairs of Choice Advocacy. They are elected for three years but can put themselves forward to be re-elected if they wish to continue. Elections are held during the AGM. The trustees use their skills and experience to support our charity, make important decisions about how the organisation is run, oversee the financial matters and ensure that the service we provide is the most beneficial to the people we work with.
The current board members are from a wide range of backgrounds, both professionally and socially. Some are working people, others are retired. The board is made up of people with and without learning disabilities.
We are always keen to hear from anyone who wishes to join our Board of Trustees, particularly those with a specialist area which might be of relevance. Please contact the office if you are interested.
The Board Members:
As a member of the Board of Trustees, my role is to attend Board meetings, sit on the HR subcommittee and to provide advice where appropriate. Originally I became a member in 2009 at the request of Jae Hargan, the then Director. I bring a questioning mind, a sense of perspective and an understanding of the importance of caring for the staff to ensure a quality service is delivered.
I previously worked as a nurse. I then became a senior lecturer at the University of Bradford teaching mainly at Master’s level, Leadership, Management and Change as well as Managing in Health and Social Care. I retired in May 2017 and now hold an honorary lecturer’s position.
From being involved with advocacy I have learnt that vocation is still alive and kicking; the staff at Choice absolutely believe in what they do and care about it passionately. The organisation has a great strength of character; it does not compromise and delivers quality. I enjoy being part of it.
On a personal level, I love people and I love supporting people; now I am retired I may have to find an avenue to allow me to carry this on. I used to love directing stage productions, I love my camper van, I love to be out and about, I love to read.
I joined the Board in 2008 and served as Chair for a number of years.
I have 35 years’ experience in management within the retail industry and have held posts as Regional HR manager and company training manager. I am a qualified City and Guilds assessor and a qualified Harassment Counsellor.
I decided to become a Trustee because I wanted to make a difference within the Learning Disability field, especially for those people who. I am the parent of a daughter who has a learning disability.
Other Board members have brought many different skills to the role. The advocates always fight their corners at all times.
In my free time I enjoy watching rugby league and walking.
Volunteer for Watchdog since 2005 and Trustee on the Board
I attend the Board meetings to make sure people with learning disabilities are represented. I help run the Watchdog group by filling in the volunteer forms and doing fundraising. I have been a member of Watchdog for a number of years and I wanted to make sure the group is properly supported by Choice Advocacy. I have learnt that advocacy can be fun as well as dealing with serious issues. Choice Advocacy is there to help people like me. My main interest, other than Choice, is animal care – I have a cat that I care for. I also volunteer at the Cancer Research shop and used to go to Shipley College for reading and writing. I enjoy knitting and watching Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Midsomer Murders.
Volunteer for Watchdog since 2004 and Trustee on the Board
I am a Trustee on the Board and attend all the meetings. I am also a Watchdog member and help support other members using the laptop. I was on the Board at Bradford People First and I do travel training for Bradford Council, helping people with disabilities to become independent users of public transport. After I left Bradford People First I decided to use my skills at Choice Advocacy. I have learnt about where to find funding and who can help fund Choice Advocacy. I like supporting people who want my support. The advocates are good at the job they do.