I became chair of the Board of Trustees in January 2017 after having served as a Trustee for many years. During my training at St Thomas’ Hospital in London I nursed a patient with MS who was the same age as me. I became interested in this condition and how it affects people’s lives. Many years later I heard the first Chairman’s inspiring talk about KMSTC and promised to become more involved when I retired – so here I am! I am privileged to work with several of our dedicated staff in supporting them on the Operational side of the work of the Centre.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and was MD of a company specialising in international VAT with 60 employees for over 20 years before retiring. These days I enjoy travel (which is just as well, since most of my six children and eight grandchildren live abroad), gardening, keeping fit and learning the piano. My wife has MS and has been a Centre member for the last two years and finds HBO and reflexology very helpful therapies. When the opening on the board of Trustees arose I was pleased to volunteer. I consider the Centre a vital resource for people with MS, so I’m delighted to be able to do my bit in support of such a great charity.
My focus at KMSTC is on Operations, ensuring that our staff team is well supported by the board and that the Centre runs smoothly. I recently retired after 32 years working in Telecoms both in the UK and overseas. I also volunteer as a school governor, trustee of Chestfield Golf club, and for the Princes Trust. I hope to help the Centre build its income, improve and expand the number of services, and make a positive difference to our members. I’ll be drawing on my management experience and passion for what we do here to support KMSTC as it continues to grow.
I am a Chartered Legal Executive and run my own legal practice in Whitstable. I have over 40 years’ experience in the legal profession, both locally and in London. I have lived in and around the Faversham area for forty five years. I am married to Marilyn and have two children and three young grand-daughters. I became aware of MS almost ten years ago when my brother Martin was diagnosed, and he introduced me to the Centre. I have been on the Board of Trustees for a couple of years and I offer a legal insight to the management of the Centre, supporting the Board and the Centre staff where appropriate, as well as the benefit of my experience in running a strictly regulated business.
I was diagnosed with MS in 2006 and started using the Centre within 18 months of diagnosis.
During my working life, I was an HGV driver for Whitbread and Shell. I am married with 1 daughter and live locally in Faversham. I receive enormous benefit from the therapies and support clinics at the Centre particularly Physiotherapy and the gym.
I joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and am able to inform the board of requirements and the benefits of the services being provided and be a voice on the board for the Centre users.
I joined the board in January 2016 and am thrilled to be working with a charity that is so close to my heart. I have over 10 years HR experience in a range of different industries; more recently I am the Head of HR at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. I hope that my skills and experience from a people perspective, as well as a wider business understanding, will add value to the board and our ability to lead and guide colleagues to offer a service which has a positive impact on the lives of those with MS.
I was diagnosed with MS in 2006, a very unpredictable disease that put an end to my career. I had previously taught Hospitality & Catering to Post Compulsory hearing and deaf students and then as a Conference & Banqueting Manager. I became a member of the Centre in 2007 helping out when and wherever I could. In 2008 I became a Trustee and served as Treasurer for 7 years. I’m now Line Manager to the Centre’s Fundraiser. It’s an honour to be part of Centre life. I live in Canterbury with my husband, David.
I live locally and was aware of the fundraising appeals and the amazing plans for the Kent MS Therapy Centre. When the opportunity came up to contribute my skills as a marketing professional to helping the centre in its next phase, as an even more valuable facility for even more members, I jumped at the chance. I’m Kent born and bred and have lived in Canterbury for nearly 20 years. I started my own marketing consultancy, The Purple Edge, in 2007 having spent the previous 22 years working in many different marketing roles in BT. I have 5 children (well, 1 husband and 4 sons), 2 dogs and 6 chickens to keep me busy when not working!
The Role of Trustees
The responsibility for the management and control of KMSTC rests with the Trustees who have given due consideration to the major risks (those potentially having a major impact and a probable/highly probable likelihood of occurring) to which the Charity is exposed and satisfied themselves that systems or procedures are established in order to manage those risks (Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008).
Trustees carry out Risk Assessments for Governance, Operations, Finance, Environment & External Risks and Compliance (Law & Regulation) to establish, identify, assess, evaluate and monitor risks to which the Charity might be exposed.