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.
Should you be interested in becoming a Trustee please get in touch with Sharon (details below).
Taking on the role of Chair from Hilary is a hard act to follow and, as I work full time as a Marketing Director and consultant, I have limited time to spend in the Centre. However, now that we have a strong CEO, Keziah Cunningham, in place, it’s the right time for the Board of Trustees to focus more on the governance and strategic direction, leaving day to day operations and management in her capable hands. My aim is to ensure we give Keziah the right support to help her succeed.
I’ve been on the Board since 2014, with lead responsibility for marketing issues, so I have a good understanding of our history, our vision and the issues that need addressing to help us fulfil that vision.
I live locally and am Kent born and bred. I started my own marketing consultancy, The Purple Edge, in 2007 having spent the previous 22 years wo rking 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!
You can email me on email@example.com if you want to get in contact.
David joined KMSTC as a trustee in 2017. David is an experienced Senior Executive/Partner. He has a high degree of business and commercial skills gained in multi-national consultancy including, EY PA Consultancy Group and British Telecom. David has experience of delivering high-risk complex projects and turnarounds whilst working with investors and executives. David brings an innovative approach to problem solving, negotiating, leadership and management.
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 Oxygen Therapy 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.
Having lived and worked in South of France running our business for some 30 years I returned to UK just over five years ago. Soon after returning I started caring for my friend’s very fit 92-year-old mother until she died about a year ago.
Supporting those living with MS has been a long-held ambition and finally the opportunity presented itself. My aunt was diagnosed with MS in her twenties and eventually came to live with us. She was a complete joy to be around and I have very fond memories of conversations we shared whilst I pushed her in her wheelchair to the shops and church on a Sunday.
As an MS Member Richard leads on Member liaison, ensuring the Board has feedback from the Members. “I have a passion for the Centre and the work it does. The staff and members make it an outstanding resource for those whose lives have been affected by MS. I really enjoy the environment and friendliness of all I meet at the Centre.”
Gavin is the husband of MS Member Maria and will lead on Facilities Management, that is everything to do with running the Centre building except the IT.
Ian is the husband and carer of Dani, an MS Member, and is working with Keziah to analyse usage patterns for various therapies to ensure we are providing the right services.
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.
Andrew re-joined the board of Trustees in February 2019 and we’ve very pleased to have his expertise as Director of Pocock’s Solicitors to draw upon.
Caroline Macdonald Bryant
An MS Member, Caroline is working with Karen to develop plans to spread the word about the Centre, and in particular the Oxygen Therapy, to other groups around the County.