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.
There is currently one vacancy on the Board. Should you be interested in becoming a Trustee please get in touch with Gavin (details below).
Gavin is taking over as Chair from January 2020, having been on the Board since December 2018. He has a strong association with the Centre as he is the husband of MS Member Maria and has taken a lead on Facilities Management issues, that is everything to do with running the Centre building except the IT.
I’ve been on the Board since 2014, with lead responsibility for marketing issues and was Chair for 2018-19, so I have a good understanding of our history, our vision and the issues that need addressing to help us fulfil our 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 working in many different marketing roles in BT.
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.”
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.
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.