The Role of Trustees
The responsibility for the management and control of KMSTC rests with the Trustees and managing through the Covid-19 Pandemic has thrown up significant challenges for the Centre in operations and income generation. Even more than in more normal times, and as Government regulations change, due consideration must be given 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 the Trustees must be satisfied 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 just one vacancy on the Board and we are particularly interested in anyone with a background in law. Should you be interested in becoming a Trustee please email your details to Gavin .
I took on the role of Chair from January 2020, having been on the Board since December 2018. Little knowing what an exciting year 202 would turn out to be! I have long had a strong association with the Centre as the husband of MS Member Maria and I have 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. I now work with companies in the South East advising on strategic marketing.
I joined KMSTC as a Trustee in 2017. I’m an experienced Senior Executive/Partner with a high degree of business and commercial skills gained in multi-national consultancy including, EY PA Consultancy Group and British Telecom. A key area of my experience is delivering high-risk complex projects and turnarounds whilst working with investors and executives. I am to bring my innovative approach to problem-solving, negotiating, leadership and management to meet the challenges of the Centre.
I am delighted to return for a second period as a Trustee. I first served during the major fundraising drive and the build of the new Centre. The challenges are different now but I have learned that there are always challenges! I was diagnosed with MS back in 2002 and the therapies and the support that the Centre offers make a big difference to my quality of life. My background is in conference and banqueting and I hope to be able to make good use of those skills to develop new services at the Centre.
I rejoined the Board in 2020, having taken a short break. The Centre has met the challenge that Covid has thrown at it this year and come up with innovative ways for you to gradually return for your therapies and keep on with the ‘alternative’ social connections that you all value so much. Jen has many more plans in place to safely create a new normal.
Now the Board can focus on more strategic issues and I look forward to contributing to that work.
I have extensive experience in strategy and investing, having worked in the financial markets for over 30 years. My expertise lies in developing new business areas and analysing investments and I have worked as a strategy consultant and investment manager, creating solutions for corporations and institutional investors.