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Penderels Trust is currently governed by a Board of Trustees, some of whom also use our service.  Between them they provide a broad spectrum of skills, knowledge and experience.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals to join our Board of Trustees. For more information, contact Benjamin Bilverstone by email to or on 02476 511611.

Ian Besant – Chairperson

I took over as Chairperson for the Trust in February 2014.  My grandmother was disabled and from an early age I had an appreciation that her life was transformed by the provision of support and purposely adapted accommodation.  This allowed her to live an independent life.

I work as Head of the Employment and HR team at Wright Hassall, a leading legal practice in Leamington Spa.  I also specialise in the not-for-profit sector.

Vice Chair - Dick Harris

I have been actively involved with Penderels Trust since its inception and have been Vice-Chair for many years.

I have cerebral palsy, use a wheelchair and need extensive support with my personal care and daily tasks. I have lived independently since 1980 after 27 years living in residential school/college and homes.

I now use direct payments to employ my own personal assistants, having used young volunteers from all walks of life and countries through Community Services Volunteers for over 8 years.

I am employed by Leonard Cheshire, a major disability charity, as an Independent Living Adviser in their Central Region.

Previously I worked for Scope for 19 years in various roles but mainly in service development and as a Community Fieldworker supporting individuals, families and local groups.

For many years I was an active Trustee/Board Member for several national and local organisations, holding office as Chair/Vice Chair in a number of them but have recently cut back on these. This experience has given me a good foundation in budgeting, finances, personnel issues and other relevant areas that charities and companies need.

John Finnie

I had previously been in the Queen's Household Cavalry. Due to a number of medical operations in 2004, my health deteriorated and I subsequently required assistance via a direct payment.

I am involved in two charities: one in the United States, which is about to close, and the other as a founder and Director. I sit on two boards, one in Westminster and the other in Wembley.

I give a number of presentations about direct payments and I often comment on the positive service I receive from the Trust, I feel that I am an advocate of the company. I find it scary that many people are frightened of operating a direct payment, but I like the peace of mind this offers.

Sarah Henson

I spent my early years training horses as well as being a busy housewife and mother. In 1995 I had a riding accident and became a permanent wheelchair user and was treated and rehabilitated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

I live at home with my husband, three nearly grown-up children and two dogs and have been on direct payments for several years now. This has worked out very well for me and, as I have always found Penderels staff to be extremely helpful, I was delighted to become a Trustee. My involvement with the Trust has highlighted my admiration for Penderels Trust and their staff.

Andy Berry

I am a user of Penderels Trust's services in Gloucestershire and an active member of the Gloucestershire peer support group.  I also chair the Penderels Trust User Group (PUGs). Prior to retirement, I enjoyed a successful career working in the IT industry as a business owner, contractor and civil servant.  I also found the time to be a volunteer, including being on the Board of Trustees for Scope, a governor of Gloucestershire College and to run a computer club in my local library.

Kenneth Barrett MBE

I am a user of Penderels Trust's services in Lincolnshire.  I served with the Royal Navy and worked with the Medical Research Council in Gambia for twenty years, work for which I was awarded an MBE.  I have worked in many different countries during my life, giving me the experience of working with people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

Malcolm Cook

Having worked for many years in the corporate world in the UK, Europe and the USA in sales, marketing and strategic development, I decided to work for myself following a diagnosis of acoustic neuroma, and set up my business in Warwickshire in 2004.

Now with a successful business in the leisure industry, I am able to devote time to Penderels Trust, bringing an alternative perspective to the board to the challenges faced.  As funding for care is increasingly being outsourced, there is more need than ever for organisations like Penderels Trust to provide advice and support to individuals in managing their care and funding.

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