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We are a user-led organisation governed by a Board of Trustees

Some of our trustees use our services, some of them support people who use our services, all of them are keen to help disabled people and people with long term health conditions to get on with their lives . 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.  Currently, we are particularly keen to find a trustee with a financial background. For more information and an application form, please see our Trustee Recruitment pack or contact pwalkington@penderelstrust.org.uk by email or on 02476 511611. 

Veronica Cotterill (Chair)

My background is in the NHS, mostly in London, where I worked in a variety of roles at Director and Chief Executive level in Mental Health, Community and Acute Hospital service provision and in Health Care Commissioning. After 27 years of NHS service, I decided to make a career change, moved back to Warwickshire and obtained a horticultural qualification to enable me to pursue my passion for gardens and plants. I have worked as a free-lance garden designer since 2007.

In 2008, I returned to the NHS as a Non-Executive Director for my local Hospital Trust, where I served until 2013. I am currently also a Trustee for two small charities which focus on my local community.

I have gained a range of skills and experience at Board level in a number of complex care organisations, and I hope to use these to benefit Penderels Trust as it continues to develop to meet the needs of the people who use its services.

Dick Harris (Vice Chair)

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 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 Penderels Trust I find it scary that many people are frightened of operating a direct payment, but I like the peace of mind this offers.

Yvonne Barnes

Having carved out my full-time careeer driving business transformation and developing and delivering corporate and operational strategy within life science and healthcare organisations, I took the decision to move to a part-time professional career in early 2017. The sole purpose of this change was my desire to release some of my time and use my diverse range of skills and experience to benefit charitable organisations. I am passionate about using my knowledge, skills and experience to improve the lives of others; I was drawn to Penderels Trust because of this shared vision. It is a great privilege to be working with my fellow Trustees and the highly committed and dedicated Trust staff and to support the ongoing success of Penderels Trust.

Andrew Ford

I am a recently retired corporate and public affairs professional who has operated at UK, EU and international levels within the environmental and energy sector. During my career, I have sought to influence legislative and reputational change through the design and delivery of effective political and media campaigns.

Having operated at a senior level within a major international energy company, I have also shaped major corporate communication agendas and strategy both at company and industry association levels. 

I am really looking forward to working with Penderels Trust and I hope I can use some of my experience to support them in their ambitious and worthy goals.

Phil Collis

I am a stroke survivor with a keen interest in patient and public involvement.  My skills and experience continue to grow, particularly in improving research and services for people affected by cardiovascular conditions.  I work with many organisations, both nationally and internationally, including NHS England, NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) and European Respiratory Society along with educational and charitable organisations.  I look forward to contributing in meeting the challenges ahead for our services, organisation and people.


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