One or Two working days a week
Evenings and Weekends
Experienced Trustee, Governor, and Chairperson
Enthusiastic, flexible, and a fast learner. I have experience with director/trustee roles with several charities and the chairing of committees; as well as running my own business since 2017.
My professional background is as a qualified optician, registered with the General Optical Council. I still work part-time in practice 2-3 days a week and have been involved with optics since 2004. During this time I have studied several optical qualifications, including my MSc distinction. I also spend over 5 years as a senior lecture and professional lead at Canterbury Christ Church University, where I chair several meetings/committees and demonstrated great skill in working with collaborative partners to achieve shared goals, working as an effective team.
I currently sit on two education committees
Over the years I have become used to dealing with governance and regulatory frameworks (both educational and healthcare/optical) which have been helped by my ability to think creatively, analytically and a willingness to modify my thinking in the light of new information/dialogue and to respect the differing views of others
Also, having previously completed a course in accounting, this has proven useful in understanding and interpreting financial papers and budgets.
I am currently a director/trustee for the following charities: -
Previous Charity trusteeships
My trustee roles have given me knowledge of the different forms of fundraising & PR, as well as grant-making and strategic planning. I have continued my personal development by undertaking the Level 4 qualification in Charity Law & Governance and taking on my first chair role, with Bemix CIC in 2021.
I have a wide range of skills, gained through experience across roles in education, the private sector, and the charity sector, including key skills of
Board/Trustee roles, including being a governor
Capable of extending to chair/vice-chair/co-chair roles.