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Frank Newton

I started working for the Garwood Foundation as the manager of the Bramley Hill Day Centre and later took on the additional role of Director of Services. On retirement in 2012 I became a Trustee of the Foundation and have been Chair of Trustees since 2015. I have seen a lot of changes over the years and watched how the Foundation has grown whilst still providing such a valuable service to children and adults with disabilities in our area. I continue to be proud of this very special organisation.

Ian Trumper

I am a retired chartered accountant who spent over 30 years at Price Waterhouse Coopers specialising in forensic accounting work. I was seconded to the Serious Fraud Office as an Assistant Director in 1987 and thereafter conducted many civil and criminal financial investigations. During that time I became involved with Transparency International, a world leading anti-corruption NGO and was a Board member of the UK chapter for 9 years. This experience gave me an insight into the voluntary sector and when I retired was approached to join the Board of Trustees of the Garwood Foundation to strengthen the financial oversight of the Foundation.

Jackie Sanders

My journey with the Garwood Foundation started in 2002, when my daughter, who was born with a rare life limiting condition, started at Rutherford School. I became a Trustee in 2007, Trustee Governor in 2012 and then Chair of Governors in 2019. I am passionate about access to services for those with a disability ensuring their needs and rights are met, also support for their families and carers. I have worked in various settings linked to this work including, voluntary sector, schools and Local Authority. I also have experience in Governance and safeguarding work. I currently work for Action for Carers managing a team who support Young Carers in Surrey.

Richard Oakes

I am a semi-retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor, having worked for A J Oakes and Partners since 1975.
A large part of my professional experience has been in trying to monitor, explain and simplify the complex issues involved in getting a building modified or constructed.
I was approached by a fellow trustee to assist in future capital projects and I jumped at the chance of helping out on the client side, instead of acting independently.
The Garwood Foundation is a remarkable charity providing services for the disabled, and I will endeavour to give my support however I can.

Gary Merrick

I am currently Head of Human Resources for a UK Private Client Wealth Manager. I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD and have worked in Human Resources since 1995 holding “Head of”, or Director, roles for the last 20 years. My interest in the charity sector came from consulting in a Research charity and since then I have been looking for the ideal local charity to support. Further to an approach from another trustee I am very pleased to be part of this great charity and look forward to contributing at whatever level I can.

Keith Minear

Keith Minear was for eight years the Foundation’s Director of Services following a career as a local government lawyer in Croydon and elsewhere in London.

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Richard Bateman

My involvement with the Foundation started as a very young boy; my brother was born with cerebral palsy so my father joined the fledgling Garwood Foundation to help other parents in Croydon with disabled children. He worked closely with the Garwood sisters who did so much for those less fortunate. He served as a volunteer for some thirty years before ill health led to his retirement. He was awarded with an MBE for his charitable work although he always felt that this really should have gone to the whole Society. When my mother passed on in 2017 I joined the Foundation to try to help in some small way. I am a local Orthodontist and always happy to try to treat disadvantaged children and adults.

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