Frank Newton 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 but it is 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. John Newton John Newton My association with The Garwood Foundation dates back to 1994 when I was appointed Hon. Treasurer. I am an ex banker having enjoyed a varied career with NWB covering 36 years, this charity will always be very close to my heart. Dr Richard Bateman Dr 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. Ian Trumper IanTrumper 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. Charlotte Cooper Charlotte Cooper I have been involved with the Garwood Foundation since 2015 and was invited to become a Trustee in January 2016. By profession I am a Clinical Negligence Solicitor acting for both adults and children who have suffered injuries at the hands of others. Many of my clients are disabled and benefit from services like those offered by the Foundation. Through my work I am aware of the daily struggles faced by those with disabilities so I wanted to get involved with a charity who offers support and services to those in need. The Garwood Foundation does just that and it is a fantastic charity to be involved with! Jackie Sanders Jackie Sanders Trustee and Governor 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 for the Foundation in 2007, Trustee Governor for Rutherford School in 2012 and then nominated as 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 manging a team who support Young Carers in Surrey. I am proud to be part of the Foundation and bring my personal experience as a Parent Carer with my professional knowledge and skills to help support the fantastic services they provide for people of all ages with a disability. Keith Minear 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. Gary Merrick 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. Mala Thapar Mala Thapar I am a British born Asian and have two children with ASD. My roles include a Culture Campaign and Communications Officer at Anna Kennedy Online and volunteer for Special Needs Jungle. Since having my own children and lived in experience of disabilities, I have continued to observed inequalities and systematic disadvantage facing disabled people from communities; and how inclusivity and diversity issues related to my own personal life and have campaigned for voices to be heard after years of frustration of this long-standing issue of the inequalities. I am also a board member for a foundation of Black and Ethnic Minority Community Organisations that network across the country. Alongside these responsibilities I also participate in various networking panels for community organisations to preside equal representation. I joined the Garwood Foundation as a trustee in December 2021 and am proud to be part of this wonderful charity who offer such amazing support and services to the disabled community.