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. Richard Jeffries Richard Jeffries Chair of the Rutherford school Governors and trustee I have been a trustee of the Garwood Foundation for 5 years and Chair of the Rutherford School governors for over 3 years. I am married and the father of 2 daughters. My first experience of people with disabilities was with an aunt who had downs syndrome. In my teens I volunteered in supporting people with cerebral palsy at Coombe Lodge in Croydon. Professionally, I have 25 years experience as an HR practitioner. In that time, there have been immense changes to disabilities law and to the way those with disabilities are perceived and supported. Anything I can do to support or encourage progress I am glad to do, and am proud of the contribution the Foundation makes to this. 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 Abigail then aged 2, started at Rutherford School. The support we received as a family as we were coming to terms with the news that our daughter had a life limiting condition was invaluable and we saw what a difference the school made to Abigail’s health and wellbeing. I become involved with the School including running a parents group, fundraising and helping with events. I became a trustee for the Foundation in 2007 and Trustee Governor for Rutherford School in 2012. I am also part of the exciting new Adult provision Project team. I currently work full time for Surrey Young Carers supporting and running events for impacted children and young people. In the past I have been chairperson of local Charity supporting parents of disabled children, sat on the Parent Forum for Croydon SEN reform, volunteered on the death Child Helpline and Great Ormond Street Intensive care parent support line I feel proud to be part of the Garwood Foundation by making a difference for people with disabilities and their families we support. I use my working knowledge, experiences as a parent of a child with complex needs and my passion to help develop the services we provide. Robin Adams Robin Adams My first association with the Garwood Foundation was as a building Contractor. My Firm manufactured and installed new eternal timer wall panels to all elevations of the Day Centre at Bramley Hill. Subsequent extensions and internal refurbishment contracts were completed with minimal disruption to the Centre. Other works were completed at the other two centres. I became very impressed with the work that the Foundation provided. Following my retirement, I was invited to become a Trustee of the Foundation, which I was more than happy to accept. I have been a Trustee for approximately twelve years. During this time I was involved in the planning and the construction of the new School. I still derive a certain satisfaction in trying to contribute something to the community.