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.
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.
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.