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When I joined Strode Park Foundation in 2000 I was impressed by the charity’s commitment to empowering people with disabilities, by its commitment to ensuring that the services were shaped to meet the needs of individuals, and by the fact that the values of choice and dignity were not just promoted but influenced every aspect of the services. These are principles that I share and are the values that I have held dear throughout my career.
My first roles in care were as a voluntary sports coach for people with disabilities (including managerial responsibility for the worst football team in Cheshire!) and then as a carer in a residential setting. Subsequently, I have been fortunate to work in several managerial roles in the care sector and charity sector and I hope that I have not forgotten the lessons learned as a volunteer and as a carer.
As Chief Executive at Strode Park Foundation, I am privileged to work alongside many talented, dedicated and inspirational people including service users, staff members, the Council of Management and volunteers. We are a diverse bunch, but we remain united by our shared commitment to the empowerment of people with disabilities and the values that underpin all our endeavours.
It is an honour and a pleasure to lead Strode Park Foundation.