Trustee Training Underway
Access Dorset has a voluntary governing body – the Board of Trustees. A minimum of 75% disabled people make up the Board. Our current Board members are:
Anne has been the Chair of Access Dorset since inception. Anne previously worked in ‘Early Years’ as a Nursery Facilitator and studied business and finance. Anne takes an active role on the Strategic Disability Consultation Panel which we facilitate for Dorset Police and in our fundraising activities.
In addition to being Vice Chair, Linda volunteers in the Access Dorset office three days a week in the position of Office Manager. She coordinates our annual fund raising event, the ‘Race for Equality’ and is a member of the Access Dorset magazine editorial group. She is also a Trustee of another local charity, South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport (SEDCAT). Before she became disabled, Linda worked as a mental health nurse manager.
Michael worked in the social housing building industry for most of his career. Since becoming disabled, he continues to advise social housing landlords about access issues in a voluntary capacity. Michael is Chair of the Access Dorset magazine editorial group.
Karen brings her core skills as an Occupational Therapist to the Board, but also her lived experience of a long-term health need.
Dave is Access Dorset’s chartered accountant and has been in business locally as a practicing accountant for over 20 years.
After a career in both the Army and a Prison Service nurse, I became mentally and physically unwell and was retired. I took up part-time employment with Dorset Mental Health Forum and became involved with the Wessex Information Network, which was to morph over time into Access Dorset. My special interest is in mental health service user communications. I live in Poole, am married, and have eleven grandchildren.
Marie is a co-opted member from a local disabled people’s organisation called DOTS Disability. Marie has been a wheelchair user for 28 years following a spinal injury. She is a volunteer Disability Equality Trainer and a patient advisor at the local spinal injury centre.
Yvonne is a co-opted Trustee from a local older people’s organisation called Dorset 50 Plus.
Janice is a co-opted Trustee from a local disabled people’s organisation called Pro Disability, of which she is the Manager.
Lisa is a founder member of Access Dorset who was re-elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. Lisa has lived experience of disability. She is a passionate campaigner for improved accessibilty and equal rights for disabled people.