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Paul McGee, Chair Board of Trustees, at a Driving Up Quality feedback event.

Choice Support is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of volunteers who bring a wide range of skills and experience to the organisation.

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Paul McGee - Chair
Retired director education & leisure, company director

Paul started as a teacher and moved on to become chief inspector in Croydon before 14 years as a chief officer in Bexley, rising to become director of education and leisure.  Paul is founding director of Prospects, a company that provides a wide range of eduction, employment and training services in the UK and internationally. He is currently a Trustee of Autism Wessex and was the first Chair of Governors at the Gloucester Academy which Prospects sponsors.

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Lynda Frampton - Vice Chair
Parent, healthcare marketing manager

Lynda has spent her professional career at a senior level in teaching, marketing and communications. She became a board member hoping to make a contribution as the parent of someone with complex disabilities. Her daughter has been supported by a 24-hour Choice Support team since 2001. This gives Lynda particular insight into the running of the organisation on a day-to-day basis.

Chris Dorey

Chris Dorey - Vice Chair
Retired local authority commissioner

Chris retired in 2013 following a 40 year career working in inner London social services departments, for the last 10 years he was Commissioning Manager for people with learning disabilities at Southwark. He has a track record of involving service users and their families in decision making when developing or changing services. He is passionate about people with learning disabilities having the right to equal citizenship by living their lives in ways they choose regardless of the level of their disability.

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Ian Bell
IT consultant

Ian has had 30 years of experience in business and has created computer systems to streamline office procedures. Ian's online dealing systems are still being used in the city of London today. He has learnt ways in which to run office/business infrastructure in an efficient manner and joined the Board so that Choice Support could benefit from these skills.

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Helen Hopkinson
Learning disability consultant

Helen has received a service from Choice Support since 2008. She is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome but doesn't want to be defined by this. Helen works as an Expert by Experience and also delivers training on autism. She became a Board member to make sure disabled people's needs are being met.

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Barry Coker 
Retired accountant

Barry was the former Finance and Resources Adviser to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. He previously served as a Group Finance Director for a large Housing Association and as a Local Authority Chief Officer where his responsibilities included a wide range of investigations from fraud to child abuse case reviews. 

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Kevin Rodgers
Learning disability consultant

Kevin has worked as a horticulturalist since 2005.  In 2007 Kevin was the first person with learning disabilities to be appointed to our Board of Trustees.  Kevin says he volunteers because "I want to help people get top quality care and make sure the organisation treats staff well."  Kevin volunteered as a Gamesmaker during the 2012 Olympics in London. He is an active Unison Disabled Member, campaigning against hate crime. Kevin wants people with disabilities to receive the best quality of care possible.


Tony Milson
Trust lawyer

Tony has nearly 40 years of experience as a trust lawyer. He has specialised in dealing with the financial affairs of parents of people with disabilities. Tony wants to improve the lives of those with disabilities and their families.   

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Lorraine Yearsley
Mental Health Act commissioner

Lorraine has extensive experience of community advocacy. She was appointed as a Mental Health Act Commissioner in 2004 and the role continued within the Care Quality Commission. She was involved in the development of a national joint review of commissioning services and support for people with learning disabilities and complex needs (2007-2009). Lorraine has always lived in central Cheshire and is an active member of the local community. She enjoys the challenge of maintaining a balance of family, community and work commitments. She is currently a member of the Lady Verdin Trust Board where her particular interest is client participation.

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Ken James 
Retired head of service, disability and mental health. Chair of the Lady VerdinTrust.

Ken was head of service disability and mental health for a large County Council in the West Midlands. He has worked with disabled people both as a social worker and in a managerial capacity for over 25 years. In addition to his social work qualification Ken has a Masters Degree in Social Science and a Master of Science degree in Business management. Ken feels that his knowledge and experience can effectively add value to both the Lady Verdin Trust and Choice Support.


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Valerie Austin 
Management consultant 

Valerie owns her own management consultancy business working exclusively in the not for profit sector.  Valerie has a wide range of charitable and commercial experience and a proven track record of supporting organisations to reduce costs and maximise benefits.  Val achieved a Masters in Business Adminstration from Warwick University and is a board member and Chair of Personnel/Remuneration for South Oxfordshire Housing Association.

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