Meet the Trustees
The Friends and Families of Special Children Trustees are a team of professionals that come from a range of backgrounds including Social Work, Youth Work, Counselling, Law, Finance and Corporate Hospitality. Alongside the Trustees are partners from Health, Education, Social Care and the Voluntary sector who help to ensure that we offer a multidisciplinary approach and a broad range of services.
Chair of Trustees
Much of my working life has been spent in Social Care, Training and Employment and running my own businesses. I gained a Post Graduate Business Degree at Plymouth University. I am married to Michael and have four children, one of who is profoundly disabled and requires full care. I am a founder member of Friends and Families of Special Children and have been involved in campaigning, developing and shaping national and locally strategy and provision for families with disabled children.
I was born and educated in Plymouth and am currently Treasurer of Friends and Families of Special Children, I am Director of The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth, previously having had lots of experience in the hospitality industry in Plymouth and Somerset. I was instrumental in setting up a 24 bed-roomed hotel in Wells, was Food and Beverages Manager at Plymouth Pavilions and The Royal Western Yacht Club before the Management Buy Out at the DOC in 2001. I have one son and a step son who has Cerebral Palsy. I have been involved with the charity since its launch and engage with fundraising and organising social events as much as possible.
I was born in Plymouth in 1962, and educated at Devonport High School for Boys before attending University College Cardiff to study Law. I am now Senior Partner at local solicitors Thompson and Jackson specialising in Property Law. I am married to Caroline and have three children Katie, Sam and Ben. In between being a taxi service for the kids I enjoys a variety of sports and watching Plymouth Argyle and Albion.
I have extensive accounting experience, managing substantial budgets and launching hugely successful strategic plans. With a background as a management accountant in large public sector organisations, I have gained skills in increasing turnover, optimising inventories, implementing computerised accounting, and managing multimillion pound budgets. I have been in Accountancy for over two decades. I have been a senior teacher, business consultant, and worked for many years as a successful Area Materials Manager and Logistics Manager for Great Western Trains. I have worked as treasurer or auditor of many not for profit organisations. I am married to Annette and have three children.
Plymouth born and educated at Plymouth College prior to joining the practice of Constable & Son as articled pupil to the late Jimmie Constable in 1970. Subsequently, I established Lang & Co. estate agents in 1993. I have always been involved in the local community and am a past member of Round Table and the Port of Plymouth Junior Chamber of Commerce which staged the annual Lord Mayor’s Day, introduced the Plymouth Marathon, Military Tattoo and successfully lobbied for the construction of the Tamar Bridge.
I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 23 years’ experience in commercial property. My career has encompassed roles in both private and public sectors in the south west and across southern England. I returned to my hometown of Plymouth in 2004 and after working for local practices, I am now the Manager of the Bruton Knowles Plymouth office.
I was educated at Plymouth College and subsequently the University of Glamorgan. I am a former Chairman of Plymouth Round Table and still involved. I enjoy playing cricket and racket sports. Sadly widowed, I have a grown up son.