I joined DRCS as a trustee in 2013 and became Chair of Trustees in 2016.
My day job is an accounts and audit senior manager with BHP, Chartered Accountants looking after a portfolio of clients who are predominantly charitable organisations. As well as dealing with the complexities of charity reporting I also advise on responsibilities and good governance to staff and Trustees.
I qualified as a chartered accountant in 2012 and have over 10 years’ experience working in an accountancy practice. I manage a team of staff based in BHP’s Chesterfield office helping guide them through vocational training and providing practical on the job training.
My aim is to bring my wealth of charity sector knowledge and experience to DRCS to aid the organisation to achieve its objectives. It’s a pleasure to work with such an amazing organisation.
I became a trustee of DRCS in 2013.
I work as a solicitor at Wake Smith in Sheffield where I specialise in Employment Law and I have spent most of the past 20 years living in the Peak District in North Derbyshire so know the area well. In 2017 I completed a Masters in Psychology.
Currently I am the vice-chair of the trustees; in that role I help our chair coordinate and implement our decisions. I am especially keen to see DRCS maintain its standards as a professional organisation, develop, attract and retain the best employees and evolve its procedures and processes to keep it at the forefront of the counselling and therapy sector.
In the last few years we have seen an increase in providers and competition for our services. Our aim is to stand out from the crowd as the best provider offering the best and most relevant services to the people who need us.
I have been a DRCS trustee since 2011.
I spent 45 years in academia at Aberystwyth, Durham and Sheffield Hallam Universities before my retirement in 2006.
During that time I taught chemistry to undergraduates, and published over 300 research papers. I was Head of the Materials Research Institute (effectively, CEO) at SHU for 13 years – a department with a staff of 25 and a turnover of £4m pa.
My approach to the directorship at DRCS is, and has always been, as one member of a team, acting to support the Senior Management and, thereby, all who work for DRCS.
I became a trustee towards the end of 2016.
I have worked at a local secondary school for the last sixteen years as a language teacher. My time there involves both academic and pastoral work. I find working with young people both fulfilling and inspiring, I am constantly learning from them.
As a trustee I hope to be able to draw on my educational experience to help promote the aims of DRCS, particularly with young people.
I joined DRCS as a trustee in 2016.
I’ve been involved in journalism, PR and communications for 26 years and currently run my own PR company with national and regional clients. I advise clients on messaging and internal and external communication as well as identifying newsworthy stories and gaining media coverage.
My aim at DRCS is to help spread the word through the media and digital platforms about all the great work that the organisation and its employees are doing – so we can help even more people access our counselling, therapy sessions and well-being programmes.