How did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK?
I was given membership of Adoption UK by my local council when I adopted two boys in 2013. My partner and I were unusual in that we were adopting brothers aged 3 and 7. Sadly, the chances of being adopted decline sharply for children over 5. I found the magazine to be a great source of advice, and also attended a couple of workshops. Shortly after I saw an advert looking for trustees, and applied.
Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK?
I have worked in the media and communications industry for more than 20 years. I spent most of my career as a correspondent with the BBC and have now moved into a communications role with a university. This has given me a good understanding of how the media works, and how the charity can maximise press coverage of important issues.
How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years?
My adoption experience was fairly smooth but we still faced many tricky issues such as lying, stealing and toileting problems. Adoption UK already offers a helpline and online forum for advice, but I'd like to see the charity develop a larger online resource of factsheets and information. It would also be great if we could put training videos on our website, for parents to access when it suits them.