Trustee and Finance & Scrutiny committee member
How did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK?
We began the process of adopting our daughter in 2007.
Early on, I became aware of and joined Adoption UK. The adoption process ultimately took over 3 years and the website and bulletin boards were a great support providing additional information and showing me that we were not alone in our experiences.
Adoption doesn't finish with placement and through the 4 years our daughter has now been with us, I have continued to value the support that being part of the Adoption UK community provides.
Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK?
I am a chartered accountant with over 25 years experience in practice working with both businesses and charities. In that time I have both advised others on their finances and also run my own business. In latter years, I have concentrated on working with small and medium size organisations where the owners or managers are closely involved in the day to day activities. When I saw that Adoption UK were looking for trustees with financial experience, I was delighted to be able to get involved feeling that the experience I have gained could be put to good use in helping the charity move forward. Working with an organisation whose aims are so close to my heart is a great opportunity.
How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years?
Adoption is a lifelong process and I strongly believe that adoptive parents need as much, if not more help, after placement than before it. Yet it can seem that support falls away once a child is placed. Adoption UK have consistently campaigned for ongoing support and have had some significant successes in this area already. I would like to see this campaigning and the direct support that the charity provides to parents continue and grow so that every adoptive parent feels they will have the support they and their child need.