Anju MahbubaniHow did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK?

My journey into adoption started twelve years ago when I adopted my son at three years of age. It was a momentous moment and although it has been a rollercoaster journey, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Not only did it make me a parent but it opened my eyes to how much support these children need. My experience led me to sit on the adoption panel for South London for a number of years, I was honoured to be part of helping other children find their forever families. I have also spent time as a volunteer for an adoption agency within the Marketing and External affairs division. As a voice and passionate advocate for Adoption, I have spoken at adoption gatherings and prep groups for prospective adopters.

When I heard Adoption UK were looking for Trustees, I felt this was an opportunity to use my skills and knowledge to help other children and families on their adoption journey.

Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK? 

My day job as Commercial Director within luxury retail gives me the knowledge of managing a business, developing a strategy and leading a team to deliver. Bringing these skills to Adoption UK allows me to support in many areas where the leadership team requires.

How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years?

I hope to see Adoption UK continue to advocate and provide support for children and adults following adverse childhood experiences. The long term affects of trauma and insecure attachment in adopted children need to be strongly voiced and I am keen to campaign for change. There is much to be done and as a Trustee I hope I can be a part of delivering this.