JordinaHow did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK? (c. 100-150 words) 

I first came across Adoption UK when I saw the advertisement for the trustee role. Having seen friends go through the adoption process, it is clear that adoption is a life changing event which people need significant support going through. Adoption UK’s mission is one that I see as very important and is something that I can stand by and promote to ensure that adoptive families have the best support that they deserve. 

Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK? (c. 150-200 words) 

From working as a solicitor for over ten years in financial services, I have significant experience in working in the corporate sector and I believe that the skills I have developed over this time can be used to benefit the work of Adoption UK. In particular, I developed an employee network for black, Asian and minority ethnic members of staff to help improve BAME’s staff’s experience in the company. My experience as a trustee in another charity has allowed me to learn about the specific issues of working with senior leadership in a charity and the nuances of the support, accountability and skill support that trustees provide. 

How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years? (c. 100-150 words) 

I have a keen interest in diversity and inclusion and am looking forward to working with the team to make impactful change in this area. In the coming years I am excited about the work that Adoption UK will do in providing more support and advocacy on behalf of BAME children and families to help to improve their experiences of adoption while becoming more widely known for the invaluable work that the charity is doing.