Anna Jaques Trustee Expand How did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK? I became a Mum to my son in 2013 and while the road leading to and leading from that point was (and still is!) challenging, it remains the absolute pinnacle of my life choices. He brings me joy, he gives me grey hair and wrinkles, he makes me laugh, he makes me cry, but I wouldn’t change a thing! My son is now 12 and watching him grow and develop is a beautiful experience. Since he arrived, I have supported with information events and training for prospective adopters, written a children’s book about adoption and supported colleagues and friends who have started their own adoption journey. Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK? When I am not Mum, my ‘day job’ is as a HR Director and combined with my adoption experience, I bring 20+ years of HR skills and knowledge to Adoption UK. I am also an accredited Coach. I am a passionate advocate for adoption, especially the adoption of older children and have a particular interest in life-story work and neuro-diversity. How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years? I am so thrilled to have joined the Board of Trustees of Adoption UK at this point in the journey of this amazing charity. I would like to see our work influencing policy and funding decisions for our children. I think the communications we are sharing with the public, with educators, with politicians etc are very powerful. The experience of adopting is such a special one, unique to every child and every parent, but if we can share more stories with others, and advocate loudly for our children and their families, I would feel very proud in five years time.