“I joined CLASP in June 2019 after a 25 year career in the aviation and security industry working in operations, customer service, strategy and leadership roles.
CLASP has given me enormous satisfaction, I can apply my skills from the commercial world whilst adapting my empathetic and customer services abilities to a new group of people.
I am responsible for ensuring the smooth running of CLASP making sure it meets the needs of the members, and offers them a platform to make a positive difference within our Wokingham Borough. I lead the effort to raise awareness of what it is like to have a Learning Disability to ensure the members (and anyone with a disability) is treated with respect and consideration in our community.
It is fun to carry out these responsibilities, with the serious elements of spending our money wisely and raising more money via grants and fundraising. I also run the Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board (WLDPB) on behalf of Wokingham Borough Council. This involves getting some interesting and strong speakers to our roadshows, ensuring we are up to date on the latest initiatives and laws around those needing care and most importantly making sure we are sharing our knowledge with a whole range of interested parties.
I feel very privileged to have this job with such a wonderful bunch of people. I work hard to ensure that we represent the Learning Disability Community, their carers and supporters in the best possible way, making sure our voice is heard and that we make positive change for all. This involves listening to the board & making sure, as Champions, we offer the right information, sign posting and support that the LD community require at the right time.
We can always do more, and welcome input from others. We shape the way our borough supports those with disabilities and it feels very satisfying to be an instrumental part of this.
I am married to Fraser, with a wonderful extended family and a dog, Rex. I love walking, baking and being sociable in whatever form that takes.”