We have a diverse collective of trustee's with a wide range of business and educational backgrounds that help make Find A Voice a success
Josh has worked in education, justice and social justice for nearly 30 years. With a keen interest in social mobility and inclusion, he joined the charity in 2014. He is a CEO of a multi-academy trust and is married with two children.
David has gained a wealth of commercial experience working within the FMCG market for over 40 years, holding a variety of senior positions in blue chip companies, the last 10 years as Board Director. He also has several years' experience as a pensions trustee and as Chairman. David is also a qualified personal-development coach.
I have a dual interest in FaV. I have worked in the NHS for 25 years as a Speech and Language Therapist in a very wide range of settings, with both children, teenagers and adults. I feel passionately about how important it is to be able to communicate effectively. I have 4 children, one of whom has communication difficulties and so have personal understanding as a mother of the impact this has on someone’s life. I became a Trustee because I wanted to give something back to the community, using my specialist knowledge in the field of communication wherever I can help the charity.
After working for over a decade in retail banking I recently chose a different career path moving on to work for the National Careers Service, helping people gain employment, new skills and training. I have grown up with Find A Voice and being able to have such an influence on the direction and strategy of the charity is a privilege and a pleasure as a trustee.
Alastair has been involved with Find a Voice almost since the start. Since retiring from the board in 2011, Alastair has remained an important figure within the charity, helping to organise events and support FAV in any way he can.
As a former Chairman of Find a Voice, Michael became Vice President in 2008. During his office as Mayor of Ashford in 2003-2004, he raised an incredible £14,000 for FAV as part of his Mayor's Charity Appeal.
Nicholas Witchell joined Find a Voice as a Patron in September 2015, after Alastair Dutch introduced him to the charity and he was able to see first-hand the important work the charity does for those who struggle to communicate. Nicholas is perhaps best known for his role as News reader for the BBC’s Six O’Clock show which he presented with Sue Lawley from 1984. Since 1998, Nicholas has been the BBC’s Royal and Diplomatic Correspondent, covering all aspects of the Royal Family and their formal engagements around the world.
'The Lost Voice Guy' Lee Ridley was born with cerebral palsy and has no natural speech. He uses a communication aid to 'speak' for him and has forged a career as a stand-up comedian, appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe and winning Britain's Got Talent in 2018. He is honoured to support the work of Find A Voice as a Patron.
Wendy has been a good friend and supporter to Find A Voice for over 20 years and her company, Retainagroup Ltd, generously pays the rent on our Ashford centre. As well as this, Wendy is always on hand to give business advice and support and regularly attends our functions and fundraising events.