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
Liz have been involved with Find A Voice since 2009, first as General Manager and then CEO. In 2013 she moved to pastures new, but has always held FAV close to her heart and been a supporter of many events and Liz is glad to be back in a new role as a trustee. After many years of working in the voluntary sector Liz had a career change in 2020, and currently working as a Business Manager in a SEN school
Brian has been involved with Find A Voice since 2016, initially as a Patron but more recently as a Trustee. He has worked in Education throughout his career both in colleges and as Director of a language training company for businesses. His current work is with Cambridge Assessment, examining the performance of international students in the English language. He is delighted to have the opportunity to help in the development of Find A Voice.
I joined FAV in April 2021 having been a supporter of the charity for several years. I have a background in finance having worked in investment banking in London and now live in Ashford with my family. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity and will strive to serve the charity to the best of my ability and build on the great work which past and current members have done.
‘Having lived in Ashford since 2008 I have known about Find A Voice for several years but have just become a trustee this year. I Home Educated two of my children through both primary and secondary education. I have a keen interest in accessibility both in education and activities for people with additional needs. I have recently completed a Mathematics Degree with the Open University and am now going on to study Psychology, also with the OU. Aside from a love of studying I enjoy reading, knitting, paddle boarding & supplement feeding our local hedgehog population. I am looking forward to a growing relationship with Find A Voice.’
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.
'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.
“I have seen Find A Voice grow from its beginnings to become a life-changer for many people with the most severe communication problems. It has done great work, and it is vital that it continues to provide its services to as many as possible”.