Our Team and Trustees

Like all registered charities, Find A Voice is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are supported by our President and Vice President. Our Trustees meet regularly as a body and form sub-committees where necessary to work on specific projects. Our staff team work hard to deliver our service, and are supported by a range of volunteers. Our small but friendly team works hard to ensure that we can assist as many people as possible.

The team

Carol Norton
Carol Norton
Outreach Development Manager

Carol joined FAV at the end of June 2020 in order to run our Outreach Service. Carol has been overwhelmed by the need for the service around Kent and has also supported people in Sussex and South London. If you have any queries concerning our Library of communication aids or would like to discuss the availability of the service, please email Carol on speak@findavoice.org.uk or call the office number.

Angela Reynolds
Angela Reynolds
General Manager

Angela joined FAV in January 2021 as the General Manager. Angela has come from a commercial background within the Pharmaceutical Industry where she has held various senior positions and is looking forward to an exciting new challenge here at Find a Voice. If you would like to contact Angela please email admin@findavoice.org.uk or call her on the office number.

Ben Marshall
Ben Marshall
Learning Supervisor

Ben joined FAV in August 2021 as the Learning Supervisor. Ben is a qualified teacher and has experience with working with adults with difficulties. When his not busy learning and having fun at Find a Voice he enjoys a good cup of tea and a cherry bakewell, spending time with this dog and listening to music. Seeing other people smile makes him smile. If you would like to contact Ben please email him on ben.marshall@findavoice.org.uk or contact him on the office number.

Find a Voice Volunteers

The permanent staff are assisted by a range of volunteers, without whom things would be a lot more difficult to manage. Our thanks go to all those who help us out.

The board of Trustees

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

Graeme Dutch
Graeme Dutch
Trustee

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.

Liz Thorne
Liz Thorne
Chair

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

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell
Trustee

Ian's career has mainly been within the motor trade. He has been linked with and supported various charities and school's across Kent and Medway for over 28 years. He is married and has a daughter who is a SENCO in a special needs school and a granddaughter who he dotes on. Find a Voice is a great charity which he is proud to be linked to.

Brian Dyer
Brian Dyer
Trustee

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.

Gopi Lingam
Gopi Lingam
Trustee

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.

Supporting the Trustees

Alastair Dutch OBE
Alastair Dutch OBE
Honorary President

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.

Michael Claughton
Michael Claughton
Honorary Vice President

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.

Patrons

Nicholas Witchell
Nicholas Witchell
Patron

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.

Lee Ridley
Lee Ridley
Patron

'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 Rowe
Wendy Rowe
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.