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

Paul Hewitt
Paul Hewitt
Interim General Manager

Paul joined Find a Voice in September 2019 as the Interim General Manager. Paul has worked extensively within Medical and Communication fields during his working life. Paul has recently returned to living locally from working and living around the UK and Worldwide.

Emily Weare
Emily Weare
Special Education Trainer Assistant

Emily supports the Learning Supervisor and works with the students to ensure they enjoy their time here and are challenged to improve their learning - without necessarily realising it! Emily is happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding 1:1 tuition and the student led programmes on offer.

Marian Edgeworth
Marian Edgeworth
Outreach Development Manager

Marian joined FAV in May 2018 in order to re-establish our Outreach Service. Marian 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 Marian on speak@findavoice.org.uk or call the office number.

Debbie Curtin
Debbie Curtin
Learning Supervisor

Debbie joined Find a Voice in July 2019 and is the lead trainer at the centre in Beaver Lane. Debbie brings a wealth of experience to the post and is always on hand to answer any questions regarding the courses we offer and the availability of sessions.

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

Joshua Coleman
Joshua Coleman
Chairman

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 Everett
David Everett
Treasurer

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.

Sonia Sivyer
Sonia Sivyer
Trustee

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.

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.

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.

Brian Dyer
Brian Dyer
Patron

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Geraldine Dyer
Geraldine Dyer
Patron

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