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Board of Trustees

Martin Kemp

Harriet Moat 

My name is Harriet Moat and I was appointed as a Trustee early in 2012 and became a Co-Chair in October 2018. I have spent nearly 20 years as a Solicitor at a practice in the centre of Birmingham with the last 4 of those as a partner. I left private practice in December 2009 and since then I have been building up a small portfolio of houses for private rental.

I have a history of Voluntary Sector experience including South Birmingham CHC, Birmingham West NCT and representing users on various forums within the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. I worked for CHI (now the Health Care Commission) as a Lay Reviewer and undertook Clinical Governance Inspections of large NHS organisations.

More recently I worked for Birmingham Children’s Hospital for 6 months providing Lay Support to the Board with a particular interest in Risk Management.

 

 

Nick Kirby

Nick Kirby

My name is Nick Kirby and I joined the Options for Life Board of Trustees as a Director in November 2016 and became a Co-Chair in October 2018. I have worked in the consumer goods industry for the last 20 years in various commercial roles and, now as a management consultant, I work with some of the world’s best known food, drink and grocery brands, helping them to develop and implement their growth strategies across the world.

Whilst never having worked in the health care or voluntary sector, I have had a very close interest in, and personal connection with, learning disabilities since childhood through my own family’s experience. As a result, I can strongly empathise with the needs of our participants and understand the value of our services in enriching participant’s lives.

I am delighted to a be a member of the Options for Life Board of Trustees and to work with such a strong team, to which bringing my commercial experience, I hope, will contribute to the long-term success, development and growth of the charity.


Alan Daffern 

 

Alan Daffern

My name is Alan Daffern,though now retired, I have worked with people with a learning disability since 1975 in a variety of roles. I continue to undertake voluntary roles whenever possible. I joined the Board of Trustees at its inception in 1988 and I have an interest in all of the services we offer. I try to actively support Options for Life whenever possible. I have a particular interest in outdoor pursuits, and therefore join or lead the walk programme when I am available.

In addition, for 6 years, until the Inspection Body changed nationally, I was a Lay Assessor working alongside of Birmingham Social Services Inspection Unit, which had responsibility for the inspection of all residential homes in the city. This regularly included visits to small group homes for people with a learning disability, and involved talking with residents and staff to evaluate and make recommendations relating to residents’ quality of life, and also on the appropriateness of the support provided.

 

Debbie White

Debbie White

My name is Debbie White, and I retired early in 2003 from my job working for a Local Authority in a Policy and Equality team, specialising in disability and employment. I originally trained as a teacher, and then spent 5 years working in the voluntary sector with people with learning disabilities. In addition, I have on-going involvement in the areas of deafness and mental health.

I joined the Board of Trustees in 1994, and become a Director in 2000. I have some responsibility for Human Resource and equality issues. In addition to this, I have acted as a volunteer on several short holidays and activities with Options for Life’s participants.
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Martin Kemp

Alma Aganovic 

I work for South and City College Birmingham as Executive Director - Marketing and Customer Experience. I have spent most of my career working in education and have a real passion for improving people's life chances. I originally came to the UK as a refugee from Bosnia in 1993 and because of my own circumstances, I have always been committed to giving back to the community through various charitable initiatives I have been involved in, such as being a Governor at Birmingham Women's Hospital and a Regional Chair of Remembering Srebrenica West Midlands Board. I was appointed a trustee in January 2020 and I look forward to working with other trustees and the senior management team to grow and develop the charity for the post-Covid world.

 

 

Martin Kemp

Rebekah Roebuck

My name is Rebekah Roebuck and I joined Options for Life as a Trustee in July 2020. I have worked in the financial sector for 6 years, spanning a wide variety of specialisms and roles. I currently work for a global financial services firm within the Compliance function, delivering tactical and strategic changes to support best in class risk oversight. I also have a personal passion for Mindfulness, and am trained to deliver foundation courses in Mindfulness, which I do in my workplace to help colleagues with their wellbeing in and out of work.  While I do not have a working background in health care or the charity sector, I was previously the UK Disability Manager for a bank, supporting colleagues to access and understand workplace adjustments, and writing procedures and policies. At this time I sat on the Midlands Ability Network, which brought disability professionals from around the Midlands to share best practice and support development of disability policies. I also have experience with children with learning disabilities, and studied language development and disabilities as part of my degree. All of this has given me a passion for supporting all people with disabilities to live a fulfilling life.