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Alan Daffern 


Alan Daffern

My name is Alan Daffern and am currently the Chair of the Trustees. 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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Harriet Moat

Harriet Moat

My name is Harriet Moat and I was appointed as a Trustee early in 2012. 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. 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.

Kudakwashe Bondamakara

Kudakwashe Bondamakara

My name is Dr Kudakwashe Bondamakara and I joined Options for Life as a trustee in January 2017. Currently I work for Birmingham City University as a Senior Lecturer in Finance as well as a Programme Director. I have previously worked in the banking sector as an Internal Auditor, Financial Analyst and Treasurer.

Away from the finance field, I’m very much driven by a cause to make a difference in people’s lives especially those living with disabilities. To this end, some of my effort is devoted to ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as those without. In particular, I have an interest in projects of art and craft that allow people living with disabilities to express their emotions.

It is a great privilege to be involved with like-minded people at Options for Life who have offered themselves to such a noble cause.