We have a team of eleven people currently on our board of trustees. The trustees meet every other month to discuss progress, make strategic decisions, oversee safeguarding and to hold the management team to account.
Helen Attree – Trustee
Helen is a parent of three young people who have attended our clubs over a number of years. She is employed by the Alzheimer’s Society as a Dementia Café Manager and is a registered nurse.
Ceri Bannister – Vice Chairperson
Ceri worked as a Play worker for Malvern Special Families and is now a qualified teacher within a small unit for pupils with Special Educational Needs. She is proud of the quality of our provision, our dedicated staff, our close collaboration with families and our charity’s vision.
Margaret Buchanan – Acting Chairperson
Margaret cares for one of the young people attending our clubs. She has retired from teaching, but does a lot of work for local charities on a voluntary basis and is a school Governor.
Sally retired from working as a school nurse at the special schools in Worcester in 2013. She is married with four children. Sally has been a trustee since 2010.
Sarah has retired from teaching, most recently as Deputy Head, and does a lot of voluntary work with local choirs and church activities. Sarah has supported Malvern Special Families for many years and we are very happy to have her on board officially since 2014.
Judy brings a wealth of expertise to the MSF Trustee board. She grew up with an older sister with learning difficulties so knows, at first hand, what a difference family support can make. Judy is looking forward to visiting the Clubs and Play schemes to meet the children, young people and their families and experience MSF’s quality provision.
Damian Hayes is a businessman who owns an Insurance Brokerage within the local area.
His daughter attends the clubs on a regular basis, so is fully aware of the importance of how the clubs can assist and help with family life.
Having moved up from London a few years ago, Damian is looking forward to engaging himself into Malvern Special Families and the local community.
Chris Stephens – Treasurer
Chris Stephens has worked for 35 years in industry in commercial and non-commercial organisations. Over last 8 years he has worked in education and learning and in public finance Board roles with City & Guilds Group and CIPFA helping to commercialise these organisations in their evolution as social enterprises. Living in the West Midlands since 1993 his non-work interests include his family (with 3 daughters who have excelled in Worcestershire schools), gardening, sports (park-running, badminton and as a recently retired footballer), sightseeing and cars.
Dave Palmer has over 30 years experience working with children with learning disabilities as Head Teacher of Manor Park and Fort Royal Schools. He is also Grandfather to a child who attends our Club in Poolbrook.
John is a retired businessman who, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, spent his career in the construction and property industries. He and his wife moved to Malvern from East Anglia in 2018 and now live nearer to two of their three daughters and their families. The reduction in his business commitments has allowed John to offer his time and experience to the third sector. He is also a Trustee of The Bumblebee Children’s Charity.
Clive is a Chartered Accountant who currently works for Worcester University. He has lived in Malvern for many years.