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Families United Network Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees have a legal and moral responsibility for governance across the charity.  They are also responsible for the strategy and development investing their authority in the management and staff to achieve this.

Our Trustees serve as volunteers therefore they are not paid for their work. Serving as a trustee is rewarding and enjoyable, and an opportunity to serve the community while learning new skills and meeting new people.

Some of Families United Network trustee’s have valuable personal experience in children with disabilities, to compliment this we are currently looking for people to serve as trustees who have a professional background in accounting, legal or media/marketing.

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining the board of trustees.

Meet the board..

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Jo Stuart
Chair of the Board
I’m Jo Stuart, mum to Maxwell and Wills who have autism, severe learning difficulties and ADHD. Our family have been using FUN’s services since 2005. The charity has been a life saver for my family and we have never missed a holiday club. I love FUN and because it’s so special to me, I have been Chair of the FUN trustees since 2009, and I am still very keen to improve what we can do for children with disabilities and their families in Bedfordshire.

Julia Higgins

Julia Higgins
Vice Chair

I’m Julia Higgins, mum to Cameron who has a M-CM Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, OCD.  Our family have been using FUN’s services since early 2009 and have been on the board since July of the same year. Cameron is now 12 years old he is very independent when accessing all of the services at FUN because he feels so confident in the environment – its a joy to see. He has opportunities to try new things and mix with other children, and for me as a parent it is great to be able to share experiences with other parents and for us all to support one another.

Over the years we have raised money for FUN with organising curry nights, comedy nights, selling air fresheners and shopping bags and more recently Cameron did a 1 mile sponsored event.  We have raised a total of just under £13,000 and that is something as a family we are very proud of.

 

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Julie Tompkins
Trustee and Treasurer

I am Julie Tompkins Mum to two children, Tyler (age 11) & Kayleigh (age 6) and a qualified Certified Accountant since January 2000 working full time based in Watford.  Tyler has global development delay and has been using FUN since beginning 2014.  FUN have provided Tyler with a safe environment from which Tyler has thrived upon and this has increased his independence and confidence as he develops into a young man.

I wanted to be able to give back to this amazing charity to help us to develop and grow, continue to support other families whose children, siblings and family can benefit from the facilities we can provide and improve upon in the coming years.

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Lisa Ellis
Trustee

Hi, I’m Lisa and have three grown up children. I have worked for Luton’s Special Educational Needs Service for 15 years supporting children with severe and complex needs and their families. My husband and I are also carers for a little boy who has been part of our family for 10 years. I joined FUN as a trustee in the summer of 2015 and I am really excited to be part of the FUN journey.

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 Malcolm Wallace
Trustee

I have spent over 30 years working as a  B2B Director of Marketing, my career I have worked in a number of locations including  Europe, Scandinavia and the US of A.  I am also an international athletics coach and in 2012 was the head coach for the Haitian Paralympic team.  I coach both able bodied and disabled athletes from juniors through to Olympic and Paralympic competitors and I believe passionately  in total inclusivity wherever possible and my coaching squad is made up of both able bodied and disabled athletes all working together.

I joined the board of trustees as the charity have a similar philosophy as mine and I hope that by providing support using my business knowledge and with my sporting background enable the charity to develop and strengthen its offering within the area that it currently operates.

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Sue Hall
Trustee

I am a Mum of three children who have grown into the most amazing young adults of whom I am extremely proud!

Professionally I am HR Manager and currently work in Retail/Hospitality industry.

I am passionate in my belief that young people should have every opportunity to fully realise their own personal potential. I hope that becoming a Trustee of FUN will help in some way those members that come here to achieve that potential.

In my spare time I enjoy a good film, book and actively support Saracens.

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Craig Essam
Trustee

Hi I’m Craig, dad of four; one of my sons is Morgan who has autism and severe learning difficulties. I also have an older son with autism so have many years of highs and lows of helping and supporting young people with autism.

Morgan has attended FUN for a few years now and I thought it was time to give something back.

Professionally I was a Policeman for both Thames Valley and later Bedfordshire.

I enjoy any sport mainly football and hockey. I support Luton Town Football Club.

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Anthony Stratford
Trustee

I’m Anthony Stratford – Dad to Charlotte who has Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

It has taken many years to get a clear diagnosis for Charlotte, during which time she has struggled to join in with activities that other kids take for granted – simple things such as a bouncy castle or a ball pit.

Discovering FUN was huge for us as a family. Charlotte is able to join in with other kids, and experience things that would otherwise be very stressful for her, in a fantastic environment where she can simply be herself.

Professionally I am a security supervisor of many years and have also been involved in the fire service.