Welcome to the board
(22 January 2021 12:00 am)
We are happy to confirm that all nominated Trustees were elected successfully to the Board.
We have talked a great deal over the last few years about ensuring that WVS better reflects those we serve. We consider diversity to be fundamental to good governance and innovative and effective service provision. This year, we welcome three new VIP members to the Board, Melanie Pritchard, Martyn Parker and Stacey Fennell. Additionally, Amer Herian has been co-opted to the Board pending election next year.
Melanie Pritchard, many of you will know, worked for WVS some years ago, as our first IT Trainer, and is now a regular IT volunteer at Leamington and Rugby support centres with her guide dog Vector. Melanie is a former Braille tutor.
Martyn Parker worked for Warwickshire County Council for 30 years, mainly in finance. Martyn first had contact with WVS in 1987 when he received mobility training – he later ran the London marathon for us in 1990. Martyn is a guide dog user and is active in the charity sector, fundraising for PHAB, Guide Dogs and the Air Ambulance.
Stacey Fennell is currently studying for her law degree having worked in HR for some years. Despite being a student and a busy mother with a young family, she still finds time to put something back into her community. Stacey was registered sight impaired at an early age.
Amer Herian was co-opted to the Board just after the recent election. He has enjoyed a long career in IT and has been responsible for delivering IT solutions to disabled workers. Until 2019, Amer was a board member of the Transformational Council for the Royal National College for the Blind. He also volunteers for his local Citizens Advice office.