I was born in and spent my early years in Waterford, Ireland before moving to Manchester. I came to live in Lytham 10 years ago and enjoy living here. In so many ways it reminds me of my childhood living in a coastal town. Mike and I have two children now both in their 30s!
In my early working life I was a Social Worker, working initially in residential settings before specialising in fostering and adoption. Following a break for childcare I returned to full time employment and I have worked in a range of business environments both in the public and private sectors including ‘not for profit’ organisations. In my most recent job role I worked for Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as an Education Manager developing links between Business and Schools/Colleges delivering Work Related Learning programmes (Workplace Learning, Enterprise, Mentoring, and Number Partners) for Government contracts.
Our son has a learning disability – he has Down’s syndrome and has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy. I have therefore an understanding of being a parent of a family member with a learning disability.
The Ormerod Trust only became part of our lives when we moved into the area and were looking for opportunities to provide some independent living opportunities for our son. He has been supported by Ormerod for 8 years in both domiciliary and supported living. His life has been enriched by these experiences beyond what we could have provided for him – despite some challenges along the way.
I am pleased to be accepted as a Trustee and welcome the opportunity to support the Ormerod Trust in the delivery of a valuable service which enables adults with a learning disability live their lives to the full.
My leisure interests are socialising with friends/ family and taking care of our garden. My son is my ‘theatre buddy’ and we enjoy going to musicals and concerts together! I volunteer at Oxfam 1 day a week.