Having experience in the insurance, print and design and business development industries, Debbie then decided to set up Field Training Services, a first aid and health and safety training and consultancy business following an accident where she was left with a paralysed arm at the age of 26 which brought with it a sense of being incomplete and an abundance of pain which she still lives with to date but manages.
She set up her company because she is here today due to receiving first aid treatment and felt passionate about others realising how important it is.
Through treatment Debbie has received, this has educated her in understanding how distraction therapy help hugely with pain management and this is why everyone who knows Debbie will see her constantly being kept busy. Whether this is right or wrong Debbie has always referred to her disability as a restricted ability and this she says has helped her in progressing in life as she has always found alternative ways of managing things.
Although everybody’s ability to do things is different, one of Debbie’s biggest challenge in life came along 2.5 years ago, her daughter Megan. The worry was there as to how she would cope with looking after a baby. There wasn’t the consideration made for how Debbie would cope as a disabled Mum, so Debbie pro-actively contacted Occupational Health professionals and sought information and guidance that helped somewhat but not a lot was available as a disabled parent. With Debbie’s sheer tenacity (her Mum said she has always been the same), she has managed to cope and adapt.
Through living her last 19 years with a restricted ability, Debbie has a huge passion for understanding and helping others achieve what they can with the abilities they have, the resources, frustrations and pain and her abundance of energy and encouragement for others and the delight she see’s in others achieving their goals is a reason we have invited and Debbie has accepted, to be Chairman of The Anthony Knights Foundation Trust.
Role of Chairman
- The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees with the aim of enabling the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.
- The Chair will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
- The Chair’s role is also to work in partnership with the Financial Director and Financial Planner and board of Trustees and support them to achieve their aims of the organisation.
- In addition to the general responsibilities of a Trustee, the Chair has a number of tasks specific to their role.
Main Responsibilities of the Chair
- Providing leadership for the board of trustees in their role of setting the strategy and policy of the organisation
planning the annual cycle of board meetings and set the agendas, liaising with the secretary with preparation of meetings.
- Chairing and facilitating the board meetings.
- Giving directions to board policy making.
- Monitoring that decisions taken at board meetings are implemented.
- Representing the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
- Acting as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate.
- Keeping an overview of the organisation’s affairs and to provide support as appropriate.
- Acting as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures if required.
Qualities of a Chair
- Commitment to the organisation.
- Leadership ability.
- Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement.
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Chair and trustee.
- Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation.
- Good, independent judgement.
- Good communication skills.
- Tact and diplomacy.
- Willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others.
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee.
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