Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of experts in their field who volunteer their time to oversee the organization’s activities. Many of them provide unique services, including business and financial expertise and organisational development consulting services. The Board meets a minimum of 4 times per year. Its responsibilities include setting the Foundation’s strategic vision, assisting in selecting and monitoring projects, and maintaining a high degree of accountability.
Susan Palmer, Chair of Trustees
Susan is passionate about ensuring Telford &Wrekin CVS continues to support people living in Telford. She has worked as a volunteer for many years. Her roles have included leading Ironbridge Brass Band to the success it is today, chairing the Senior Citizens Forum and she is currently volunteer for Ironbridge Museums.
Susan is keen for Telford and Wrekin CVS to continue to be fit for purpose, not afraid of change and remains committed to ensuring both staff and volunteers are happy and healthy in the workplace.
Verley Brissett, Vice Chair
Verley has worked on behalf of the community for many years and has a background in teaching working across Shropshire in youth services. He is a magistrate and is currently the Chair of Telford West Indian Association.
Verley is passionate about race equality and supports people to continue living in the UK who are at risk of deportation. In recognition of his work he has attended The Queen's Garden Party. Varley also was on prime TV on the Paul OGrady Show with the Caribbean Sunshine Steel Band.
Michael Frater, Board Member
Michael hold a BA Hons (Urban and Regional Planning) and a MSoc Sci (Management in British Local Government / NHS). Followed by a thirty-year career in six local authorities, as CE at the last four over fifteen years. Since retirement three 'troubleshooting' Interim CE roles in councils deemed 'Failing' by regulators and government. Now fully retired.
Michael believes that the third sector does many things that government agencies can't do especially in supporting communities, families and individuals with a range of needs by providing quality support to those that need it. In providing care the sector must not neglect or relinquish its advocacy and campaigning role for issues and needs and building social capital. Achieving a First-Class Honours in his first degree. As CE of Telford and Wrekin Council being the first Council in the West Midlands assessed as 'Excellent' by the Audit Commission. Awarded CBE in 2004 for work in 2002/03 as Interim CE at request of the Government in turning round a seriously underperforming and dysfunctional major midlands Council.
Cllr Rae Evans, Board Member
Rae has experience of working in charities and not-for-profit sectors and has been Chairman and Director of a number of organisations, a Clerk to a parish council in Surrey, elected member for Madeley Town Council, and borough Councillor for Woodside ward.
Rae spent many years as an assessor of quality standards, including MATRIX, EFQM and Investors in People. Rae worked as a trainer and lecturer with Shrewsbury College, Birmingham City Council, The Industrial Society, Capita and Investors in People International. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and is a qualified Business Counsellor and member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Rod Roman, Board Member
Rod qualified as a chartered accountant in London with Arthur Andersen and then worked with BP in London and the US. While at BP Rod qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He joined EY, the global professional services firm, as a partner in 1996. Having had many responsibilities in the Tax division of EY, his final roles before retirement were as the global leader of EY’s banking and capital markets tax business and the EMEIA leader of the Tax Technology and Transformation business.
An only child who lost both his parents while growing up, he had the benefit of support from local voluntary organisations. He believes that volunteering and giving benefits not only the recipient but also the giver. Rod and his wife have provided respite foster care for the local authority since 2007.
Julie Francis, Board Member
Julie's working life was mostly spent with BT initially working in a number of varying roles including customer service, finance and HR. The latter half of her career was spent in IT as a Solutions Designer and Project Manager delivering major infrastructure projects and new software developments. Now retired, she is using some of her skills to good effect in the voluntary sector, which she feels has never had a more important role to play in society.
Julie strongly believes that it is through community engagement that needs are identified and the voluntary sector is often best placed to deliver these.
In addition to her role with Telford & Wrekin CVS she is also Chair of Governors at a local primary school and a Trustee of the Senior Citizen's Forum.
Kit Robert, Board Member
Kit was born in the Potteries and moved to Priorslee, Telford in 2000 with her husband, John. A qualified teacher, Kit has considerable experience in the adult public and voluntary sector, including working as a joint commissioner in Telford and Wrekin, with a specialist focus on learning disabilities. Kit has two grown up children, one grand-daughter and another grand-child due very soon.