Q: Have you ever been a Trustee for any other charity or similar? How many years have you been serving on the Board for BBS?
A: I became a trustee in 2010. I am on a number of committees relating to hockey from Carlisle Hockey Club, Cumbria Hockey Association and Finance Director for Yorkshire & North East Hockey. As well as acting as the accountant for a number of charities I am also treasurer for the local church and the Cumberland and Westmorland Branch of the Royal British Legion.
Q: Was there a moment when you decided that you wanted to support the work of the Brittle Bone Society or perhaps you were co-opted?
A: The role of treasurer was advertised in the BBS magazine asking for a Chartered Accountant, and it was shortly after we’d received a lot of information and support from Sheena.
When Elaine rang to ‘interview’ me it was the first parent I ‘d been able to talk to who had experience of the issues we had – I kept her on the phone for over an hour.
Q: What do you enjoy most about serving on the Board?
A: Its very satisfying being at the fore front of ideas and seeing them develop.
Q: What is the biggest challenge in your role?
A: Making accounts exciting
Q: How important do you see the role of the Brittle Bone Society in helping to raise awareness around OI? And including participation around research or anything else you feel pertinent.
A: I see it as one of the main objectives of the BBS, after member support.
Q: How would you like to see provisions for healthcare change in the future for people with rare bone conditions and specifically for OI?
A: The development of new treatments.
Q: Is there anything coming out of the Covid Pandemic that you feel will be learned positively to improve the quality of life for people with OI and their families?
A: The ability to work from home and having medical appointments over zoom.
Q: Do you have any unusual hobbies or interests that you would like to tell us about?
A: I have collected “Oor Wullie” and “The Broons” annuals since childhood and often take a detour to see the DC Thomson statues around Dundee on the way to BBS office.
I play the saxophone and am a member of mensa.
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