Rachel Totton - Chair of Trustees
I've been involved with OCAY since 2007, first as a volunteer advocate and then as a Trustee. My background is in education, when I retired I thought it would be interesting to volunteer with people who, like me, are experiencing ageing. Its great to be involved with such a passionate, committed and talented team of volunteers and staff. In education, I had experience of management and governance and its good to be able to bring some of my skills to such a worthwhile charity.
Sylvia Doughty - Secretary
I joined OCAY as a trustee and advocate when it was first constituted in 2001. I have always been passionate about the way older people are treated in our society. Often they are portrayed as a burden but they make a valuable contribution to our world and should be treated with dignity and respect. I have cared for older people in hospital and nursing homes. For the past 25 years I have been Age UK helping older people with a variety of problems and providing a listening ear.
Seeing my father, neighbours and friends, ageing, isolated from family support, made me more aware of their needs, and more involved in befriending elderly people locally. I have considerable experience of managing organisations as a senior leader in education. I worked with a diverse range of people, seeking to gain the best possible outcomes. I believe that this can be of value to OCAY. I have recently gained fund raising experience from opening my garden to the public for the National Gardens Scheme charity.
After being introduced to OCAY by a friend, I was delighted to offer my services as a Trustee. From the onset I was very impressed by the work they were doing and have enjoyed being involved with a dedicated team of Trustees, Staff and Volunteer Advocates who are the backbone of OCAY. As a retired Civil Engineer with over 40 years of experience in business I feel that I can offer my experience and knowledge to help secure a strong foundation for the future of OCAY.
Sharon is a Barrister. Her experience both personal and professional has led her to meeting many people who experience difficulties with comprehension and expressing themselves or who sometimes lack confidence to do so. In particular she was very conscious of how many older people can have difficulty making their voices heard and how vulnerable they can be. Having researched local advocacy charities she decided to join OCAY.
In my professional role I have worked with the NHS and social care organisations delivering care services in hospitals and people's homes. Hearing what the public and patients have to say about their experience of care has given me a particular interest in advocacy. I became a Trustee because OCAY is passionate about giving people confidence to access their rights, articulate their needs and preferences in sometimes overwhelmong situations, and support continued independence.
James Grainger - Treasurer
I am an Associate Trustee and help OCAY in my role as Honorary Treasurer supported by my employer Garbutt and Elliott. In my daily work I get to prepare and audit annual accounts for a number of charity clients. I rarely get the opportunity to perform a hands on management role. Undertaking this role with OCAY has helped me to gain a really good understanding of how a charity operates and what is important to Trustees and employees when managing a charity.
Interested in becoming a Trustee?
We have a strong team of Trustees, many of them long-serving. We have vacancies for new Trustees and are keen to bring on board people with relevant skills, experience and commitment. If you are interested, please read about the role of Trustees below and get in touch at email@example.com.