The Board of Trustees comprises of a mixed skill set chosen to best meet the aims and aspirations of ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN.
Margaret JealActing Chair
Margaret has over 35 years experience of working with children, their families and carers in the health sector, as a Registered Sick Children’s nurse. Finally becoming a modern matron for paediatrics in a large district hospital. She has been a member of the board since ????, stepping from her role as Vice Chair to Acting Chair when the need arose; a role she has taken forward with unstinting commitment and enthusiasm.
Held senior administrative posts before having her family and subsequently worked as a school secretary in several junior and infants schools for twenty years. She has a longstanding family connection with Action for Sick Children. Since retirement she has been a volunteer in the Action for Sick Children office. An active member of her local U3A she spends any free time walking, travelling and visiting her family in this country and abroad.
Susan has over 29 years experience of working with children, young people, families and professionals in Healthcare, Education, Social Services and the Voluntary Sector. She has been Head of Therapeutic & Specialised Play Services and Manager since 1991. Susan is passionate about leading Play Services and organising events and entertainment to help create positive experiences and healing environments. She likes going to the theatre, fitness classes, music and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. Above all else as a parent of a young child, Susan is wholly committed to having child centred high quality care for families.
Debbie lives in Lower Stretton in cheshire with her husband, 2 children, 1 dog, 1 cat and several fish!!! She enjoys gardening, keeping fit and reading and is a member of “virtual” book clue which she finds opens the mind to diverse topics and styles of literature.
She has worked in various sectors including banking, marketing and training but the majority of her working life has been in the IT industry, with Fujitsu.
Currently Debbie is the global service lead, responsible for all aspects of project and service delivery to a global FMCG customer. This involves financial and commercial management, stakeholder /customer relationship management and leading a large virtual team across different geographies and cultures. Previous roles have included operations management, leading large multi-disciplinary teams and business transformation roles.
Debbie is a mentor to graduates and developing service delivery managers and has also mentored young leaders in the not for profit sector and is very passionate about “paying it back”, having been lucky enough to have some great mentors herself.
Debbie is passionate about young people and helping them to be the best they can be. Working with Action for Sick Children she can provide strategic, governance and general business support, enabling the charity to meet its aims and objectives and improve the lives of sick children.
Helen is a lawyer at Hempsons Solicitors. She practises in the healthcare advisory team and specialises in the Mental Health and the Mental Capacity Act. Previously, Helen worked in the legal team at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has continued her specialty in child law, regularly advising healthcare providers and organisations in relation to issues such as child protection and consent to treatment.
Carole Myer Hon FRCPCH BA Hons
Carole’s interest in improving NHS Maternity Services grew after the birth of her children. It progressed as they grew older, to one centred on NHS provision for sick children as they experienced a number of hospital admissions.
She became a member of London CHC, shortly after they were set up, representing the views of women and children. She then became a member of NAWCH and then Chairman of the Cambridge branch. Carole has been Action for Sick Children’s national Chairman from 1994 until 1998. She chaired the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Patient’s Group from 2000- 2005.
Over the years she has been a spokesman for the health and welfare needs of children and young people on a number of committees. She currently sits as a lay member on the East Anglia Faculty Board of the RCGP and The Society of Radiographers and attends her local PCT’s Patient Focus Group.
Carole also works as a volunteer General Adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau and finds her work very interesting, rewarding and satisfying. She enjoys learning something new at every session and being able to help people find ways to tackle their problems. In her spare time Carole enjoys travelling, going to the theatre, music, books, tennis and badminton.
Susan began her career in corporate operational management over twenty five years ago and offers a welter of interpersonal organisational skills and experience to client organisations looking to grow and develop. Susan’s, experiences extends from directing several local satellite business customer focused operations to multi-disciplinary cross country integration and transformation organisational projects.
Since starting her own business Susan has been assisting senior leaders and business owners on performance outcomes with a variety of wellbeing and resilience strategies and tools. Susan’s exploration, experiment and expansion identifies the strengths and capability of individuals and teams through effective mentoring, coaching and group leadership training.
Susan is married to Steve and lives in Macclesfield with their two children, Annabel aged 12yrs and Alexander aged 9yrs. Actively involved with children based mentoring initiatives that aim to inspire and cultivate resilience. Enjoys travelling to new places along with a good nature walk.
Peter JealCompany Secretary
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Children are our future,
it’s up to us to take care of them