VRDS Trustees

The VRDS Board of Trustees has members from a broad range of backgrounds. 


 

John Pye, SRN, DN, MSc, JP
Chairperson

Originally trained as a nurse, John completed his Masters Degree at Liverpool University in Health Care Ethics and Law. He rose through the ranks and took on a number of senior roles in the local health authorities before retiring in 2010. John now provides expert clinical advice for legal firms.

Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner
Vice-Chairperson

Alan worked in the private sector before taking early retirement through disability.  He has been a volunteer at VRDS and has previously been a Trustee of the organisation, plus a member of the Community Partners’ committee, but needed to resign through ill health.  Now recovered, he brings with him a wealth of relevant experience.

Margaret Simmons

Monica Simmons
Company Secretary

Monica has worked for many years in administration, finance and fundraising in the charity sector.  In addition she brings considerable experience working closely with carers and people with dementia, providing information and organising carers' support groups. 

Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson
Treasurer

Margaret joined VRDS as a volunteer in its early years, together with her late and much-missed daughter. Bringing to VRDS a great deal of widely-based administrative experience and enthusiasm, Margaret became Treasurer, a role that she has held ever since.

Bev Bailey

Bev Bailey

Currently employed by P3, a national charity who provide support to people facing social exclusion and isolation, Bev was a Disability Support Worker at VRDS and prior to that an Independent Living Development Officer at CCIL. Bev has also worked in Adult and Community Learning as both an IT and Basic Skills Tutor and also held the ACL project Coordinator post for Vale Royal.

Margaret Baker

Margaret Baker

Margaret brings to VRDS a wide range of experience, having fostered 43 babies, operated dressmaking classes as a branch manager for Singer Sewing Machines and run her own wedding dress business, plus voluntary work for Christian Ministries. She is a wheelchair user.

Carol Crank

Carol Crank

Carol brings extensive experience in the development of the local Alzheimer’s Society, especially in the areas of service development and volunteer recruitment.  In addition, she brings experience in Social Services in the public and charity sectors, developing a wide range of services.

Charles Fifield

Charles Fifield
Co-Opted Member

Charles has been the nominated representative from Cheshire West & Chester Council since 2011; he is a Councillor for Weaver and Cuddington ward. He works locally as a Chartered Surveyor, and is married with three children. He helped to establish the Council's Corporate Disability Access Forum in 2013, Chairing it from 2013 to 2015. The idea for CDAF came from discussions with both VRDS and CWAC, together with Charles's own experiences as a disabled person.

Phyllis Searby

Phyllis Searby
Office Manager

 

Michelle Winnington