Trustees & Staff

Trustees

For Us Too’s trustees are volunteers. The board of trustees sets the direction of the charity’s work, writes strategies and keeps a track of progress, performance and finances. It is important to us that the majority of our trustees are, and always will be, parents or carers of disabled children / young people. We can have up to 12 trustees, and any member of For Us Too can apply.  If you are interested in volunteering as a trustee, please contact Anna, our manager, who will put you in touch with a member of the board.

Our Chair: Andrea Bennett

Andrea has worked in the civil service, local government & the charity sector and is currently a writer. She has a grown-up son who has CHARGE Syndrome, resulting in visual impairment, hearing impairment, severe learning difficulties and ASD. She knows life with a disabled child can be full of difficulties as well as joys and that it can be very hard to find the help you need.

Our Vice Chair: Nigel Wootton

Nigel Wootton, who lives in Herne Bay, joined the charity as a non-parent trustee in January 2011 following his retirement from government service. His many years of experience working in public services often come in very helpful when assisting For Us Too. Nigel is also a governor at St Nicholas School, Canterbury.

Our Treasurer: Chris Page

Chris lives near Faversham and is a retired solicitor. He is committed to  helping children and young people with disabilities, and understands the problems small charities can face. He has a good eye for detail!

Karan Murphy

Karan has a son who was born with cerebral palsy. She lives with her family in Herne Bay.

Justine Gates

Justine lives in Faversham and has been involved with For Us Too since the start – back in 2010. She is Mum to two young people, one of whom has Downs Syndrome, the other who has Aspergers. Justine is passionate about helping families and cutting through red tape.

Jen Austin

Jen lives in Ashford and has two sons with learning / behavioural disabilities. Jen knows it is sometimes a struggle to get professionals to listen to parents and understand, and she wants to help more families get their voices heard.

Gerrie Serpell

Gerrie lives in Herne Bay and has a young son with Down’s Syndrome as well as two other children. Gerrie is keen to use her own experiences to help others.

Michael James

Michael lives in Ramsgate, has worked in the charity sector for more years than he cares to remember and is step-father to a young man with CHARGE Syndrome. Michael has significant fund-raising experience and is helping For Us Too identify future funding opportunities.

Our staff

Operations Manager: Anna Syplywczak

Anna joined For Us Too in January 2018. She has many years’ experience of working in the charity sector and with people with disabilities.

Family Support Officer Swale: Lauren Bower

Family Support Officer Thanet: Anna Nicholls

Play Leaders: Vacant

 

About us

For Us Too is a charitable company, limited by guarantee. The charity is governed a Board of trustees (or directors) who are all volunteers, and employs a number of members of staff.

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