Structure of Accuro
An Executive Committee governs Accuro, comprising not less than five and no more than 18 persons, who are elected at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. At each AGM, all members of the Executive Committee must retire but all are eligible for re-election.
The Executive Committee has established two sub-committees to facilitate the governance of the organisation. These are:
- Finance Committee
- Health & Safety Committee (includes staff representatives)
The Executive Committee delegates responsibility for day-to-day management of the organisation to a Chief Executive. The current CEO is Lorraine Baker.
These are the members of the Executive Committee and the post that they hold.
David has a son, Freddie, who is 17 and has Down’s Syndrome. He has previously been on the Board of Down Syndrome Educational Trust in Portsmouth and Grove Cottage (Bishop’s Stortford Mencap), where he was Chair of both for a couple of years. Until January 2016 he was the CEO at Grove Cottage and hopes to be able to use the experience he has gained as a Trustee and CEO of special needs’ charities over the last 15 years to good effect at Accuro going forward. David will complete a Certificate in Higher Education in Charity & Social Enterprise Management from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge during the summer. He joined the Trustee Board at Accuro in May 2016.
Joanna is an ex-IT Technical Author and System Tester who also has RHS medals for Show Garden Design. She was Chairman of both the Parish Council and the Community Centre Committee in Great Chesterford for several years and founder/organiser/chief cake baker of the Chesterfords Community Café which ran for 5 1/2 years. Joanna spent two years as a ‘Welcome Home from Hospital’ volunteer for Addenbrooke’s. She keeps a number of animals, including: llamas, pet pigs, ducks and geese.
Karen has worked in various industries from hospitality and finance, through to jam production. Throughout her career she gained experience in the running of very small companies through to the workings of a multinational company. She has an autistic daughter who uses, and thoroughly enjoys, the services of Accuro. Karen has volunteered throughout her life within scouting & guiding, via her children’s schools, within local village committees and as a Gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Gareth is the Commercial Finance Manager for one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing IT distributors. A good generalist, he has worked with all areas of the business in the last 15 years and has recently launched a new group company. He is a keen fundraiser who in August 2014 became a father for the first time. As a child, Gareth spent a lot of time with adults with disabilities at the David Livingstone centre where members of his family worked. He has previously volunteered at Grove Cottage; a charity that provides social and educational activities for people of all ages with learning disability.
David is an ex-banker and brings a wealth of financial experience to the team. He is a visitor for the Elizabeth Finn Charity and for ITCH. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys golf, swimming and going to the gym. He has a particular interest in tennis and currently holds the position of club treasurer.
Simran has had professional careers in both accountancy and HR, and has qualified as both a qualified chartered accountant and as a chartered member of the professional HR body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has spent her time working within the professional services sector in London and Manchester, with her last role as Head of HR for a law firm.
Born and raised in Harlow, she has spent the past 15 years in Cheshire, returning to North Essex in 2014. In the 1990’s her mother was a volunteer carer for Harlow Shared Care for a number of years. Since moving back to Essex, Simran has been focused on settling her 2 daughters into their new schools and into their new community, renovating their Victorian home and welcoming Monty their beautiful golden retriever puppy into their family in April 2015.
Diana has worked in a variety of roles across the Private, Charity and Public Sector such as Bank Clerk, Careers Officer, Business Studies Lecturer, PR Officer, Marketing Manager, Deputy Programme Manager, Family Information Service Manager and her last job was Head of Information and Communications in a Local Authority Children and Young People’s Service. She gained over ten year’s experience of communications, managed the setting up of an online information directory for families from scratch, managed communications in a new recruitment agency and for new Children Centres, business planning, risk assessment, human resources, customer consultation, change management and worked across three local authorities helping young adults with special needs into work. Diana currently volunteers as an Adviser and Assessor at the Citizens Advice Bureau in a London Borough and locally as a Volunteer Distributor Coordinator at Foodbank. Diana enjoys the gym, walking, the arts and watching sport.
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