Members of our Board of Trustees have extensive experience
of working within the health and social care sector and
consequently play a key role in the shaping of In
Here you can meet a few of them as they explain why they support
In Control and act as a trustee.
'I see In Control as torchbearers in knowing that to stay ahead
of the self-directed support curve, they have to anticipate trends
and respond ahead of time with leadership, ideas and
thought. But sometimes the future arrives seemingly out of the
blue and threatens to turn your world upside-down unless you seize
the opportunity to transform.
So I see myself, along with the other trustees, as stewards of
In Control. We will make small purposeful movement to the
challenges of living well, for better lives. We will improve
the society we live in and the way we work, the way we communicate,
learn and understand as people. This is the reason I support
In Control and leads to four fundamental principles that I hold
dear: someone to love, somewhere to live, something to do, and
something to hope for.
1: In Control focused action is: to develop, test, motivate and
support new practice and cultural change for self-directed support
- and to make self-directed support happen in communities and in
2: Critical reflection: based on how it's really working for
people who need support.
3: Learning together: helping to build communities and networks
for shared learning and partnership, by working across agencies
with local and central government, within communities and other
organisations, and directly with families.
The future is in our hands and In Control is the best place to
start preparing the sector for tomorrow's needs. That why I support
'I have been a supporter of In Control since its establishment.
The aims, ethos, values and standards of the Charity have had a
significant positive effect upon the development of Social and
Health Care services within this country. Many thousands of people
are now controlling their own care and support, thanks, in no small
part, to the tireless work of the Charity. It is for these reasons
that I am proud and honoured to act as a Trustee of the
'I have supported In Control for many years because its core
value is that those of us with support needs are the experts in how
our needs should be met and we should be the ones in control.
What I bring to the party is years of involvement and campaigning
in the independent living movement for us to be able to determine
our own lives and arrange meeting our own needs through direct
payments. I'm a trustee to help the board keep the faith with
principles of determination. My working life has mostly been
in voluntary organisations so I also bring experience that can
contribute to the running of In Control.'
'I joined In Control because I'm passionate about people with
disabilities having control over their lives and the difference
that can and does make. I also knew many of those already involved
as staff and trustees and saw a group who were committed to making
it happen. They were people of integrity and with the skills
to influence and drive change.'
'Working first hand with individuals and their families, often
in circumstances where they are experiencing significant
difficulties and obstacles to leading fully inclusive lives,
continues to drive my belief that there remains much to do in order
to ensure people gain support in ways that are meaningful to
'In Control is at the heart of the development of
personalisation and its authentic delivery for children, adults and
carers. This is important to me and I am pleased to play a small
part in its important work.'
Meet more of our trustees next time!