Knowsley Disability Concern is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising people with a variety of knowledge, skills and experience, many of whom have first-hand experience of life with a disability
Margaret Thorne (Chair)
Margaret has worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector in Knowsley for 40 years and has vast experience of Charitable Committees; she has recently retired from a Senior Management post with the Citizens Advice Bureau Service. Margaret was appointed as a Magistrate in 1983, currently with Liverpool and Knowsley Bench.
With a background in teaching and social work Matthew has held several senior management posts in both Health and Social Service Departments. In 1992 he founded Alternative Futures, a large Knowsley based charity which provides services for people with learning disabilities and enduring mental health needs. Matthew served as the Chief Executive of Alternative Futures for sixteen years before retiring in 2007. Latterly he has assisted several charities and remains convinced of the importance of the contribution made by the ‘not for profit’ sector in the delivery of services.
Dr Steve Harding (Vice Chair)
Steve has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and has been employed in a variety of roles including, advising on funding, workforce development, and delivering training around procurement and tendering requirements for third sector management teams and trustees. Since 2005, Steve has been employed as a senior manager, heading up and developing regional operations for a national charity working with lone parent families across England and Wales. Appointed to the Board in 2008, Steve is also a member of the Charity’s Personnel Committee.
Richard became a Trustee in 2003. Richard has a learning disability and represents the views and opinions of his community in his work as a Trustee, as well as in his membership of his local housing forum. He works as a volunteer in his local supermarket and any spare time is taken up with a variety of sporting activities including swimming and golf.
Dr Olukeum Adeyemi
Kemi, as she is better known is a doctor of medicine and specialises in public health medicine. She was born in Nigeria and came to the UK in 2002 and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2007. Kemi has a neurological condition, neuromyelitis optica, and as a result of which, she has physical and sight impairments. As a wheelchair user, she is able to identify with the challenges faced by people with physical disabilities and ensures that KDC’s services are developed with their needs in mind. In her spare time, Kemi is actively involved in her local gospel church and has enjoyed some fame as a singer in her native land.
Alma has been involved in many user-led organisations and sat on a number of Liverpool City Council groups such as the Independent Living Centre which supplies equipment and wheelchairs for disabled people, and the ‘Making it Happen’ group for physical and sensory impairments and older people, also the Corporate Access Forum. She has been a part of the disabled access group for Merseyside Museums, St Georges Hall and the Echo Arena to name but a few. Alma says “I look forward to putting my work and lived experience to good use in support of KDC as a member of the Board of Trustees”