Our Trustees

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Doreen

Doreen Ellis

Chairperson

I joined PCAS as a Trustee in 2016 following my retirement from my role as a School Administrator in March of that year. At that time I had little knowledge of advocacy. It’s been an informative and interesting few years finding out what the charity is about and how it works. I became Chair in October 2018.

I’ve been involved in several areas within PCAS including updating of policies, interviewing for new advocates and the recent GDPR process. I’m looking forward to organizing more fund-raising events for our 25th anniversary this year, following a successful 60's & 70's Retro Night!

A recent family holiday to the Ukraine was amazing, although I couldn’t find out any more information about my dad and his family, which had been my intention. We travelled over 700 miles around the west of the country by mini bus. We saw some wonderful places even though the potholes on some roads made it a white-knuckle ride at times!

My husband Patrick and I visited Puglia in Southern Italy last year. Another enjoyable trip (as you can see from the photograph!!) but I was not keen on trying the calamari or the horse sausages! My next trips are closer to home, being North Wales and Bournemouth.

I’m increasingly aware of how dedicated all members of staff are here at PCAS. They all work tirelessly on behalf of their clients. It’s a privilege to be part of such a committed and caring team.

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Clare Harris

Vice-Chair

A big part of my life has been spent working with, and supporting, people with physical or learning disabilities. My late husband Paul was the first chair of PCAS in 2004 . Before that he ran the former learning disability centre at Loppington House in Shropshire.
I’ve been a trustee of PCAS for several years, including a spell as Chairperson, and currently fulfil the role of Vice-chair. I also occupy the role of Treasurer for another local charity: the Rotary club of Wem and district.

At PCAS I use my experience with charities and various forms of disability to help keep us on track with our mission. For me, we should continue to be the enabler of personal choice, to allow anyone, regardless of ability or disability, to make their own decisions about their life or at least play an informed contribution to those decisions.

I’m leading on the development plans for PCAS in our 25th anniversary year. This is an exciting and impressive milestone for any charity, but especially for one that is independent and solely funded by donations and grants. As demand continues to increase for our services, we must find new ways to be effective and efficient, and be creative in our sourcing of new funds. This year we hope to attract new funding to help reduce waiting times and increase our advocate resources right across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Peter

Peter Quinn

Treasurer

I’m a former Mental Health Nurse and Mental Health Services Manager with over 21 years’ service in the NHS, before I had to retire with chronic health and disability problems.

I’ve served on a NHS Ethics Committee and as a Community Health Council Member. I’ve also volunteered as a trustee with Bromley Mind and other mental health charities.

I’ve been a trustee and the Treasurer of PCAS since 2014 and am also responsible for staff supervision. I bring extensive experience of mental health issues and have insight into what it’s like to live with a disability.

My main priority as a trustee is to oversee financial matters and funding, ensuring our funds are used to good effect and managed in an appropriate manner. In addition, I support the management and staff to ensure our service remains robust.

Russ

Russ Jones

Trustee

Being a volunteer trustee for PCAS makes me very proud. When I needed help, coping with my own life-long illness and disability, an advocate of PCAS rescued me. Now years later, as a trustee, I try to give a little back. I believe I add value by offering a client’s view of the world, and helping ensure PCAS continue to provide this vital service to the local disabled community.

Thanks in part to PCAS, I enjoy a safe and independent life. I’m a member of the Ellesmere Choral Society and also Mere Melodies choir, and can often be heard singing my favourite country music tunes in karaoke at the Wheatsheaf in Frankwell on a Thursday night.
I play many musical instruments, enjoy a good joke and, I like to think, bring a smile and a positive outlook to the Trustee meetings at PCAS.
If you’d like to read more about my own PCAS experience, you’ll find it here

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Judith Webster

Trustee

Hi, I’m Judith. Having retired from all sorts of varied work, including being a counsellor and managing a support team for the homeless, I now spend much of my time volunteering in Shrewsbury and the local area. Before becoming a trustee at PCAS I was one of their advocates, supporting disabled people across Shropshire & Telford. I was often shocked at the despair suffered by many living with disability in our community, and was proud to be one of the PCAS team doing our bit to help folk in their hour of need.

As well as my role at PCAS, I still spend some time working with CRANE Quality Counselling. I volunteer at Shrewsbury Foodbank as well as the beautiful National Trust park at Attingham. I’m a budding author too, with one published novel so far, ‘the Cat and the Lizard’.

As a trustee at PCAS, I try to bring an advocate’s perspective to proceedings. The advocates are dedicated and amazing people, and it’s important that they are supported and cared for in their role; so they can do the best they can for their clients. I empathise with the challenging role of an advocate and hope I can help, even if only in a small way, to make their job a little easier. I try to use my passion for writing to good use too, communicating with potential funders or with the media.

I love working with PCAS because they are focussed on local people. I’ve seen first-hand the hugely positive impact they have on people’s lives. They help our most vulnerable and isolated in our community, and long may it continue.

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Simon Harris

Trustee

PCAS has been a big part of my life. As a child, my father was the first chair of PCAS in 2004 and in recent years my mum has been a trustee. As I got into work and built my own IT and graphic design business, I was able to support PCAS with computing services.
Earlier this year I was pleased and excited to join the board of trustees of PCAS. I hope my connections in the local area and my experience of working with the disabled community across Shropshire will all be of value. I’m currently helping update the computing systems so that our advocates can spend even more of their precious time helping our clients.

I’m particularly keen to see PCAS gaining greater support from local businesses and funders, so that our work in the community can continue, and where appropriate, expand. The impact the charity has on individual lives can be substantial, as highlighted on the case studies page.

I want to ensure PCAS is here to help even more people, for many more years to come.

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