Our trustees are a group of volunteers, the majority of which are parent carers themselves, responsible for the behind-the-scenes operation of Unique Ways. Ensuring that we comply with our governing documents and charity laws, maintaining financial control, setting and maintaining our vision, mission and values – a lot of the things that keep us going!
How do you become a trustee?
Our trustees are all volunteers who attend meetings every two months. A minimum of three-quarters of the board must be parent carers, but we do have space for others too.
To find out more about becoming a trustee, you can contact our Chief Executive Officer, Shona Walsh on 01422 343090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
David Fielden – Co-Chair of Trustees
I was a founding member of Unique Ways, back when it was known as the Calderdale Parent and Carers Council, and have continued to support the organisation as a trustee ever since, most recently taking on the role of the chair of trustees. I’ve seen the organisation go through many ups and downs, but am truly proud of what we have achieved over the years.
I have three sons, and my youngest, Glynn, has Downs syndrome. I know first-hand how being a parent carer can be both rewarding and challenging, and I feel passionately about supporting other parent carers through their journeys.
I enjoy travelling, especially on cruises, and have been to some amazing places – including the Amazon and Greenland.
Oliver Wilby – Co-Chair of Trustees
I am a senior Project Manager at Lloyds Banking Group, for which project management is the discipline I have worked in for approximately 10 years. I joined the board of trustees for Unique Ways in 2016 as I saw an opportunity use my industry skills and make a difference within the community. Since joining the board, I have recently taken up the position of co-chair of the trustee board (2018), and my key objectives in taking up this position are to ensure we can move the charity from a grant reliant position, to a self-sustainable, self-funding organization, as well as ensuring the services provided to the community and our membership meet the highest standards of excellence.
My role as a trustee has evolved during this time, and as well as working closely with the CEO and other trustees to ensure the organisation is governed appropriately we are also putting structures in place to ensure operating effectively, and that we increase the profile and reach of Unique Ways across the wider community. I have a real passion for supporting charities and community initiatives, and am really proud to be part of the Unique Ways board based on the impact we have on families who need additional support.
Outside of work, I enjoy sporting pursuits such as playing rugby and cycling and also enjoy socializing with family and friends. I’m always trying to do something new, and am presently learning to play the piano and the ukulele, with varying levels of success.
Nick Wigmore – Trustee
I am the father of two and husband of one. I have been a board member of Unique Ways, previously the Calderdale Parents & Carers, for over ten years.
In my working life I have been a trade union secretary and National Executive member since 2010, representing teachers both individually and collectively as a negotiator and caseworker.
Jo Core – Trustee
I currently work for Lloyds Banking Group as a Project Manager, and it was a colleague there who first introduced me to Unique Ways a couple of years ago.
I went along to an initial meeting with the CEO at that time, and was blown away with the work that the charity do, and the support that they give to families. From that moment on, I wanted to help Unique Ways as much as I can.
As a Project Manager, I want to share my skills as much as possible, so I can help with any new initiatives that want to be introduced, plan and manage events and generally just get stuck in wherever I can.
I live in Halifax with my husband and I have 3 step-children (all grown up and left home), 2 grandchildren and 2 indoor cats.
Outside work I enjoy walking, running and going to the gym. My next challenge is a 10 mile Tough Mudder (eek!)
I like to keep busy and to continually have new challenges to look forward to, so this year I’m going to learn how to ride a motorbike and hopefully pass my test (double eek!) and I’m embarking on a photography course.
Vikki Darby – Trustee
I joined the board of trustee for Unique Ways after using their services as a parent and being so impressed with the invaluable support and information they provided me with, both emotionally and practically, signposting me to courses, people, and services I needed.
Fundraising is my passion at present for the charity, as without funding, a lot of the services provided by Unique Ways wouldn’t be available, as well as the fact that along the journey of fundraising we are spreading the word to other parent/carers who may be struggling and have not yet heard about Unique Ways!
I have lived in Halifax for the majority of my life, and have 3 beautiful daughters with my husband Gareth, who I also like to encourage to help out where possible with fundraising, by signing him up to runs etc. I work at Lloyds Banking Group, who are an amazingly supportive company to me and keen to help with our fundraising efforts which is just fantastic.
In my spare time I enjoy day trips and holidays with the family. It has been said that I’m a bit of a social butterfly as I also enjoy spending time with friends – although obviously I don’t feel that I do this enough!
Liz Wilson – Trustee
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