Rachel Totton - Vice-Chair
Rachel has been involved with OCAY since 2007, first as a volunteer advocate and then as a Trustee. Her background is in education, when she retired she thought it would be interesting to volunteer with people who, like her, are experiencing ageing. Rachel said "Its great to be involved with such a passionate, committed and talented team of volunteers and staff. In education, I had experience of management and governance and its good to be able to bring some of my skills to such a worthwhile charity".
Sylvia Doughty - Secretary
Sylvia joined OCAY as a trustee and advocate when it was first constituted in 2001. Sylvia said "I have always been passionate about the way older people are treated in our society. Often they are portrayed as a burden but they make a valuable contribution to our world and should be treated with dignity and respect." Sylvia has cared for older people in hospital and nursing homes. For the past 25 years she has worked with Age UK, helping older people with a variety of problems and providing a listening ear.
Chelsea is a private client solicitor. She specialises in providing legal advice to vulnerable and elderly people and cares very much about making sure her clients are able to make informed decisions. Chelsea believes that the services which OCAY provides are incredibly important and that people should be supported to make decisions and encouraged to participate actively in decisions which affect them.
After being introduced to OCAY by a friend, Alan was delighted to offer his services as a Trustee. Alan said "From the onset I was very impressed by the work OCAY were doing and have enjoyed being involved with a dedicated team of Trustees, Staff and Volunteer Advocates who are the backbone of OCAY." As a retired Civil Engineer with over 40 years of experience in business, Alan felt that he could offer OCAY his experience and knowledge to help secure a strong foundation for the future of OCAY.
Sharon is a Barrister. Her experience both personal and professional has led her to meeting many people who experience difficulties with comprehension and expressing themselves or who sometimes lack confidence to do so. In particular she was very conscious of how many older people can have difficulty making their voices heard and how vulnerable they can be. Having researched local advocacy charities she decided to join OCAY.
Gillian is a Learning and Development Consultant with 30 years experience of developing leaders and managers in diverse market sectors. Now semi-retired she is looking to use her skills to support organisations who help vulnerable members of society find their voice. Gilliann says "OCAY is a great example of this and I am proud to have joined as a Trustee".
Louise is a linguist and marketing expert, with 15 years experience in helping organisations to grow their brands around the world. She has a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the University of Nottingham and professional qualifications in both marketing and HR. She sits on the company Board of Directors and previously set up and ran a communications agency in Singapore. Louise grew up in York and recently moved back after living in Manchester and abroad.
James Grainger - Treasurer
James is an Associate Trustee and helps OCAY in his role as Honorary Treasurer supported by his employer Garbutt and Elliott. In James' daily work he gets to prepare and audit annual accounts for a number of charity clients. He rarely gets the opportunity to perform a hands on management role. Undertaking this role with OCAY has helped James to gain a really good understanding of how a charity operates and what is important to Trustees and employees when managing a charity.
Susan Hannan - Chair of Trustees
After a long and happy career at in Human Resources in a multi-national company, Susan retired in 2017 and is enjoying an active retirement spending more time with family and friends and pursuing her practical interests. Susan always intended to volunteer on retirement and she is excited to have the opportunity to join OCAY as a Trustee. Susan has a strong concern for the more vulnerable people in our society and wanted to be involved in something local and that she cares about.
Interested in becoming a Trustee?
We have a strong team of Trustees, many of them long-serving. We have vacancies for new Trustees and are keen to bring on board people with relevant skills, experience and commitment. If you are interested, please read about the role of Trustees below and get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.