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I first met Maggie about 18 months ago working on a project to support her new Foundation and attended the launch event in the summer of 2019. I have known the story of the three girls and the grooming gangs from the local and national media, but meeting Maggie and listening to the guest speakers Harriet Wistrich of CWJ, Professor Tanya Byron, Leanne Browne, Abuse survivors  Fiona Broadfoot, Jessica Cunningham and Apna Haq, at that event really hit home with me how much more work is needed to rid our society of this cruel, wicked way that adults feel they can use young people in that way.

When I heard she was looking for a board of Trustees, with IT skills, I put my name forward and joined the board of Trustees.

I’m a seasoned IT professional being in the industry for over 30 years, I own Eternal Marketing our family business – an exciting digital consultancy, so I have seen many, many changes in the way technology works, but also how technology enables others to deliver a service. So, I saw an opportunity to work with The Maggie Oliver Foundation and my fellow Trustees to guide and implement IT services that make delivering the service of support to the survivors easier. Be it a better system to deliver information directly to Survivors or enabling the Ambassadors to help more survivors directly with secure, remote way (we’re all working from home due to Covid) of capturing and delivering information to the Survivors or relevant authorities. I’m also concerned with making sure all of our data is held in the most secure way possible.

So my work, albeit in the background and not directly delivering service to the survivors, its still valued by the Ambassadors, the Board of Trustees and myself.

Personally I have been very benevolent, I have adopted two children and I am active with another charity helping homeless people in Manchester for the last 6 years, along with serving as parent governor at two school and I see serving as a Trustee of the board and important role to develop this trust to achieve its goals.