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Changes on the Board of Trustees

Barry Coker, Trustee, hosting our 30th anniversary celebration.

Barry Coker is standing down after eight years as Chair of our Board of Trustees, though he will continue to serve as a Trustee.

Barry joined Choice Support’s Board in 1991, the same year that current Chief Executive Steven Rose was appointed. At the time Choice Support was a small organisation working in the London borough of Southwark. In 2009 Barry took over from the late Charles Spencer as Chair. Steven says: “Barry has spent the last eight years helping steer the organisation through a period that has been extremely challenging for everyone involved in delivering or receiving social care. Prior to that he made an invaluable contribution for seventeen years as Treasurer. Barry has helped bring benefit to the lives of hundreds of disabled people.”

Current Vice-Chair of the Board, Paul McGee, has been elected as Chair.

Lynda Frampton, Vice-Chair says: "All the Trustees would like to acknowledge and thank Barry for his efforts as Chair over the last eight years. As colleagues on the Board of Trustees we see at first-hand how much time, thought, commitment and energy goes into this demanding role, and he has given his support and expertise unstintingly. We also appreciate that he wishes to continue on the Board working with us on behalf of those we support and for the future success of Choice Support."

An accountant by profession, Barry was the former Finance and Resources Adviser to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. He also previously served as a Group Finance Director for a large Housing Association and as a Local Authority Chief Officer.

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