A few years ago, when the charity needed trustees, I was asked if I would consider a position on the board. I was pleased to accept, and while it was a bit of a roller coaster initially (with some real uncertainty around the charity’s future) thankfully over recent times the charity has turned around – with the support of our current CEO, Danny Smith. I am extremely proud to now be the Chair of the Board, and to work with such a varied group of Trustees.
I have 2 grown up sons, 5 grandchildren, and used to live in Hinckley.
I was born in 1943 at Leek, North Staffordshire. After my degree from Bristol University, I qualified as a chartered accountant in 1967 whilst working at a firm of accountants in Birmingham. In 1972 I joined Rolls-Royce in Derby, staying for thirty years until retiring from Group Finance HQ in 2002. I came to Children First Derby in 2006 at the request of the then Chair of Trustees to fill the vacant position of Treasurer.
I am married and we have one child, a son who lives in the Netherlands and works for the European Space Agency. My interests range from reading (mainly history & the Guardian/Observer newspapers), watching football (mainly Burton Albion), playing bowls (Mickleover Royal British Legion), going to concerts, the theatre/cinema, talking with friends over coffee and/or wine (trying to set the world to rights!).
Thanks to good health (fingers crossed) time flies by.
TRUSTEE & DEPUTY CHAIR
I’m Pat Dixon, & I have been a member of the children first team for 37 years.
During this time I have served on the management committee, and have held the positions of chairman and treasurer, and am now the vice chair. I worked for the Derby city council for 28 years, working in various children’s centres with special needs. I was a family support worker for 32 years at children first, a role I thoroughly enjoyed.
In 2015 I was invited to attend the unsung hero awards for the East Midlands, sponsored by the Lloyds bank Foundation and was awarded £1000 for the charity. I was also invited to attend the Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace.
I am a mother of 2 sons and have 4 lovely grandchildren.
TRUSTEE & GENERAL SECRETARY
I am a self-employed accountant and a mother of two young boys. My role at Children First Derby is the Secretary but I also assist our Treasurer David with the financial reports for the monthly board meetings.
I volunteer as a trustee at Women’s Day Derby and a Treasurer at Global Education Derby. I enjoy working with numbers and this is my way of giving back to the community by using my accountancy skills and knowledge.
I enjoy keeping fit, watching movies and cooking. I annually organise a curry night for Women’s Day Derby making a healthy profit to contribute towards the main event in March. I have used my cooking skills at Children First too for a curry night for the volunteers and onion bhaajis for the AGM.
I first became involved with Children First Derby when I joined as a volunteer peer mentor for the charity back in 2014, a role that I am still actively undertaking.
I am passionate about the support that the charity offers to vulnerable children and families across the city and wanted to play a part in helping to drive the charity forward to ensure that it is able to continue to offer these valuable services long into the future. For that reason, I applied to become a trustee of the charity in June 2016.
Outside of the charity, I have a full time job and I am currently studying towards a degree in childhood and youth development.
I initially came across Children First Derby when I volunteered as a youth mentor in 2015. After being impressed by the way the service was co-ordinated, & the value I saw it deliver to the community, I was keen to get more involved.
While I didn’t have any direct experience within the social care system, I felt that the skills I’d acquired from my employment in Business could be helpful with the governance of the Charity as an organisation. As such, I was really pleased to be offered a seat on the board as a Trustee – providing me with the opportunity to help shape CFD’s development, and to meet new & interesting people to learn from.
As a new father with a busy full time job, I am not able to dedicate as much time as I would like to the charity. However I am a keen supporter, & try to help out where I can (I enjoyed running the Ramathan last year and helping out with the odd “Rams” bucket collection).
I have a lovely wife called Lynsey, and a baby boy called Barnaby – who supports Liverpool FC (& enjoys dribbling)!
I became involved with Children First after my wife was invited to a charity lunch. During this first encounter with the charity, she agreed to hold a garden party at our home – which was very successful. Following this with both agreed to become fundraisers, and while we both enjoyed the challenge I wanted to find out more about the aims and the running of the charity. It was then I successfully applied to become a Trustee.
I am married to Sheila and have 4 x sons. I was educated at Derby College of Art and served two years in the RAF as a station clerk. On leaving my wife and I started an antiques business, from which we traded with customers overseas. We ceased trading in the 1980’s following the decline in the market, and decided to open a restaurant (Denby Steakhouse) – having purchased & converted a pub. The business was an immediate success, from which we eventually retired in 2008. I feel these experiences can be of use to my role as a Trustee on the board.
I have had 37 years knowledge of Children First Derby through a family member and I consider the work the charity undertakes to have a significant value to the children and families they support. I became more involved at a time when the charity was just coming through a difficult time and I became a Trustee in 2014. Since which time I have been impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the staff and volunteers often in the face of significant challenges.
I am a retired Chartered Engineer I studied at University in Cardiff and Aston in Birmingham. I am married and have one son and two lovely grandchildren.
(ACTEMIUM) ADVISOR TO THE BOARD
I became involved with Children First after one of my employees approached me to discuss a sponsorship for the charity from our foundation who offer support to people who suffer social or employment exclusion. I helped the operative and Children’s first ensure that the application was successful, and I was delighted that the foundation granted the charity £8,100 towards recruiting, training and supervise up to 60 new volunteers to support the work of the charity with their work for Mentoring and Family Support services.
It was at my initial visit of the charity where I saw firsthand the amazing work that is undertaken, and how this makes a huge difference to all the individuals and families involved, that made me want to assist in any way I could through the term of the sponsorship. The charity had a real impact with me, as a couple of the examples given really hit home with me – and I really do believe everyone deserves the best start to life.
I am father of two and run an electrical contracting business for Vinci based in Nottingham. I live in Northampton, & enjoy keeping fit, sports in general (in particular playing gol). I also enjoy watching Derby County where I am a season ticket holder. I believe my business management skills can aid the charity moving forwards, and I enjoy my role as an advisor to the trustees.