Board of Trustees

Our Trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation, to ensure that our services are the best that they can be for our service users, and that our staff have all they need to deliver them.

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Anne Lyons

Chair

Anne holds an MA at the Institute of Education on Rights in Education and is currently a full-time Head of Modern Languages in a comprehensive school in St. Albans. She has also been a Teacher Governor at two different schools. Earlier on in her career she worked as a Warden of a Homeless Project in Sheffield. Anne has existing close personal links with Vibrance; her mother Jeanne Lill, who died in 2012, was a Vibrance Trustee for over 20 years, and her brother, Michael, lives in one of our care homes in Woodford.

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Jill Lecznor

Treasurer

Jill is a qualified accountant who has worked in local government for over 40 years holding a number of senior management roles. Her brother Alan is a resident in one of Vibrance’s Supported Living services.

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Paul Allen

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been Vibrance Chief Executive officer since 2008 and has been part of the Senior Management Team since 1997. In all Paul has 32 years experience of working in social care including 8 years in Leytonstone House Hospital. Paul holds an MSc in Psychology(Learning Disability) gained in 1996.

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Iain Sims

Trustee

Iain has held a number of Senior Management positions with local authorities and was, until recently retired, the Deputy Director of Planning for the London Borough of Croydon

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Adil Ghani

Trustee

I am passionate about disability inclusion within society. I have used Vibrance's self-directed services in the past. I look forward to gaining a greater insight into the work that Vibrance does as well as contributing to the board of trustees. I work as an inclusion consultant with The Ability People (TAP) helping companies look at inclusion in the workplace particularly for those who live with disabilities. I have been a trustee for Panathlon Challenge since 2015.

Panathlon Challenge is a charity that organises sporting competitions for young people living with disabilities across the country. I am also a Governor at Marjorie McClure School which is a special needs school that I attended as a student from 2003 to 2014.

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Michael Atkins

Deputy Chair

Michael lives in Chadwell Heath, uses Vibrance Outreach service and is currently Deputy Chair of Vibrance Board of Trustees.

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Adrian Hull

Trustee

Adrian is a qualified accountant specialising in all aspects of audit and financial accounting for voluntary organisations and charities and also runs his own Management Consultancy

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Elaine Richardson

Trustee

Elaine has been associated with Vibrance for over 20 years, when her late husband Colin was appointed as Chief Executive. In memory of his contribution to Vibrance, since 2008 Elaine has presented the Colin Richardson Awards for staff who made a difference to the quality of life of service users. Elaine has over 40 years’ of management experience in marketing and PR within the travel industry, education and charity sectors, for a Housing Association and a Borough Council. She has experience of helping to grow businesses, website development, events and fundraising. After semi-retiring she has been a marketing consultant and worked for a ski business in France.

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Richard Bellis

Trustee

Richard has 24 years’ experience of working within Housing Associations the majority of which have been within a Supported Housing environment. He is currently Head of Connect and Region at Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association, a post he had held since June 2016. Richard brings a wealth of experience in Strategic Leadership and Business Planning, managing large budgets, developing partnerships and fundraising on a grand scale. He is passionate about service users having control and influence over the service they receive.

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Alex O'Brien

Staff Member Trustee

Alex is currently Vibrance’s Self-Directed Services Manager for London and the South East. Alex has worked in various Social Care services since 2009, starting in a registered care home where he supported individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Alex has experience of creating, managing and developing multiple outreach services, predominantly supporting people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, challenging behaviours and autism.

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Shirley Lowe

Special Advisor

Shirley Lowe is a retired trainer and consultant with more than 30 years management experience throughout local authority social care and NHS healthcare services. Shirley is a Special Adviser to Vibrance Board of Trustees, having served on the Board of Vibrance for 20 years. She has a son with special needs and continues her involvement with People First and user centred services.
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Evonne Powell

Trustee

Evonne has many years experience of using different kinds of support services. She has been a member of Vibrance's Outreach service for over 10 years, and has had support from Outreach workers in many different aspects of raising her young family. Evonne has a wealth of knowledge about family support and special educational needs services, (SEND) and is keen to ensure that the Vibrance Board of Trustees benefit from her unique experience. Evonne is particularly interested in making sure that the people who use Vibrance's services have a real say over the future of the organisation.