Meet the Trustees

Our group is run by our Trustees, most of whom are also parents of children with Down’s syndrome. It’s the Trustees’ job to make sure the charity is well-run; that the work we do is in line with our charitable objectives; that our finances are healthy; and that we comply with the requirements of the Charity Commission.

Geoff Tulley, Chair of Trustees

“Hi, my name is Geoff Tulley and I have the privilege of being chair of trustees of this wonderful group. I have a daughter Sophie and a son James, who was born in 1997 and who has DS. I have been involved in WDDSSG since its inception and it has been a joy to see it grow steadily into the fantastic organisation it has now become. I like football, rugby league, listening to music, and fish and chips! I’m really looking forward to being involved in the next exciting phase of the development of this great group!” geofftulley@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Andrea Arnold, Group Secretary

Andrea“I’m Andrea, mummy to Zoe who has DS and two younger boys, Max and Danny. My husband Jon and I first came to a Saturday Club as very nervous parents when Zoe was tiny, and have gained so much support and many lifelong friendships through this amazing group. I love being able to give something back by acting as a Trustee for the group now, and am so proud of how the group has grown and the things we’ve done – it’s phenomenal what a group of volunteers can achieve. I’ve been the group secretary for several years and our group now does so much that I share the role with Sara. My part of the role is mostly the communications for the charity, Sara’s part is managing the trustees and official admin, and between us we try to make sure everything the charity does runs smoothly!” andrea@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Sara Beaumont, Group Secretary

SaraUSE“I’m Sara, married to Paul and we are the proud parents of Maia and Tilly (who was diagnosed with DS at birth), and I am step mum to Sarah who is grown and has flown the nest. Although I knew I carried a higher risk of having a baby with DS due to being an older mum, it still hit Paul and me like a tonne of bricks. Luckily we were introduced to the group, and have gained so much support, guidance and friendship. I want to ensure other new parents have access to the same support system we have. I love the fact our group is there when families need us, but don’t overwhelm them. There is always an answer available when a question is asked.” sara@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Ruth Noble, Group Treasurer
Ruth

“My name is Ruth Noble. I have been a member of the WDDSSG since about 2001 and have been the group treasurer since about 2003. I have two daughters. The youngest, Christina, was born in February 2000 and has DS. I have seen the group grow from a small nucleus of parents and children to the expanding, wonderful and diverse group we have today.” ruth@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Neil Courtman, Parent Trustee

Neil“I’m Neil, father to Beth who is a teenager and has DS, and her long suffering but understanding brother Thomas. My wife, Amanda and I were founder members of WDDSSG, when Beth was only just born. We have seen the group go from strength to strength over those years and have made some lasting friendships through the group. I continue to be involved as a Trustee in the varied and valuable work the group continues to do, whilst enjoying the benefits of being a part of the WDDSSG family.” neil@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

John Crawshaw, Independent Trustee

John“I’m John.  I was a teacher for 35 years and am now happily retired! I have been married for 43 years to Pat and we live in Sandal, next door to Amanda and Neil Courtman, which may give you a clue as to how I was approached to be a Trustee. My interests, in no particular order are: travel, walking, photography, scuba-diving, rugby league, reading and gardening.  I feel very privileged to have been accepted as a Trustee for the WDDSSG, having seen the support the group gives, on a purely voluntary basis, to the children and their families.” john@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Alison Brown, Parent Trustee – Fundraising

“I’m Alison, mum to Finlay who has DS and his younger brother Aaron. My partner Lee and I have been on an interesting adventure ever since Finlay was born in 2006, and our first encounter with the group was the families’ Christmas party when he was only six weeks old. I can honestly say since then I have never looked back, and have met the most amazing people and made friendships for life. I became a Trustee to put something back into the group that helped us keep our feet on the ground, and supported us when we needed it most.” alison@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Ann-Marie Sheard, Parent Trustee – Activities & Events

“I am mum to Alice, Tom, Jacob, Isaac, Elijah and Joseph. Isaac, who has DS, was born in August 2007 and we came to meet the group for the first time in October of that year at the Saturday Club. I worked in childcare for more than 15 years and am now teaching in a primary school. I love the group for the support and fun it offers to so many families and in so many ways. I hope as a Trustee I will continue to help our group evolve and grow, tailored to the needs of our families.” asheard@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Alicia Tulley, Parent Trustee – Older Group

“My name is Alicia and I am proud to be a trustee of WDDSSG. I am mum to teenager James who has DS, daughter Sophie, and wife to Geoff, the group chair. As a founder member of our group, I am passionate about helping to improve the lives and opportunities of children and people of all ages who have Down’s Syndrome in our area. I believe that we have a fantastic group of trustees, and I am committed to being part of a team who will effectively manage our group and keep moving it forward by being open to new, progressive ideas.” alicia@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Paula Rose, Grandparent Trustee

Paula trustee pic“My name is Paula Rose, I’m a mother to three daughters and nanna to four grandchildren, one of which is Libby-Mae who has Down’s syndrome. She amazes me every day with what she achieves and our lives feel enriched for having her. I have worked in mental health and with vulnerable adults for over 25 years, and am happy to put my experience into being a Trustee for our group and helping it to achieve its goals and dreams. I’m very passionate about my role and can’t wait for new ideas to become a reality.” paula@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Alexis Sharp, Parent Trustee

“I’m Alexis, the proud mum of Natasha who has DS, born in 2007, and her siblings Daniel and Georgia. Life with Natasha is sure a roller coaster ride with plenty of ups and downs, but Natasha has shown me the true meaning of life – as have the parents we support. I joined in 2008 and became a trustee in 2014 – sharing the same goals of wanting to provide “a brighter future through better understanding” for children with DS. I’m excited and proud to take this charity through to the next phase. alexissharp@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk

Emma Juckes, Parent Trustee

emma@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk