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New Trustee Appointments

New Trustee Appointments

We are delighted to announce that Jim Irvine has been appointed Chair of Trustees with Jo Merchant appointed as Treasurer.

DEBRA’s trustees are responsible for the Governance of DEBRA. Working together trustees make sure the charity fulfils its aims and hold the executive officers such as the Chief Executive of the charity to account.

"On learning about EB, I was so touched by its impact that I knew in my heart I had to find a way to get involved," says Jim.

Jim has been involved with DEBRA in various capacities for over 20 years. He has been a trustee since 2012; served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee from 2014 to 2019, and became Interim Chair in April 2019. He brings financial and business expertise from a 35-year career in the financial services industry to the Board.

Jo brings a variety of skills to the Board, as well as her personal experience of EB Simplex. She is a Chartered Accountant and works as a Business Manager for a GP Practice in the NHS.

“I’ve seen DEBRA grow and develop throughout the years which gives me hope things will continue to improve for the EB Community. When the opportunity arose to become a Trustee and a Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, I decided it was time to give something back to DEBRA. As a member of the board, I like to ensure that other people with EB are better supported and informed than I was. Working with DEBRA I feel I’m part of the family who understands the problems I face and that other people with EB face.” Jo says.

Would you like to become a Trustee?

At our upcoming AGM in May 2020, we will be welcoming new Trustee’s to the Board. The process of putting yourself forward is straight forward, you can find more information about becoming a trustee, what is involved and how to apply by clicking here.

Deadline for applications is Friday 3rd January 2020.


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