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Our trustees

Our work helping preschool deaf children and babies benefits considerably from our Trustees' experience and skills. Many of our Trustees are also parents or close relatives of deaf children.

The current members of our Board of Trustees

You can see a list of our Trustees on our entry on the Charity Commission's website.

Dr Peter Ardern, Chair

Peter is a keen nurse historian and published author. He was one of the original team of friends and parents involved in setting up and developing The Elizabeth Foundation, and its first chairman. Over many years of observing the success of Elizabeth Metherell, and the many children who have benefitted from the work of The Elizabeth Foundation, Peter's commitment to, and belief in the value of Early Intervention and spoken language development has been unwavering. Peter firmly believes in the ethos of the charity, and as a highly experienced nurse and therapist he recognises the significant and long term problems associated with communication and behavioural difficulties. Peter feels strongly that the education and welfare programmes provided by The Elizabeth Foundation positively enhance the lives of young children with hearing difficulties, and reduces rehabilitation needs in the future.

Ms Lizzie Peers, Treasurer

The Elizabeth Foundation was delighted to recruit dynamic Lizzie Peers as treasurer and trustee in January 2013. Lizzie is a qualified public sector chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in external audit. She worked as a senior manager for the Audit Commission as well as a global accountancy/consulting firm. She is currently a non-executive director on the board of an NHS foundation, chairing its Charitable Funds Committee and an external adviser to the board of another hospital. She is a non executive director of a national procurement body and will shortly be joining the board of an ambulance trust. Lizzie lectures at the University of Portsmouth, specialising in corporate governance, ethics, audit and accountancy and supervises students auditing charity accounts.

Her expertise includes supporting and influencing boards across a wide range of public sector organisations to strengthen their strategic, governance, financial and value for money arrangements and to deliver outstanding services for their communities. Lizzie is passionate about using her varied skills to help others. She had a disabled brother and this, coupled with her many years in public service, has given her a real commitment to helping improve services and to support others in developing their full potential.

Mrs Emma Tyler

Emma Tyler has worked in the third sector for over fifteen years. As a fundraiser, Emma developed a number of strategic corporate partnerships as well as helping with fundraising strategy and management. Now working as a freelance assistant, Emma works with a number of charities and private sector clients helping to support small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesss. Keen to become a Trustee, Emma was delighted to apply when her former colleague Fiona Heath (our Fundraising Manager) mentioned the opportunity at The Elizabeth Foundation. The work of the Foundation, particularly in regard to access to education, is a real interest and Emma is looking forward to suuporting this work as Trustee.

Mrs Emma Bryant

With a long family history and knowledge of supporting The Elizabeth Foundation, Emma joined the Board of Trustees in November 2007. She is an ACCA qualified accountant with over 10 years’ experience of internal and external audit in the public sector. She is currently an Audit Manager with EY (previously Ernst & Young) in the Government and Public Sector team. Emma's many qualifications include an LLB Honors Degree. Emma’s financial and strategic background, keen understanding of economic growth, enthusiasm and excellent communication skills make her a valuable addition to the Board of Trustees. Emma is married with two young children.

Ms Sarah Hutchinson

Sarah is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a degree in Civil Engineering from Bristol University. She has worked in all areas of financial services including fund management and pensions in both Finance and Operational roles. Sarah left a successful position with British Airways, where she was the Head of Finance and responsible for all financial aspects of pension schemes including account preparation, operational risk, internal and external audit and insurance in 2013 to look for voluntary opportunities where she could make a real difference, and was delighted to be offered a trustee position with The Elizabeth Foundation. Sarah is also the Chair of Governors at Compton and Up Marden CE Primary School and an experienced volunteer Treasurer for the Friends of Stansted Park and Treasurer for her local church.

Mrs Imogen Manuel

Imogen attended the Elizabeth Foundation as a pupil in the early 1990s before moving onto mainstream school (she received a cochlear implant at the age of 9), college and then university to study a Joint Honours degree in Law and Criminology. Imogen is now a qualified solicitor at the Owen Kenny Partnership Ltd in Chichester. Imogen has run the Great South Run three times, swam a mile and jumped out of a plane with the purpose of raising funds for the Elizabeth Foundation. She heavily credits the charity for the valuable support they gave her and her family when she was diagnosed with profound deafness.

The responsiblities of our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the governance of our charity. Working together as a team, our Trustees have collective responsibility for our work. They direct our affairs to ensure that The Elizabeth Foundation:

  • meets its charitable objectives
  • complies with all of the Charity Commission's reporting and accouting requirements
  • is financially solvent, has sufficient income and proper financial controls
  • is well-run and has effective management.

Our Trustees devolve day-to-day responsibility of the charity's operations to our management team.


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