SELFA Welcomes New Trustees

PRESS RELEASE 4th July 2018


SELFA were pleased to welcome Cllr. Andrew Rankine, Sally Essler and Simon Collings onto their Board of Trustees this month. Cllr. Andrew Rankine is a well-known face to SELFA as during his year as Mayor of Skipton he organised several fundraising events and raised £1,233 for the charity and after standing down from his Mayoral duties in May SELFA invited him to be a Trustee. Andrew brings to the Board a wealth of experience and expertise having previously worked for North Yorkshire County Council as a Social Worker and as a Child Care Manager.

Sally Essler has spent her whole professional life working with children and young people and in the later years of her career she spent time supporting children with additional needs, their families and professionals who work with them.

Simon Collings, who won the Stray FM Parent of Year 2018 award, joins us in the role of Secretary and brings with him first-hand experience of parenting children who have experienced early childhood trauma.

Simon Collings said:
“This has had a profound impact on my life, opening my eyes to the huge social and educational challenges and           injustices they face, leaving families discouraged and struggling in isolation. I am passionate about increasing               awareness and understanding of the impacts of adverse childhood experiences and supporting families and                   teachers struggling with the consequences.”

They replace two parent Trustees, Lisa Hudson and Helen Nicolson who step down from their roles after 7 years of service.

Emma Pears, Chief Offer, said:
“I am so very grateful to Helen and Lisa for their 7 years of service on the SELFA board, they have supported the         charity through great change and their input into how our services are delivered has been invaluable. I am also             very excited to welcome Andrew Rankine, Sally Essler and Simon Collings onto the board. They bring a wealth             of experience and expertise to the board and are committed to support us achieve our strategic goals and                       influence the future direction of the charity.”

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