Meet Our Trustees

At Supportability, our Board of Trustees are the governing body. The CEO and senior management team report directly to the Board of Trustees. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to provide the fantastic care and services that we’re known for across the North West.

The Charity’s Trustees are people who share its values, have lived experience of disability; or have cared for or are caring for a disabled family member or friend and/ or have expertise in areas relevant to the work of the Charity. Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Trustee provided they have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and they are not disqualified from acting as a Director/Trustee.

The Board of Trustees meets monthly (except for August) and the Society’s AGM is in September.

Mike Bailey

Chair

My son has been attending Supportability’s Skills Group since 1992 and I have always been amazed at the love, help and dedication that the organisations staff have shown him over the years. I joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 to give some time to the Charity so that their work continues to flourish. I believe passionately that people with disabilities should be given the best help available from our community so that they can have lives filled with love, fun and purpose.

Declared Interests

My son uses the Charity’s Services; Member of Healthwatch Stockport; Member of Carers for Adults with Learning Disabilities (CALD); Member of Carers Voice

Special Interests

IT, Property, Finance, Carer Groups

Mike Bailey

Roy M Dudley-Southern MBE

I have lived in Stockport all my life and been a wheelchair user since I contracted polio in early childhood. I was lucky enough to have had a good education and to graduate with a degree in Economics and International Politics. My career of 44 years was as a manager in the NHS retiring as a Strategic Planner and Specialised Services Commissioner, working regionally and nationally, in 2012. I became a Trustee of Supportability in 2010 and hope I am using my experience at work and of living with disability to help the Charity in supporting disabled people and their carers to live fuller lives.

Declared Interests

Trustee of the British Allergy Foundation (Allergy UK); Trustee of the British Thoracic Society; Governor of Norris Bank Primary School.

Special Interests

Management and Governance, planning, disability issues, the NHS and Social Care, property matters, education, international affairs, proof reading.

Roy M Dudley-Southern MBE

NIkki Guy

I decided to leave my job in Retail when my son was born with Downs Syndrome. I became a Trustee for a local Stockport charity called Sharecare and served for 5 years before they merged with Supportability in 2005. Since then I have been a member of the Charity’s Board. My son has attended some of the services offered by Supportability and enjoyed being part of them. I currently work for another local Stockport charity as a Senior Officer.

Declared Interests

My son uses services provided by the Charity.

Special Interests

Disability Issues. Carer Issues.

NIkki Guy

Rachel Creamer

I completed my LLB Law degree and Legal Practice Course in Newcastle in 2012. On returning to Manchester I completed family mediation training, practicing on a self-employed basis for over 2 years. I then took a role as a Legal Advisor but more recently, having completed an additional HR qualification, I have taken up a HR role with a Housing Association. I live in Stockport with my husband and two children.

My interest in being a Trustee stems from my sister and my two nephews. Both nephews have additional needs with one nephew having Cerebral Palsy and the other being on the autistic spectrum, although this is yet to be officially confirmed. I spend my spare time with my family and friends and enjoy running, keeping fit and cooking.

Declared Interests

Not applicable

Special Interests

Strategy moving forward to ensure Supportability remains viable and working within the charity’s aim and objectives.

Rachel Creamer

Natalie Jackson

I have enjoyed attending Board meetings, visiting Cheddle Lodge and look forward to contributing further to the organisation and learning more about the good work they do.

Declared Interests

None

Special Interests

Finance
Risk Management

Natalie Jackson

Rob Armstrong

Trustee Register

I trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in Bristol, and then moved up to Manchester where I held a number of senior finance positions in the Banking, Construction and the Retail Sectors. I am now an interim finance director and project manager, helping smaller North-West organisations achieve their financial aspirations, and have a professional interest in making finance easy to understand for non-finance experts. I have been on the governing body of a primary school since 2010 and I chair their Finance Committee. I am also a Governor at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

I was Treasurer of a local Rugby Club for 7 years, helping to raise finance for its redevelopment and am a Youth club leader.

I like to think that I take an objective, constructive viewpoint at Supportability and I’m happy to challenge the charity’s management to maintain a rigorous financial control environment and ensure that its finances are well looked after.

Declared Interests

None

Special Interests

Having previously volunteered for organisations where he has had a personal interest, and where the beneficiaries are in reasonably privileged positions, Rob has chosen to be a Trustee of Supportability because he does not have a specific personal interest in the Charity.

This does mean, he hopes, that he make a genuine difference to the organisation and its service users, by maintaining a completely independent, objective perspective, and he will endeavour to act in the best interests of the Charity at all times.

Rob Armstrong

Rory Alkin

Rory Alkin