The AGM reports will be sent out in advance via email and you will have an opportunity to ask questions on the day.
Voting for Trustees
We understand that members maybe not be able to take part in the whole day and may ‘dip in and out’ so to ensure that we abide by charity law and company law we are enabling you to vote for returning trustees in advance of the AGM (this in effect gives proxy permission to Reach “Chair Clare Salters to vote for you in line with your expressed wishes under section 324 of the Companies Act 2006 and article 19”).
Each vote is linked to a membership number so that we can count how many and who has voted. We need a minimum of 50 VOTES to ensure we have a quorum, the link will be sent to you via Reach official email.
You will be able to vote for your new Reach Trustees
(You can vote for as many trustees as you wish)
A bit about the Trustees
Ruth Lester – Retired Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Over the last 30 years, I have had the privilege of working as a consultant plastic surgeon mainly with children and their families. The activities which children with upper limb differences ‘can do’, has always been revealing, fascinating and humbling. Having retired from active surgical practice, I would like to use my time and skills acquired to offer continuing support for children and families in a different way.
It has been an honour to serve as a trustee for the charity ‘REACH” over the last 5 years.
Reach continues to fulfil a significant supportive role for many of the children and families which I worked with at Birmingham Childrens Hospital. I have so much enjoyed being part of the Reach family and would like to continue in my role as trustee, bridging the gap between my surgical colleagues and yourselves.
I have been retired as a consultant plastic surgeon since 2014 but for the last 26 years as a consultant, I concentrated my specialist skills in the area of Childrens Hand Surgery. Being a consultant in the NHS inevitably involves understanding business management, organisation at all levels, and also fundraising and charitable work at a local level. Nationally, I have been involved with setting up projects with other multidisciplinary teams to work out ways of improving access and quality to our NHS services. I still have a role, co-ordinating my colleagues in the field of childrens hand surgery throughout the UK and Ireland. I also hope that my recent honour of OBE will be seen as a reflection of the determination, commitment and bravery for all the children and the families I have had the privilege of working with over the years.
A few years ago, I joined an advisory group for ‘Music Makers”, a pilot project which teaches children with upper limb differences to learn specially adapted musical instruments. ‘OHMI’ enables music making for the physically disabled. I became a trustee of that organization 2 years ago.
I am currently a trustee of Birmingham Women’s and Childrens Hospital Charity, which supports the work of the hospital which cannot be paid for by the NHS.
Therefore, I hope I can continue to support Reach as a trustee both by contributing to the general strategy of the board’s activities as well as bridging the gap between my NHS colleagues who have a special interest in looking after children with hand and upper limb differences.
I live in the middle of Birmingham with my husband. I have 3 children, 3 stepchildren, 3 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren (and 2 Bengal cats) – so life is never dull!
Music has always formed an important part of my life and I am continuing to enjoy playing the violin and re learning the piano.
Jo Dixon – Occupational Therapist
I am a Reach adult and work as an Occupational Therapist supporting people to gain and maintain their mobility through driving and specialist seating. I was previously Reach National Coordinator and left 4 years ago but have maintained a connection to the organisation as a trustee for the last 3 years and still get great pleasure from seeing the families and this connection will never be severed. I would like the investment Reach made in me and the knowledge I have developed to be used into the future.
Skills and knowledge gained through 7 years as National Coordinator, plus 20 years previously of managing and working in similar roles in the public and voluntary sector. I have chaired community organisations such as pre-school and volunteer centre.
OT skills with in-depth knowledge of NHS service provision, driving mobility and the multidisciplinary team approach.
I am a parent to 2 teenagers – building my resilience and patience! I am very fortunate to live in an amazing part of the UK and try to make the most of the opportunities; love surfing (badly), walking the coast path slowly (I expect to finish when I am 86) and happiest when ski-ing!
Clare Salters – current chair of Reach
I’ve been a trustee of Reach for three years, and chair of the trustee board for two.
My initial connection to the charity is through my friend and music student, Maria, who was born missing most of her left hand. I have a strong interest in inclusion in music-making: I am also a trustee of Music of Life Foundation (a charity that promotes music education in special schools) and working with the OHMI Trust to make the one-handed clarinet more affordable and readily available.
As a Reach trustee, I have sought to strengthen links between trustees and branch coordinators and to bring the charity’s governance systems in line with current charity law across the UK and Ireland.
I have also initiated the award-winning Reach oRchestRa, harnessing the musical talents of the Reach community to raise funds and demonstrate to the world that there are no limits when it comes to making music.
If I am re-elected as a trustee, I will want to build on what the board has done in recent years and extend our reach to provide effective and appropriate support to the widest possible number of children and young people with upper limb differences.