Position: Chairperson/ Development Director
I have lived, studied and worked in Germany, Switzerland, France and England. After living in Richmond for over 20 years I finally settled on the Isle of Wight. My earlier professional life was in hotel management where I held several senior positions for more than 15 years, until I had my two daughters.
My second career took me into the world of charity development for another 20 years. Recently, in 2006
I founded Me too & Co, a charity based in Richmond providing support and services for families who have children with additional needs. I am excited to report that Me too & Co ‘s volunteering model received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2018.
The concept of setting up a social enterprise is a new and exciting venture for me. The idea of starting Toucan Diversity came about after I saw the struggle of many disabled young people trying to obtain a job as most of them were ‘shelved’. I firmly believe that they deserve better and with Toucan Diversity we hope to encourage a social change in attitudes towards disability in general.
Toucan Diversity was rewarded in 2015 a Business and Enterprise Award by the Portsmouth business community Shaping Portsmouth