Meet the Trustees
A brief introduction to the Trustees of the Older People's Partnership Hull & East Riding
Claire Champlin - Chair Person
Claire has worked in many different fields predominantly working in the equine industry as Groom, Riding instructor and yard manager on many yards including Humberside Police as a Groom and Trainer with the police horses, riding schools and private yards. Claire then trained as a Police Community Support Officer in Grimsby where she served her community to reduce crime, build communities and reducing anti-social behaviour.
Claire then had a career change and gained a BSc Degree in Sports Science, which then led her to gaining a Sports Development Officers role within the council, which saw the development of the Active Gold Programme in Hull which was working with the over 65’s and adults with a disability provided and developing sport and physical activities and opportunities for them. Also provided training to staff to ensure they could continue the legacy of the programme The project delivered Care Home Games, Boccia, Table Tennis and Kurling challenges saw the development of Wheelchair dance and Inclusive sky rides and countryside Health walks, which provided something for everyone who was involved. Funding came to an end but the activities didn’t and these being delivered in the day centres and Care homes across the city today.
Clare is now working as the Health and Wellbeing manager for Pickering and Ferens homes, where her role is to support and deliver projects to engage the residents and local community to reduce social isolation and increase good health and wellbeing. Claire works closely with a number or organisations to develop strategic partnerships which will reduce loneliness and isolation, increase independence and good mental and physical health.
Claire is passionate about creating a service and opportunities for the ageing population and people with long term life limiting conditions. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, horses, cycling and is always up for a challenge.
Kevin Delaney - Vice Chair Person
Kevin has worked with older people for many years with Help the Aged and Independent Living. Kevin has worked with people with dementia and their carers during his time with Hull Heritage Service.
He has extensive experience of community engagement within Heritage Services and enabling improved community access to heritage and the arts.
After many years working in the field of fine art conservation with national galleries and Sotheby’s the fine art auctioneers Kevin retrained (and re-qualified) as a lawyer working predominantly in the area of equalities and rights. He has worked with Citizens Advice and NECDARE mainly in Race Relations and Rights, so he brings a vast range of qualities and experience to the board of trustees.
Helena Spencer - Secretary
Helena worked as a local government officer at Hull City Council from 1983 until her early retirement in 2010. Prior to 1980 she worked for the then Midland Bank (now HSBC). In 1980 she came to Hull to study at the University and fell in love with the City which has become home to Helena and her family.
From 2005 to 2010 she was Head of Democratic Services managing all the Democratic processes within the Council as well as the Licensing function.
In 2010 Helena became an Independent Member of the Humberside Police Authority as well as a Governor at 3 local Hull schools. In 2012, she was elected as Councillor for Newington Ward in the west of the City.
Following the 2013 local elections she became Portfolio Holder for Prevention & Safeguarding with responsibility for Children, Young People and Adult Services. Her personal priorities during this year were to make Hull a Dementia Friendly City; to introduce a system of Safe Places/Safe Havens for vulnerable children and adults; to establish a Young Inspectors scheme; and to introduce a Runaways Charter which the Council signed up to.
In April 2014 she also became responsible for Public Health within the Cabinet and in June 2014, she continued to have responsibility for Public Health and all aspects of Adult Social Care & Health. Her priorities were the Autism strategy, Extra Care Housing, and to make Hull a Dementia Friendly City. She has a particular interest in Mental Health issues and is an active member of the Humber NHSFT Council of Governors.
Helena is an Elected Councillor representative on the Freetown Society Executive and also a Trustee of Hull Aid in Sickness Trust, Emmaus and Humber All Nations Alliance.
Following a change in her portfolio responsibility in May 2016, Helena is now responsible for Corporate Services and Performance, including Procurement and is a director of Norfolk Property Services. She also has strategic responsibility for Equalities, Diversity and Community Cohesion.
"As Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care I was an active member of the Older Peoples Partnership Group, attending many events, and often being asked to open the Older Peoples Day Event. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Day Care Services around Hull and especially the Day Services and Care Homes Games.
To see the enjoyment that the participants got from these events was absolutely heart warming – and the competitive spirit was quite scary!
I was also very involved in the Dementia Action Alliance in Hull and worked closely with the Dementia Academy."
Joanne Liversidge - Trustee
Matt Wright - Trustee
I have worked in Hull in various roles over the past 10 years including my current role as Engagement Officer for the Police and Crime Commissioner, eight years with Humberside Police as a member of their Press Office and then 18 months on secondment from the police to be the Neighbourhood Network Coordinator were I worked closely with their trustees to developed the charities strategy, deliver plan, communications strategy. I hope to utilise my knowledge of the city, the charity sector and my extensive marketing and communication background to support the Older Peoples Partnership Group to improve its communication channels, identify opportunities for collaboration across various sectors and support it in delivering better outcomes for older people living in the area.
I chose to become a trustee for the charity so I can give something back to the community in my spare time and helping to develop the best possible support to older people in Hull and East Riding. As a trustee I look forward to supporting the charity in continuing this collaborative support the older people and bring my unique skills and enthusiasm and make a real difference to people who really need support, friendship, a stronger voice in local decision making and protection as they retire and face the physical/mental challenges of getting older.
Cheryl Oakshott - Trustee
As many people will already be aware, I established and set up the Older People’s Partnership several years ago, with the support of Claire Champlin, when we were both working on different projects in Hull. I continued as Chair for 4 years until work commitments at Hull 2017 resulted in me having to step aside for someone else to take things forward.
As a Trustee, this is an ideal opportunity for me to support the continued development of the Older Peoples Partnership Hull &East Riding chairty and to share my experiences, knowledge and skills in this area of work. I am currently the Services Manager at Age UK Hull and this role links very well with my remit and responsibilities there.
I am looking forward to the challenge of working together to move the OPPH&ER forward to a leading organisation in this field of work.
Mike Foers- Trustee