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.
Petra van der Zande - Secretary
Petra was born in the Netherlands, where she graduated from Leiden University in 1988 with a first in Welfare and Clinical Psychology for Older People. After setting up a variety of services for older people, including memory clinics, specialised care services for people with dementia and carer support groups, Petra travelled around Europe and in 1993 emigrated to USA to continue her work for the Dutch government on an international project around standardised assessments in dementia care. Whilst in the US Petra completed her Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Communication at Concordia University, Wisconsin.
Petra then moved to England in 1996, where she completed the project for the Dutch Government. Petra worked in the Older People Psychiatry Department at Scunthorpe General Hospital for 4 years whilst obtaining her Masters in Art Psychotherapy, specialising in non verbal communication with people with dementia.
After receiving what she vowed would be her final degree, Petra worked as the Therapy Services Team Leader at Dove House Hospice in Hull.
In March 2010, Petra took over management of a small tearoom near to where she lived, growing vegetables, chasing piglets and shearing sheep, Along side this, Petra ran Art Psychotherapy workshops for professionals in palliative care. Unfortunately, after the severe flooding of 2015, the building in which the tearoom was located was no longer available and she moved back into full time employment as the Business Development Manager for Hull Churches Housing association
Petra has been in her current position for 2 ½ years. It is her dream job in which she can combine her clinical knowledge with her business management interests experience of developing new services, including setting up the charity ‘Levels’, whose aim is community development and combatting social isolation. Petra’s affinity with the topic of older people’s health and well being, and the fact that the majority of the tenants are older people, has led her to the Older People Partnership Group, where she is now a valued member of the committee for the OPP – HER.
Councillor Danny Brown - Trustee
Danny has spent 22 years of employment with the local authority which has been spent in the Adult Services Department. Danny spent 3 years working in Residential Care for Learning Disabilities of whom many were older clients, who after spending many years in a hospital setting were transferred to the community.
Danny then took up a post as a Care Coordinator in a local adults team and for the last five years of his employment with the local authority, he worked as a Senior Registration and Inspection Officer inspecting residential home.
Danny then moved on to run a project for Age Concern as it was then known, now Age UK, identifying the unmet need of older people in the community and to then build services in response to those unmet needs. Danny had 7 years in that post until been made redundant in 2010.
From 1988 to 2002 Danny was a local councillor representing Beverley Ward in which time he served on the housing committee and Leisure Services. For a number of years he held the position of Chair of Social Services and then was the Cabinet member for Social Care and Communities.
In 2010 as a result of being made redundant Danny returned to local politics as a Ward Councillor for Kings Park ward. He now serves as the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission for Health and Wellbeing. Danny also serves as an Executive Member of Future Years which is a Yorkshire Region consultation organisation for older people feeding into the Department of Works and Pensions at central government level.
Finally , Danny served for 9 years as a Board Member of (in his my opinion) the best Housing Association for older people in the Yorkshire region Pickering and Ferens.
Councillor Helena Spencer - Trustee
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."
Helen Thompson - Trustee
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