The FASD Trust was started
in January 2007 in response to the growing number of requests for information being received by the adoptive parents of a child diagnosed as having FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).
The FASD Trust exists as a charity to raise awareness of FASD thereby;
improving the understanding of those with FASD and;
increasing the support that those with FASD and their families / carers receive, not just from statutory bodies, but from the wider community.
preventing others being born with FASD.
It aims to do this by:
- running support groups
- having a telephone helpline
- holding training seminars
- providing advice on "best practice" to teachers, medics and other professionals involved in the care of those with FASD.
- informing local and national decision makers to ensure provision for those with FASD.
- collaborating with others.
And Who Are We?
We currently have three Trustees, but are actively looking to recruit more. If you would be interested in exploring further the possibility of being a Trustee, please contact Sue Cox in the first instance at email@example.com.
Trustees meet about 5 or 6 times a year and oversee our finances, policies, legal compliance and general structure and vision. Julia Brown, our Chief Executive Officer, attends these meetings.
David chairs our Trustees meetings. David is an accountant and has a great deal of experience of running businesses, and knowledge of company secretarial matters, compliance and HR. He also has experience running voluntary groups - and holds a private pilots licence.
Stephen is a qualified primary school teacher, now semi-retired. He sits on his local authority School Admissions Appeals Panel. He has a wealth of experience in the public and charitable sector, being a member of the Rotary Club and former Mayor of Witney.
Brian is a Headteacher, currently head of a Virtual School for Looked After Children. He and his wife are also foster carers and have special guardianship for 3 children, two of whom are affected by FASD.
Head Office Team
Julia Brown, as CEO, heads up The FASD Trust team. Julia and her husband have an adopted daughter with FASD. They also foster children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Prior to running The FASD Trust, Julia held a variety of administration and HR posts in both the private and charitable sectors.
Sue Cox provides administrative support to the team, particularly supporting Julia and our Family Support team.
Sasha Horne, a qualified nursery nurse, with a special interest and experience in children with special needs, is our Family Support Manager.
Stefan Lang, a recent Oxford graduate, is the Administrator for our Medical Professionals Forum.
Steve Hague, also an Oxford graduate but of a somewhat older vintage, was formerly the Technical Director of a mathematical software company and is now content manager and editor of our website.
Jackie Hague, whose career was in the television industry, helps us by looking after our book-keeping and accounts.
Sarah Evans is our Oxfordshire Regional Co-ordinator and can be found in our office most Thursdays.
Tammy Judd is promoting and administering our Friends scheme, as well as organising some fundraising events for us.
Jane Pearson is in charge of our grant application and fund-raising. Jane is mainly home-based, but can usually be found in the office on Tuesdays.
We have outsourced our conference and events management to Archer Yates and are delighted to be working in partnership with them. You will see Belinda, and occasionally Julie at events when you attend.