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 for those affected by FASD and their parents / carers / wider family.
- Providing a variety of resources to support families affected.
- Hosting professional forums (Medical & Healthcare; Social Work; Education) and local Professional Special Interest Groups.
- Informing local and national decision makers to ensure provision for those with FASD.
- Collaborating with others.
And Who Are We?
We currently have five 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trustees meet about 5 or 6 times a year and oversee our finances, policies, legal compliance and general structure and vision.
Simon & Julia Brown, our Joint Chief Executive Officers, also attends these meetings and other staff members as appropriate.
chairs the Board of Trustees. Richard has almost 30 years experience in Business Management. He also has experience chairing other voluntary and other charitable bodies.
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.
Dr Mary Mather is a retired Community Paediatrician. She served as Chair of the BAAF Medical Advisory Panel for a number of years, is also a member of the steering committee for the UK Medical & Healthcare Professionals Forum on FASD and co-wrote with Julia Brown the book, "FASD - Parenting a Child with an Invisible Disability".
Andy Erskine is a Director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust and was instrumental in the formation of the FASD Clinic based there.
Sheila Glenn is Director of Quality Improvement & Assurance at Norwich CCG. She previously worked at the East of England Strategic Health Authority.
Head Office Team
Simon & Julia Brown, Joint CEO's of The FASD Trust, are the co-founders of the Trust.
Simon & Julia lead the Head Office team. They have 3 adopted children, two of whom are affected by FASD. They have also fosterEd children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Prior to running The FASD Trust, they both held a variety of administration and HR posts in both the private and charitable sectors.
Brian Roberts is an independent trainer and consultant specialising in the support of vulnerable children and young people. He serves as Chair of The FASD Trust Education Professionals Forum and of the Fostering Networks England Advisory Committee. He was previously a Virtual School Head for Looked After Children in two English Local Authorities. is a qualified Headteacher and former Head of Virtual School for Looked After Children. He and his wife are also foster carers and have special guardianship for 3 children who are affected by FASD. For more about Brian's Field of Enterprise training and consulting service, click here.
Sue Cox provides administrative support to the team, particularly assisting Julia and our Family Support team.
Matt Jones has joined us for the summer as our Operations Manager.
Stefan Lang, an Oxford graduate, is the Administrator for our Medical Professionals Forum and Administrator for all our external training events.
Ruth Roach works as the family support administrator.
Annabel Blair is our Parliamentary and External Affairs Officer.
We also have a network of volunteers across the UK who assist us by hosting / running support groups and other activities.