from left: Lucian Wilson, Coreen Kelday & Karl Henry
Thanks and Farewell Annette
Brittle Bone Society Chief Exec Patricia Osborne led a presentation to long serving staff member Mrs Annette McIntyre, who retired in April from the Charity. Annette had worked for the society since 1989. Staff marked Annette’s retirement with presentation of a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Elaine Healey Chairman and all on the Trustee Board.
Dundee Trustee Yvonne Grant joined with staff and kindly donated a celebratory lunch at Annette’s favourite eatery – when staff presented Annette with a beautiful pearl necklace. Many have sent good wishes to Annette, thanking her for her many years of service to the Charity and friendship shared with many members of the OI community over the past 26 years.
Trustee Mirrick Koh who specialises in employment law and who joined the board in September 2014 assisted the BBS in undertaking a comprehensive HR /staff review. The review was completed in January 2015 and with the advent of Annette’s retirement – the charity took the opportunity to re-design a number of aspects of their operation. In line with the next strategic plan due to be endorsed at 2015 Annual Conference and AGM – the following staff restructure has taken place:
Coreen Kelday has moved up from the position of Office Co-ordinator to take on the post of Support Development Officer. This role will encompass all the components of the former Support Worker’s role, however as Coreen has spent the past 2/3 years developing the volunteer arm of the society and encouraging support group activity we have merged both together. We need to ensure we communicate, communicate well in every way possible and we have enlisted new staff member Karl Henry – to work for us part time initially in the job of Communications Officer, helping us spread awareness and a strong BBS message to our own community and beyond. Karl will be handling Press enquiries and maintaining updates to our website, Facebook, Twitter feeds and not forgetting our e-zines and newsletters. Christine Hope remains as Fundraising Officer – continuing to bring in consistent, much needed funding to help fund wheelchairs and equipment applications and to help us fund more and more events of all types and sizes. To ensure we continue to secure vital funding streams going into the future we have appointed a further assistant Fundraiser and administration officer Lucian Wilson to work with Christine and also to work on a number of administrative tasks including upkeep of our important donor database.
Patricia Osborne CEO – is delighted at this latest reorganisation of staff, of the society’s most precious resources – their people. Patricia said: “People are our most important asset, to keep the BBS fresh, vital and relevant to the OI community, to continue to champion matters of importance in the rare disease community – we need the right people, who possess the qualifications, drive and ambition that the OI community deserves – I believe this current team of staff will deliver what we need. Chairman Elaine Healey said “Over the past few years the BBS has shaped up in a number of ways, we are commenting on important health policy, we are re-doubling our efforts in producing ever more imaginative events for members and supporters, we of course continue to offer front line support and finance equipment for people. To do all of that – and do it well, takes skill, requires financing and needs strong management - with Patricia’s steer we will continue to grow, I believe with this team we can develop yet further, the Trustee Board have given this staff re-organisation their full backing.