Andy Harrop

Trustees Make a Difference at Diverse Abilities

During this year’s Trustee Week (10-16 November) Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is celebrating the work of its current trustees by highlighting the range of roles they undertake and how they contribute to the running of the charity.

Diverse Abilities is the only charity that supports children and adults with profound physical and/or learning disabilities, and their families, in Dorset and the charity’s eight trustees, Andy Harrop; John Kennar, Gary Knight; Helen Ross; John Smith; Keith Rowland; Stephanie Stokes and Nigel Still, play a vital role volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.

The current trustees at the charity bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, benefiting the management team, but most importantly the people Diverse Abilities supports. Roles undertaken include being involved with finances, fundraising, property management, legal obligations and education advice, plus much more.

During Trustee Week, Diverse Abilities also wants to highlight that there are many opportunities for people from all walks of life to come on-board and work with the charity voluntarily.

Andy Harrop, chairman of the trustees at Diverse Abilities, said: “All of the trustees at Diverse Abilities enjoy contributing to a fantastic charity and giving something back to society. When asked, why be a trustee for a charity, the answer is simple – why wouldn’t we! It is a great organisation to be part of and hugely rewarding. Many people think the role will take up too much time, but you can give as much as you feel you can and it is all greatly appreciated.”

Mark Powell, chief executive at Diverse Abilities, said: “The role of the trustees at the charity is to work with management and to offer governance in areas of strategy and legal obligations, where they can. If anyone in Dorset would like to consider becoming a trustee, I’d recommend coming to meet us and being taken on a tour of our services. You will be blown away at what you see.”

If you are interested in becoming a trustee at Diverse Abilities, please get in touch with Mark Powell on 01202 718266 or email

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