As a registered charity, the Executive Committee exists to ensure that we meet the legal requirements of our charitable status.
Each member of the Executive Committee gives their time voluntarily and frequently goes above and beyond the call of duty in so many ways. Together with their particular areas of responsibility or interest, they are:
Chairman & Fundraising
I became involved with the charity after my first daughter, Amy, was was born with a GBS infection and spent the first few days of her life in Special Care. Thankfully she made a full recovery - others aren't as lucky.
I sought out information and came across the charity, GBSS. From there I became a member, got involved and now chair the charity and lead on Fundraising. I love helping the charity and find it an extremely positive and rewarding experience.
I became involved with the charity a few months after my son, Alex, was born. Previously I had never heard of GBS and was extremely worried when I was told I was a carrier shortly after his birth. Alex was on intravenous antibiotics for the first week of his life. I now have a daughter (Francesca) as well and felt a lot more confident knowing that I was a carrier (I took another test to establish this).
What started as voluntary work for GBSS doing the filing, turned in to a paid administrative role and, when I returned to my pre-baby career (in financial services), evolved again so that I am now Treasurer.
I'm an American ex-patriate who has lived in Britain since 1981. Jane and I have two children (one of each).
Jane and I founded Group B Strep Support in 1996. I work as Scheme Liason Manager at The Pensions Regulator in Brighton and am also a school governor.
I enjoy camping, gardening, music, cricket and gadgets.
Jane Plumb MBE
Following our middle child's GBS infection in 1996, Robert and I found few answers to the questions we had about group B Strep infection in babies. Fortuitously, we were put in touch with an expert in the field and, after he explained how preventable most GBS infection in babies is - and recognising that many health professionals at the time were not aware of good prevention measures - we decided to set up a charity to raise awareness of preventing GBS infection in newborn babies both amongst relevant health professionals and families affected by GBS.
In my free time, I love to be with my family and, when I can, combine that with photography, astronomy, reading and bird-watching ... though not necessarily in that order.
At the time I became involved with the Executive Committee, I was about to qualify as a Midwife and I felt that my new profession needed to be better informed about the infection and wanted to be involved in achieving this.
In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, walking on the beach and chilling out.
HR & Strategy
I'm an international Talent & Mobility Manager. I wanted to get involved because - having seen the devastation caused to so many people by the death of a baby due to GBS, I wanted to do whatever I could to prevent anyone else going through that.
I have a busy job and travel a lot and was worried initially about how much time I'd be able to give the charity. Also, whilst I have a husband and a dog, I don't have children, so wasn't sure what I could do. I find being on the Executive Committee really rewarding and the knowledge that there are babies who are alive and well today because of the work GBSS does makes me really happy.
Strategy & Fundraising
I am a solicitor by profession and have been a supporter of the charity for some years. I became a member of the Executive Committee in 2009 and contribute strategically and on the fundraising side of things. I am married with two daughters and count myself lucky to have had two straightforward pregnancies and births. I remember, when I first learned about GBS infection, being shocked that I had not been informed about it when pregnant. The charity has achieved so much in raising awareness among healthcare professionals and parents, but there is still lots to be done. I would urge anyone with some time to offer to consider joining the Executive Committee.
We are hugely grateful to each of our Executive Committee members for the time, expertise and commitment they give to GBSS. Each of them brings so much to the charity and, collectively, they are quite formidable. We couldn't do what we do without them.
If you would like more information about becoming an Executive Committee member, please contact us on 01444 416176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. What we need are:-
- A willingness to get involved
- The ability and commitment to be responsible for progress in an area of the charity's work
- The desire and determination to make a difference
- Executive Committee Members need to be current members of the charity, and need enthusiasm and the commitment to attend 4+ meetings a year
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