Meeting every two months, the eight members of the Board discuss and agree on the way forward and with the guidance of the Chief Executive, they collectively play an essential role in ensuring the staff team achieves the Business Plan.
At least three quarters of the Board must be people who have had Polio themselves and the eight-strong team is led by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer.
National Chairman of Trustees
David Mitchell was elected National Chairman of Trustees in September 2016. As Chairman of the Lincolnshire Branch and former National Vice-Chairman David brings his years of experience as a successful businessman and respected member of The British Polio Fellowship to the role.
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, David contracted Polio in 1965 and since becoming a member of The British Polio Fellowship 16 years ago, he has divided his time between supporting the Lincolnshire Branch at local level, and campaigning on Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). A seasoned campaigner, David has called for improved consideration for people living with disabilities generally, particularly when using public transport.
“I am proud to have been elected National Chairman of Trustees of The British Polio Fellowship. It is a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of former Chairs like Pam Jones and the late Bryan Rowley. It is a great honour and I intend to build on their work by helping to ensure PPS receives more awareness from both the medical profession and the government.”
National Vice-Chairman of Trustees
Aidan Linton-Smith was elected as Vice-Chairman of Trustees in September 2016.
Having been unfortunate enough to contract Polio when just a few months old, Aidan has lived with the condition all his life and has not let it get the way of living a very successful life, both on the work front and in the sporting arena. A Londoner by birth, Aidan is a member of the Home Counties North Region and has been a member of The British Polio Fellowship for over 30 years.
Aidan also had a starring role in the Paralympic games where he was a Gamesmaker in his own sport of Boccia – a title he has won at the charity’s National Indoor Games on six previous occasions.
“I had a wonderful time taking part in the Paralympic Games. Boccia is the only sport we do that is similar to the Paralympics, although played by different rules and has to be smaller of course to fit into the room! I have taken part in the games since the beginning, including as a youngster when they were held outdoors. The games are one of the few opportunities we have to compete and having been involved with the British Polio Fellowship for over 30 years, I am still very proud to be taking part and serving as Vice-Chairman.”