Ramani Langley - Chair of Trustees
Ramani has worked for over 25 years for software companies and systems integrators as a Director of Sales and Services. She is a ski instructor and soprano, singing with Lantern Voices quartet, the BBC Symphony Chorus, and Guildford Opera. Ramani has regularly volunteered and raised funds for charities and was keen to use her business skills to more actively support a local charity. She joined Linkable as a trustee in 2018 and became Chair in February 2020.
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Stuart has worked for over 25 years managing in-house pension schemes for large companies and providing advice to pension scheme Trustee Boards. Outside of work he is an active member of a local church and for 5 years was a volunteer with Woking Street Angels providing care and support to those in need in Woking town centre on Friday and Saturday nights. Stuart loves playing and watching sport and is a keen tennis player. Stuart’s first introduction to LinkAble was when his twin sons volunteered with them for their Duke of Edinburgh Award and he became a Trustee is 2018.
Sarah brings to our board 18 years’ experience in the charity sector as a fundraising professional. She’s delivered fundraising strategies for organisations including Diabetes UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Special Olympics Great Britain and is currently Head of Community & Events Fundraising for Samaritans. Having spent much of her career working for disability charities, Sarah has gained an insight into the challenges disabled people face to be fully included in society, and feels strongly that everyone should be supported to achieve their goals and live a fulfilled life.
Natalie graduated in Economics before specialising in Financial Engineering and Derivatives. She has since followed a successful career in Investment Management in London as a portfolio manager, as well as leading large international teams of investment managers for over 20 years. More recently, she is focusing on Sustainability and Management of Resources. Natalie discovered LinkAble a few years ago when some close friends needed the support of the charity. She saw first hand how the assistance provided was not only helping the young individuals grow and blossom, but also bringing restorative breaks for the rest of the family – knowing that their loved ones were well cared for.
Natalie actively participates in mentoring programs (eg The City brokerage, Women Network and Fight for Peace) and enjoys seeing the impact of the transformative work done on these young adults.
Richard has a degree in Economics and Management and over 10 years experience working for large consumer organisations in commercial and analytics roles. He has managed teams responsible for ensuring the commercial success of the organisations and planning and executing complex projects to deliver better technology and services to customers. Outside of work, he has a young family and, when he has the time, enjoys sports including golf and skiing. He joined LinkAble in 2019 to use his skills and experience to help the LinkAble team and all their service users.
Hema is an experienced board member with skills in areas such as strategy, innovation, governance and risks and partnerships. He is currently a Director of Eureka Solutions and also a Non-Executive Director of Treasure Earth CIC and Swim Wales. Hema is also an assessor with the Association for Project Management and a member of the EU 2020 Funding Panel. Hema joined joined LinkAble to contribute to a successful and valued community partner serving the needs of children and adults with learning disabilities.
Carolyn is a qualified Solicitor and has worked in the commercial legal industry as an in-house lawyer for the past 20 years, mostly within the IT industry. British born, but grew up in South Africa, Carolyn has been actively involved in the local communities in South Africa, raising funds for children’s nursery schools in the under-developed areas and helping with reading, knitting and other similar activities to assist the children in further developing their skills. Carolyn is keen to get involved in charity work in the UK and is keen to use her business skills that she has gained over the last 20 years to support LinkAble. Outside of work Carolyn enjoys hiking, running, swimming, cycling and reading.
Pat has over 30 years of HR experience, gained during 26 years in the public sector and a further 10 as a senior manager with a physical and learning disabilities charity. She now has her own coaching and consultancy business, through which she works mostly with a cross-section of charities on a variety of initiatives. She joined LinkAble in 2020 through a desire to provide ongoing support to a local organisation. When not working, Pat enjoys walking, photography and learning (about anything). She loves animals. She also likes to eat, sleep and watch television.
Saf is an experienced Trustee and Senior Civil Servant. She has a broad range of experience in leadership, strategy, risk, change, project and programme management. She joined LinkAble in October 2020 having spent over 8 years in school governance. Saf is passionate about wanting to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, and wants to bring her experience to help LinkAble continue to serve disabled adults and children in the local area. When not working, or looking after her family, you can find Saf either out walking or cooking.
Neil is a qualified accountant with over 15 years experience working across several large Consumer Goods companies in Commercial Finance/Business Partnering roles, where he has developed skills and gained experience – in mainstream finance & accounting and also other areas such as project management, process improvement, corporate governance, and working on cross-functional teams to develop commercial proposals & contract tenders. After previously working with a charity (alternative education provider for 14-16 year olds) on a project to help them develop a strategic plan & direction, Neil was inspired to get involved with a longer-term commitment to give something back. Neil joined the LinkAble team as a Finance Trustee in Sept 2020.
Colin has worked for large PLCs (B2B & B2C), Charities and in the Public Sector, including many years with board level responsibility for complete national businesses (and their safety); leading substantial operational teams in engineering, DIY retail, private healthcare and training organisations. He has also served as a governor of a local MLD school. His son has benefited from Linkable’s programmes and events for almost 20 years and Colin is keen to support its services for current and future users. In his spare time, he can often be found ‘in the shed’ (utilising his engineering skills) or out cycling in the Surrey Hills. He also enjoys foreign travel and spending time with his family.