My step daughter and her father have both been diagnosed with Myotonic Mystrophy in their adult lives. Since 2012 Pauline and I have been providing detailed and practical support to them both. We have been very grateful for the wide-ranging support received from MDSG. We have already set up the local Wakefield Group, and I have held three successful meetings over the past year or so.
After 40 years with NatWest/RBS, I retired fully at the end of 2015. Over the past 25 years I focused on managing client relationships, and I believe that many of the skills acquired over this period will be of value to MDSG. These include the ability to listen, to analyse complex issues and financial accounts, and to solve problems.
In recent years I have held other voluntary roles; I was a Director of Counsel and Care for the Elderly for 10 years, and held the post of Honorary Auditor for a financial industry discussion forum-the Money Advice Liaison Group-for over 12 years.
My charitable interests are now focused solely on MDSG. I believe that my background as an ‘old fashioned bank manager’ offers a new perspective to the current board, and to contribute in some of the key areas such as;
-Raising awareness of Myotonic Dystrophy
-Supporting efforts into the research programme
-Bringing commercial/banking skills to assist with the day to day running of MDSG.