Our CEO and trustees

Our trustees oversee everything a charity does, from setting its strategy to being responsible for its work and finances.

Karyn Kirkpatrick

Chief Executive Officer

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Karyn Kirkpatrick (PgDip, RNLD, LLB) is our Chief Executive. She is passionate about people having their own homes lives and voices in their local community. Having started her career as a Learning Disability Nurse, Karyn moved to work with advocacy and advice organisations. From there she joined KeyRing where people were getting the type of support and connection that Karyn felt they needed.

She is keen that people with support needs have employment opportunities and is leading KeyRing through several ongoing projects to make employment a reality for their Members.

She has previously taken on roles on the boards of Learning Disability England and Neighborhood Networks and a seconded role as the Valuing People Housing Lead.

Karyn loves the great outdoors and often spends her holidays in her campervan with family, friends and her ridiculous chihuahua.

Jo Land

Chair

Jo Land, Chair of KeyRing

Jo is currently Treasurer and Trustee of the Charities’ HR Network and a Trustee of Avenues Group, where she is also Group CEO.

Jo’s skills include HR, Organisation Development, Strategic Business Development including mergers and acquisitions, Employment Law, Learning and Development, Quality Assurance and Monitoring, Practice Leadership and Development, Operational Service Delivery in social care, personal customer experience of the social care system, strategic networking and partnership building.

She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD since 2011. She has a post graduate diploma in Employment Law, and is also a certified management consultant, and is trained as a professional coach.

Francis Chiwariro

Treasurer

Francis Chiwariro

Francis is an experienced Chartered Management Accountant who has worked in a variety of roles across higher education, healthcare and international development. He brings to our board strong financial knowledge and leadership.

He currently works for the University of Wales TSD where he looks after Finance and Resources for the Welsh University’s London and Birmingham campuses. Francis is also a Trustee/Director at Greywood Multi-School Trust and sits on their Audit and Finance committee. He is passionate about social justice, equality and environmental sustainability.

Francis is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and an MSc in NGO and development management.

 

Bella Edwards

Trustee

Bella Edwards, Trustee at KeyRing

Bella has been a KeyRing Member since 2001. She has been active in Member Involvement activities and supports the other Members in her network. She is also a member of the People First management committee and has worked as a Travel Buddy. She is interested in outreach.

Rachael Dodgson

Trustee

Rachael Dodgson, Trustee at KeyRing

Rachael is currently the Managing Director at Dimensions. She has over 30 years experience in social care working mainly with people with learning disabilities. She began her career as a support worker working her way up to being a registered manager where she helped resettle people with learning disabilities from long stay hospitals into the community. Rachael also worked for Birmingham People First for 2 years as project co-ordinator.

She more recently worked for the Care Quality Commission (the regulator of adult social care and health services) for 13 years in a range of roles including inspector, user involvement manager, and head of adult social care policy. Rachael is a qualified social worker and is passionate about high quality care, equality and people’s rights.

Brian Frisby

Trustee

Brian Frisby, Trustee at KeyRing

Brian is a qualified and registered social worker, manager and leader with significant experience in a breadth of social care roles. He is a champion of ordinary living, dignity, personalisation and building community capacity, with a strong track record in leadership, delivering outcomes for people, organisational performance and the transformation of adult social care.

Over the last decade Brian has been at the forefront of adult social care transformation – leading the implementation of self-directed support in Northamptonshire, supporting the development of personalisation at the London Borough of Southwark and taking Derby City to the forefront of personalisation, both regionally and nationally.

Until his retirement from the role of service director in Derby in January 2017, Brian was the ADASS East Midlands regional lead for learning disability (including Transforming Care) and previously represented the region at the ADASS Continuing Healthcare National Reference Group. He is a founding member of the national Local Area Coordination Network. During 2016 Brian delivered the next phase of Derby’s adult social care transformation through community led support in collaboration with the NDTi.

Brian has written and contributed to a number of publications and has presented at many conferences about: service quality in the personal social services, the use of assistive technology to support people with dementia and their carers, personalisation and building community capacity/prevention.

Shaun Webster

Trustee

Shaun Webster, Trustee at KeyRing

Shaun is an International Project Worker and Volunteer Development Worker at CHANGE, a human rights organisation led by disabled people. He has worked there for over 10 years, campaigning internationally for the rights of people with learning disabilities, delivering training and managing volunteers.

In 2016 he was given an MBE for his work.

He is also a KeyRing Member in our Rotherham network.

Harish Jani (Abacus Llp.)

Trustee

Harish Jani, Trustee at KeyRing

Harish is a versatile financial professional with experience in a diverse range of organisations.

Harish came to the UK from Uganda in 1968 to study. He took up articles with a medium sized firm of Chartered Accountants in London and studied and worked with this firm qualifying in 1973.

After working in both auditing and consultancy Harish joined Mercedes Benz UK in 1977 to head its financial reporting department, followed by time in private healthcare and working for Crystal Palace Football Club.

At the age of 68 Harish embarked on a full-time MBA course at Cass Business School, graduating in January 2020.

Nick Grinham

Trustee

Nick Grinham, Trustee at KeyRing

Nick is a retired business leader who has lived in North Wiltshire for most of his life. He has extensive experience in leading large and diverse teams across the world. He has worked in the retail, publishing and oil and gas sectors, holding senior leadership positions in Human Resources, business strategy, transformation and Information Technology.

Throughout his career he has promoted and passionately advocated for inclusion in all forms in the workplace.

Nick's hobbies include travel, walking and sports (especially football and cricket). He is married with two adult daughters.

 

Philip Jackson

Trustee

Philip Jackson

Philip is the Head of ICT and Data Services at Advance Housing and Support, a specialist provider of services for people with a disability or a mental health condition. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the social housing, care and support sector. After an early career in publishing, he moved to the non-profit sector as a development worker for a homelessness prevention charity. He joined Advance over 20 years ago as a support worker, before taking on a senior housing officer role and then joining the central services team as a project manager.

In his current role, Philip is responsible for the delivery of Advance’s technology and data strategies. He also leads information security and systems development, and manages the team that delivers ICT and data services across the organisation.

Philip is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a certified ISO27001 implementor and a GDPR practitioner.

 

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