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.

Lindsey Wishart

Trustee

Lindsey Wishart, Trustee at KeyRing

Lindsey has provided financial leadership in the planning and implementation of Supporting People in a London borough. This included developing new services to better meet local needs, maximising the council’s Supporting People grant, overseeing the IT strategy, developing the charging policy, and re-working contracts to enable services to operate more flexibly, chairing the provider forum, and ensuring value for money in service provision.

She has also taken the lead on risk management (including risk of fraud and corruption) in housing and social care. She has been a charity trustee for the past 12 years.

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.

Andy Tonner

Trustee

Andy Tonner, Trustee at KeyRing

Andy is Head of Business Development at Prospectus, a recruitment business working solely in the beyond profit sector. With 7 years experience in the sector, he works across Prospectus on business development, operational projects, marketing and maintaining and developing client relationships. Andy also heads up the Talent Attraction team at Prospectus covering media, advertising and design projects.

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.

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