Meet our Chair: Amanda
For me, being a trustee enables me to make a contribution to a cause that I’m passionate about – supporting the most vulnerable and enabling disadvantaged children to fulfil their potential.
For a large part of my career I worked in child protection and child services within London Local Authorities. I have experience as a chair, working with social care and housing providers, The Guinness Partnership, and as deputy chair of Barnado’s.
However, after sponsoring children through Plan International UK for 27 years, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become chair of this organisation. Through sponsorship, I was lucky enough to gain first-hand knowledge of Plan’s lasting work - now I’m keen to contribute in a more substantial way.
If I ruled the world I would make equality and social justice obligatory around the globe. I would also, as an extra ask, ban chewing gum being disposed of anywhere but in the bin!
Back on all-important justice and equality, Plan International UK’s work with adolescent girls, in particular, has been inspirational. The organisation provides quality education for girls while also tackling abuses such as child marriage and FGM.
My highlight so far has been meeting our staff, the volunteers, some supporters (though by no means enough!) and hearing about the work the organisation does. I also was able to visit a programme in Sri Lanka. There, women work on plantations and are more or less cut off from communities and technology. Plan International helps these women access essential information and services so that they can support themselves and their families.
Empowering women is just one way that we’re challenging the persistent gap between the opportunities on offer for girls and women, compared to those for boys and men. Investing in girls is central to achieving long-term change for whole communities.