Colette’s early career focussed on consumer protection and included influencing the cultures of organisations to combine analysis with compassion and emotional awareness, leading to innovative, creative and highly effective solutions to complex issues, which delivered tangible benefits for both businesses and consumers. Her accomplishments include:
After a family orientated career break, Colette’s recent career has been in the marketing sector, taking full advantage of digital innovations to enhance the power of communications for good causes.
Colette has been involved with OPAAL since 2016, first as a Trustee Board member, then as Treasurer, before taking on the role of Director in 2021. Her aims are to:
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Daphne Isaaks; Duke of Edinburgh PR Volunteer spring 2023
Jude Atkinson: Research Intern summer 2023.
My name is Jude Atkinson and I have just finished my first year studying economics at the University of Manchester. Alongside my studies I have a keen interest in financial news and current affairs, and this was where I first came across an article which outlined some of digital banking’s negative implications upon older people. Following conversations with grandparents and loved ones, I was compelled to explore the issue further and contact the Director of OPAAL Colette Isaaks. During research and discussions with Colette, it has been alarming to find out the true extent of the issue as well as the complete lack of solutions to so many of the problems which are now being faced by older people due to digital banking. This has made me realise why so many things I often do, like bookings tickets and online shopping, are tasks which can cause issues to a lot of older people. I have also learnt my privilege of growing up with technology and how the lack of support for older people in adapting to technology is an issue which must be addressed. This has now made me better at understanding and identifying the everyday problems faced by my elderly loved ones, meaning that I can be of better support for them and become a more rounded person as a result.
Chair of Trustees
Dave Bradshaw is Chief Executive Officer of Sandwell Advocacy who provide a range of independent advocacy services across the Borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands.
I have been CEO of Sandwell Advocacy for over 20 years and prior to that spent many years in the community and voluntary sector generally. I have been involved as a trustee with OPAAL since 2017 and I am also on the Board of the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes.
I am committed to ensuring that people are able secure their rights, represent their interests and access services they need. I believe that local services are best shaped by involving people who use them in a spirit of true co-production. I joined the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance because I wanted to contribute to an organisation that shares my belief in supporting older people to have a voice and including people in decisions that directly affect their lives.
Vice Chair of Trustees
Janet Cullingford Head of Services at ICANN who are a CIO providing a range of Advocacy services across Lancashire and the surrounding areas. I am also a Trustee at Preston Community Network who provide support services to other VCFS organisations.
I have worked in the Voluntary sector for nearly 25 years across all age groups from Children and Young people to Older adults including those with dementia.
One of my particular interests is in offering help to those who are at risk of being or have been sexually abused or exploited, to that end I am also a Director of Release into Victory a CIC who provide counselling and other support services to adult survivors of CSA (Childhood sexual abuse)
Pam has enjoyed a rewarding career deliveringorporate and further education Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)trainingfollowed by voluntary sector senior management roles and part time lecturing inHealth & Social Care. Qualifications include Training Management, ICT, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Coaching and Mentoring(CIPD), and Voluntary and Third Sector Management.
Her varied career increased herknowledge of the vast range of issues facing individuals including drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, safeguarding, debt, teenage pregnancy and sex work, young carers, male suicide, and youth offending.
She believes passionately in multi-agency working and has been a representative with Blackpool Safeguarding Board, Multi Agency Risk and Assessment Conferences (MARAC), Chaired Police Western Division Independent Advisory Group (IAG) and delivered safeguarding training and awareness to audiences including allied healthcare professionals, voluntary and private sector staff and volunteers, charity trustees and social work students.
In 2015, Pamela set up her business, Pamela J Hill Consulting, providing a range of affordable support for voluntary sector organisations.
I have previously worked in the voluntary sector for 22 years as Manager of a dementia advocacy project. Prior to this I was a Mental health nurse.
I am currently working as a freelance advocate specialising in dementia alongside facilitating a peer support group of people all affected by dementia.
I am passionate around ensuring people especially marginalised people have a voice and their rights are adhered.
Being a trustee with OPAAL gives me the opportunity to work with an organisation whose aim is to support older people.
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