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Chair of Centre 404

Jean has been a member of Centre 404 for 40 years, being Chair three times. She has a special interest in health and housing for people with learning disabilities. She acts as Champion for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in Islington on the Partnership Board, and sits on the Health and Housing Working Groups. Nationally, Jean has been a member of government groups working on behalf of people with learning disabilities and their family carers. She currently represents the London Region Family Carers at the National Valuing Families Forum, which advises government. One of Jean's adult daughters had multiple disabilities and twenty years ago, along with another parent, she set up the first supported housing in England for their daughters. Jean currently works as an assessor for the Independent Living Fund for North London, a trainer and consultant. Earlier in her career Jean was a Director of the Camden Society.

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Derek joined Centre 404 in 2012 and has recently been co-opted to the Executive Committee. Born and bred in north London, he started his career with Ernst & Young and, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, he moved into the banking world. He has worked in a number of financial institutions, specialising in banking for the Muslim community. Currently he is Director of Wealth Management at BLME, the largest Islamic bank in Europe. Derek is committed to help improve the lives of those who have not enjoyed the same opportunities, and is keen to extend his knowledge and experience into the charity sector.

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Vice Chair

Paul has extensive experience of development and governance within a range of community focused organisations. He has an MA in Public Service Management. He takes a particular interest in the work of our Leisure and Learning team and is really eager to support and encourage people with learning disabilities to get involved and take as much responsibility as possible at Centre 404. His youngest son, Dylan, has severe learning disabilities and health challenges. Paul has lived in Islington all his life and is also a member of the Islington Childrens Trust Board.