How we work
VoiceAbility has drawn together a leading team of experts and professionals to run and manage the organisation. We are a User Led Organisation (ULO). This means that the majority of people in our Board of Trustees (our management committee) have experience of disability themselves.
The Board of Trustees
Chair – Peter Letley
Peter runs the management board that is responsible for the overall direction of VoiceAbility. Peter has served on boards of various charities in the past, including Housing 21, WPF Therapy and CIBC Children’s Foundation. He has a wealth of financial and governance experience. He has a particular interest in working with people to raise their voices after fighting alongside his son, who has a disability, for the right to complete his degree education. He is unpaid.
I am Chairman of the Trustees and am particularly pleased to be involved because I believe that it is vital that all members of society should have a voice.This is often difficult to achieve in a complex world. As the father of a son with a learning disability I have seen this at close hand.Peter Letley
I worked for many years in the finance industry, allied with 8 years' involvement in social housing and care.Taken together I hope that this provides me with the skills to chair a group of varying backgrounds and with a majority of members who have lived experience of disability. My objective at Board level is to draw on the breadth of knowledge around the table for the benefit of Voiceability.
I would like to think that year by year we assist in consistently increasing the opportunity for vulnerable people to be heard.
Our Chief Executive
Jonathan is responsible for leadership of the organisation and is its public face. He delivers organisations strategy, which is approved by the board. Prior to this Jonathan was CEO of Advocacy Partners (1998-2010) developing it from a local charity with few staff to a leading organisation with over 80 staff across London and the South-East. He is Chair of the NICE Guideline Development Group for the service model for people with learning disability and challenging behaviour. Jonathan has written and spoken widely on individual rights and advocacy.
VoiceAbility's funding comes from a variety of areas.
Mainly, we get paid directly by local authorities, the NHS and other government bodies to deliver advocacy services under various government legislation.
We receive grants, donations and other funding after applying for funding 'pots' and initiatives. A small amount of income comes from public donations and legacies, our training, consultancy and easy read services.
We are dedicated to openness about our finances, how we earn money and how it is spent.
You can see our latest figures, as well as those from previous years, here.
Our year 2015-2016
Our impact report includes our advocacy and project work, resources we’ve created and influencing work we’ve done as well as our internal projects to keep standards high.Impact Report 2015