Trustees & Trustees Annual Report
Our Board of Trustees
We have a variety of people on our Board of Trustees, some are parents of deaf or hearing-impaired (children with a hearing loss); others are from business, education or health sector, all are volunteers who commit their skills and time to the charity. We are also delighted to have Rebekah on board, she is an Advisory Trustee who is a member of Phoenix Plus. She represents the young members to ensure that their opinions are listened to at the heart of the organisation.
Current Trustees are:
Valerie Copenhagen – Chair of Trustees
Hello, my name is Angela ANSELL, I’m a mother of two deaf children. I am delighted to join Phoenix on the board of Trustees as a Parents Representive. I have heard of Phoenix, as when I was a researcher working on TV many years ago I came across them. However, I didn’t think about joining as a member until my daughter was born back in 2016.
Phoenix offers lots of great opportunities and activities for young deaf people during school half term/holiday. I would like to return my support as a parents representative to Phoenix as both of my children have enjoyed joining in with the activities put on by Phoenix.
I have worked in the Hertfordshire charitable sector for the last 20 years supporting charities in North Herts and Stevenage to develop and grow. I have always followed the work of Phoenix and, when I left my previous post and started delivering consultancy and training services, I was asked to join the trustee board to share my expertise. I have always had a keen interest in supporting groups providing support to families, children and young people so was pleased to be able to help.
Rebekah (Phoenix Plus - Advisory Trustee)
My name is Rebekah and I am 21 years old. I am profoundly Deaf and a British Sign Language user. I have been a Phoenix member since the age of 10. At the moment, I am a part-time BSL teacher in Hemel and Watford colleges.
I am involved as a Youth Advisory Representative because I am passionate to improve the Deaf young people's lives in Phoenix and their future by ensuring they have the support and confidence they need when facing barriers like myself. I think it is a good opportunity for deaf young people to get involve in Trustee meetings and give their opinions about Phoenix, so Trustees can find ways to help keep Phoenix strong and it also good for the CV!
My name is Enada Vejsiu and I originally come from Albania. I am a qualified Chartered Management Global Accountant, and I have been working within the financial industry for 14 years. Outside finance I enjoy music and instrumental learning.
Two and a half years ago I had a little boy named Antony and I started watching children television. It is then, I realised that there was a very nice man Mr. Tumble doing the sign language on all of the stories and songs he was singing. And it hit me, life was real and many children and families experience deafness. It was then shortly after the opportunity to work with Phoenix came along and I was immediately captured by the charity what it stands for and the young people.
My name is Barbara Juralovic and I am a member of the Trustee Board for this fantastic charity. I am an Associate at Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with over 10 years' experience in the finance industry. I am a tennis enthusiast and have a keen interest in behavioural economics.
A few years ago one of my best friends partially lost her hearing overnight, without any prior conditions. This made me realise the challenges young people with a hearing impairment (a hearing loss) face and the impact it has on their mental and physical well-being as well as on their families and friends. When a couple of years later an opportunity came to contribute to the amazing work the Phoenix Group is doing - I immediately jumped onboard!
Annual General Meeting
We hold an Annual General Meeting every year and anyone is welcome to join us. Since 2020, this has taken place and worked extremely well through Zoom, although we hope to return to meet in person in the near future. AGMs are advertised in advance, it would be lovely to see you there.