The team

Aurora Options is managed by a senior management team and governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees.

 

Senior Management Team

Willie Scott

Chief Executive

Willie has 30 years experience of learning disability and mental health services, working in both the NHS and the voluntary sector. Prior to taking on his position at Aurora Options in 2005 he worked at a senior level in a variety of organisations providing community services for people with learning disabilities. His vision for Aurora is that it should be a flexible, rights-led organisation that puts service users at the heart of all it does.

 

Gail Nicholls

Director of Development

Gail joined Aurora Options in 2007 as service manager. She has more than 30 years experience in social care, starting her career as a student nurse in the NHS in Surrey, supporting people to move out of hospitals into the community. She has worked in the voluntary sector since 1991. At Aurora Options Gail’s responsibilities include quality monitoring, developing new initiatives and ensuring service users are listened too and receive the support they want. She is involved in a number of quality groups locally and nationally.

 

Fahmeeda Amode

Finance Manager

Fahmeeda has more than fifteen years experience working in finance, joining Aurora Options in 2008.

Fahmeeda ensures that the organisation has strong and robust financial systems in place, so that it can adapt and evolve in a changing environment.

 

 

Paul Harris

Area Manager

After leaving university where he studied English Literature, Paul joined Aurora Options in 2007 as a support worker, before becoming a service manager and then, in 2015, an area manager. Paul has particular interest in the field of using Information Technology to assist people with limited communication as well as the development of services for people who are on the dementia pathway.

 

 

 

Board of Trustees

 

Mark Ballantine

Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Mark is a chartered accountant. He qualified with Ernst and Young in 1989, and has experience working in insurance and social housing.He joined the Aurora Options Board in 2006.

 

Jerry Tosswell

Jerry graduated in 1989 with a degree in employee relations before beginning a career in HR. Since then he has worked in the health, charity and local government sectors, always in a social care setting. He has served as an Aurora Options trustee since 2006.

 

Jean Young

Jean’s brother Graham is supported by Aurora Options, and she has been involved with the organisation for more than 30 years. In 2014 she joined the Board as a family representative.

 

Isabelle Terrisson

Isabelle Terrisson brings 20 years of involvement with the not-for-profit sector ranging from a large international NGO to national and local organisations. She has substantial experience of working with women’s organisations and community organisations engaging with disadvantaged groups (especially BAME women).Isabelle has served as an Aurora Options trustee since 2006.