Having been a close friend of Carole’s since 2004, I was honoured when I was asked to take a role in the creation and subsequent running of Jolly Josh as a trustee. Our families have, and continue to spend, many happy times together, but Josh’s illness and subsequent passing under such complex and difficult circumstances had a profound effect on me, our family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. With that, it seemed only right to look for opportunities to support other families in the local area experiencing similar often challenging circumstances. Having had little exposure to children with additional needs in my personal and professional life prior to my involvement with Jolly Josh, it has been a privilege to meet some of Rochdale and the surrounding area’s children who bring the most vibrant, fun loving characters to the world around us. My primary role is as a mum of 2 children, 1 girl and 1 boy who bring joy and happiness to my husband and I (as well as a little chaos at times!). As a family we enjoy spending time with our wider family and friends, holidaying abroad, cooking and spending time outdoors (when the British weather allows!) I work as a Senior Project Manager in the Oil and Gas industry, specializing in delivering multi million dollar projects to the big oil and gas majors. Having worked in this industry since 2008, I enjoy leading a global team and the opportunities to travel which the role brings as well as taking a keen interest in training and mentoring. My role involves taking responsibility for all aspects of project management from health, safety, security and environmental (HSSE) performance, commercial and contract negotiation and compliance, financial performance and ownership of the project profit and loss account, schedule adherence and timely delivery of hardware and services to customers, meeting internal and external governance requirements and the processes required to maintain control of the project including risk management, cost control and opportunity identification. My husband and I embarked on a project of building a family home in a picturesque village just across the border in West Yorkshire where we have settled to raise our children. This has been both a challenging and rewarding achievement and very much a once in a lifetime chance. Seeing the unexpectedness and fragility of life from my involvement in Jolly Josh, I feel more than ever compelled to grasp opportunities as and when they arise.