Direct talker voted onto Council

News: Kaye Jones, staff governor
New staff governor Kaye Jones

She’s a one woman dynamo. She’s direct. She says what she thinks. And she’s going to make an immediate impact on the new Oxleas’ Council of Governors.

Kaye Jones is Adult Learning Disabilities Day Services Manager at The Older Persons Service (TOPS) at Oxleas’ Goldie Leigh site. Kaye, 51, was recently elected as a governor for the Staff: Learning Disability constituency.

A 22 year veteran with Oxleas and it’s forerunner organisations, Kaye, who lives near West Malling in Kent, is a trained social worker, who has spent virtually all of her time in the NHS with learning disability day services. She said: “I am a firm advocate that having a good staff group is the way to improve services. I want to ease into my role as a governor to find the true scope of the position, but one thing is for sure, I will say what I think at meetings.”

With a strong, dynamic personality, Kaye hopes to help drive the trust forward in the coming years. She said she will always make herself available to staff and encourages anybody to approach her with any ideas or problems.

An experienced carer, Kaye has looked after an autistic service user for 26 years, so has a wealth of experience to bring to the Council. She said: “Paul is 44 now. He has no speech or hearing. He joined our family 26 years ago when my son was young. The trust has been very supportive, letting me work flexible hours to enable me to care for him.”

In her spare time Kaye likes to restore antique furniture. She said: “I recently bought a sofa for £75. I put in between 20 and 30 hours work on the sofa and then sold it for £350.”

Kaye will take up her position on the Council of Governors after the Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday 28 September.

Published on 14th September 2011