Pope to sit on Council of Governors

News: Raymond Pope, public governor
Raymond Pope in the garden of his Beckenham home

A retired engineer, Raymond Pope, wants now to give something back to society and as such will be taking up his position on the trust’s Council of Governors in September.

Raymond, aged 70, lives with his wife Brenda at their home of 30 years in Beckenham. He was elected to the post recently and will represent the Public constituency in Bromley.

During his career as an engineer, Raymond worked for companies such as Lonrho and a London based car company Raymond describes as: “The largest Rolls Royce distributing company in the world.”

However, when you dig into his background, Raymond has in fact been contributing to society in a positive way for sometime now. He is a former Chair of a charity called Voice UK. Raymond explained: “Voice UK is a charity set up to support people who have experienced crime or abuse.”

More recently Raymond has been involved with Bromley LINk, an independent network of individuals and organisations that work together to improve health and social care in Bromley.

Married to his incredibly supportive wife Brenda, the couple care for their 32-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who was born with Down’s Syndrome and has a learning disability - so the family already has links with Oxleas. The couple also have two grown up sons, one is a doctor and the other is a finance director with a leading high street bank.

Raymond said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the Council of Governors at Oxleas. This is my way of making a meaningful contribution to try and help those with learning disabilities.”

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

Published on 1st September 2011