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PATRON of Flat Spaces Foundation -
Rosaleen (Rosie) Moriarty-Simmonds OBE

Rosaleen (Rosie) Moriarty-Simmonds OBE

Disabled Businesswoman, Equality Campaigner, Prolific Volunteer and Charitable Worker; Author, Media Presenter, Inspirational Speaker and Artist with the world renowned, Mouth & Foot Painting Artists.

Rosie is a Vice President of the Cardiff Business Club, and protagonist for the Thalidomide Memorial - dedicated in June 2016, which marks the lives and achievements of Thalidomide Impaired people globally. Also, Patron of Flamingo Chicks, and Chairperson of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board for Cardiff University.

Rosie graduated from Cardiff University in 1985 with a degree in Psychology, then worked as an Executive Officer in the Civil Service for seven years, before establishing the RMS Disability Issues Consultancy in 1995. In June 2007, Rosie completed and published her autobiography - Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes - It was re-published in 2009.

Happily married with one son, Rosie's hobbies are amateur dramatics and photography.

After a lifetime of Campaigning for Rights and Equality for Disabled People, Rosie was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen's New Years Honours List. She also received an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University in July 2017, for "Her Outstanding Work and contribution to the Equality and Rights of Disabled People". In December 2018, Rosie received an Honorary Doctorate and Honorary Fellowship from Swansea University, again for her equality work.

Web Site www.rms-consultancy.co.uk

As an inaugural member of the Flat Spaces Foundation and one of its initial Trustees, we are absolutely delighted to officially welcome Rosie as our first Patron.

Trustees

Our Board of Trustees, under the Chairmanship of Tom Yendell have responsibility for the overall control and strategy of the Foundation.

  • Tom Yendell

    Tom Yendell

    Tom Yendell was born in Winchester in 1962. He was born without arms and hands due to the drug Thalidomide which his mother took in pregnancy. He is a Board Member on the international committee for the worldwide Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. He obtained an Degree at Brighton University where he studied Expressive Arts. He is a trustee for three charities, The Education And Book Appeal: Ghana (TEABAG), The Mouth And Foot Painting Artists Trust Fund for the Training of Handicapped Children in the Arts and of course Flat Spaces Foundation.

  • Maggie Charman

    I am a seasoned Programme and Transformation Director working at CxO level across many different industry sectors including 20 years in Public Sector in aviation, education and social care. I have spent 25 years covering industries in Retail, Aviation, Building and Construction, Hi-Tech, Banking and Financial Services including privately owned and FTSE 100 companies, such as Sony, SAP, British Airways, Tarmac, Redrow, Harrods, Aspreys, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Serco, Mouchel, and now Just Eat, to name a few.
    As an individual I am results focused and proactively drive change for organisations through structure and culture, business operations and processes, and technology. I bring energy and a can do attitude with a reputation for being able to turnaround failed programmes and find a way forward to success.
    Being commercially astute enables me to help determine new strategies to drive performance improvements. Put the right investment behind programmes and they work. Put the right commercial incentives in place and the reward follows.
    I am now slowly winding down my professional career and have some time to invest in worthy causes which will start the next chapter of my life.

  • Hugh Lumby - Trustee

    Hugh Lumby

    Hugh is a commercial property lawyer by background, having worked in the City of London for almost 30 years. He is now a Hampshire based solicitor, politician and entrepreneur, having spent his entire career at Ashurst LLP, the international law firm. During his time there he has acted on a wide range of property transactions, from phone boxes to office blocks. His particular specialism has been shopping centre developments, acting for example on the Westfield London shopping centre in west London for over 20 years and on the development of the Westfield Stratford City scheme in east London in readiness for the 2012 Olympics. His work regularly took him abroad, especially to Australia and Europe. Hugh has been a councillor on the London Borough of Wandsworth, has lectured extensively including at the Sorbonne and was a visiting professor at the University of Law. He is now a councillor on Winchester City Councillor and is standing for election to the county council in May.
    Away from work, Hugh lives in Hampshire, in the Meon Valley. He loves to be out in the countryside or on the water and is developing a middle aged fondness for cycling, especially on the flat or downhill.

  • Rob Trent

    Robert Trent

    Rob was born with a disability and is a powered wheelchair user. Rob worked for Ordnance Survey for over 30 years, where he had a varied career in IT and latterly Risk Management. Rob is also a Trustee for Disability Rights UK, and a Governor for Treloars School and College in Alton.
    Rob is also an Executive Director of Access Advisr Ltd which has a vision of making difficult journeys easier for people with disabilities.
    Rob has previous experience working with organisations including the Football Association where he contributed to improving stadium facilities for people with disabilities, and the Civil Service where he was an Assessor for Civil Service development programmes.
    Hobbies include painting, watching football and reading.

  • Jon Ashbee

    Jon is a retired career banker having spent 43 years with NatWest Bank, operating primarily in the retail banking sector as a Senior Private Banking Manager. He has engaged in voluntary/charity work for most of his life, but generally this has been associated with his children's activities (PTFA, Scouting Association, sporting clubs etc). He lives in Holybourne with his wife, Sandi, an Administation Officer with local firm Town and Country Cars Ltd. He first met Tom Yendell in 1995 when their sons started at the same school together and has worked with him on a number of Tom's charitable projects from a local music/beer festival to an education project in a Ghanaian village, and, of course, Flat Spaces!

  • Robert Marcus

    Robert Marcus

    Robert is a commercial Solicitor who has over 30 years legal experience having been trained in Macfarlanes, a City law firm, worked in Clyde & Co, an International litigation practice , and for over 20 years in-house at IBM in various senior roles and is now Managing Partner at Jurit LLP, is a CeDR accredited mediator and Director of the Hampshire Renewable Energy Cooperative . He is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and has been a trustee of various charities including Outsider Art and the Gratton Trust, and has undertaken pro bono legal work for Help for Heroes.