Amanda Bunce has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees for the national learning disabilities charity, Hft.

As a successful business woman, Amanda brings a wealth of experience following a career spanning more than 40 years in customer services and operations management including domestic banking.  Initially starting in banking roles she worked her way up the corporate ladder, taking on various leadership and management positions for large corporates including RBS and Natwest. Prior to her retirement in 2017, she was headhunted for IBM Global Business Services and spent 15 years working as one of their Vice Presidents in the UK and Ireland, managing their large client relationships and specialising in leading large systems change programmes and transformation projects for IT.

Amanda, from Cheddington near Leighton Buzzard, has been an Hft trustee for the past two years. During that time she has played an instrumental role in supporting Hft’s commitment to collaboration through the development of Voices to be Heard, a speak out group for people supported by the organisation to express their views and have a voice within the charity. Her focus moving forward will be to continue to build on the ways the people Hft supports are involved in both shaping the direction of the organisation, and in having the opportunity to be a part of the conversation around the wider social care sector.

In response to her appointment, Amanda said:

“It is a challenging time for the social care sector and I’m keen to play a part in creating a world where social care is higher on the political agenda and reform is being led by the people at the heart of those services.

“There are a growing number of young people with more complex needs. I believe I can use my extensive business background, together with the insight I have gained from the people who use our services, to support Hft in ensuring we are continuing to provide the right high quality services in the most appropriate way to meet those needs.”

At a full council meeting yesterday (Thursday 26th March) the role was formally handed over from the Liberal Democrat peer, The Baroness Judith Jolly, who stepped down having held the position for the last four years.

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft, please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit www.hft.org.uk/resources-and-guidance