Spotlight on our new Trustee – Penelope Lenon, Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre Trustee
|I became a Trustee of the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre in May 2014 after a chance conversation over a cup of tea. An existing Trustee, Oscar Van Nooijen, thought my experience in finance, the voluntary sector and as a Trustee of two educational charities would be a useful addition to the board. I was delighted when the rest of the board agreed with him, not least because this is such an interesting and important moment in the life of the charity.
I worked at the Bank of England for many years before family commitments made a daily commute into the City too difficult. I then qualified as an adviser with Citizens Advice, which is where I first worked with members of the deaf community, often helping them find their way through the DLA application maze. In recent years, both my father and my mother-in-law have become progressively more hard of hearing, and I have become more conscious of the problems and frustrations this entails.
My husband and I have lived in Oxford since 2011. Before that, we lived in the boys’ boarding school where my husband was headmaster. Although our own children are daughters (both now in their twenties), my sixteen years as a headmaster’s wife mean that I have a pretty good understanding of cricket and rugby.