Avante Care & Support Trustee, Bob Bushell has been appointed Patron.
Bob Bushell joined Avante Care & Support Board of Trustees in March 1994 when the organisation was then known as KCHT. Bobs experience in the care industry was minimal as he had spent all his working life in railway employment, but his experience within the Trade Union movement and how to deal with sickness, employment contracts, and the discipline procedures were the skills the board were looking for to help balance the expertise across the board.
Bob has seen many changes during his twenty one and half years’ service at Avante Care & Support including the rebrand of the organisation in 2009, the construction of three new care homes, the home care service expanded across Bexley and Kent and the young peoples service Stepahead Support (also part of Avante Care & Support) develop and grow across Kent.
The change in the Articles of Association last year meant that as Bob has completed more than 9 years as a Trustee for Avante Care & Support, he will have to retire as a Trustee this AGM in September. When Bob completes his current three year term he will have been a Trustee for over twenty one years, which makes him the longest serving Trustee in the Charities History.
Bob has given a tremendous amount of time and support to Avante Care & Support and depending on his busy diary, attends and takes part in as many events across the services that he is invited to including the Stars award ceremony, Achievement awards and the Summer Getaway.
Upon Bobs recent appointment he commented, ‘Avante Care & Support today is far different to the KCHT board I joined in 1994 and yes I have seen many changes, but I believe we are a far more professional organisation, ready for the challenges in the Care Industry we face today.
It came as great surprise to me that several weeks ago Mark Lloyd, Managing Director, asked if I would accept the position of Patron, which I of course accepted and was then approved at the Board. I am honoured and humbled by the offer and to follow in the steps of my predecessor Lady Northbourne is indeed a privilege. I was born and have lived the past 68 yrs in Faversham, and it is an honour that a local lad will continue to serve such a worthwhile Charity’.
Outside of Avante Care & Support Bob loves all kinds of sport, especially Kent Cricket in the summer, and Football in the winter having supported Arsenal since the age of 10, he still has a love of trains and attends the Faversham Model Railway Club each week.
Congratulations Bob, from us all at Avante Care & Support.