Our organisation is run by our Trustees. Hard working and unpaid, they strive for CMV awareness every day....
Tom Kelman - Treasurer
I am a City based Chartered Accountant with over 27 years experience. My most recent experience was as the Director of Finance and Corporate Resources for almost eight years at AAT, a widely recognised not for profit professional membership body. Prior to that I held the role as the Finance Director at Gissings, a fast growing Private Group.
I also have commercial experience as a Director responsible for creating and developing a professional client facing practice within the Gissings Group during my 16 years there. I qualified as a Chartered Acountant with Thomson McLintock which later became part of KPMG.
My darling granddaughter was born with CMV and is severely affected.
In my work as a Teacher of the Deaf I was barely aware of CMV, let alone the possible consequences. How can such a common virus, harmless to most people, be so devastating to a developing baby.
I found it unbelievable that so little was known of CMV – my colleagues, audiologists, doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors, social workers, friends and family – no one had heard of it.
I want to be involved in raising awareness of CMV, campaigning for better preventative measures until a vaccine becomes available and supporting those families affected.
As a Trustee, I have given talks on CMV and the charity to Teachers of the Deaf, the Ear Foundation, to local Rotary clubs, Golf Club, Lions, etc. which has tied in with fundraising. I have attended NICE meetings, fundraising events and the lovely family parties.
I am also a support volunteer, particularly giving advice on hearing loss and education issues. I update the CMV Action website and Facebook Page. and co ordinate the fundraising. I am generally willing to do what I can - never a dull moment as the charity is going from strength to strength.
Through CMV Action we can bring about change.
I have four boys, the youngest two are twins, and one of the twins was diagnosed with CMV at the age of 1. He had failed his newborn hearing test and had progressive loss.
It was only after being referred for Cochlear Implants that he had a MRI which revealed scarring on his brain. It was then that his Guthrie chart was tested and he was diagnosed with Congenital CMV.
It was at this point that we started to find out all we could about CMV and realized how little was known and how much uncertainty lay ahead.
The best information and help we could find was talking to other parents who had children affected by CMV.
I have been involved with CMV Action for about four years as a parent supporter. My son, Louis, had congenital CMV and is now 16 years old. He was not diagnosed until he was three so I am motivated to increase awareness. My background is in criminal law and I now have a variety of part time jobs.
So far, I have organised the recent CMV Day at the Elizabeth Foundation in Portsmouth and have talked at other events such as the Ear Foundation Day in London.
I have been involved in getting support and preparing some of the stakeholder letters for the ‘We Need To Talk About CMV’ report.
I assist on legal issues, such as Data Protection and have written the volunteer policy, the protocol for support requests and have trained new volunteers.
Caroline and I worked together on the selection and interviews for the Project Manager role.
I have really enjoyed working with Caroline and the other trustees. They are all highly motivated and professional and are combining their trustee roles with looking after children and grandchildren who have been affected by CMV.
I am looking forward to being a Trustee of this fantastic charity.
I have been a qualified midwife since 2008 and prior to this I was a nurse working mostly in A&E. I have loved working as both a nurse and a midwife and have been very privileged to work amongst amazing teams.
We have 4 children our eldest being 5 years old and our youngest being 11 months. As a family we were faced with congenital CMV with our last baby, George. We were identified at 24 weeks into this pregnancy as having CMV as a primary infection that most likely occurred during my 10th to 14th week of pregnancy.
What followed was a scary (even for a midwife) few months of monitoring, scans, uncertainty, and lots of choices and decisions to be made. Our baby boy was born at 37 weeks and tested at birth, which confirmed congenital CMV, therefore many tests were carried out and a cascade of referrals were made. It was a scary time for all of us but thankfully, other than some brain calcifications noted on USS at birth, our baby boy George is doing very well.
At this stage he appears to be unaffected but he will continue to be monitored We are just so grateful for all the help and support we have been offered and most importantly that our beautiful baby boy is doing well. No one knows what the future holds for him just yet but we are very grateful for what we have right now and as a family will face any challenges that come our way knowing we have great support. Ours is a positive story which I was eager to share and so I joined CMV Action as a Trustee and will continue to support CMV Action in any way possible in an attempt to educate about and eradicate CMV.