Paula Barnes

Paula Barnes

Trustee

Paula is a senior qualified solicitor and partner with over 25 years' experience in criminal negligence, community care and public law matters.  She is a partner at Lester Aldridge in Southampton and has been extensively involved in the management of claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal and and Coroners Court.  

Paula is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as well as a Law Society Clinical Negligence panel member and examiner.  She is currently the Chairperson of the new Conductive Education Consortium, of which Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity is a member, and until July, was the Chairperson of Rainbow Centre in Fareham so has been a trustee directly involved in a service very similar to ours.

Paula said: "Being a trustee enables you to put your skills and experience to new use in an entirely different context and, although a cliche, to try and make a difference to other peoples lives.  I have spent my entire professional career spanning some 30 years working in the disability sector as a Solicitor practising in the fields of Health and Social Care and Clinical Negligence.  I am passionate about the need for early intervention for children affected by brain injury.  Sadly this can be difficult to access.  Centres like Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity therefore offer something truly special supporting children and their families with not only Conductive Education but other therapies and much needed support.  It is an absolute privilege to be part of such an amazing charity."

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