The Rt Hon Tom Clarke CBE JP KSG
Tom Clarke shares with the Trust a keen commitment to support disadvantaged people, especially those with disabilities. In 1986, as Opposition spokesman on Development and on Social Services, he successfully piloted his own Private Members’ Bill designed to help People with Disabilities and was appointed spokesman on Disabled People in 1995. He has twice been voted Champion for Disabled People in the prestigious Epolitix Charity Awards. Chairman of All-Party Groups on learning disability, he also holds office on others concerned with carers.
Current concerns include tackling rising fuel costs on behalf of older and disabled people and supporting the Mencap campaign to tackle bullying and hate crime experienced by people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Lady Irene Morris
Following the sad death in August 2012 of Lord Morris of Manchester, our much-loved and respected Chairman, we were delighted when his widow, Lady Irene Morris, agreed to become President of The Citizens Trust.
Although Lady Morris devoted her life to her family and her husband’s career, she had her own experience working with disabled and disadvantaged people. At 19, the death of her father left her to struggle single-handedly to support her sister and her disabled mother while living in one of the poorest areas of Manchester.
Active in the Labour League of Youth, she met and married Alf Morris and the couple moved to London. As a teacher, she worked with some of the most vulnerable and deprived young people in South London, providing home tuition and support to those excluded from formal education.
Irene became a full-time mother, sacrificing a great career in her own right to support her family and her husband, travelling the world at his side.
Theresa K. Moore MBE
A former airline worker, Theresa has been CEO since setting up the charity in 1996. It was then known as The Disability Times Trust, taking its name from its sister organisation, the Disability Times newspaper.
Theresa received the MBE in 2002 to acknowledge her work with disabled people in the UK. Since this time, she has been responsible for guiding the Trust through its transition to become The Citizens Trust, representing all disadvantaged and socially excluded people.
John has worked in the printing and publishing industries for over 50 years. Most recently, he has been lecturing in colleges such as the London College of Printing, teaching techniques from the traditional to the latest computer based digital technology.
John says that working with students at the Trust, who have been less fortunate than himself, has proved to be the most satisfying of all.
Veronica has worked for many years with unemployed people in Central and West London. It was in her role as Disability Employment Adviser with the Department of Work and Pensions, that she first encountered the Trust. She says: “Theresa and the Trust did wonders for my disabled clients. The majority of them found paid work on completing the course.”
As well as being a Trustee Director for The Citizens Trust, Veronica is engaged in a variety of other voluntary roles, including counselling, teaching English to refugees and distributing information on behalf of the Buddhist Monastery, Samyeling.
A member of the Institute of Building, Peter has worked in construction management, also teaching construction at Richmond College.
Now retired, Peter is involved in various volunteering activities such as reading for a local school, helping in his local hospital and being involved with a number of local committees on housing and environmental issues. His interests include old cars, history, archeology, gardening, playing golf and spending time with his six grandchildren.
David E. R. Obaze
David came to London from Nigeria to qualify and work as an osteopath and naturopath.
A former Labour Councillor for Westminster Council, David is now involved with various charities. He is Director of the National Coalition for Black Volunteering and a Committee Member of the Westminster Society, as well as working with BENDA – the diabetic association for black and minority ethnic groups, Victim Support London and Westminster Citizens Advice. He has 4 children, two of whom have severe disabilities.