VICTA Trustees

VICTA Trustees give their time freely and for the benefit of the charity. They play an important role in making sure that the charity is run in the interests of the people we are here to support. They strategically oversea the management and administration of the organisation.

VICTA Trustees:

  • Ensure the charity has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with its vision
  • Act as the ‘charity’s’ ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first
  • Safeguard the charity’s assets, both physical assets including property, and intangible ones, such as its reputation
  • Make sure the charity is run sustainably
  • Are advocates and ambassadors for the charity
Pamela Lewis
Pamela LewisChair
Pamela has been involved with the VICTA since its inception and worked closely with John Brookes, a founder of the charity, who managed the London Marathon fundraising during the years 1993 to 2007. She is a qualified accountant with an MBA and during her young years built up a business, then lectured in accountancy and business administration at university level, and worked for UNESCO returning to the UK in 1984. On her return she established an accountancy practice, which she has now passed on to her daughter. Since then she has continued to provide advice as a consultant to start up businesses. She has a stake in a number of diverse businesses, including one of the leading environmental engineering design consultancies in the UK and US which specialises in the built environment for whom she acts as Finance Director. Pamela held the post of ‘Charity and Company Secretary’ at VICTA for many years, managing the day to day finances and administration of the charity, advising on administrative and financial matters and taking on responsibility for legal and statutory matters. Pamela now takes on a new role within the charity as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Gurvinder Kaur
Gurvinder KaurTrustee
Gurvinder is a Solicitor in the area of Special Educational Needs Law and is one of the few solicitors in this field with expertise in the differing jurisdictions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has over 12 years experience in this niche area and exclusively represents children, young adults and their families in securing access to state funded provision including specialist school and college placements. She regularly challenges EHCPs in the SEN Tribunal forum. Her expertise has been recognised in the UK Courts more widely, where she now acts as expert witness on SEN Law, EHCPs and related public law issues.

Gurvinder first became involved with VICTA in 2015 providing information sessions on parental rights in SEN at the VICTA annual family weekends and continues to have a presence at these. Having become a Trustee in 2018, Gurvinder is now a regular volunteering on our activities. Gurvinder brings significant legal knowledge as well as insight into regional issues that families face in securing access to services and specialist provision.

Elizabeth Richards
Elizabeth RichardsTrustee
Elizabeth is the mother of three children, the youngest, William who is now 30 years old is visually impaired. She, together with her husband own and manage a working farm. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the difficulties that families face in bringing up and educating children who are blind and partially sighted. Elizabeth is a member of the VICTA Trustees with special responsibility for our grant programme.
Chris Sprenger
Chris SprengerTrustee
Christian is Managing Director of the Highfield Group who are a dedicated supporter of VICTA providing marathon runners and volunteers each year along with generous amounts of fundraising. Chris has personally run the marathon many times for VICTA and is passionate about the organisation. Chris brings significant business knowledge across a range of industries including education, elearning, retail, design and publishing.