William Petersen (Chair Trustee)
A local resident with experience of working in a variety of roles, both in business and in the military. Aware of the impact disability can have, especially in the early years, he is extremely grateful to have an opportunity to support The Bumblebee Children’s Charity in any way he can.
A Chartered Accountant, now retired following a successful career in the construction and property industries. A Suffolk resident for over twenty years, he served as a Trustee of both forerunner organisations and welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the formation of Bumblebee to ensure the continuation of its vital services.
I am delighted to be part of the Bumblebee Children’s Charity trustee team and support the charity with the valuable work it is doing. I have lived in Suffolk for 20 years, I’m married and have 3 grown up children. I am an animal lover and when I am not working I spend lots of time with my dogs and horses. I have spent a large part of my adult life working with young children with Special educational needs and disability (SEND). I currently work as a SEND/inclusion trainer for the Early Years & Childcare service at Suffolk County Council training early years practitioners to support 0-5 year olds with SEND.
David was a primary school Headteacher for almost 30 years in Northamptonshire, Bromley and Suffolk and then worked as an Educational Consultant with Local Education Authorities, and also as an Ofsted Inspector. David has viewed the education system from a range of positions. Dedicated to improving practice and maximizing pupils’ attainment, David took part in various research programmes for the development of Children’s Language and Writing Skills. He is now involved in the Governance of two local Multi Academy Trusts. He is a keen Rotarian and a volunteer worker, having worked with Tools with a Mission in Uganda (TWAM) dedicating a large chunk of his time to supporting others.
Prema Fairburn-Dorai has been in the care industry in Suffolk for the past 34 years. She is a Registered Nurse and also has a background in education. Although the nursing homes within the company portfolio were sold in 2019, Prema keeps in touch with what is going on in care homes through the care association and is still Director of Primary Homecare which is a large domiciliary care business in Suffolk. Prema is also the Chair of the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers, a Past President and committee member of the Rotary Club of Ipswich and the incoming president of the Ipswich Inner Wheel Club.
Michael is a chartered accountant working for a Big 4 audit Firm and has lived in the local area his whole life. Born and raised in Ipswich, he graduated from the University of East Anglia where he studied Management and accounting. Michael has been an auditor for over 15 years working with a variety of local and international businesses. Michael now lives close to the Bumblebee Children’s Charity with his wife and children and is looking forward to fulfilling the role of Trustee and supporting the local charity to help sustain its ongoing success.