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Meera Mistry 

What do you do in your role as trustee at Become?   

As a Trustee, my main role is to ensure that Become delivers its purpose and objectives and achieves this to benefit Children in Care and Young Care Leavers.      

Can you say a bit about your relevant experience and qualifications? 

I am a senior director in the NHS with over 18 years working in Mental Health, Children and Adult Community Services.  I have held an array of strategic, operational, and business roles and everything I do is focused on improving outcomes, advancing inequalities and changing lives. I have a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Computer Science so I bring an unusual range of skills to this role.   

I am also Care Experienced having spent my teenage years in foster care. I have been placed in families who are from different cultures and backgrounds which has given me a unique perspective.  As an Expert by Experience on the Board, I am well placed to draw on this lived experience to ensure the best interest of those in Care and Care leavers are front and centre of all that we deliver.   

What do you like about being a trustee at Become? 

I like being part of an organisation that aligns with my own values.  I am drawn to Become’s core vision which focuses on ensuring those in care are given the same opportunities to fulfil their potential as anyone else. 

What drives you? 

Making a difference.  Giving a voice to those who are rarely heard. Challenging perceptions  

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

Spending time with friends and family.  Listening to music. Going out and dancing like no one is watching (when we were able to). Art (not that I’m good at it). Binge-watching Netflix/Prime/Sky box sets and eating takeaways.  My family are all into fitness so I’m very much the odd one out!