The Management Board

Drive is governed by a voluntary board of trustees known as the Management Board.

The Board has responsibility  for the Management of Drive, ensuring we adhere to current legislation and the Charities Commission code of conduct.

We elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for the the Management Board every year. The current Chair is Karen Cherrett and the Vice Chair is Mr Geoff Lake.

The Board meets every two months to provide effective governance, supporting Drive’s compliance with legislation and regulation requirements. The Board receives monitoring information and sets strategy and policy, and we have two Board development days a year for further training and reviews of the Business Plan.

Chief Executive

Rhian Jones was appointed as CEO in 2018. Rhian was previously the Director of Operational Services for Drive since 2010. Rhian has a masters degree in management development, and holds NVQ Assessor and internal verifier awards.

Rhian has worked with people with a learning disability for almost twenty years. For the last ten years she has been a Senior manager for several provider Organisations, and has developed her own business as a management consultant and trainer in Health and Social Care Sector.

Director of Operations, People and Learning

Karen holds the Diploma in Welfare Studies, Counselling Skills and Theory Qualification, NVQ Level IV, BTEC Advanced Diploma in Positive Behaviour Support and Level V Manager’s award. Karen also holds the Vocational Assessors award and the Internal Verifiers award.
Karen has over 20 years experience in supporting people with a learning disability.

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Joanne Way joined Drive in March 2021.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants after qualifying in practice fifteen years ago.  Since leaving practice, Jo has worked in Senior Finance roles across the private and not-for-profit sectors.  More recently, before joining Drive, Jo held Senior Finance leadership roles in Social Housing.  Jo brings experience of financial planning,  value for money and leadership within a value-based organisation.


Drive aims to make a positive difference to the lives of the people that we support, believing that effective services only take place when those we support are living a full and valued life.

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