I am delighted to have been approved as the new Chairperson for Maldon Pioneers Association replacing David Williams who has been Chairman since 2013.   I have big boots to fill as I know how sorry the Pioneers are to see David go and how much he is appreciated and respected by the Organisation.   Alongside of me two other new additions to the organisation are Jean Townsend who has taken on the role of Secretary and Christine Dove who has joined the board as a new Trustee.
Although we are in lockdown for the foreseeable and normal activities are not possible, we are all excited to be involved with the Organisation and looking forward to getting to know the Pioneers and the Trustees at a time when it is safe to do so, also bringing new ideas and opportunities to the Organisation.   In the meantime, along with Louisa Thorpe our Activities Organiser, we are considering ways in which we can all keep in-touch virtually and support the Pioneers through this difficult time.
Let me introduce myself:  I have recently moved from Chelmsford to Maldon, I am married, have a 3-year-old Labradoodle called Freda and I have one grown up Son who also lives in Maldon with his partner.    My personal interests include walking, reading and gardening, although I admit to having a lot to learn about the latter.   I feel passionately that people with Learning Difficulties being able to access their community activities, be socially included and enjoy good health and wellbeing which is why I applied for this role.
I have a Health and Social Care background starting when I qualified as a Social Worker back in 1988 in London.  On moving to Essex in 1990 I specialised in Mental Health Social work holding various roles at Practice and Senior Management levels in both Essex County and the NHS.  After 30 plus years in the service I took voluntary redundancy in 2016 so that I could have more time to pursue my personal interests.  
Since then, I have worked with other public sector organisations developing good quality supported accommodation for people with Learning Difficulties and also developing strategy to improve how health providers can deliver their services to people with Learning Difficulties. 
Now I am semi-retired working two days per week so thought this is a perfect time to offer something to the community in which I live.   Joining the Maldon Pioneer’s association is an exciting challenge but at the moment very frustrating that I can’t get out there meet people and get involved.   Like many I am very much looking forward to a time when we can all enjoy our freedom again safely.
Linda Flynn
Chairperson Maldon Pioneer’s Association