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Who We Are

The People We Support and the People Who Support Them

Brandon Trust was formed in 1994 by the merger of the Buttress Trust with the South Avon Housing Association.  In April 2000 Spectrum Day Services, previously part of the NHS, was transferred to Brandon Trust.  Six years later the charity secured an innovative contract with the Gloucestershire Partnership.  The following year, in 2007, Brandon began work in Cornwall, supporting over 90 adults with learning disabilities, all brokered on individual budgets.

In 2008 Brandon Trust created a one-off partnership with Symbol Family Support Services, opening a Bristol based project – the Clifton Park Family Support Centre, a specialist child centred service assessing and supporting parents who have learning disabilities. 


Brandon Trust is a company, limited by guarantee, and is registered as a charity.

The overall responsibility for its operations rests with a Board of non-executive voluntary Trustees. The overall organisational management is delegated to a professional Executive Team. The Trustees’ role is:

  • Setting the strategy of the Trust
  • Scrutinising the operations of the executive in delivering that strategy
  • Supporting the executive, and the Trust generally
  • Selecting the Chief Executive
  • Stewardship of the Trust’s values and assets

Our Trustees are

Bonnie Dean - Chair of the Board of Trustees George Lankester Phil Colley Lena Rust Keren Kane Mike Wright Sam Whatley Gerald Davies Leila Ferguson Richard Fass John Brendon Charles Hamshaw-Thomas Clive Pugh Hilary Pearce - Company Secretary

The management of the Trust’s operations is the responsibility of the Chief Executive, who reports directly to the Board, and who leads an Executive Management Team.

Chief Executive OfficerLucy Hurst-Brown Director of Operations and DevelopmentJon Minall Director of People & ResourcesRob Rowe Director of Fundraising & MarketingTrevor Reid Director of FinanceHilary Pearce


Registered Charity Number: 801571 | VAT Registered Number: 108262925
Company Registered in England and Wales: 2365487