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Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to their role of supporting our Executive Leadership Team to run Brandon effectively. They use their expertise to help us shape our strategic direction and to seek assurance about the quality and impact of everything we do.

Interested in becoming a trustee?

We are currently recruiting for Trustees to join our Board. You can find full details on the website of our recruitment partner, Anderson Quigley

  • Jamie Pike Chair

    Jamie joined the board in June 2020. He was attracted by Brandon's focus of giving some of the most vulnerable people in our community the support to live the life that they wish to choose.

    He bring brings extensive experience of chairing boards of significant organisations. These have ranged from large quoted companies to a child literacy charity and a government agency. He is currently Chair of the FTSE 100 company Spirax Sarco Engineering Plc, headquartered in Cheltenham.

  • Claire Feehily Trustee

    Claire joined our board as a Trustee and Chair of our Audit Committee in February 2021. She is a qualified accountant, an experienced non-executive director and charitable trustee, and brings expert knowledge of risk management in very complex organisations.

    Claire has worked at a strategic level across a range of sectors, including health, social care and housing, as well as for government departments, for organisations including the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the NHS. She is committed to helping organisations achieve the best possible standards of care and ensuring that we really listen to, and learn from, the people we support.

    She was attracted to Brandon Trust by the vision and courage of everyone she has met and their determination to achieve the very best for those we support.

  • Merlin Floate

    Merlin Floate Trustee

    Merlin joined the Board of Trustees in November 2018. As founder of a consulting practice which specialises in implementing change programmes within complex organisations, he is well-placed to support Brandon maintain a leading position at the forefront of the charity sector.

    Improving and promoting excellence in learning disability provision is a passion of Merlin's. He has been particularly struck with how Brandon goes to great lengths to ensure that those receiving support are involved in decision making processes, and given the opportunity to report back and shape the future of their care.

  • David Francis Trustee

    David joined our Board in February 2021. He is a qualified accountant, with a career spanning more than 20 years in a variety of global finance roles, including Head of Financial Control and Internal Audit.

    He brings a wide range of experience across all aspects of the finance function from systems and process implementation and governance to commercial finance and pricing, control and compliance, and performance management. He is also a Non Executive Board member at Audit Wales and Hockey Wales.

    David firmly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live the life they choose and was attracted to Brandon by the energy, optimism, and positivity of everyone he has met here.

  • Daniel Huf Trustee

    Daniel joined the Board of Trustees in June 2019. He is passionate about ensuring that people with learning disabilities are given the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest, which matches perfectly with Brandon's mission to help people 'live free'.

    Daniel also co-founded The Armitage Foundation in 2016, where he is Chairman and COO. TAF is a charity that helps students from underrepresented backgrounds achieve places at UK medical schools. He was nominated in 2020 to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts by Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE (Lord Lieutenant of Greater London) in recognition of his work to increase diversity in the NHS.

    In his day job, Daniel is a strategy consultant at Strategy&, the global strategy-house formerly known as Booz & co now part of the PwC network, which he joined after graduating from Cambridge University in 2016.

  • Chris Mahood Trustee

    Chris was elected to the Board of Trustees in December 2015. He was was drawn to Brandon by our empowering and respectful Live Free ethos and the tangible difference that we make in the lives of people we support.

    Since joining us, Chris has been inspired by the innovative ways that we are responding to current pressures in the social care sector and the skills and passion of our staff and volunteers.

    With a background in public sector law, Chris aims to use his experience and analytical approach to help us effectively identify and manage the risks we face in our sector.

  • Martin Mohan Trustee

    Martin joined the Board of Trustees in early 2016. Having a son with learning disabilities, Martin is extremely passionate about supporting people to overcome the barriers they face and access the same opportunities as everyone else. Martin is a fervent champion of the unique and valuable contribution that people with learning disabilities can make to their communities and to the organisation. Martin also takes part in regular meetings between trustees and people supported by Brandon Trust to ensure that their voice is heard at a strategic level.

    With a career in business and technology and his personal experience of learning disability, Martin brings a unique blend of skills and passion to support the implementation of our new strategy, which has technology and meaningful community connections at its heart.

  • Heather Sandilands Trustee

    Heather joined the Board of Trustees in December 2015. She is passionate about enabling people to realise their potential, helping people to develop skills and confidence through volunteering as a mentor for young people and as a sports coach for adults with a learning disability.

    With a background in sales in the pharmaceutical industry, Heather understands the importance of robust governance control and accountability, which are critical in our sector. Having extensive experience of people management, she recognises the relationship between staff motivation and service quality, and is committed to ensuring a positive experience for those working for or receiving support from us.

  • Dawn Matthews-Smith Trustee

    Dawn joined Brandon’s Board of Trustees in April 2021. She was attracted to the role because of the way that Brandon values and involves supported people as individuals with individual skills, opinions and interests.

    Dawn is a qualified nurse and teacher who has been working as a senior leader of services for people living with disabilities in the community and teaching care practitioners for many years. She has been a joint NHS and Local Authority Commissioner for independent housing, support and care for people with learning disabilities, helping everyone supported by these services to achieve the greatest possible independence.

  • Mark Bramwell Trustee

    Mark is the CIO of Saïd Business School - University of Oxford, a globally renowned world Top 10 ranked business school. Prior to this, he held senior IT roles with Wellcome Trust and WHSmith, and was named in the 2015 UKTech50 most influential IT Leaders in the UK IT industry. He brings to Brandon an outstanding track record in customer service, business transformation, IT/digital strategy, and building high performing teams.

    With a son with type1 diabetes, a profoundly deaf wife, and a mother-in-law with Alzheimers, Mark understands first-hand and shares Brandon’s values in allowing people to live the lives they choose and live free. Equality, inclusivity, and opportunity for all are his core personal values. Mark is honoured and passionate about the opportunity to join Brandon, and serve the people we support as a Trustee.

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