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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 not actively recruiting for Trustees at the moment. However, if you are interested in becoming a Brandon Trustee in the future, please contact Sarah Thomas to express this interest.

  • 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.

  • Mark Bramwell Trustee

    Mark joined the Board in April 2021. He is the CIO of Saïd Business School - University of Oxford, a globally renowned world Top 10 ranked business school. Prior to this, Mark 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.

  • 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.

  • Leigh Griffin Trustee

    Leigh joined our Board of Trustees in April 2021. He has a background in NHS management, including over 12 years as a Chief Executive of a number of NHS organisations. A geographer/epidemiologist by training, with a doctorate in mental health, Leigh continues to work for the NHS as a non-executive director in the Midlands, a management consultant, and an executive coach.

    Leigh joins Brandon Trust with particular experience on the health and social care commissioning of services, and a strong passion to provide better support to enable the personal growth and achievement of those served by the Trust. He is a wellbeing guardian for staff in his current non-executive role, and a chair of the Charitable Funds Committee. He is keen to bring his Board and governance experience and act as an advocate and ambassador for Brandon and the people we support.

    Leigh lives in Shropshire with his wife, an ex-NHS Chief Executive and Chief Nurse, and their two Welsh Springer Spaniels. Other loves of his are his three children and Leeds United FC.

  • Ajith Jayawickrema Trustee

    Ajith joined the Board of Trustees in the summer of 2021. Ajith has been very fortunate to be able assist a number of organisations throughout his career. A recurring theme in these organisations has been a focus on; inclusivity, equality, diversity, and training and development for teams.

    On a personal level, both Ajith’s sister and her husband are deaf, and his family immigrated to England to better their learning and growth. He has a passion for enabling people to succeed and grow, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.

    With a background in hospitality, first founding Las Iguanas, then Turtle Bay, Ajith brings a wide variety of skills and a proven track record in strategic business growth.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preeti Sadarangani Trustee

    Preeti joined our Board of Trustees in May 2021. She believes in the increasing need of inclusion for all in society and the power that technology can play in providing equal opportunities in society.

    Preeti is a qualified accountant with over 20 years of global experience in risk, internal audit, governance across various industries, and is currently the Global Head of Internal Audit at Vodafone. Her extensive experience provides a deep understanding of the risks and governance requirements across sectors as well as use of automation and technology in achieving our purpose.

    She was drawn to Brandon Trust for the passion and goodness of the people at Brandon and our values of taking a personal centric approach that recognises the uniqueness of everyone while supporting each individual to achieve their dreams.

  • 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.

  • Mark Stupples Trustee

    Mark became a Brandon Trustee in June 2021. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the RICS. Having held Managing Partner roles in global organisations, he is currently the Non-Executive Chair of Eddisons Commercial Property. Mark runs a business consultancy that focuses on facilitating strategic workshops, mentoring and coaching with emotional intelligence.

    Mark’s experience as a Trustee in other charities has strengthened his belief in the need for inclusion alongside diversity.

    With a dyslexic son, autistic nephew and a grandson with ADHD, Mark is determined to better understand individual needs, and use this and his skills/experience to help us work towards a more inclusive society where we all live the life we want to.

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