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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. If you'd like to consider joining them, you can find out more on the Become a trustee page.

Bonnie Dean, our Chair, talks about her experience of being a Trustee at Brandon:

“One of the things that impresses me each time I visit Brandon is how innovative our staff are in helping the people we support live more independently day by day. Our willingness to be innovative is combined with a passion for providing a high quality of care centred on each individual and their specific ambitions.”

  • Bonnie Dean OBE Chair

    Bonnie joined the Board in 2010, taking up her current role the following year. She is passionate about ensuring Brandon continues to be at the forefront of high quality, transformative service provision for people with learning disabilities. Alongside this, Bonnie is committed to supporting the ongoing development of innovative funding models that will enable the organisation to have a thriving future in a challenging sector.

    In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to design, technology and innovation. Prior to this, Bonnie worked predominantly in the engineering industry.

    A keen champion of innovation, Bonnie is also excited by the potential of technology to help people with learning disabilities overcome some of the challenges that they face in their daily lives.

  • Helen Marsden Chair of Fundraising, Communications & Marketing and Governance & Nominations Committees.

    Helen joined the Board of Trustees in November 2016, with the aim of helping us give a voice to people who are among the 'less heard' in the UK today. She was particularly drawn to Brandon because of our commitment to enriching the lives and choices of the people we support.

    Helen's background in business and marketing informs her support of Brandon's fundraising and communications campaigns and her interest in our shops and enterprises. She is also our Senior Independent Director.

  • John Adams OBE Chair of Audit Committee

    John joined the Board of Trustees in 2014, having worked extensively in the field of adult social care, charity, and community services throughout his career. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for his outstanding contribution to those areas. He's motivated by a strong desire to challenge inequality and improve support for people with disabilities, their families and carers, and to make a positive contribution to community life. Not content to rest on his laurels in retirement, John joined Brandon Trust to continue championing the causes close to his heart.

    Bringing extensive leadership experience to the Board, John firmly believes that the Board and Executive have a shared responsibility to listen and respond to the views of the people we support, ensure sustainability, and assure quality.

  • Chris Mahood Chair of HR & Remuneration Commitee

    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 hopes that he can bring his experience and analytical approach to help us effectively identify and manage the risks we face in our sector.

  • Gerald Davies Trustee

    Gerald has served on the Brandon Trust Board since 2012. He has a longstanding interest in economic and social equality which culminated in gaining a masters degree in finance and development at SOAS, University of London. Gerald was drawn to Brandon because of the innovative ways that we are supporting people, and was keen to put his newly acquired knowledge into practice. Through his involvement with us Gerald’s interest has deepened as he has gained greater awareness of the day-to-day challenges faced by people with learning disabilities.

    With a career background in financial services including 10 years as a managing director at Deutsche Bank, Gerald brings a wealth of experience to support the effective management of our resources, and to scrutinise the quality of our systems and services.

  • 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 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.

  • Mark Glinwood Trustee

    Mark is an experienced HR executive holding a Masters degree in Human Resource Management. He has operated at Director level in the NHS, Metropolitan Police and a national based housing association as well as leading a specialist HR consultancy as CEO. Mark is now the owner of Distinctive People a HR & OD consultancy specialises in Organisational change, reward management, leadership development and executive resourcing.

    Mark is retained by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development as an investigator/panel member to investigate/hear allegations of breaching the CIPD’s code of professional conduct.

  • 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.

  • Guy Stenson Trustee

    Guy Stenson joined the Board of Trustees in July 2017. With a background in health, social care, and housing, Guy's extensive experience as a commissioner enables him to bring an in-depth awareness and understanding of the issues facing the care sector.

    He is passionate about ensuring everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential, and his contribution will ensure we continue to push and challenge ourselves to provide the best services possible.

  • Andy Wright Trustee

    Andy joined our Board of Trustees at the end of 2018. He is a scientist and Chartered Engineer, and since 2015, is the Director responsible for leading BAE Systems Technology Programme.

    He has been involved in the development of new and novel technology for over 30 years with research experience gained through a number of visiting posts in academia, including at the Universities of Cambridge and Caltech in the USA.

    He brings a different, but complimentary, business experience to the Board, and is committed to helping us ensure the people we support are connected in their communities and wider society.

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