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Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team is a small group of passionate, expert individuals. Based at our head office in Bristol, they work together across all aspects of the organisation.

The management of Brandon's overall operations is the responsibility of our Chief Executive Helen England, who reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

  • Helen England Chief Executive

    Helen has worked in health and social care for more than thirty years. Her professional roles have spanned the NHS, the private and the voluntary sectors. She started her career as a music therapist and has a particular passion for working in the field of learning disability, autism and mental health.

    She is an experienced strategic director and CEO and has served as a Trustee, Vice-Chair and Chair on charity boards for the last eight years.

  • Tanya Abbott, Acting Chief Executive

    Tanya Abbott Chief Operating and Compliance Officer

    Tanya joined Brandon 25 years ago as a support worker and her subsequent progress through the organisation allows her to bring a hugely valuable depth of understanding and experience to her current role. She has held senior roles in both quality and operational delivery, including Director of Operations. Her work to enable all staff to be leaders in quality has played a critical role in the achievement of our current, above average CQC ratings.

    Tanya is a passionate champion of the people we support, ensuring that their voices, needs and wishes are at the heart of all we do.

  • Ben McGinn

    Ben McGinn Chief Financial and Commercial Officer

    Ben joined Brandon in July 2019. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a Finance Director in a number of private equity-backed companies. He has considerable experience in the field of support for people with learning disabilities. In a past role he was the Finance Director of the Robinia Group PLC, a large private sector learning disability care provider.

    Ben has a real passion for enabling people to live the life they choose, in the manner they wish to live it, and he’s delighted to have the opportunity to help make this happen.

  • Tracy Date Chief Business Development, Enterprise, and Partnerships Officer

    Tracy joined Brandon 28 years ago as part of an NHS transferred workforce. Since then, she has worked in roles in residential care, supported living, day services and enterprises. Her wide-ranging experience has been hugely valuable in developing the depth of understanding and expertise needed in her current role.

    Through her work in senior operations and business roles, she has led the innovation of new services models and growth of new business that have played a vital role in Brandon’s development.

    Tracy's commitment to a person-centred approach is at the heart of her drive to ensure that we always work alongside people we support and families to co-design support solutions that are right for individuals.