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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, Sue Porto, who reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

  • Sue Porto Chief Executive

    Sue joined Brandon in July 2018. She brings an outstanding track record of leadership in the charity and public sectors, having held Chief Executive roles at St John’s Foundation in Bath and national children’s literacy charity Beanstalk. Prior to that, she held senior positions at The Prince’s Trust and Prison Service.

    Our work aligns closely with Sue’s desire to help individuals achieve all that they wish for in life. She is committed to enabling an inclusive, purpose-driven culture that underpins every aspect of our work, ensuring the people we support are able to live the lives they choose.

  • Tanya Abbott Director of Operations

    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. Over the last five years, her expertise has been focussed on the quality of support that we provide. 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.

  • Stephen Potts

    Stephen Potts Director of Finance & Corporate Governance

    Stephen joined Brandon in March 2019. He brings a track record of leadership in finance and strategy roles in the public and private sectors. He is a qualified accountant. Previously he was Deputy Director of Finance at Defra (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), and a Development Director at Dixons and Accenture in the UK and China.

    Stephen is passionate about helping individuals live the life they choose and simplifying our organisation to help our people who support that. He is a strong advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion to help our people be their best.

  • Gareth Thomas

    Gareth Thomas Director of People and Organisational Development

    Gareth joined Brandon in June 2019. Over the past 20 years, Gareth has held many leadership positions within HR and Change Management. Previously, Gareth spent five years as the HR Director for Arriva Trains Wales, following 11 years with Royal Mail Group leading transformation efforts within HR and Technology.

    Gareth is values driven and passionate about creating a sense of purpose for people at work, enabling staff with the tools, capability, and leadership to deliver to the very best of their ability.

  • Jo Wild Interim Senior Head of Systems Development

    Jo joined Brandon in late 2016 in her substantive position as Head of Communications & Marketing. Originally beginning her career in marketing agencies, she has spent the last twelve years in the third sector. Jo has held senior communications roles in both health and education charities, successfully leading activity ranging from major digital development through to internal communications.

    Jo is committed to ensuring that representative, accessible communications play an active role in improving equality for the people we support.

    She is currently leading our systems development programme on an interim basis.

  • David Mohan

    David Mohan Interim Head of Communications and Marketing

    David joined Brandon in April 2019. He is a strategic communications professional with almost 20 years’ experience in external and internal communications, marketing and publishing. Previously he worked for Mears Group, the UK’s second biggest provider of home care and affordable housing, and has also worked through agencies for many private and public sector clients.

    David thrives in turning complex information into engaging and creative content, and is committed to ensuring that good communication lies at the heart of all that Brandon does.

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