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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 (acting)

    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 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.

  • Alison Kingscott Interim Director of People and Organisational Development

    Alison joined Brandon in February 2019 having worked in HR and organisational development for over 25 years, including at Director level in the NHS. She has worked in the charitable sector as Head of HR for a large hospice as well as volunteering as a Trustee.

    Alison is passionate about engaging and supporting staff at all levels to ensure they receive the right tools to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability.

  • Ingrid Vlam Head of Business Development & Enterprises

    Ingrid originally trained as a learning disability nurse in the Netherlands, joining Brandon in 2000. She has held a number of senior operational roles with us, moving to Head of Business in October 2018. Ingrid's experience brings together in-depth understanding of both person-centred support and requirements of our commissioning partners.

    Ingrid is passionate about creating environments in which everyone can fulfil their potential and live a life with meaning, regardless of their abilities and differences, which is at the heart of Brandon’s approach to developing support models.

  • Jo Wild Head of Communications & Marketing

    Jo joined Brandon in late 2016. 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. She is currently responsible for our fundraising and charity retail activities.

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

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