As well as our dedicated support workers, working directly with the people we support, we have our professional teams who ensure that our teams are supported operationally, and that we have a clear strategic direction and management.
Our head office is in Patchway, Bristol - this is where all the teams below are based. In addition to this, we have area offices in Quedgeley near Gloucester, Bodmin in Cornwall, Knowle in Bristol, and Battersea in London; teams in these offices work closely with head office and our operations teams to offer valuable support to the organisation in a number of ways.
Our corporate teams include:
Our fundraising team exists to raise the vital funds needed to transform lives and people’s living environments. These teams manage fundraising through a wide variety of sources and activities – from boat races and bake offs to skydives and corporate donations.
Communications and marketing
We're proud of our work, our employees and the people we support, and we have some inspiring stories to tell. Sharing them and spreading the word is where the creativity and commitment of our communications and marketing team comes in.
The team oversees all of Brandon’s publicity, raises awareness and designs and delivers key events. Through a range of marketing and PR activities and through careful management of our web and social media channels, they showcase the incredible work which goes on across the Trust and the positive changes seen in the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Our IS team provides and supports our information services infrastructure and enables secure access for the right people to the right information at the right time, in the right format, at the right cost.
In addition to providing a responsive helpdesk service for IT support, the team looks after the setup and management of all 'business as usual' services, including user administration, software applications, connectivity, fixed and mobile communications, and service contracts, for all staff across the Trust.
Our business development team drives development across the organisation. They pursue local development opportunities in areas where we already provide support and also tender for, set up and launch new opportunities in new areas.
Area business development managers work directly alongside operational staff in each of our area offices to develop services that respond to local commissioning priorities.
Corporate business development managers and project managers work directly with the director of operations and development in Bristol. They lead on Trust-wide development and can be deployed to work alongside area teams.
Our highly experienced corporate HR team based in Patchway, Bristol, develops HR strategy and policy to ensure that we are not only compliant, but achieve best practice in all areas. We also have HR teams in each of our four area offices that support the regions on their specific HR and recruitment needs.
The HR team aims to develop a culture where everyone is involved and listened to, and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining brilliant people.
Learning and development
Our learning and development team’s function is to enable all employees, across the organisation, to reach their full potential.
We need to ensure that everyone is well-trained and properly qualified and equipped to do their roles confidently and to the best of their ability, so the team supports people’s continued learning and professional development in a wide range of ways – through internal coaching and mentoring, e-learning specialists, support for professional qualifications and much more.
As well as our corporate learning and development team in Patchway, Bristol where the head of learning and development sits, we have learning and development specialists in each of our four area offices.
Finance and payroll
Our finance and payroll teams provide high-quality, flexible and responsive services in support of Brandon’s strategy.
We have area-based finance teams who work closely with senior managers and budget-holders, as 'business partners'. Their varied roles include offering financial support and advice for new business opportunities, contract and budget management, transactional processing (income), area financial reporting (including forecasting and financial planning), as well as visiting our services to audit compliance against financial procedures.
Our corporate finance and payroll teams, based in Patchway, deliver a centralised payments function (staff and suppliers), cover organisational reporting requirements, policy and procedures development and lead on audit and controls. The corporate finance team also cover banking and treasury management, host a small procurement function and support larger-scale business development opportunities across the Trust.
Board of trustees
The overall responsibility for our operations rests with a board of non-executive voluntary trustees. The trustees’ role is:
- Setting the strategy of the Trust
- Scrutinising the operations of the executive in delivering that strategy
- Supporting the executive, and the Trust generally
- Selecting the chief executive
- Stewardship of the Trust’s values and assets
We believe that first impressions are key and the administration team plays a big part in making sure that offices and communal areas are welcoming, safe and friendly environments. The team ensures the office environment runs smoothly and effectively, welcomes visitors to Olympus House, and supports various teams in administration activities.
There is also dedicated administration support for our executive management team, ensuring that directors and trustees receive the day-to-day administrative support they need to carry out the activities and responsibilities their roles demand.