There are 12 Trustees in total, appointed by our Council
following the change in our status to become a charitable company
limited by guarantee.
Chair - Una O'Brien CBE
Permanent Secretary at the
Department of Health, Una has 20 years experience of health policy
and leading and managing change in health services. She was
previously the Department of Health's Director General of Policy
and Strategy, and prior to that the Department's Director of
Provider Reform Policy.
In 2005, Una completed a three year secondment as Director of
Development and Clinical Governance at University College London
NHS Foundation Trust.
Between 1998 and 2001, Una was Secretary to the Bristol/Kennedy
Inquiry, the largest public inquiry to date into the NHS.
Other previous roles include Private Secretary to the Secretary
of State for Health and to the Secretary of State for
In the 1980s, she helped establish London Lighthouse, a
pioneering third sector provider of services for people with HIV
She was appointed to the role of Chair in April 2012, succeeding
Sir Stephen Laws.
Vice Chair - Tim Flesher CB
Tim left the Civil Service in March 2010. His most recent roles
were: Chief of Corporate Services, Defence Equipment and Support
(2007-2010); Deputy Chief of Defence Logistics, Defence Logistics
Organisation (2003-2007); Director General (Corporate Services) and
Deputy Chairman, Inland Revenue (1998-2003).
He also has senior experience in OFSTED, the Home Office, and
was Private Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from
Graeme is Head of Health and Work at the Department of Health.
He was nominated to the Management Board in 2007 by the Council of
Civil Service Unions. A health and safety professional with wide
experience, he is the past National President of the Prospect trade
Treasurer - Peter Connor CBE
Peter retired from the Civil Service in late 2006, having held
senior finance and operational management posts in the Department
for Education and Skills, and its predecessors. He was nominated to
the post of Treasurer by the Cabinet Office in 2007.
Catherine Bell CB
Catherine retired from the Civil Service in 2005. Her last role
was as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Trade and
Current appointments include: Governor of the London School of
Economics; non-executive director, United Utilities Group;
non-executive director, Ensus Ltd; non-executive director, Civil
Aviation Authority. She was also non-executive director of Swiss
Reinsurance GB from 1999-2008.
She has been Chair of the Property Trustees since January 2009,
and has a PhD in economic history.
Richard Hatfield CB CBE
Richard left the Civil Service in April 2012. His most recent
role was Director General, International Networks and Environment
at the Department for Transport. His previous career was
principally at the Ministry of Defence, where he was Policy
Director from 1996-2001 and Personnel Director from 2001-2008.
He is currently a member of the Management Board, having been
appointed at the AGM in 2007.
Hilary Douglas CB
Hilary left the Civil Service in December 2009. Her most recent
roles were Director General for Operations and Change at the
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2006-2009); Chief
Operating Officer, Office for National Statistics (2004-2006);
Managing Director, Corporate, HM Treasury (2000-2004); Director for
HR and Corporate Services, Department for Education and Employment
Previous roles include time at the Cabinet Office and OFSTED,
and an early career in policy roles at the Department for
She currently works with Praesta, an international executive
coaching firm. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a
trustee of Surrey Jobmatch.
Anna is currently Interim Chair and Vice-Chair of the Big
Lottery Fund. She has been on the Board of the Barrow Cadbury Trust
since 1974, and was Chair from 1996-2006.
She is a Trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, and a
member of the Government's Spoilation Advisory Panel.
Her last career post, which she left in 2003, was as Chief
Executive of the Musuems and Archives Council; prior to that she
was Director of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales.
Siobhan was Deputy Director, Corporate Management and Employee
Engagement at the Department of Health. Previously she was Head of
Civil Service Communication in the Cabinet Office (2008-2009),
following three years as Senior Private Secretary to the Cabinet
Secretary. She has also worked in the Prime Minister's Strategy
Patrick left the Civil Service in April 2012. His prior role was
as Director for London, Jobcentre Plus and prior to that he worked
in the Department for Work and Pensions and its predecessor
Previously he was East of England Director for Jobcentre Plus
(2004-2008), and Head of Operations and Performance Improvement,
Jobcentre Plus (2003-2004).
Richard is the former Chief Executive of the Commission for the
Compact, a Cabinet Office NDPB. He has experience working with the
Charity Commission as Head of Investigations and Head of Charity
Standards, and worked in the Office of the Third Sector where he
was responsible for the Charities Act 2006.
He is a trustee of Charity Trustee Networks, a charity funded by
the Office for Civil Society to promote good governance in
charities generally. He now works for Central Lobby
Vivienne is an Executive Director and Board member at the Office
of Fair Trading. A financially qualified career Civil Servant, she
worked for many years in the Home Office, particularly on
She became the Chief Executive of the Police Information
Technology Organisation, and immediately before moving to her
current post, was Director of Resources and Planning at the Health
and Safety Executive.
She is a co-opted trustee on Mencap's Audit and Assurance
Committee, and the Vice Chair of Governors at a school for children
with physical and learning disabilities.