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Trustees’ left to right: Barry Burton, Mal Singh, Selvin Brown, Mark Addison (Vice-Chair), Deborah Loudon, Wendy Proctor, Sue Owen (Chair), Ross Campbell, Mary Aiston, Kevin Sadler, Vivienne Dews (Treasurer) and Jonathan Russell

Our Board of Trustees set the Charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of the Charity’s objectives and uphold its values and governance. Read more about the Charity’s Trustees below.


Chair - Sue Owen

Sue was appointed Permanent Secretary for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2013. She joined from the Department for Work and Pensions, where she worked as Director General of Strategy and prior to that she was Director General of Welfare and Wellbeing.
She spent three years at DfID as their Director General for Corporate Performance and another three years at HM Treasury as Director of EMU Policy. Sue also worked in the Number 10 Policy Unit as an advisor on family policy and was Economic Advisor to HM Treasury in a number of roles. Sue is married, has one son and three stepsons and is a keen gardener and theatre goer.

Vice-Chair - Mark Addison

Mark joined the Department of Employment in 1978. He was the Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service and held various senior positions in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he was Acting Permanent Secretary for a period. He was a Private Secretary at Number 10 in the 1980s.
Since leaving the Civil Service in 2006 Mark has been a Civil Service Commissioner, a Board member at the National Archives, a member of Council at the Consumers’ Association, a Public Appointments Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments and a member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. He chaired the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He currently chairs the Board at Dorset County Hospital and the State Honours Committee.

Treasurer - Vivienne Dews

Vivienne spent her career in the Civil Service, at first in the Home Office. Later she delivered ICT to the Police, was Director of Resources in the Health and Safety Executive, and finally in the Office of Fair Trading where she was the Chief Executive at closure. A qualified accountant, she specialised in finance and corporate services, but she also led a wide range of operational services. 
Having been a school governor for many years, after retirement she was deeply involved in two schools. One was successfully turned round having been in special measures. The other was a very large nursery and infants school in North Croydon which faced a number of challenges.
She sits on the Boards of three other national charities: Young Epilepsy, where she chairs both the Audit Committee, and the Education Governing Body; the Henry Smith Charity, where she chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee; and Independent Age.
She is also a member of the Kent Police Joint Audit Committee and the Vice Chair of the Home Office Retired Staff Association.

Barry Burton

Barry is the Corporate Operations Director for the acquisition and support organisation of the MOD. 
Previously he has worked in a range of high profile roles including as the programme director for the Materiel Strategy, led the office of the Defence Secretary and worked on a range of military operational issues, including in Iraq. In addition to an MA and MBA Barry is a graduate of the Government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy and the Royal College of Defence Studies. He is also a Chartered Marketer. 

Deborah Loudon

Deborah retired from ten years with the Executive Search company Saxton Bampfylde at the end of 2017. While there she headed the Government Practice and was a Director.
Before that she was a civil servant for 30 years, first in the Home Office and then in the Ministry of Defence. After an early career spent largely in Criminal Justice policy she became an HR professional serving as HR Director for the Home Office and as HR Director for civilians in MoD.

Jonathan Russell

Having previously been Director for HR Services at DWP, Jonathan’s current role is Chief People Officer at the Valuations Office Agency where he is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources as well as the Estates and Communications teams.
He previously held a variety of roles in the Health and Safety Executive. Outside of work, Jonathan sits on the Royal College of Nursing Remuneration Committee, the Civil Service Insurance Society Board and is a coach for his local rugby club.

Kevin Sadler

Kevin is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Service and has held various senior roles in the Ministry of Justice since 2002.
He was awarded a CBE for services to the administration of justice in the 2018 New Year’s Honours.
Prior to this he worked at DWP, DSS and the Cabinet Office.

Mary Aiston

Mary is Director of Wealthy and Mid-sized Business Compliance for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
She has done a wide variety of senior roles in HMRC including leading on strategy, change and policy development.
She has also led teams in the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Border and Immigration Agency. Outside of work Mary has considerable experience as a volunteer and working with charities.

Selvin Brown

Selvin started work at the Cabinet Office as a filing clerk in 1991. He joined the Management Board of the Health and Safety Executive as Director for Engagement and Policy in 2015.
He is passionate about the Civil Service, diversity and inclusion; as a Non-Executive Director of The Charity for Civil Servants, member of the Ministerial Communications Board, and Civil Service Deputy Race Champion.
Selvin was in the top 50 BAME UK public sector leaders (New View 50, 2017), named Civil Servant of the Year 2009, and awarded an MBE for public and voluntary service in 2009.
Selvin lives in South London with his family - wife Daniela and son Samuel.

Wendy Proctor

Wendy is Head of Marketing and Internal Communications at the Ministry of Defence, providing specialist marketing expertise to drive Armed Forces recruitment, as well as leading on the delivery of employee engagement and communications.
Having entered the Civil Service in 2003, she was Director of the Client Account Team at COI and subsequently Deputy Director of the Cabinet Office Shared Communications Service (2012-2014), generating income of £3.5m across departments to cover staff and operating costs, before joining the Ministry of Defence in 2014. Prior to the Civil Service, Wendy spent over 20 years in the advertising industry, with Board experience as Global Group Account Director at Grey Advertising and as both Client Services Director and New Business Director at KHBB (Saatchi & Saatchi Group).
Wendy has also worked closely with NABS (National Advertising Benevolent Society) managing fundraising training programmes.

Ross Campbell

Ross has spent most of his recent career in a number of senior policy, strategy and financial management roles including Director for the Public Sector at The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and time at HM Treasury where he was the accounting policy lead and financial reporting standard setter for the UK Central Government.
Other recent senior roles in government include being the Group Chief Accountant at the Ministry of Defence, the Director at the National Audit Office responsible for the value for money review of Defence and the Head of Commercial Assurance and Governance in Defence.

Mal Singh

Mal is currently Deputy Director Finance for DWP's Digital business having joined the department in 2006.
Prior to this he worked at HM Treasury and HMRC in various senior finance roles. Mal is committed to raising the diversity of talent in the Civil Service. In 2018, the Cabinet Office appointed him as SRO for Civil Service Local covering East, South East and London where a third of all civil servants work. He has been a member of Council at The Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy and the The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. At HM Treasury he received a special award for services to the Finance Profession and was voted 'Boss of the Year' by PQ Magazine.  

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