Our Trustees are appointed by our Council following the change in our status to become a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Chair - Sue Owen
Sue was appointed Permanent Secretary for Department for 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 four children and is a keen gardener and theatre goer.
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 No 10 in the 80s.
Since leaving the Civil Service in 2006 Mark has been a Civil Service Commissioner, a Board member at the National Archives and a member of Council at the Consumers’ Association. He chaired the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is currently a Public Appointments Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments, a member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and Chair of the Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
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.
Since retirement she has been deeply involved in governing two schools. One was successfully turned round having been in special measures. The other is a very large nursery and infants school in North Croydon which faces a number of challenges.
She also sits on the Boards of three other national charities - Young Epilepsy, where she chairs the Audit Committee and from March 2016 will chair the Education Governing Body - the Henry Smith Charity where she chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee - and Independent Age.
She is also the Vice Chair of the Home Office Retired Staff Association.
Barry is Programme Director for the MoD's Material Strategy.
Previously he was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary, Head of Special Forces and Legal Policy and has held a number of high profile roles in the MoD in the UK, US and Iraq.
In addition to an MA, MBA and various other academic awards, Barry is a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies and a graduate of the Joint Service Defence College.
Deborah was the first Home Office employee to be promoted to the Senior Civil Service while working part time. She has been HR Director, Home Office; Director General Safety and Security and Director General Civilian Personnel, Ministry of Defence.
From 2008 Deborah has been Consultant and Head of Government Practice, Saxton Bampfylde (Executive Search). Deborah has advised on the appointment of CEs and Chairs across sectors and on Permanent Secretary appointments.
Jonathan’s current role is Director of HR Services and Health & Safety in the Department for Work and Pensions where he is responsible for delivering a range of services including Employee Relations; Pay & Reward and the development and implementation of HR and corporate health, safety and wellbeing policies.
He previously held a variety of roles in the Health & Safety Executive, where he was involved in the negotiation of EC directives, development and implementation of UK legislation and work with the United Nations.
Outside of work, Jonathan is a school Governor and Chair of his school Resources Committee and is a coach at his local rugby club.
Maria became a Trustee in June 2016 after initially joining the Charity as Director of Finance and Corporate Services in October 2011. Maria has gained broad experience of financial and governance related matters in her previous roles.
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 & Immigration Agency. Outside of work Mary has considerable experience as a volunteer and working with charities.
Selvin has been the Director of Engagement and Policy at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) since Feb 2016. He joined from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) where he was Deputy Head of Communications.
Since originally joining the Civil Service within the Cabinet Office in 1991, Selvin has held a range of high profile roles. He also has experience at Board level in the voluntary sector.
He has recently been appointed as the GCS Diversity Champion - helping to deliver the GCS's new Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Selvin was named ‘Civil Servant of the Year’ in 2009 by the GG2 leadership awards. He was awarded an MBE for public and voluntary service in 2009.
Stephen is currently the Impact and Learning Director at Barnardo’s. And previously was the Director General, of the Crime and Policing Group at the Home Office and a Strategic Advisor to the Met Police Comissioner.
He has held other senior positions in the Home Office and worked in the Cabinet Office as Director of the Central Drugs Coordination Unit.
As well as two years with the Metropolitan Police Service as Director of Strategy, Modernisation and Performance, he has also served in the Prison Service as both a Deputy Governor and Governor, most recently of Wandsworth Prison.
Stephen was awarded the CB in January 2014.
Since 2014, Wendy has been Head of Marketing at the Ministry of Defence, providing Ministers and senior military personnel with strategic marketing advice and guidance, driving recruitment and supporting the governance and successful delivery of the Future Reserves 2020 programme.
Having joined 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. Prior to the Civil Service, Wendy spent over twenty 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 fund-raising training programmes.