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The Charity’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Trustee, Francesca Barnes. They are legally responsible for the overall management and decision-making of Penny Brohn UK and set the overall direction and monitor performance against our strategic aims.

All the Trustees are volunteers, giving their time and skills to us, free of charge. They meet regularly throughout the year as a Board and attend other committee meetings and events during the year. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have a broad range of individuals, who between them bring a great many skills and experiences to Penny Brohn UK.

Francesca Barnes

Chair

Francesca first joined as a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK (previously Cancer Care) in 1998 and was elected Chair in 2007.

Francesca retired from a 27 year career in finance in 2008. Having read Geography at Oxford, Francesca started her city career at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1980 where she worked in multiple roles in the US and UK. She left to travel extensively for 18 months then joined Swiss Bank / UBS in 1993 for a fascinating 16 years in restructuring, loan portfolio management and ultimately running the global private equity business.

Francesca now pursues a portfolio of voluntary and commercial activities including non-executive director of Coutts & Co, non-executive director of CapVis and a member of the council of the University of Southampton.

Stephen Rosser

Vice-chair

Stephen was appointed Vice Chair of the board of Trustees in June 2015.

A solicitor by trade, Stephen is CEO of Clarke Willmott LLP, a national law firm with its headquarters in the centre of Bristol. He’s been involved in a number of key regeneration projects in the South West across both the public and private sectors.

Being a Bristolian, Stephen knew what great work Penny Brohn did, and in 2012 elected to run the London Marathon as part of the Penny Brohn fundraising team. Since then, he’s also participated in a number of running and cycling events for the charity, and ran the inaugural Bristol to Bath full marathon for the charity in October 2015.

Rev Dr Victor Barley

Medical Advisor 

Rev Dr Victor Barley has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 1998.

Victor is a retired Consultant Oncologist and former Lead Clinician of Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services Network. He was ordained in 2002 and recently retired as priest of his parish in Somerset.

Felicity Biggart

Felicity has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 2014.

Felicity is a member of the British Psychological Society, the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and holds a BA (Hons) Psychology from Warwick University and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

She has spent 15 years in trauma and bereavement counselling, working with those affected by terrorist incidents around the world. She also works with private clients providing Trauma Resilience Training for anyone working in high-risk environments, and in helping people regain their own sense of wellbeing through mindfulness training.

Ken Guy

Ken has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 2013.

Ken started his career in finance and worked in a number of manufacturing companies, before moving into management. Switching to the private sector, Ken joined Royal Mail where he stayed for 17 years, ending as a divisional board member with responsibility for finance and performance. He then spent six years as Business & Finance Director for Bristol-based environmental charity, The Soil Association.

Ken now engages in a portfolio of activities that involves consultancy work and non-executive directorships, and is also a Trustee of the Milestones Trust, who provide support to adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia.

Alex Hamilton-Baily

Alex worked with the charity on a number of consultancy projects before being invited to join the Board as a Trustee in 2009.

Alex is a Partner at Odgers Berndtson, the Global Executive Search firm, where he leads searches for Chairs, Chief Executives and Trustees for the non-profit sector, and has worked with many leading charities and trade associations.

He is a graduate of University College London and a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mohammed Saddiq

Mohammed has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 2013.

He has held a number of senior engineering and management positions in the water and waste industry over the past 20 years and is currently joint Managing Director of GENeco and of Swiss Combi Technology, based in Switzerland. In recognition of his work on sustainability, he was recently awarded the Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Award.

Amongst many other roles, Mohammed is chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, a member of the board of Grantscape and a council member at Bristol University.

Carol Sapsed

Carol has been a trustee of the charity since 1998.

She has enjoyed three professional careers, as well as bringing up four children.

Her original work and training was as a physiotherapist, before she moved into working with offenders in a residential setting and qualified as a probation officer. She retired from Avon Probation Service having risen to the rank of Assistant Chief Probation Officer.

Now onto her third career, Carol is studying for a post graduate degree from the Department of Drama at Bristol University. Her particular interests include personnel and education.

Kate Groombridge 

Kate has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since January 2017.

Kate Groombridge was diagnosed with cancer and has used Penny Brohn’s services since 2007. She has worked across the world as a marketer for prestigious clients and is a Chartered Institute of Marketing member. She runs her own company and recently completed qualifications in project management, allowing her to work on extensive transformation programmes. Kate recently rallied 30 colleagues to volunteer in Penny Brohn’s gardens.

Charlotte White

Charlotte has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since January 2017.

Charlotte White runs an executive coaching, training and consultancy business. She has 12 years’ experience in fundraising, specialising in mid-value and major giving, including at the National Trust. She coaches not-for-profit sector chief executives and senior leaders, to succeed in demanding roles whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance. She also provides fundraising consultancy and develops bespoke training courses for UK and international charities.

Rebecca Granger

Rebecca has been a Trustee of the Charity since January 2017.

Rebecca Granger has over 20 years’ senior leadership experience. She helps develop technology and digital strategies to deliver business objectives and valued patient and clinician services. She is passionate about engaging people to take ownership of their wellbeing and how this improves quality of life. Rebecca was Nuffield Health’s Executive Director for Digital Services, before becoming a Director and Partner at Technomed Ltd. She also worked within the hospitality industry for 11 years, including over six years at Dorchester Collections.

Jacqui Graves

Jacqui became a Trustee for Penny Brohn UK in January 2017. 

Jacqui Graves has 31 years’ experience as a nurse and nurse manager across the NHS and charitable and private sectors. She has worked in oncology since 1999, including supporting cancer patients, witnessing how they need resilience and holistic support. Jacqui is currently Palliative Care Service Educator at Sue Ryder, leading a three-year, human rights-led end-of-life training project. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and, in 2016, did her first charity marathon walk, raising over £800.